See title, starting with a few FAQs>how long and what do you do?I started working on ships right out of university and ive made it my career, currently trying to get up to Cruise Director.>where are you right now Currently on a contract in the Caribbean, sailing out of Florida. About as entry-level as it gets. >what’s the best cruise line for my vacationIf you have kids, Disney or Royal Caribbean. I can’t see reason to buy a cruise otherwise, it’s not a good travel method with the exception of a couple parts of the world (Alaska, Norway).>can/do you sleep with the guests?It’s prohibited and not worth it, there are plenty of female crew members who are down to fool around. I do have some adventurous friends though who partake. The bigger the ship the harder it is for them to catch you.>I have no education/ambition, can I get a job on a ship?Sure you can, but most likely you will work 8-10 hours a day every day for 6-8 months on a salary that cannot keep up with the western world’s cost of living,
>>2355186>exception of a couple parts of the world (Alaska, Norway).explain why, and avg costanother question is, I've noticed that traveling for me is never relaxing, I've been in Spain for a bit and literally every metic I have except female interaction is up: cardio, money spent, stress, flights, could keep goingI'm a zoomer so probably no fucking business being there but I just want to chill holy shit.On the other hand I bet there are better ways to do that without traveling at all.. sorry for blogpost
I live where there are very harsh winters and I am planning on taking a cruise this winter. Are there a lot of single people on cruises? It always seems like a couples or family thing. I like the idea of taking a cruise because I don't have to worry about the logistics of traveling, I am jsut along for the ride. I usually go to Vegas when I want some time away from the -30f weather, but I want to try something new this year.
whats better Filipino pussy or Filipino bussy?
>>2355186This reminds me of the slave trade. Did you know that 78% of slave owners in the US were Jews?
>>2355209Why not try Thailand or Mexico? Cheap and relaxing as fuck.
>>2355245And? Who cares?
>>2355186Didn't answer the important questions, are you filipino or indonesian? Oh out of Florida? Which port? So american. Sad!
>>2355209I went on a cruise to Norway (someone else paid). If you want to see Norway you can get a ship or drive. Thanks to the fjords the car option is not efficient. I didn’t enjoy cruising all that much (Norway itself was fab) but I’m not an obese boomer. Those guys love boats
>>2355252Hi Chaim! The world cares.
>>2355186>Royal CaribbeanLmao fuck those cunts. Tipping is mandatory even out of Australia. Princess is best if you don't care about partying and want to avoid kids.
>>2355186What is the most common crime?What is the most common scam?
>>2355186What do you do with my poo?
What country is your ship flagged and registered under? How do you like no labor laws?
>>2355186Are you allowed to go on a holiday once the ship reaches its destination or are you stuck working while it moors and until it returns? What are the sleeping/housing conditions for the employees? Do you get any free time to enjoy the cruise a little or is it 24/7 work?
>>2355209As >>2355255 points out it can be inefficient traveling these places by car. Cruise ship does the job for you, plus they usually throw in some glaciers that you could only access by sea or air. Cruising through Chile and New Zealand are similar experiences. I dont know the cost but I did take a Mediterranean cruise to visit my partner and it was a little more than a grand for a week (I didn't buy any packages)I'd probably recommend an all inclusive resort in mexico or Cuba if you're just looking to mentally check out. Sure you can do that on a ship but you'll be stuffed in a tin can with ~4000 fat boomers and their kids, lining up for buffets and cramming into elevators. That doesn't sound relaxing to me.
>>2355239I dont touch the stuff, I'm into Latinas and slavs. >>2355253Even if they sail out of the US the crew are mostly Asian, with the exception of ncl's pride of America, which sails around hawaii and is mostly American staffed due to sailing exclusively to American ports
>>2355262Yeah alot of cruise lines have a shitload of hidden and added costs.Shout out to the all inclusive cruise lines silversea seabourn and regent seven seas. They're expensive but If you can afford them it's a good option to get away from kids and people who wear flip flops on formal night.
>>2355186Ever banged any milfs in the broom chamber after they had one too many sex on the beaches?Also, do you frequently see young people? If so, couples or even solo travelers? Is the food good?
