Doing laundry is a dreaded chore for many of us. Guess what? It can be even more of a drag as a cruise ship employee. Many cruise ships simply don’t have enough washers and dryers to accommodate the entire crew at any given time. The average cruise ship has only five to fifteen washers and dryers and 1,000 to 2,000 employees.
Those are worse numbers than your apartment complex’s laundromat, huh? Apparently, it can take hours to find a free washing machine on board. Maybe crew members team up and do communal wash cycles to up their chances of getting clean clothes.
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.
It’s Pretty Cheap to Party
Working on a cruise ship isn’t for everyone. But if it’s for you, you sure get a ton of perks. One of the major perks that many cruise employees love to show off is their access to ridiculously cheap adult beverages while on board. Employees pay a fraction of the price for alcohol compared to their passenger counterparts.
In fact, the prices are way lower than they are on land, too. Crew can pay as little as a dollar for a drink, which is pretty wild. Meanwhile, passengers are charged up the wazoo for a simple cocktail or glass of wine. Working on a cruise may require you to work hard, but at least they make it easy to play hard.
Booted to Shore
Surveillance is no joke on a modern-day cruise ship. The hundreds of cameras installed on board are there to protect passengers, of course, but they’re also installed to protect staff and the cruise company itself. And yes, cruise ship employees actually review the footage. It’s simultaneously creepy and comforting. Ah, modernity.
For example, this constant surveillance can be great if a fellow employee is harassing you. If you report harassment to a manager, they will review any and all surveillance footage. If your claims hold water, your creepy coworker will be booted off the ship at the next port and sent home on their own dime.
Yes, They’re Judging You
We’re not going to sugarcoat it. The people who work on a cruise are absolutely, 100% judging you. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Categorizing different “types” of people is just a thing that happens at every service job. Besides, most of the snap judgments made by cruise ship employees are pretty spot-on.
According to a source from “Woman’s Day,” cruise ship staff say there are “3 types of people: Newlyweds, overfeds and soon-to-be-deads." Harsh but true. Cruise ship guests are almost always newlywed couples, families, and older people. So remember to always treat cruise ship staff with respect and kindness. Otherwise, they’ll be sending bad vibes your way the whole trip.