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Costa Venezia to serve as hotel ship for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Oct 07, 2019

Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that the largest ship introduced by Costa Cruises to the Asian market Costa Venezia, will serve as a hotel ship during the 2020 Winter Olympic Games. Costa Venezia will be berthed for 6 days at the Tokyo International Cruise Terminal (Koto Ward, Koto-Ku) during the Olympics. 

Alaska cruise ports crew member’s experience

Oct 07, 2019

We passed through many cities on our way to Alaska. I went to Cabo Saint Lucas with Aleksandra my roommate, although we only had an hour and a half to be there. But no matter, it was just enough time for us to take some photos, buy hats and scarfs, have a Corona and go for a little dip in the water. We also met with a few people and had a chat with them.

Crew member’s cruise ship ports experience

Oct 07, 2019

The positive side of the job is the travel, of course. We visited lots of cities because the ship is always ported somewhere else. 

Bar Rotation on Princess Cruises and Crooners Bar With an Anecdote

Oct 06, 2019

The bar manager Janice was English and was very fair during my contract on Island Princess. She would make Bar waiter rotations so that everyone would get a chance to work in different bars. If there were four-bar waiters in one bar, then you would spend four weeks working in that bar and after that, the crew would rotate places. I thought that was really fair. Especially because those that arrive first have the most energy and they would get assigned to work on the open deck right away. 

A day in the life of a Bar Waitress on Cruise Ship

Oct 06, 2019

For the last two months of my first contract as a Bar Waiter during the Antarctica season, I worked in Cafe Bar. It was a mess every day, working from 12 pm till 6 pm. From the moment when I arrive at 12 o'clock in the shift, I spend an hour and a half just clearing up everything from morning tours of coffee and dishes. 

Cruise Line Rewards Crew Members For Their Hard Work With Cash Bonus

Oct 03, 2019

Not long ago P&O cruise ship Oriana was sold to the new China-based Cruise Company Astro Ocean Cruises‬. After the ship was fitted with a new livery and logo during a technical stop-over in Greece the vessel was renamed Piano Land. The new Company has just entered the cruise market but they have strong support from their crew members who know the business due to the fact that most of them are former employees of other major cruise lines.

Judge Rules In Favor of Injured Crew Member, Carnival Must Pay $1.36 million

Sep 29, 2019

It appears that Carnival Cruise Lines continues to be reminded over-and-over again to not underestimate the “little person.” We wonder, how many lawsuits by crew members who most often just want fair and safe work/living environment, as well as appropriate support when injured on the job. Well, that’s exactly what happened with the 35-year-old Carnival Cruise Line crew member. He was awarded $1,35 million for spinal injuries he suffered when working aboard Carnival Valor.

Stories from Seabourn: Bar Department - Guests, Management and Colleagues

Sep 27, 2019

I started a new contract in the fall, terrible heat of summer past me by. Working on an open deck in the sun is not an easy job. All the guests have a nice sunbathing, enjoying; wait on you to deliver water, juice or some alcohol.

Crew member’s first experience with flights and ship agent

Sep 27, 2019

One of the things that have always worried me over the past 6 years working on ocean cruise ships is; Will I get my suitcases at the airport and will the company agent welcome me. 

Crew Insider Stories: The Book - Living and working on-board a cruise ship

Sep 22, 2019

For all future crew members interested how to get a job on a cruise ship, and what awaits you once on board, you can find detailed accounts in the book “Living and working on-board a cruise ship” written by a former crew member. The author of the book Tamara Wolf describes her personal experience from the first day of her journey and everything she lived through during her contracts. There is practical advice on how to better handle everything and how to avoid the mistakes that she made.

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