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Working on a cruise ship

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If you've ever wondered what it's like to work on a big cruise ship, pick up a copy of the book "Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties. One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships" by Brian David Bruns.

I couldn't put it down during a transatlantic crossing last fall on the Queen Mary 2.

Bruns worked for Carnival Cruise Lines for a year, making him the only American in Carnival's history to work a full contract in the ships' restaurants. That gives you a sense of how difficult and draining life on a ship can be. It can also be one giant party, which helps make it so draining.

If the behind-the-scenes part of a cruise interests you, Ruby Princess offers the Ultimate Ship Tour for $150 a person. You'll get an up close look at parts of the ship normally verboten to guests. My one complaint: I didn't get to see the crew's cabins. After reading Bruns' book, I was intrigued to say the least...

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I know that life of cruise ship is not too good.and always respect those who work on cruise ship.but I am intrested to travell on cruise ship if I get a chance in future. But afterall it's creat a great impression.

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A great way to see the world and get paid at the same time is to work on a cruise ship. I just completed my first contract with Princess Cruise Lines and it was utterly fantastic. My itinerary took me all over the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic into the Caribbean. The ports I saw included Naples, Florence, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Barcelona, Venice, Istanbul, Croatia, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, and Mexico — just to name a few.

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Life working on a cruise ship is what you make of it. Some positions are much tougher than others, but ultimately it depends on what you want out of it.

If you're interested in seeing the world then there are positions that enable you to do that, but the money you earn won't be great. If you're more interested in making decent money for your family, then other jobs will enable you to earn a lot in tips, but not have as much time off in port.

Working on a Cruise Ship is quite difficult since you're far away from your relatives or loved ones. But if this work is truly your passion, then why not go for it..

life in a cruise ship is not happy at all times especially while working.the but I deeply respect those who work on cruise ship because they endure the hardship of work in cruise ship


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