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.

Passenger's Perspective: Big Ships vs. Small Ships - Which One is Better?

Jun 07, 2023

Every year, cruise lines introduce new ships, and the prevailing notion is that bigger is better. However, while larger ships offer more activities, entertainment, and dining options, the overwhelming array of choices can be daunting. On the other hand, small cruise ships provide a more intimate and tranquil vacation experience, with fewer options available.

Maitre D' Role: Key Duties and Responsibilities on a Cruise Ship

Jun 05, 2023

If you possess exceptional social skills and have experience in restaurant service, this could be the ideal position for you on a cruise ship. The role of a Maitre D’’’ is not only incredibly enjoyable but also comes with significant responsibilities.

Distinction between Boss vs. Leader - What is the difference between being a leader and "boss"?

Jun 02, 2023

While working on board the ship for more than ten years, I have had the opportunity to work with some outstanding leaders and also with some horrible managers. As crew members, we constantly adjust and learn how to achieve company objectives under different kinds of managers. How should companies improve their management standards, incorporate new management training, and achieve a more efficient management level?

How to achieve consistency when working under continuous extreme stress on a ship?

Jun 02, 2023

Working on a cruise ship is known to be one of the most stressful jobs. It involves long work hours, frequent changes in team members, and high standards of quality. Additionally, crew members have personal responsibilities such as paying off loans, supporting their families back home, and managing everyday tasks like laundry and studying.

10 Largest Cruise Ports in the World

May 30, 2023

The cruise industry contributes enormously to many countries' economies by boosting tourism and generating millions of jobs worldwide. Cruising has become a way to escape the hectic mundane life and enjoy some calm days at sea.With advancements in maritime technologies, modern cruise ports are being built to accommodate giant cruise ships endowed with state-of-the-art facilities.

A Perfect Day at the Port of Cozumel

May 28, 2023

Whether you find yourself as a crew member or a guest aboard a cruise ship, the allure of Cozumel, Mexico is certain to captivate you. Undoubtedly, this enchanting destination stands as one of the most sought-after tourist hotspots across the globe, and its appeal stems from a multitude of compelling reasons. If your Western Caribbean cruise visits Mexico, chances are, you'll have a stop at the port of Cozumel – one of the major cruise destinations in Mexico.

Are There Limits on How Many Drinks You Get With Your Cruise Drink & Beverage Package?

May 25, 2023

The only cruise lines we know to have any limits on the number of drinks you can order are Carnival and Princess (which is owned by Carnival Corporation). They have a 15-drink limit on alcoholic beverages during the 24 hours from 6 am to 6 am. Non-alcoholic drinks aren't included in the 15-drink total.

Drink Packages On Cruise Ships

May 23, 2023

Beverage prices on cruise ships can vary depending on the package and cruise line. Most cruise ships offer beverage packages that provide access to a wide range of drinks, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. These packages are often available for purchase before the cruise or onboard the ship. It's important to carefully review the details of each package to understand what is included and any limitations or restrictions.

Drink packages on cruise ship; is it worth it?

May 22, 2023

While working on a cruise ship as a bartender, I often asked myself, "Is there a real value in buying the drink package for the ship passengers? 

Is food on cruise ships available around the clock?

May 19, 2023

If you're new to cruising, you're likely brimming with questions about the ship's food service. Don't worry; we've got you covered with some essential information to enhance your onboard dining experience.