[QUOTE=Ordinaryseaman;9711]c.captain- I’m not 100% sure- but I think NCLA was the cheapest of the large cruise lines- largely because the cruises were 7 day intead of 10-14 day.
Not sure of the retail on cruises- but I know they often sold for $500-$600- not a bad deal.
I agree on the Jones act- but unfortunately I think it was the American crew that sank the operation. Great ship- great itinerary- bad crew.
Not the deck and engine guys (they were all harworkers) but some of the hotel side- waiters,bartenders, cooks, diswashers, housekeepers-etc.
When I sailed on the Pride of Hawaii we had 1200 crew members- mostly hotel people.
NCLA paid millions to recruit us- send us to Piney Point and take BST. We sailed a new ship from baltimore to Hawaii. As soon as we got to Hawaii and before we had passengers HUNDREDS of people quit- walked off the ship. I’m not sure but I’ve been told that the number was close to half the crew.
Some of us who stayed were working 15-20 hours a day for months. We saw it as an opportunity- as well as a responsibility and tried to take up the slack so our guests would have a good time. We had some of the best- and many of the worst- workers I’ve ever seen.
Most of the crew was/is in their teens and twenties- many had never had a “real” job before. They were unwilling to work that hard for 5 months straight.
We also had LOTS of people who stayed, but refused to work hard- took 1 hour smoke breaks-etc. Management was scared to fire them- because it took 1-2 months to recruit someone and get their mmd/bst.
The foreign cruise ship workers I’ve met (in general) genuinely WANT to be there,have a good attitude work hard, and do a good job. They are paid WAY less- work twice as long (10 months) don’t get free round trip flights, and many “hot bunk” which opens up more cabins for passengers- all creating less cost/more revenue for the company.
I’m gonna piss people off saying this-but the American cruise industry is failing largely because of the American Workers:([/QUOTE]
I do agree with a lot of what you have said. I worked on the Pride of Hawaii and the Pride of Aloha, I was very sad when they were reflagged. I loved working on board ship. I thought of it as a chance of a lifetime. I agree, the international crew members were more enthusiastic workers and seemed to enjoy their jobs more than the American crew, maybe they should have been better trained…
, I think the Americans thought of it as more of a vacation…and as soon as they saved enough money, they would jump ship…I saw so many of them ending up living on the streets, stranded in Hawaii or ending up with the wrong crowd. I do miss ship life, the only thing that I don’t miss are those American room mates who kept the cabins so messy…they were the pits…YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE…