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Articles and experiences shared by crew members working on cruise ship. Find out more about ship life at sea together with tips and advices for first time crew members and cruise oldtimers.

Crew Video: You can have fun during USPH cleaning

Oct 30, 2017

Crew members always have a hard time when USPH deep cleaning needs to be done. However, these crew members prove that sometimes you can have fun during USPH cleaning.

This is how passengers fall off cruise ships

Oct 23, 2017

No photo is worth risking your life. This doesn’t apply to the young woman who sits on top of the ships open deck railings just to take an amazing photo, not realizing that she could easily fall off the cruise ship and be lost at sea. The dangerous behavior was captured by a passenger Nick Corben, on board the cruise ship P&O Aurora, while the vessel was sailing on a 2-day voyage from Southampton.

Another Cruise Ship Job Scam

Oct 06, 2017

The internet is an increasingly popular place for scamming people. Recently we received an email from a man who contacted a person advertising cruise ship jobs for Princess Cruises on Facebook. The person, Mark John Smith, claiming to be Princess Cruises recruiting partner to send him numerous documents and pictures presented bellow and asked for $300 in fees.

Why It's So Risky Docking a Cruise Ship in Port?

Oct 02, 2017

Smithsonian Chanel released an interesting video showing how risky is to do a docking maneuver at the port of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. In the video captain of the cruise ship MSC Divina Pier Paolo Scala, explains what the challenges are during the docking of a large vessel. “It is very, very quick maneuver there, and we need to watch for the stern when we turn, that we are completely clear as we enter the starboard side.” Says Captain Scala.

Costa Cruises Chef Competes in Barilla Pasta World Championship

Oct 02, 2017

This year the annual Barilla Pasta World Championship took place in Milan and Parma from 27 to 29 September. The competition organized by Barilla, world’s market leader in pasta production, was under the guidance of five award-winning Italian chefs and two international experts.

Crew Members Raising Money to Help Honky Tonk Crew Bar in St Maarten

Sep 18, 2017

Hurricane Irma left devastation to the Caribbean islands, and St Maarten was one of the hardest hit. There aren't words to describe the impact that Irma left behind, causing catastrophic damage to thousands of homes and businesses. The crew members favorite spot, Honky Tonk Bar in St Maarten was also destroyed.  That’s why Cara Charne, a Royal Caribbean crew member has started a fundraising to help the owners rebuild this special place with many great memories.

Red Bull Cliff Diver hired by Royal Caribbean

Sep 05, 2017

Jucelino Junior is a 33-year-old Brazilian high diving athlete who is competing in the Red Bull Cliff Diving Championship. After first making his cliff diving debut in 2009 he become permanent diver in the 2015 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Today he is also part of the Royal Caribbean crew performing on Allure of the Seas as a high diver.

Costa Cruises to Implement Zero Tolerance Alcohol Policy For Officers

Aug 12, 2017

Zero alcohol policy for all no discrimination. This comment on the social media by Costa Cruises Chief Electrical Engineer Roberto Pibiri sparked huge debate between crew and officers. As of August 19th, Costa Cruises will implement zero tolerance alcohol policy for employees working in the engine department, bridge officers, medical and deck department. This means that they are not allowed have alcohol in the crew bar, disco or any bars aboard the ship.

Your Voice Matters – Sign the Crew Members Rights Petition

Jul 28, 2017

The Brazilian Sivlana Costa is raising her voice on behalf of the crew members rights in a form of petition. She along with other Brazilian cruise ship employees has expressed dissatisfaction with the changes that have taken place in the agreement signed by the Cruise Lines and MPT companies in November 2016. According to her, the law needs to be more flexible, giving the crew power of choice and not just obey by something that was imposed. 

Kiwi Musician releases the first ever ship crew album “Ship Life”

Jul 25, 2017

How can you describe crew member’s ship life? The cruise ship, as many cruise directors love to say is crew member’s home away from home, and as funny as it seems they are right. This is not your typical nine to five job, when after you go home to your wife and kids and for weekends relax and enjoy. Cruise employees work, live, fall in love, and party together 24/7.

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