Disadvantages of working on a cruise ship

There are also cons to working on a cruise ship; some people have never been away from their families for a great length of time. This results in great homesickness, although you are enjoying yourself you never really lose that feeling. This feeling can affect your work, as you will begin to want to be at home more. Cruise ships often expect their staff to multi task and do jobs that they were not initially employed for. The staff names these jobs "side jobs", and they sometimes get in the way of getting off the ship to explore the countries you have docked in.

There are several strict rules and regulations that you will have to abide by, not only for your safety but for the safety of the passengers as well. One of these rules is that one third of the staff has to be available at all times in case of an emergency. This is often selected on a rotation basis; meaning you might not have free time with your friends as often as you had hoped. Although you may be sharing a room with someone you like, because it is very cramped you might start to feel suffocated. The crew quarters are often the smallest cabins with no windows, and if you don't share the same work times, then you may disturb each other regularly. Like any job there are many pros and cons. You need to decide if working on a cruise ship is for you before you sign a 12 month contract. If you think it's the right job for you, start by writing a good cruise ship resume and then send it to various cruise companies.


Gail Esparan