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.

The Ship Life - Crew Mess, Game Room and Crew Internet

Oct 15, 2023

Ah, the crew mess. Crew members share a love-hate relationship with the mess, with the hate side often dominating. The crew's primary dining area, the mess is where you'll have most of your meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. The mess is typically divided into food categories, one catering to Asian cuisine (as most crew members are from Asia), and another section offering non-Asian dishes like pasta, rice, vegetables, pizza, and burgers.

The Ship Life - Crew Gym And The Crew Bar

Oct 15, 2023

Cruise ship crew are some of the hardest-working people in the travel industry. Working long days, with some shifts lasting up to 12 hours and no days off for contracts that can stretch up to 10 months, can seriously take a toll. The cruise lines are aware of this and have measures in place to ensure the crew's mental and physical well-being.

What Are Some of the Engineering Jobs on Cruise Ships?

Oct 05, 2023

There are numerous engineering jobs available on ships, depending on your skills, experience, and interests. Individuals with engineering positions can work on various vessels, including cruise ships, naval ships, or container vessels, for weeks or months at a time. If you are interested in the technical processes that enable a ship to operate correctly and enjoy working aboard for extended periods, an engineering job on a ship may be an ideal career choice.

5 Reasons to Consider a Life as a Cruise Ship Crew Member

Oct 05, 2023

1. Opportunity to See the World

Being a cruise ship crew member is a window to the world. You will have the chance to explore incredible destinations, from idyllic beaches to cosmopolitan cities. When you have time off in port, a new adventure awaits you, enriching your life with unique cultural experiences.

Cruise Ship Crew Work Hours

Oct 01, 2023

Passengers often encounter the same crew members throughout the day and wonder about the actual hours cruise ship employees put in. Irrespective of their job positions, cruise ship employees typically work between 8 to 12 hours on a "sea" day and sometimes fewer hours on a "port" day. This duration does not include breakfast, lunch, and dinner breaks, which can range from 30 minutes to over an hour. Some roles require almost no hours on a port day.

5 Things Crew Members Dislike On Cruise Ship

Sep 27, 2023

Most crew members have a love & hate relationship in terms of working on a cruise ship. There are many fringe perks available that can make their contract onboard enjoyable. Yet, there are also some things that need improvement. 

Here, we take a look at five aspects that tend to be less favored among crew members working on cruise ships:

Experiencing Life and Work on a Cruise Ship for 6-9 Months: What's It Like?

Sep 25, 2023

Living and working on a cruise ship is truly a unique and unforgettable experience that is challenging to compare to a land-based job. Few occupations provide the opportunity to explore so many diverse places worldwide, encounter exotic scenery, and meet people from various countries. After such an experience, you're likely to become a well-rounded and worldly individual, gaining a better understanding of global issues, diverse cultures, and ways of life.

Silversea Cruises Launches "Job Well Done" (JWD) Card

Sep 25, 2023

Silversea Cruises has taken a step to recognize the contributions of its dedicated crew members. The company has announced its latest initiative, the "Job Well Done" (JWD) Card program, which aims to celebrate outstanding performance within its crew ranks. The program is a token of appreciation and an opportunity for supervisors, managers, officers, and petty officers to recognize and reward a job well done by any fellow crew member. 

Essential Career Tips for Life at Sea

Sep 21, 2023

Working while traveling is a common selling point for considering a career on a cruise ship. However, the promise of adventure while earning a living entails a unique and challenging lifestyle aboard the cruise ship. Long hours of hard work, no days off for a 6-8 month contract, and erratic sleeping patterns are a few challenges one must fully accept before embarking.

How to remain strong while being away from your family and friends?

Sep 20, 2023

If you're one of the many people across the globe working at sea, then you're probably well used to working away from home. Working at sea can be exciting and an amazing career opportunity that can be both personally and financially rewarding.