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 Story: Flight to join the cruise ship

Sep 13, 2023

If you are a new sign-on about to join the vessel for the very first time, read this article carefully. About a week ago, I was re-hired to work on a cruis eship. Even I kind of knew what to expect; the bitter reality of the seaman life never fails to disappoint you.

The Arrival in Miami

How different are the crew from guest areas on cruise ships?

Sep 12, 2023

Crew members live on cruise ships while working onboard, and they have an entire crew area of the ship just for them. In some cases, crew areas are a lot like guest areas. Some staff and officers have guest privileges, but not the crew members, so cruise lines dedicate certain parts of the ship just for crew. The space reserved for crew members will vary depending on the ship's size and age. Some of the newer vessels have upgraded facilities.

What Are the Best Shopping Options in the Caribbean For Cruise Ship Crew and Pax?

Sep 06, 2023

Before purchasing a particular item on the cruise ship, do a little research about it. Crew members on board the vessel are even entitled to further discounts in some ports of call. Of course, if you are a crew member on board the cruise ship, you are entitled to some jewelry at discounted prices.

The Decision to Return Back On Cruise Ships

Sep 04, 2023

Never say this is my last contract... I was one of those people who always used to say: I am done with cruise ships... This lifestyle is not for me... Yet...

The importance of having a good attitude at sea

Sep 01, 2023

The right attitude can open many doors in your life. It also applies in the cruise ship industry, where I have witnessed that people with a great, positive attitude can progress their careers in a much shorter period. 

Show respect to others on cruise ships; learn how to listen actively

Aug 31, 2023

Among many other qualities that crew members can have, listening is one of the most important. We all have things to say. We all tend to complain, talk, and explain how and why things should be done, but only a few can actively listen. Everyone knows how to talk, but only a few people know how to listen actively. When I say listen, I mean actively listening.

Qualities Cruise Ship Recruiters Look for When Selecting a Crew for a Potential Job

Aug 30, 2023

This will help you prepare for your interview for the desired role on cruise ship. Some specific behaviors cruise ship recruiters will look for in their candidates, regardless of the position sought.

How to Deal With Difficult Colleagues On Cruise Ship?

Aug 28, 2023

At some point during our contract at sea, we all encountered cranky, bitter colleagues and subordinates onboard ships. More often than not, it is “unpleasant and discomforting” each time you deal with such difficult people. But the fact remains that we time and again, have to face them for our remaining days onboard. Sometimes, the reason is not clear enough if someone decides to dislike you, whereas at other times, despite knowing the reason, you feel there is nothing much you can do about it.

Navigating Mental Health Challenges Among Cruise Ship Crew: Understanding positive thinking and self-talk - Part 2

Aug 21, 2023

Positive thinking on the cruise ship doesn't mean ignoring life's less pleasant situations, your abusive manager, hectic working schedule, etc. Positive thinking means approaching unpleasantness more positively and productively. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

Navigating Mental Health Challenges Among Cruise Ship Crew Members - Part 1

Aug 18, 2023