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Old 05-26-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Ever been on a cruise?

i just got back from my second ever, a trip to alaska and the glaciers. food and service was pretty good from princess, got to try some stuff that ive never had before. lobster was on the menu for the last night but i was also able to try duck a la orange, dessert souffles, truffles, gumbo, beef wellington, vegatable turines, lamb shank, smoked salmon locks, venison and some other stuff i can't recall. had to pass on the escargo though. the best dinner rolls i ever had were on te table every night along with all the pizza, burgers, sandwiches and pastries i could handle 24/7.

the only thing keeping me from booking another right now is the pay of the service people. i youtubed some stuff when i got home and it is sickening the pay these people get not to mention the 12 hour days they work, we tipped the dinner service and room service people nicely, was well worth it.

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Old 05-26-2013, 12:42 PM   #2
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That's the whole reason that cruises are so cheap. If they had to pay at least minimum wage to everyone on that ship, the fares would be in the thousands per person. The whole reason that we cruise is that it can be done relatively inexpensively. We don't buy a lot of alcohol, and we don't do many excursions, usually just a cab in port.

Not every cruise is inexpensive, especially Alaska ones, but if you compare what you get for the money it would be nearly impossible to get that kind of vacation for that price on land.

The auto gratuity that is added to your onboard account is part of their pay (also auto gratuity on bar tabs). We also tip above that for spectacular service. They are paid a very small monthly pay, they are provided a cabin (often shared) and food. The auto gratuity makes up the rest of their pay. Most cruise lines treat their staff pretty well nowadays, there is a lot of competition for seasoned crew.

These crew members can make a lot of money if they are good, yes the hours are long, but they are used to working hard and the money that they make is far more than many of them can make at home. We've spoken to many crew members that really like their job, and sign contract after contract. Nobody is forcing them to sign additional contracts.

I've been on 12 cruises and talked to a lot of crew. It's a great job for those with the right personality.
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:03 PM   #3
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Hawaiian islands. South pacific. I really like the ones with long open sea runs between stops.

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Old 05-26-2013, 01:19 PM   #4
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I've never been on a cruise. SO has in a prior life.
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:32 PM   #5
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My sibs and I took Mom on a Caribbean cruise (Norwegian) years ago. She loved it. The bar bill was a rude awakening at the end

I agree with Bakechef, the workers make more than they would in their home countries. We prefer to stay on an island we've fallen in love with, that is also a major cruise ship stop (Cozumel) and the island takes very good care of cruise ship staff, having a number of restaurants catering to them. A couple who are good friends and restaurant owners there actually met while working on a cruise ship together.

I would love to do a Mediterranean cruise sometime, BIL and his ex went several times, and loved it. Alaska would be nice too, but we're snorkeling fools, and that might be a bit chilly!

I guess I'd be leary of a Carnival cruise after all their troubles.
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I'm leery of taking a cruise. Titanic and Poseidon Adventure notwithstanding, I have terrible motion sickness. I'd hate to pay for a cruise and spend the trip in bed trying to keep my stomach inside my body. We still talk about every so often though. Maybe in a few years for our 35th anniversary.
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I'm very fortunate to have been on thirteen cruises in the last six years, on both the oceans and rivers throughout the world. Ocean and river cruises are quite different from one another but both are really a remarkable way to see the world. The people who crew these ships make up a huge part of what makes cruising so enjoyable with their classic good humor and efficiency. They make it obvious every day how much they appreciate their jobs and I can honestly say I've never encountered one of them who has even been in a "bad mood". As was mentioned, their token wages and long hours are subsidized by mandatory gratuities from the passengers at the end of the cruise but there are many of us who have favorites and gladly give them more than suggested by the guidelines. The vast majority of them send everything they make to their family back home, as their room & board are provided on the ship and they are living much better than their families are. They certainly deserve respect
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I'm very fortunate to have been on thirteen cruises in the last six years, on both the oceans and rivers throughout the world. Ocean and river cruises are quite different from one another but both are really a remarkable way to see the world. The people who crew these ships make up a huge part of what makes cruising so enjoyable with their classic good humor and efficiency. They make it obvious every day how much they appreciate their jobs and I can honestly say I've never encountered one of them who has even been in a "bad mood". As was mentioned, their token wages and long hours are subsidized by mandatory gratuities from the passengers at the end of the cruise but there are many of us who have favorites and gladly give them more than suggested by the guidelines. The vast majority of them send everything they make to their family back home, as their room & board are provided on the ship and they are living much better than their families are. They certainly deserve respect
Couldn't have said it better! The crew are often the highlight of our cruises. Our cabin stewards on this last cruise were out of this world fantastic and personable, we talked to them every day, probably the best that I've encountered on 12 cruises.
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DH and I went on a cruise several years ago, to the Bahamas, another island in the Caribbean, and Key West. My mom and her husband were in KW at the time, so we had lunch with them We loved it. We're planning to go on another one this fall or winter. I'd love to do a Mediterranean cruise, too. My dad and his ex did a river cruise on the Rhine through France and Germany and loved that, too. I can imagine the scenery was wonderful.
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I'm leery of taking a cruise. Titanic and Poseidon Adventure notwithstanding, I have terrible motion sickness. I'd hate to pay for a cruise and spend the trip in bed trying to keep my stomach inside my body. We still talk about every so often though. Maybe in a few years for our 35th anniversary.
Jabbur it sounds like you're a perfect candidate for a river cruise as there's obviously no issue with sea sickness. We have been on some remarkable river cruises through Europe and this summer we'll be doing another one in Russia from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

As far as sea cruises are considered, I used to get terribly sea sick before I discovered that taking meclazine every morning, even the worst of seas don't affect me anymore. It works like a charm without any side effects for me at all.
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