[QUOTE=RichM;140590]The passengers are the cargo, so you are on constant ass kissing mode to keep them happy. Below decks you share a focsle with who ever they assign to you. below decks you have about 500-700 crew characters.You got the drugies,the gays, the philipinos, the arabs, the skanks, the gamblers, the list goes on and on. Add in the fack of being on a floating petre dish and god know what you will catch. I went on board one in Maui once to check it out. Went back down the gangway about after an hour and never looked back.
Oh yeah as someone mentioned the pay sucks.[/QUOTE]
Well, from someone who actually worked on multiple big & small cruise ships for over 10yrs, you sir have got it WRONG. I was an entertainer and most of my contracts were 6 months or longer.
First off, most of the big (900ft +) cruise ships have over 1000 crew members.
Passengers are cargo, but most of the crew have no direct dealings with them, or only for very short times. Hotel Staff, Front Desk, Dining Room, and Entertainment Staff have the most direct contact with the pax. Don’t confuse being polite as ass kissing.
Sure you share a cabin with someone you may not know, but that is no different than all the other ships I’ve worked on.
I’ve never seen a druggie onboard a cruise ship after my first one. Mandatory random drug tests for something like 10% of the crew a month, that actually happen every month. I’ve worked on an oil rig for 2yrs and haven’t heard of anyone even getting a drug test during that time. Cabin inspections every week make sure rooms are kept safe and clean.
Yes, you have gays, Filipinos, Arabs???, Skanks, and Gamblers. But, I’ve seen those kinds of people tons of places and not just on ships. So what is your point??? One of my ships had 1070 crew members from 47 countries and we all got along with ZERO issues between crew members. Can’t say the same for most of the ships I’ve worked on with just Americans.
As for being a “floating petre dish and god know what you will catch” most of the cases of Norovirus are directly related to the passengers that come onboard for that cruise. If I remember correctly in almost all the cases the first case of sickness is almost always a passenger.
Yes, the Deck and Engineering jobs are not the same as for the rest of the merchant marine and I know the pay is much less as well. But, most of these ships are foreign flagged and hiring foreign workers. I have no idea what the POA’s contracts are like or how much they pay.