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A Cruise Ship Member Tells All!
April 4, 2019
The author spent 5 years on cruise ships. My wife and I have been on several cruises and really noticed the sparkling white uniforms of the officers but also noticed the workers, painting and repairing wearing overalls. These workers are mainly Phillipino as are the those who clean the rooms, officers mainly white and male. The author first worked as a drummer in the pit band. He loved the cheap booze in the crews mess but room conditions were very spartan and as a worker you couldn't walk among the passengers or enjoy the same food. Crew food was unmentionable, indescribable and unpalatable. At that time crew were allowed to smoke in their rooms but as a non smoker he often found smoke drifting in to his room. Most times crew rooms did not have a ventilation system and locations were near very noisy machines so that ear plugs were a necessity. Crew members did have a slop room, where they could purchase instant foods when they often couldn't stomach the crew mess. He apparently loved the ship's milk, not sure why and one time he and his girlfriend ate cereal morning, noon and supper. My wife and I on cruises often wandered in the art auctions, never had free champagne (which apparently was bad plonk). He and his girlfriend became art auctioneers, and thus became officers, special privileges such as eating better meals and having a better room. They did get commission on what they sold. Greta his girlfriend bought a special gavel to use. His boss told him how to size up people by what they wore, and not to waste time on those people just wanting free drinks. The last ship they served on was a "ship of darkness". The did not get a special room or special considerations. They did visit Venice and Rome and went on a special donkey ride. This book is a special behind the scene look at cruise lines, and that all is not glamorous for those workers who make our lives special when we come aboard for our cruises. Very recommended.