Monday, January 22, 2007

Behind the Scenes with the Cruise Ship Crews

Here are some websites and personal blogs that will tell you what it's like to work on a cruise ship. And several tell how you can get a job on a cruise ship.

John Heald's Blog -- John is the Cruise Director of Carnival Freedom.

The Roaming Mind of Norm -- Michael, from British Columbia, was a photographer on several ships, most recently the Coral Princess. Right now he is planning to find land-based work as a photographer.

Crew Office -- Stuart (also from Canada) has spent eight years on Princess, working as computer officer and in various financial positions. He is now on Oceana Cruises' ultra fancy, M/S Regatta.

Tabitha at Sea -- yet another Canadian, Tabitha, from Toronto, is a member of the famed Second City sketch and improvisation ensemble. She was with a troupe of Second City that performed on Norwegian Cruise Line's, Norwegian Dawn, out of New York City.

The Real Truth About Cruise Ship Jobs -- the blog's title says it all.

Cruise Ship Jobs -- a comprehensive guide to everything you want to know about working on a cruise ship. -- it's an online networking site geared to those who are in the cruise industry. You must register to take part in Crewfinity but it's free and easy to do. You can learn a lot of behind the scenes lore.

Safe Cruise Blog -- "The current lack of safety & security is not acceptable especially after 9/11," says this tabloid-style blog. It also documents the many disappearances of cruise ship passengers and crew reported each year (62 since the year 2000). And it even tells of heavy drinking on some of the cruises out of Australia. College-age Aussies on vacation drinking to excess? I am shocked to hear that.

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