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.

Exploring the Role and Salary of a Cruise Ship Doctor

Jul 04, 2023

Not all ship doctors earn the same salary, which may differ greatly among different cruise lines. Cruise ship jobs, including medical personnel joining the medical team on the ship, are advertised regularly.

Does micromanaging on cruise ship bother you?

Jul 04, 2023

How to deal with a bad boss or supervisor on a cruise ship? 

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

Jul 03, 2023

Crew members live onboard the cruise ship while fulfilling their work duties, and they are allocated in a dedicated section exclusively for their use. In certain instances, crew areas resemble areas accessible to guests, as some staff members and officers have guest privileges. However, not all staff members enjoy these privileges, prompting cruise lines to designate specific areas solely for the crew's use.

Preparing for Your First Cruise Ship Contract - What to Expect

Jun 19, 2023

Certain recruitment agencies should adopt a more truthful approach when presenting details about the life and work on a cruise ship. It is understandable, to some extent, that these agencies have an interest in obtaining a percentage fee for every successful applicant. I was fortunate enough to have a reliable agency when embarking on my own cruise ship venture, as they provided me with genuinely accurate information.

How Much Time Off Do Crew Members Actually Have While Working on a Cruise Ship?

Jun 17, 2023

Working on a cruise ship is often seen as an incredible opportunity to explore the world while earning a living. However, the reality of how much time crew members have off while working on the ship is a question worth pondering. Is there a chance to step off the boat occasionally? Let's dive into this topic and uncover the truth behind the scenes.

How Cruise Ship Crew Make the Most of Their Time Off in Ports?

Jun 14, 2023

Working on a cruise ship offers unique opportunities for crew members to explore various destinations during their time off. How crew members choose to spend their shore leave varies depending on personal preferences. One common activity is gathering with fellow crew members to dine at local restaurants.

Cruise Ship Positions With Extra Time Off

Jun 14, 2023

Working on a cruise ship offers a unique and exciting experience, but it also comes with challenges. One such challenge is the availability of time off for different positions onboard. In this article, we delve into various jobs on cruise ships and explore the likelihood of getting time off for each role.

Effective Leadership on Cruise Ships: Cultivating Respect, Collaboration, and Motivation for Optimal Performanc

Jun 08, 2023

Working under an inspiring leader on a cruise ship is a rare gem. Having had the privilege of such an experience, I witnessed firsthand the incredible impact it had on my performance. If you aspire to be a respected and influential leader, motivating and empowering your team to unleash their full potential is crucial. Unlike bosses who train employees solely for their assigned tasks, true leaders empower their team members to utilize their talents in various capacities.

Sign-Off Checklist: Essential Steps for a Smooth Transition from Ship to Shore

Jun 08, 2023

The day of signing off from cruise ship is the most joyous, adrenaline-fueled, hectic, and emotional day for every crew member. The days leading up to sign-off consist of sleepless nights, relentless packing, and a constant state of euphoria! After all, only a seaman can understand the feeling of going home after a long and tedious stint at sea.

Are leaders born or made? Are there many leaders in the cruise industry?

Jun 08, 2023

In my experience working in the cruise industry, I have observed that there are not many inspiring leaders on board the ship. Financial targets always take priority, and cruise ship companies are not genuinely concerned about reducing turnover rates. Managers often focus on reprimanding, terminating, and condemning mistakes, which keeps the crew members on edge. However, is there a better way to run the demanding and hectic operations on board a cruise ship? Certainly, yes.