Anonymous asked in TravelCruise Travel · 1 month ago

pros and cons of working on a cruise ship as an American?

7 Answers

  • 4 days ago

    well you get paid but you can't go home after 6 weeks it is fun if you get to go though

  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    Most Americans are not prepared for 14 hour days 7 days a week for 6 months at a time.  Especially for the pay offered.  It’s great if you are from a developing nation where $1 goes a lot further.  It sucks otherwise.  

  • 3 weeks ago

    Well you get to travel the world and all your expenses are paid. 

    When in port with a day off you get to explore different places and cultures.

    It would be a great experience at lease for one contract of 8 or 9 months. If you liked it sign up again.

    Ok, you need to be a hard worker like 8 to 10 hours a day of hard work and then you might have to volunteer or help elsewhere after your shift. For $8 an hour.

    You share a room with 1 to 4 people its tight living.

    They have shared crew spaces too, food , tv...

    I think it would be a great time to save money, work on a degree on line and then move towards a career in hospitality in Las Vegas NV.

    • Mrsjvb
      Lv 7
      2 weeks agoReport

      Starting pay is not $8/hour.  It’s a lot less. They won’t be able to do any online education whatsoever.  And no, not all expenses are paid 

  • 4 weeks ago

    Depends on what you will be doing - and if you have the job already.  In most cases, cruiselines don't like to hire westerners for the majority of jobs as its a 3-6 month contract, 12+ hours a day, 6-7 days a week........

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  • 1 month ago

    Pro - You get to travel the world, Con -You work for a relative pittance

  • 1 month ago

    Most Americans who work on the ships either organize the entertainment events- like the pool parties, or work in the shops. The better a person's English proficiency, the better the job they can get on a ship. Cruise staff DO get to get off the ship in ports- they rotate, so some are on the ship in one port but get off in another. There are contracts of different lengths, and then you get a few months off to go home. The cons, I guess, would be living in close quarters with the rest of the cruise, and always having to be nice to the passengers. 

  • 1 month ago

    The Pros are you get reduced or free voyages in the future as a passenger. The cons are its not what many people think: you are working, you dont go off the boat on shore excursions, you stay in crew quarters, and its a bit of a never ending fantasy-like being in Vegas all the time, which actually gets very old and tiring. You have to be NICE at all times. The shifts are long.

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