>>2355323>most common crimeDrug smuggling, it even happens outside of the caribbean, but that obviously the hot zone.>biggest scam They add service charge per person per day to your account, regardless of whether you bought a gratuities package. They claim that this goes to general housekeepers and restaurant staff but it's bullshit. Same with any additional tip you add via card. If you're gonna tip do it in cash. >>2355589Bahamas, working with no labour laws is just an exaggeration of how people live on land. Sure somebody on the ship is making g 1/5 my salary for double the work but I'm not the captain either. I'm posting a photo of my current cabin. Some crew would literally kill a co worker just to sleep here for a week. Some people have 1 2 or 3 roommates and no porthole
as crew I assume you are fed by the ship right? so do you have any living expenses while on board the ship? if you are fed by the ship how is the food for you guys
>>2355186any rapes happen?
>>2355601Depending on the position people still work in port, but are usually given breaks that allow them to get off. Housekeepers arguably work more when the ship is docked /anchored, and they gotta keep restaurants open. Casino and boutique get the best deal cuz neither can open while in port. Musicians and cast (singers dancers, acrobats, magicians) get a good deal too because they typically perform ar night only. I've posted a photo of my cabin >>2355711 just keep in mind this is one of the better ones. Only 3 stripes and up get suites with balconies. >>2355720Yes the food is free and certain positions can also eat in guest restaurants. Food quality is hit and miss depending on the company but its difficult for anybody who requires a particular diet.
>>2355720>fed by the shipProbably fed by a cook ON the ship dude>>2355186I've heard there are some cool adventure and exploration oriented cruises, smaller ships, more ambitious itinerary. Stuff like Windstar. Comfy spending up to $20k and would do it to a place that isn't very accessible by land (Galapagos nature stuff, Antarctica, Nordics etc) Thoughts?
>>2355711Are those crew quarters? Sure as shit beats what I slept in on the aircraft carrier
>>2355834Antarctica cruises would be pretty comfy, although try to do on a smaller vessel. There are certain regulations about the amount of people the ship can transport to land. If I were to go it would be with only 100-200.There are large cruise lines like celebrity and princess that do Antarctica-lite runs, usually to the islands in the Chilean part, i wouldn’t do it. >>2355841This cabin is typical for a 2 stripe officer. I’ve been spoiled recently, kind of hoping I never go back to having a roommate.Also kind of curious if anybody here has worked on cargo ships, surely they must have decent quarters to compensate for the smaller crew numbers. >>2355730Short answer yes, certain nationalities and positions are very territorial and/or aggressive. Guests trying to (unsuccessfully) coax the spa girls into doing sexual deeds is common as well.
>>2355582Gets stored and released once we hit international waters. The shit they find in the pipes are amazing too, somebody tried to flush down a whole chicken.
>>2355860>somebody tried to flush down a whole chickenQA for the CHT systems and they failed
>>2355186how did you get into it?
>>2355186How much are you making per year? and do you pay any tax?Seems like it's pretty decent as you have no expenses right?What the internet like on board? Can you play games or stream videos?Whats the craziest shit you've seen on board?
>>2355859> Also kind of curious if anybody here has worked on cargo ships, surely they must have decent quarters to compensate for the smaller crew numbers. My friend works on cable layers, his room was 2-3x the size of yours. Similar decor>>2355894> What the internet like on board? Can you play games or stream videos?Internet is via expensive satellite connections. Not suitable for gaming as the lag is very bad and the bandwidth is often too limited for enjoyable streaming. New satellites offer more bandwidth, so that’s improving, but the lag will never go away. You have to send data up to space and back down again; this is just slow.
>>2355986What flag do you get when you shitpost on 4chan on a board with flags?
>>2355894Around $25,000, which isn’t much but I don’t pay rent, groceries or car insurance for 3/4 of the year. Also I typically stay in whichever place I disembark in (e,g. Australia, Europe) and the company gives me a stipend for my flight home. My country still makes me pay tax.As >>2355986 days it is slow, but it is improving. Some companies outright ban streaming or put a premium on it. Not only that it is EXPENSIVE, crew pay about $5 for an hour, and the guests are asked to pay around $30 for the whole day.>what’s the craziest shit you’ve seen on board?It’s disappointing, somebody tried to kill himself by jumping off the top deck, although thats pretty frequent depending on the company. All the dumb covid regulations seem like pretty crazy shit in retrospect.>>2356535I post on /sp/ frequently and it comes up as American.
