The Reality Of Working On A Cruise Ship - Industry Blog | Industry

It is 5:30 AM. You roll over in your bed, reach to open the window to see what the day brings you, but there is no window. Laying there rubbing your hand against the cold walls of the ships you are quickly reminded of something.

<h2><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>&#8220;Bzzzz&#8221;</em> Goes your alarm. </span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is 5:30 AM. You roll over in your bed, reach to open the window to see what the day brings you, but there is no window. Laying there rubbing your hand against the cold walls of the ships you are quickly reminded of something. That something is that you are under that water, in the bowels of a cruise ship, and you still have no idea where in the world you are. Finally, you get dressed in your uniform to make your 6:00 AM shift, walk out the door, into the elevator, and are greeted by your co-workers from around the world. On the deck, you see the flag of Mexico waving on the land. You have arrived. Ok now&#8230;time to get to work.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This series of events was all too common for Anthony Andrieux, server aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Anthony was a Frenchman that decided that he had enough of France and wanted to learn English while exploring the world. He had two options. He could either go to Britain and learn English there or do something a little less conventional. Anthony laid in bed up on his computer one night and came across a job opportunity to work for Royal Caribbean. He interviewed in his home country of France next thing he knew his was off to sea as a server on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_767" style="width: 571px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="" rel="attachment wp-att-767"><img data-attachment-id="767" data-permalink="" data-orig-file=";ssl=1" data-orig-size="604,453" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="" data-image-description="" data-medium-file=";ssl=1" data-large-file=";ssl=1" class="wp-image-767" src="" alt="Cruise" width="571" height="428" srcset=";ssl=1 604w,;ssl=1 300w,;ssl=1 500w" sizes="(max-width: 571px) 100vw, 571px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Anthony Pictured On The Left With Two Of His Fellow Co-Workers</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here is his story:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;I decided to work on a cruise ship because I wanted to meet people, learn English, and see the world. During my time on the ship, I grew what felt like 5 years during my short 4-month contract and became more aware of the realities of life. The first day I got on the ship I thought to myself, &#8220;what did I get myself into?&#8221; I felt like I was on vacation but at the same time I was also lost in the maze of a cruise ship. As a Frenchman on the ship, I was coming from a country where you can make money working. This was not the case for most of the other crew members. The first crew members that I met were not very welcoming to me because they felt like I was taking a job away from someone in their country. I worked with people from India that were supporting a family of 5 and sending all of their money there. They never even left the ship. I remember I met a girl one day and when I told her I was from France she started crying. She said it has always been her dream to go there. I asked her where she was from. She said she was from Thailand and her family had lost all of their property due to a tsunami and she was there to make money and trying to help them rebuild their life. It was truly a humbling experience to work beside these people.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;Working on the ship was very hard work. I would work 12 hour days, 7 days a week, and I only had 1 day off in 4 months.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The living situation was ‘tight.’ You stay on the lower deck so you are always under water. There are no windows in the room. You have a very small bunk bed that you literally can not fit someone else into (trust me I have tried). Your room is a shower, sink, toilet, and a bed. You can touch all 4 walls if you were to stand in the center of the room to give you an idea. I believe it is a total of about 10 square feet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I always say that working on the ship was the best and worst working experience I have had. The work is tough, the money is not great, but the lifestyle, experience, and people that you meet make it all worth it. One of my favorite experiences on the ship was doing an Atlantic crossing from San Juan Puerto Rico to France. It was literally a 14-day crossing where you do not step foot on land. The worst part about working on the ship was the money.  Don&#8217;t start working on a cruise ship to get rich. The only way to make money is if you have 0 expenses outside of the boat (rent, cell phone bill, electricity, whatever). If you are just leaving  college or leaving your parents house and have no expenses then it is a good idea. If you have a life and you want to provide for your family then I would not recommend this journey.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What piece of advice do you have for others in the Industry?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you are going to do something make sure to put 100% into it. If you have a big goal you are shooting for make sure to break it down into many small goals so that eventually you hit your big goal. Everything in life is doable. I was not meant to live in America but because I took the risk, worked on a cruise ship, learned English, and met the right people at the right time I am here today. Make smart decisions that are profitable for you. It is amazing that when you give 100% that people give you 100% back.</span></p>

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