Cruise ship workers reveal what it's really like to live at sea
- Cruise ship jobs have a number of distinctive features that separate them from land-based jobs.
- Business Insider spoke with 39 current and former cruise line employees who described what it's like to live and work on a cruise ship.
- They described long hours, bad food, and an intense hookup culture.
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Cruise ship jobs have a number of distinctive features that separate them from land-based jobs. Perhaps the biggest difference is the fact that cruise ship employees live where they work.
That can have advantages, like short "commutes" and close bonds with co-workers, but it also presents potential downsides, like poor food quality and a sometimes excessive party culture.
Business Insider spoke with 39 current and former cruise line employees who described what it's like to live and work on a cruise ship. (Some of those mentioned in this story requested anonymity for fear of reprisal from their current or former employer.)
Here's what they said.
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There's a big party culture, but it isn't always as fun as it seems.
The food is bad.
You work long hours.
Employees have a lot of sex with each other.
Romantic relationships start and end quickly
Almost all of the passengers are pleasant, but some are annoying
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