Why is the internet so fucking bad on cruise ships?Whats the stupidest boomer story you have?Whats the best way to smuggle drugs and liquor on board?
>>2356745> Why is the internet so fucking bad on cruise ships? See >>2355986> Whats the stupidest boomer story you have?Don’t really have one story, just general knack of common knowledge and an alarming amount of primitive behaviour. Guests will come up to you and exclaim “where the food at?”We did have guests protesting on a ship because the cancelled/changed half the ports cuz of bad weather. I don’t know what people expect when they buy a British isles cruise in mid October.>Whats the best way to smuggle drugs and liquor on board?Depending on the port, it would be on your person as ship security generally don’t perform pat downs. I’ve heard people having jackets with hidden pockets for small bottles of liquor, and a crew member once hobbled onboard with drugs in his underpants (he was caught and fired). Port security might take a different approach, some places bring K9s, particularly American ports.
>>2355186Thank you for answering my questions in those other threads. I have some more questions:Do the staff ever come into the room during the stay, like for housekeeping?I heard from someone that went on a cruise recently that although the meals were included in the package, they were cold meals only and all of the hot meals and unscheduled dining and snacking were to be paid for separately. Is this typical of most cruises, or do you think it was just because it was a packaged deal? They went because they got a good rate.
>>2357953>Do the staff ever come into the room during the stay, like for housekeeping?Yes, every guest stateroom is assigned a stateroom steward who makes your bed, swaps out your towels, and for longer cruises changes your linens. They also deliver your schedule and any potential notices you might receive throughout the cruise.There is also room service, on the companies I’ve worked on it’s around a $10 - $15 flat rate, and you can order as much as you want. They can also deliver continental breakfast items for free, just gonna let them know via a door hangar.> Is this typical of most cruises, or do you think it was just because it was a packaged deal? They went because they got a good rate.If that package was done via a travel agency there might have been some miscommunication between what the agency said the cruise line would provide and what they did provide.On your standard ship there are complimentary restaurants (e.g. buffet, main dining room) and specialty restaurants (E.g. sushi bar, steakhouse). Specialty restaurants are either paid a La carte, or with an overhead cover charge (something like $75 per person).If a guest buys a dining package they essentially are free to dine in all the specialty restaurants so long as they can make a reservation. Some items might keep a small premium for certain menu items, and service charges still have to be paid (there is a separate gratuities package as well).One could have a perfectly pleasant time spend <7 days on a cruise and rely completely on complementary dining without having to pay more, but if you want variation that’s where they get you to spend more. Also, there isn’t any rule saying you can’t go to the buffet, stock up and bring it back to your stateroom. Room service is for those who can’t be arsed to leave the room, i or wanna order really late at night.I wanted to post a pic of ship food but all I could find was what they fed me while I quarantined last summer.
>>2357960Thanks. Your picture still looks pretty tasty.
>>2357960that looks good and varied
>>2355186tell me about the gay sex with all the philipino cabin boys
>>2355186How do I get a job as entertainment staff?
>>2358055Entertainment staff aka cruise staff/activity staff are almost always hired direct with the company so job opportunities are advertised on the main company’s site.Here’s a couple to get you started NCL https://career8.successfactors.com/career?career%5fns=job%5flisting&company=NCLPROD&navBarLevel=JOB%5fSEARCH&rcm%5fsite%5flocale=en%5fUS&career_job_req_id=38901&selected_lang=en_US&jobAlertController_jobAlertId=&jobAlertController_jobAlertName=&browserTimeZone=America/Nassau&_s.crb=ZjKmAKcE6GYMTozMD6YxVp6G8TYnCSeUszMRY84XFEU%3dRoyal Caribbean (hotel jobs > entertainment > cruise staff)https://rclctrac.com/
>>2355186Do people get pretty claustrophobic in those places?I mean, not being able to "leave town" safely it's something of a nightmare. Related to that. What about pirates?
Are there any good cruises for singles?Are there often qt 3.14 female guests for other guests to hit on?
aren't you scared of drowning or getting trapped in the lower decks during an emergency like in Titanic?
>>2358299corollary question: are you actually happy about inevitably getting trapped in a boiler explosion like in water world?
