Ship Life

Can you expect support from the onboard HR department?

Apr 24, 2023

The Human Resources position plays a vital part in any business organization. This position is maybe the most vital in the cruise ship industry since crew members are away from their families for 6-10 months.

Extroverts and Introverts: Navigating the Culture of a Cruise Ship

Apr 22, 2023

Generally speaking, if you are an extrovert, you will adjust much easier to the culture on the cruise ship. The ability to seek every opportunity to talk and create conversations is crucially important on the ship, especially when working in front of the house and dealing with guests.

What has the cruise industry done about mental health on board the ships?

Apr 21, 2023

In response to growing concerns about mental health on cruise ships, there have been several recent additions to the small body of research on seafarers' mental well-being, which has sought to examine the prevalence of mental health issues among seafarers, review the support that exists and offer recommendations on how to protect the mental health of seafarers.

Joining a Cruise Ship for the First Time: Essential Tips for New Crew Members

Apr 19, 2023

When you are at home before your first cruise ship assignment, you don't know how many different things are going to happen when you board the ship. Everything you probably heard from those employment agencies back home is only the good side of the story. When you pack your luggage and finally set to join the cruise ship for the first time, just take a deep breath; in the end, everything will be ok. Be brave and prepare yourself for a unique, beautiful, challenging journey.

Comparing Work: Cruise Ships vs. Land-based Jobs

Apr 19, 2023

Working on a cruise ship has many visible advantages and disadvantages compared to working on land. As they always say, the grass looks greener in the neighbor's lot. I have spent nearly ten years working on a cruise ship, and I always tried to focus on the positive aspects. One of the main differences between working on the cruise ship and working on the land is that you don't need to commute to work. That is a huge advantage; you don't have to spend 1 hour traveling to get to work.

How did the cruise industry survived the most difficult times?

Apr 18, 2023

When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, which resulted in the confinement of a large part of the world’s population, a string of consequences not seen since the Second World War shook the social and economic structures of most, if not all, countries, prolonged confinements, limited mobility, and border closures affected all economic sectors to varying extents, however, hospitality and tourism were possibly the hardest hit of all despite their years of steady growth.

Reasons behind the fights on cruise ships explained by a crew member – Navy Seal Gets Into Brawl With Security Guards

Apr 17, 2023

What's behind the increase in cruise ship violence? There are a few possible explanations.

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Deciding Between River Ships and Ocean Liners: Which Provides the Optimal Work Environment?

Apr 15, 2023

Work on a cruise ship is hard to generalize by someone's subjective experience. Someone back home might ask you- how is it to work on the cruise ship? Some friends may need advice on which cruise line is the best to apply for. Is it better to work on ocean cruise ships or river ship?

The true story about my good friend Alan, the Galley Steward

Apr 11, 2023

There was a time when I was a crew bartender on a cruise ship sailing out from Florida. It's nice to be a crew bartender, most bartenders would disagree with that, but I really enjoyed it. It was hard because I had no one else to help me set up or close the bar; I was opening and closing it and serving the crew members. Some bartenders did not like to work there because they wanted to go to the crew bar to drink when they were off duty.

Can ship romance lead to a long-term love relationship on land?

Apr 11, 2023

I remember the time when I started working on cruise ship and saw couples fighting between themselves. What instantly came to my mind was," How are they going to have a healthy relationship on the land if they can't have a healthy relationship on the cruise ship"?