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Comparing Work: Cruise Ships vs. Land-based Jobs

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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?

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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.

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

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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

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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.

How we prepare for USPH inspection, and what happens if a cruise ship fails?

Submitted by kgnadmin on

If you have ever worked on a cruise ship especially sailing in the US, you know the true meaning of the USPH inspection. Regardless of the cruise line or the ship, we are expected to maintain high standards of cleanliness. If you work on a seven-day cruise with the two American ports, that means that you are required to do two special cleanings per cruise.

How to stay healthy on cruise ship?

Submitted by kgnadmin on

We often struggled to maintain our physical and mental health during long contracts on the cruise ship. Physical health could be maintained much easier than our mental health. Indeed, both are extremely important for keeping our sanity and healthy state of mind. Our physical and mental health mainly depends on hours of sleep, the amount of stress we are exposed to, how often we exercise, and our preferred diet.