I went on a cruise once and I saw a lot of elderly people playing slot machines all day
>>2358280> Do people get pretty claustrophobic in those places?It’s not the best place for claustrophobes, and certainly germaphobes. For crew, it can be tough to have to share close quarters with a roommate, potentially three, and that is usually the dealbreaker for a lot of entry level positions. It’s worse yet if you are two middle aged adults, it’s why I decided to start climbing the ladder and get out of the double berth cabins.With regards to not being able to “leave town” when you’re in the middle of the ocean it’s safer to be on a gargantuan ship than a small lifeboat. If the ship were to lose power it would truly be hell on earth though.> What about pirates?Pirates don’t go for cruise ships because they are typically carrying a few thousand people onboard, including a security team. They’d rather go for container ships which typically have sub 50 crew members and are much easier to overtake.>>2358282IMHO your best bet is to go on a Cruise marketed towards families and to nick somebody’s legally aged daughter. Their is legitimately a void of things for young adults to do onboard other than saturate their social media, this is because they aren’t the main clientele (their parents).You will most likely have better odds at the nightclub in your nearest city.>>2358299I did one contract where I slept 2 decks below sea level, and I don’t remember having much issue. Watertight doors only lock vertically, so there should always be a way up.That being said, last contract my cabin was at sea level in the aft, right where a protruded dock could go into should they fuck up a parking job (picrel). Again, didn’t lose sleep over it but I did think about the consequences.
>>2358328I’d like to think when the nukes start dropping I’ll be far far away
>>2358470>If the ship were to lose power it would truly be hell on earth though.Related to that, what's the scariest shit that happened in the ship on board.
What about those swinger cruises, do those really exist?
>>2358470>including a security teamany guns? Or just rent a cops
>>2358881Security officer and assistant seco are typically armed, the rest are lackeys.>>2358646Yes, once they ordered for 138 new mattresses to be placed as a free for all in the conference room, and staff were advised not to touch anything in guest areas in case of contamination. Atlantis charters organizes the most notorious swinger cruises.>>2358280Forgot to mention that in the case of nearby pirates the ship has a blackout mode so it can’t be seen from far away.>>2358642Not my personal experience but a lot of people would cite the beginning of the covid shutdown, when nobody knew was gonna happen. Literally had to ferry everybody back to their home countries because of all the flight cancellations.Costa Concordia is another one. Before abandoning ship all the guests and crew have to muster in public areas, and if it comes to that it is quite daunting. Once had to stay in that “standby mode” for 3 hours, you would have crew crying while trying to keep guests calm.
>>2355186I just got hired as a Videography. I might see you around sailor. Lets do whippets and poppers and I'll fuck your ass.
>>2355186Maybe I missed this, but what do you actually do?I had a friend who worked for several years as a cellarmaster on cruise ships—he was in charge of the booze, basically, but also managed all the bars and bartenders. He had a good experience overall, did a lot of traveling between contracts (he’s the best-traveled person I know personally, out of a lot of contenders), and saved quite a bit of money, but he found the hours and quarters intolerable after a few years. Anyway, he was some kind of officer, however that is calculated, but he still had roommates and cramped berths for most of his contracts. So I assume that you must outrank him with your single cabin and porthole.
>>2358901What's it like for solo musicians?I've done some reading and it seems like a good deal (you get your own cabin).
>>2359164I’m musical director, which depending on the cruise line is an privileged or underprivileged position. MD is usually given the privileges of a 2 stripe or 2.5 stripe officer and is in charge of anywhere between 5 and 40 musicians (correlating with ship size) In the case of your friend I have to say that f&b always gets the short end of the stick. They get the most roommates, and have both hardest and slowest promotional ladder to climb. I’ll be transitioning to Assistant Cruise Director next year, it’s a better salary and one step closer to where I can comfortably work long term on ships.>>2359254Solo guitarist and solo pianist have a really nice deal, and on some companies get a better deal than Musical Director. It’s always a solo cabin, and some companies require them to have a day off a week. The cons - you’re gonna be the entertainment anchor of the musicians department, averaging 3 to 4 sets a night (minus the day off). Even the party band can be replaced by a DJ but for guests go nuts for going to the pub or piano bar and listening to a 1 man band churning out their favourites.I’m not a solo musician but I would say the better gigs on the mainstream lines would be princess or Norwegian. I’m assuming you’re under 40.
What are the worst nationalities you had to deal with?
>>2355239>>2358052Can you fucking not
>>2355237>like the idea of taking a cruise because I don't have to worry about the logistics of traveling, I am jsut along for the ride.Cruises seem like a nightmare because maybe you go to a destination you really want to explore but they are only in port for say 5 hours. If you just travel on your own you could stay longer. And if a cruise makes 5-10 stops say in a 2 week trip, that is 5-10 times you could miss the cruise ship as it leaves a given port. I don't see the appeal of cruises it is basically like staying inside in a floating all inclusive resort most of your vacation. But most people are low quality and like that type of shit and prefer all inclusive tourism. And with the type of money you are spending on a cruise you are going to be loath to spend much money on port calls. All in all cruises seem like a cancer. They are excessively polluting, port areas that receive lots of cruises develop shtick like tourism to cater to all the people on cruises, the people who cruise likely spend so much money on the cruise they don't spend much money when they are exploring the actual destinations, etc.
I have an MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. I know bad choice. Anyway, what kind of job could I get on a cruise ship? Seems fun to me tbqh
>>2359748cruises are where old people go when they're starting to get dementia and know they can't take care of themselves. the smart ones anyway.retirement homes are full of incompetent CNAs who will literally kill you, cruises are full of people who will worship your very presencealso, they're cheaper than retirement homes
>>2359728From the guests - Americans by far. American guests have the least public decency, and their solution to everything is always to complain loudly. Latino guests kind of get a bad rap cuz they share the lack of public decency, and they can’t quite grasp certain cruise-specific concepts (e.g. being charged the “service fee” that I mentioned before). However the latter tend to settle down after a certain age while the yanks just get nastier with age. The Latino guests are typically US passport holders anyways.From the crew - The Ukrainian/Russians are white fly by night and can be difficult to engage from a management perspective. Any sort of deviation from the norm will require a thorough explanation and will involve rebuttals and questioning. The good thing about them though is at the end of the day they will still do the work, and can enjoy what they have (especially right now). Westerners with more of a personality will always go down kicking and screaming because they truly believe they have been hired to be on vacation, that the work is just an inconvenience. I would also like to say that I’m personally not a fan of most deck officers or engineers. They’re entitled, particularly towards women. Once an engineer made a drama because he thought I was sleeping with his girlfriend, even though he already has a wife and 3 kids at home. In hindsight I should’ve fucked her since the fallout was all the same.
Does your ship have a morgue and jail?
If I were to try and smuggle drugs on the cruise (LSD and THC gummies) how would I best go about it without getting caught? I figure lsd would be easy since its just tiny little squares, but would it be simple enough to just put some gummies in a bag of gummy bears? What are the chances of that getting sniffed out? Any stories of people who have gotten caught? If so, what was it and how were they caught?
>>2355186What do you think about Tim Dillon's famous cruise ship rant?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmSpQq60-Ls
>>2360339When I went my luggage was X rayed and I had to explain what a drone was to an obese dock worker. I don’t know how hard drugs are to smuggle anywhere, but the boat people really do more than just cursory checks.
>>2360129Some ships have brigs, but otherwise if you do something stupid enough to merit arrest/being kicked off the ship they just keep in you the stateroom with 24/7 security posted outside.>>2360453 there’s some superficial accuracy to the video, but Tom Dillon is talking from a four day charter cruise’s worth of experience. Plus he was a guest entertainer, so you don’t even see crew areas.Most accurate bits >Costa maya is a 100% fake tourist trap >the lowest calibre of human being to have ever drawn a breath>tv is full of upwelling ads (we have news and sports)>there are people who live on ships full time (cheaper than a carehome)Pretty sure they wouldn’t let somebody who just attempted suicide out in public, probably confine them to their cabin/kick em off.Also, definitely don’t water down the booze, they just charge up the wahoo for it ($15 for a glass of wine).I prefer bill burr’s bit, probably because it doesn’t feature a heavily stoned joe rogan watering down the exposee https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QLrNotJp4lw
>>2360339I smell weed onboard from time to time. The worst place to try to do it would be any if the Floridian ports, as historically that’s where the drugs flow. They’ll sometimes have k9 teams. Honestly best way to do it if there was one would be on your person. Heard of a crew member who had a jacket with a bunch of hidden pockets that the x ray didn’t pick up.
