Hello ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining me on my second ever Dusty Camel blog posting. Currently, I'm awaiting a full tech run through with guest act here in Studio B. For my non-theatrical readers, a full tech run through is like a dress rehearsal but with lights and sound… lights being me!!! Other than that, my day was fairly uneventful, richly imbued with light repair and a quick break in port for nothing short of sun bathing and free food! As promised, I will be tipping my hat to a few little known cruise ship secrets but first, why am I here?
Just graduating college, it made sense to work for the cruise industry. I graduated May of 2015, starting June 1st in the industry, with my contract ending December 20th of 2015. I'm on a six month, three week contract. That not only eats up six months of my time until the AT, but it gives me an opportunity save for the AT as well as student loans, which are due in the coming months. Working for the cruise industry gives me a steady, non-permanent job in my field and offers me the small chance to explore the world, only the Caribbean, in my case. I don't really want to work for a company, chip out a life somewhere, then uproot it.
Ok, now onto the juicy stuff, the secrets ! I'll give you my top 7 because of reasons.
Cruise ships aren't all that deadly, despite what the media will tell you. So many measures are taken to avoid dangers like fire, sickness, and worst of all, sinking, it's not even funny…. No, really, it's not funny. Crew go through fire drills, shooter training type drills, bomb drills, and even medical drills. I'm told medical drills are the worst as they simulate a crew wide quarantine for an hour. It's all too safe, but sometimes things do slip through the cracks.
Working on a cruise ship is a lot like going back to high school. Anything goes on ships. With such a small workforce in such close proximity, rumors, as you'd imagine, rumors circulate very quickly. I'll give you a real life example that happened to me just three weeks ago. "Did you hear Kevin fell out of bed and peed on his roommate". Now, I'll deny the validity of this statement all night, doesn't matter, I'm dinner table talk for the next two weeks.
5.Hookups are more than normal among crew and quite a few people operate on the "what happens on the ships, stays on the ship" mentality. What I mean by this is some crew members actually hold a ship relationship and a land one, most of the time without either party knowing about the other.
Crew food is usually ok, we eat leftovers from the guest dining room all the time however.
Cruise ships make a gross amount of money from alcohol sales, that's why you're not allowed to bring alcohol onboard with you. Some "booze cruise" lines even pressure guests into drinking in activities to make more cash.
Crew don't have port hole windows below the water line that can see underwater. I've been asked more than three times about his, I thought it was obvious but I really wish it was true.
People die on cruise ships. Bigger ships averaging one death per cruise.. My ships has two body lockers for when this happens. Usually heart attacks or some other age induced ailment. I've been told a month of cruising is cheaper than a week in a nursing home, so for some folks, it makes sense to kick the bucket in the tropics.
See you all next week for more of my preliminary AT adventures.