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Your Life Matters: Former Crew Member Story

May 24, 2019

Crew Center was born out of the need for crew members to have a voice related to their everyday life challenges, to obtain resources, stay connected and informed, as well as support crew members.  The website started as nothing more than wanting to help crew members by veteran crew members who have experienced everything that they may just now be for the first time.

Jamie Oliver UK Chain Collapses

May 22, 2019

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver announced it's UK restaurant chain had gone into administration, a form of bankruptcy, leaving twenty-two of the 25 restaurants closed.

Virgin Voyages Announces Official Hiring Partners and Global Recruitment Tour

May 21, 2019

Virgin Voyages has released the list of their official hiring partners and will take off on a global recruitment tour to find their top-notch crew. The new cruise line says it will make real sea-change in the cruise industry with the launching of their first 110,000-ton, 2,750-passenger cruise ship named Scarlet Lady in 2020, and additional two ships which will sail starting in 2021 and 2022.

Carnival Paradise Rescues Sailors From Sinking Ship

May 19, 2019

The cruise ship Carnival Paradise rescued two local sailors after their boat started to sink on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Carnival Paradise had left Cozumel and was sailing towards Tampa, Florida when the ship’s crew spotted a vessel requesting for help after the boat started to take on water. The cruise ship lowered a lifeboat and rescued the sailors from the sinking ship. Shortly after a vessel from the Mexican Coast Guard arrived at the scene to take the sailors back to shore.

Cruise Ship Captain Apologizes After Posting Wrong Sign in Gibraltar

May 14, 2019

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, received a written apology from the Captain of the Holland America Line cruise ship MS Koningsdam after a wrong welcome sign was posted in front of the vessel with an outline map of the Rock painted in the Spanish flag. Located near the southernmost tip of Spain, Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and therefore this error is considered to be offensive and provocative to the people of Gibraltar.

Natalia Pestana to design the new uniforms for Pullmantur Cruises crew

May 14, 2019

Natalia Pestana a young designer from Madrid, is the winner of the contest "trends on board" organized by Pullmantur Cruises to renew the uniforms for their shipboard employees.

“Paisano promotes Paisano” Is this a common practice on cruise ships?

May 10, 2019

The crew members who work hard, execute their duties and responsibilities flawlessly, and as the cruise lines love to say “Going above and beyond guests expectations” are often promoted to higher positions. In theory, this is the only way to get promoted with more responsibilities, but also more money on the paycheck. However many crew members say that there are other ways for some crew to get promoted.

What's the difference between working on a river ship vs. ocean cruise ship?

May 08, 2019

The work environment on river ships is quite different from the one on the big ocean cruise ships. The differences in itineraries, size of the ships, and passengers capacity also means that the working conditions are unique. So what's the difference between working on a river ship vs. ocean ship? According to the crew member Ranko Miletin, who has worked on ocean cruise ships, and now on river ships, the difference is huge.

Cruise Line Employee Accused of embezzling $3.6 Million

May 06, 2019

A former Silversea Cruises employee has been accused of stealing $3.6 million from the luxury cruise line. According to the files presented to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the 53-year-old Filipino National, Mary Ann Abellanoza, who was working as an accounting supervisor for Silversea Cruises in Sydney’s office, executed deliberate and calculated fraud.

“Cafe 365” The Crew Mess On Celebrity Edge

May 06, 2019

Much is talked about the food served for the crew on board cruise ships. Many crew members say that the food is not that great and always the same items are served. Others will argue that some are very picky and they need to adjust to the new environment, which is quite different from back home. Usually on the ships there are three dining areas for the employees Crew Mess, Staff Mess and Officers Mess.

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