A cruise ship is basically like a floating city full of a bunch of different people. Just like on land, humans have created hierarchies and prejudices while on board. Some former cruise workers shared on Reddit that there is a definite hierarchy among cruise ship employees. The way you’re treated is, unfortunately, dependent on your rank.
There are officers, staff, and crew. Officers are the highest-ranking employees on board and therefore get much better treatment, such as more cabin room, better food, and higher pay. Staff members like dancers, performers, and lower-level managers usually share a room with one other person. Crew members, on the other hand, do all the hard labor of making a cruise run while getting the lowest pay and poorest quality food.
A Tricky Casino
This cruise ship staff secret may or may not be a rumor. We don’t know for sure, and neither do the average cruise ship employees. However, every rumor has a kernel of truth, right? So here it goes. Rumor has it that cruise ship casinos give guests higher payouts on the first two days of the journey.
These initial winnings get guests excited and encourage them to play more. Once the ship reaches international waters, they aren’t regulated or required to give the same high payout. People keep playing, receiving lower payouts, and hoping they’ll win big like they did during the first two days. Tricky, right?
Don’t Complain About Tipping
Tipping fatigue is something that people have been grumbling about for a while. But we’re here to tell you that you shouldn’t skimp out on tipping cruise ship staff. The reality is that many staff members are overworked and underpaid. The pay can vary wildly depending on a person’s position and country of origin. Stewards and cleaning crews are paid way less than performers and musicians on cruise ships.
Also, many people suspect that cruise companies recruit employees from countries with very lax labor laws, so they don’t have to pay them as much. Cruise staff aren’t going to say it to your face, but tipping is greatly appreciated. Don’t complain about the automatic gratuity added by the cruise ship, and don’t skimp on giving extra cash to the ship’s stewards and bartenders.
Ship Wives and Ship Husbands
Cruise ship employees are away from home for weeks, if not months, at a time. Although we can’t speak for every cruise ship staff member, there are certainly people who partake in the “ship wife” or “ship husband” tradition. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. Some staff members carry on affairs with other crew members while out at sea, even if they’re married on land.
Whether or not their land-bound significant other is aware of their sea partner probably depends on the individuals in question and how they approach their relationship. But these hookups definitely happen. There are some guys and gals out there who have fun on the job and return to their spouses and kids every few weeks or months.
What a Waste
This cruise secret is gross but true. Do you ever wonder what in the world happens to all the trash and waste produced by a cruise ship? Thousands of people are floating on international waters on a relatively tiny ship. That’s a whole lot of human waste. Most of us don’t like to think about it, but all that stuff has got to go somewhere.
As it turns out, cruise ships release human waste into the ocean while it’s cruising on international water. The waste is heavily treated and is viewed as “organic,” so they release it periodically in specially designated areas of the ocean. Despite being heavily regulated, some crew members whisper online that they’ve seen other non-organic waste being thrown into the ocean by their cruise ship. That’s pretty concerning if you ask us.