mouillepoint saidGuys; any of you worked on Cruise Ships, Oil Rigs or Tankers???
I want to hear all your stories and advice. I'm thinking of doing it. I need names of reputable agencies that guarantee employment.
How are your customer service skills? All crew that interact with "guests" are rated by the guest and anything less than top marks will get you barred from interacting with the guests.
Also, are you prepared to work nearly 7 days a week with only a shift off?
You do not get paid very well, but you do not have very many expenses either. You usually have a 6-9 month contract where you will stay on the ship for almost all of that time.
Now lets talk about the guests. 3,000 of the most ignorant people you will ever meet and come to feel embarrassed that most of the non-European crew will come to regard as their experience of Western Civilization. They pay a few thousand dollars to be treated like kings and as such convert themselves from people who normally are in no position to demand anything of anyone -- to the most ignorant AND demanding people you have ever met.
And we didn't even get to the crew responsible for assigning you to tasks and telling you what to do.
I would not recommend that anyone capable of independent thought take this job