What’s it like to work on a cruise ship, Sylvia?
Look at that behemoth!
In a word: amazing.
For me, it was such a life-changing experience that I decided to start this blog; I wanted to write about it and share my experiences with you fine people.
Life Well Hustled has since changed focus, but the fact remains that working on a cruise ship impacted my life in a significant way.
To date, I’ve worked for one cruise line on two different ships. One of those ships, at the time I was working on it, was
the largest cruise ship in the world. Holy heck, man. I was part of the entertainment staff and worked directly under the cruise director. Job duties included: hosting trivia, karaoke, and gameshows; socializing with guests in the ships’ theaters and bars; leading recreational activities like napkin folding; and dancing (a lot more dancing than one might reasonably expect).
I originally applied as youth staff because of my
teaching background and experience with children, but my recruiter (smartly) pointed out that the entertainment staff position would be a better fit due to my background in hosting pub trivia and MC skills.
If you’re in a position to quit your life (or, at the very least, put it on hold) to work on a cruise ship or some other similar overseas adventure,
18 Jul 2018
It’s been a minute since I’ve updated with a post related to #shiplife – while I focus mostly on side-hustles these days, I still regard my time spent working on a cruise ship as, really, a seven-month long side-hustle. However, while I’ve posted about some downsides, here and there, those are about the experience of
[…] 25 Jul 2017
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[…] 5 Jun 2017
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[…] 6 Apr 2017
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[…] 9 Feb 2017
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[…] 6 Feb 2017
As mentioned in the earlier posts in the series, working on a cruise ship has amazing benefits… but significant pitfalls as well. It wasn’t all peaches and cream, unfortunately. The guests Post #shiplife (the clever little hashtag to encompass the enormity of ‘working on a cruise ship’), people ask me, “What were the best and
[…] 2 Feb 2017
I kicked off this series with a call to action for everyone to quit their day-jobs . However, while I think the pros of working on a cruise ship do outweigh the cons, there are some pretty significant drawbacks to #shiplife. For instance: You work every. single. day. That’s right. Your schedule will largely depend
[…] 1 Feb 2017
Why should anyone want to work on a cruise ship? Lots of reasons. Last post, I appealed to your ethos for why you should quit your day job. However, there are legitimately practical advantages to working on a cruise ship. No overhead Your paygrade will depend largely on your position. Personally, mine was… paltry. But, that comes with minimal
[…] 27 Jan 2017
I have limited life-advice to dispense, being a middling millennial and all (but dibs on the band name). If you were to create a heat map of all the places I’ve lived up to a year ago, only one 15-mile-radius dot would glow. Not that physical movement is commensurate with worldly wisdom, but it can