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.

Tips for Crew How to Deal with the Fear of Coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020

Following all the uncertainty the cruise ship crew members are facing during these difficult times Crew Center has reached out for advice by a former crew member who is now working as a medical professional on how to keep our mental health and support each other.

Injuries on cruise ship

Mar 23, 2023

On a cruise ship, there are many places with a significant risk of injury. Most companies are spending a lot of money on adequate training to raise awareness about proper behavior and conduct to reduce the number of accidents. Still, there are thousands of injuries on cruise ships worldwide every day. Whenever the crew member steps on board the ship, there is much information about maintaining the safety level on an acceptable scale. 

Bar Steward - the true engine behind the bar operations on cruise ship

Mar 22, 2023

In the company where I have spent nearly a decade, the bar steward position was one of the toughest jobs. There were two primary ways in which people got that kind of job on the cruise ship. Number one was by getting a job on the land through the agency. I don't know how much clarity and credibility the agency information provided to the candidates on the land for the bar steward job. However, the second way of getting the bar steward job was internally from the cruise ship company.

How Deal With Homesickness on the Cruise Ships?

Mar 20, 2023

People come to work on cruise ships for many different reasons. Some to feed their adventurous spirit, others only for money, and some people join the cruise ships because they want something different in their lives. Others join the cruise ship because they need the challenge, career progression opportunity, or something else.

Most Common Words and Phrases Used by Crew on Cruise Ships

Mar 18, 2023

Everyone knows that the official language on board a cruise ship is English; however, there are many words that are used only by crew members. Some of these words come from the English, Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, and Balkan languages. If you've never worked on a cruise ship or heard these words before, you will certainly hear them if you embark on a cruise ship. Here is a list of the most frequently used words by the crew.

Love relationships on cruise ships

Mar 17, 2023

Keeping a healthy love relationship while working on the cruise ship is hard. I am not saying it’s impossible, but it's really hard. Maintenance of a healthy relationship, either from the perspective that your partner works on the same cruise company or your partner is at home, brings enormous challenges. It's hard to keep trust and loyalty and stick to your values. It is tough, but it's possible.

Crew members internal communication on cruise ships

Mar 17, 2023

Crew members on the ship have an extremely interesting language of communication between themselves. Here is an attempt to explain everyday daily communication on ships worldwide. 

How to deal with an annoying cabin mate?

Mar 15, 2023

The cabin mate on the cruise ship can make such a significant difference when it comes to our life on board. Depending on the person we share our tiny cabin with, it can be a challenging experience. Here are some of my general experiences and honest advice I can share with everyone working on the cruise ship.

Adjust your tolerance level.

Things to consider before returning to the ship life

Mar 14, 2023

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about leaving behind the land life and returning to the ship life? It's okay, we've all been there. But before you pack your bags and run off to join a ship, let's ask ourselves some important questions:

The crew bar - Same ship rules, different implementation

Mar 14, 2023

The consequence of procedure and policy breaking depends on your crew name tag.

As a bartender, I have often witnessed what happens to the intoxicated workers on the ship. If someone was drunk in the bar and reported to the security officers, the outcome and consequences for that behavior depended mainly on the worker's position.