Ship Life

Letter By A Crew Member - Thank You, Your Services Are No Longer Needed

Jan 22, 2018

My name is Tonggo Sibaran #655089 #LASM. I was working for Royal Caribbean International since June 12, 2012, before leaving the ship on December 8, 2016, for a medical reason. So far the company was treating me well until March 2017 and noticed that lately since the company had no more responsible for my treatment which I have accepted and dealing with my own case.

Brazilian Cruise Travelers Tip More Than Europeans

Jan 12, 2018

Brazilian cruise passengers usually reward good service with extra tips while traveling on vacation. This is the conclusion of the 2018 Tips Report Survey published by the Dreamlines cruise portal.

Video: Cruise Ship Lovers Share Both Sides of Their Story

Jan 08, 2018

There is no greater sacrifice then to leave your family, friends, and home to work 6 months abroad on a cruise ship. But what if you find your true soulmate on a cruise ship? Are you prepared to make more sacrifices? 

“Ghost of the Ocean” The First Ever Cruise Ship Crew Movie Released

Jan 05, 2018

The first ever amateur movie produced by a cruise ship crew member was released. The director of this modest movie entitled “Ghost of the Ocean” recorded it on board, without any budget, but with lots of love, passion, and help from his fellow coworkers. Behind this project is the Brazilian crew member Angelo Moraes, together with 60 crew members from around the world, who were part of the casting crew. This movie was completely directed, written, edited and filmed by Angelo Moraes.

Cruise Ship Gratuities Increase by 70%. What about the crew members salaries?

Dec 25, 2017

Royal Caribbean has announced its annual raise of automatic gratuities for the crew. Starting January 2, 2018, guests in regular staterooms will pay a $14.50 per guest per day service charge and $17.50 for guests in Grand Suite and above. That is one dollar raise from the previous service charge, which means one dollar extra for the crew. That is one dollar extra for the crew in theory. Reality is something different.

Why aren’t there psychologists on board cruise ships?

Dec 12, 2017

As a former crewmember that has worked for several cruise lines, I can relate to the constant high stress situations that crewmembers must endure on a daily basis. There are so many foreseeable challenges that crewmembers must face when starting a life at sea on the other side of the planet, but there are also some unforeseen ones that can really disrupt what could’ve been a great contract.

Captain Kate McCue shares her knowledge of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dec 07, 2017

On December 6, St. Nicholas day, the patron saint of seafarers, Celebrity Summit made its inaugural call to Kingstown Port, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. At the helm of this majestic vessel was the first American female to captain a mega-cruise ship, Captain Kate McCue. During a short video filmed by SVG Tourism Authority, Captain McCue explains the maneuvering procedures to the island and shares her knowledge of St.

Is Sambal Forbidden on MSC Cruise Ships?

Nov 26, 2017

I have received a message from MSC Cruises crew member saying that the onboard security officers are confiscating the sauce SAMBAL from the Indonesian crew. Allegedly the sign-on crew which has brought sambal from back home are not allowed to bring it on the ship and security takes the sauce. Now you will say it’s not a big deal and why bother to write about it. Well, that’s not all.

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.

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.

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