>>2360129Didn’t answer the morgue bit. Still trying to find out if this one has one, but usually there isn’t. We just have ice cream day whenever somebody diesHolland America is well known for having the biggest morgues though, some people purchase world cruises just to die on em.
>>2360628There's a UK cruise line Saga that does old people cruising as a specialty. I hope they have plenty of freezer space
>>2355186Do you have an MMC?Why not move to MSC or NOAA or cargo?I spent about 6months getting licensed to be an OS, then got offers from MSC and NOAA for the US feds. I gifted both applications and security clearances till the last minute and ended up going to NOAA. I worked underground mining while I waited for paperwork. I've had alot of jobs, hitchhiked around the world, and been to college, but working for the Feds was my last straw honestly. To much work to deal with government retards if you value your time. But I'd recommend it if you want to grift. I spent 2 months with NOAA before I couldn't take the clown world nature of it. I'd recommend engine room, but I spent enough time in machining and design to get sick of that too, but it was helpful blackpill experience. I'd definitely go into research if you had the ability.The industry seems pretty consistently in fucking you in the ass, mostly minorities slow burning deck jobs, then a bunch of academy bros for the bridge, then alcoholics and chain smoking mechanics in the engine department.It's been a few months sense I left but I made 10k in couple months, and they pay for everything once you fly out from home.I like sailing, but I don't think it's worth the squeeze unless you're doing research and exploration. Engine pays good and helps if you get laid off and have to go shore side.I thought about trying again but i dont want to work for companies that force me to forge medical docs.
Whats a good party cruise line? I just want to get drunk and sail around the med for a week and maybe pick up some strange.
I worked on an expedition cruise ship visiting Antarctica, for 2.5 months.I was expedition crew (I am also a qualified chief officer kek, but was on their using my Antarctic guiding experience). It was a pretty good gig.-Cabin shared with one other member of exped crew (guy was a total bro)-allowed to eat with guests, same food, very good quality-long hours, hard work but did see aome really good places -Upper class American guests, actually pretty OK to get on withVisited 9-10 interesting sites (various wrecked ships, abandoned whaling stations etc.). Would recommend.Now I work on a research vessel as chief officer. Have also worked on oil industry ships and container vessels, glad I got to experience a cruise ship.
>>2355186What does the captain/other officers that actually handle the ship make? How did they get the job? Ex navy officers?
>>2361101Carnival is seen as the party cruise line, but their subsidiaries like p&o and Costa are more present In the Mediterranean> maybe pick up some strange.Cruising is primarily for either families or boomers who want To embrace their mindlessness. Yes sex on a cruise happens but usually because one or both of the parties are bored AF, not because they came onboard with the intention of hooking up. The guests that hook up with crew are typically the daughters or granddaughters of the actually person that bought the cruise.>>2362266I don’t have actual numbers but it’s pretty good once you reach second officer, although iirc third officers still get their own cabin. Cadet sucks.They usually come from navies, tankers, or cargo shipping. Most of them start as cadets in cruising, and will happily take a demotion because they are way more people (especially women) on a cruise ship.Most cruise ship captains are european, I’ve only ever worked with one American. The team itself is starting to feature more latinos, such as Venezuelans and Panamanians.
>>2355711>They add service charge per person per day to your account, regardless of whether you bought a gratuities packageI never understood why people ever started accepting this. When you buy a product, the salary of the guy who made it should obviously be baked into the original price and not added as an extra when you get to the checkout
redpill on repositioning cruises?
>>2355245source or stfu faggot
>>2362261how did you dodge the nwo patrols guardin the ice wall?
>>2362532Repositioning cruises are best on giant ships with tonnes of activities and restaurants. Otherwise you will bored on a ship full of boomers who will sleep on a sun hair for a week. It’s usually one of the tougher cruises because typically only long-term returnees like to buy them, although newcomers will buy them for affordability reasons. Don’t be surprised if there a port gets cancelled, they tend to grasp at straws just to fill the itinerary in on paper.Oh, and always buy them in autumn when the ships are repositioning eastward. You’ll get a bunch of extra hours due to the time changes, as opposed to losing them by sailing west.