Crew Insights

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 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.

Road to Motherhood Crew Member Style: Empowerment of Women in the Cruise Workforce

Sep 19, 2019

In the last 12 years, the cruise industry has progressively shifted work-related mindsets related to crew members. This is quite apparent with the story of a girl who became pregnant with her partner while on board a cruise ship and made the decision mutually to continue her pregnancy while completing her contract.

Letter from a crew member - MSC Managers and Officers don’t follow Company’s Values

Sep 09, 2019

It is funny how there is always talk about all the Values of the company only to find out that nobody in authority follows the same values they try to impress upon the lower echelons of staff. 

Inspirational Story: Former Cruise Ship Cook Becomes Celebrity Chef

Jul 31, 2019

Most of us when we board our first cruise ship all we can think about is to have some fun, see the world, meet amazing people, and make some money along the way. After several months on board, we may start thinking about how many hours we work versus how little time we have to rest and have the fun we wanted to. But then hits the hard question after several contracts when we’re at a family function such as a wedding and a family member asks us what is it that we do on the cruise ship.

Pointers for Cruise Ship Galley Utility Position

Jul 29, 2019

The following text was composed by John Sparc in order to help future candidates applying for the position Galley Utility on cruise ships. It consists of questions and answers of the daily operations and knowledge which any future candidate needs to follow.

What is galley utility?

Pointers for Cruise Ship Bar Utility Position

Jul 29, 2019

The following text was composed by John Sparc in order to help future candidates applying for the position Bar Utility on cruise ships. It consists of questions and answers of the daily operations and knowledge which any future candidate needs to follow.

What is Bar Utility on Cruise Ship?

Former Crew Members Open Russian & European Restaurant Visit Mama in Cozumel

Jul 07, 2019

My name is Margarita, I am from Minsk, Belarus, and Carlos from Mexico. We used to work on board first European ships, after Carnival ships: Paradise, Conquest, and Breeze. Effy jewelry store. Now we live on Cozumel island.  But this story is not about us. And even not about working on board. All of you, guys, know how hard and at the same time exciting it is, and how it is changing life. This story is about life challenges and courage. 

The Ship Moms Project

Jun 30, 2019

Attention cruise ship crew: You or someone you know a 'ship mom'? Got pregnant while working on cruise ships with a fellow crew member? The Ship Moms Project wants to hear your story!

A day in the life of a Media Manager on Cruise Ship

Jun 24, 2019

Media Manager position is a part of the Entertainment Department.

Carnival Cruise Line New Policy for Team Member Movement Request

Jun 13, 2019

Carnival Cruise Line introduced a new movement request policy for their shipboard team members from Deck, Engine and Hotel Departments. The new movement request policy applies for Early Vacation Requests, Work Break, Vacation, Request for Specific Sign Off and Sign On date, Contract Extension, Specific Ship Request and Personal Vessel Transfer. Crew Members are permitted to make one request per calendar year.

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