Pro's and Con's of Cruise Ship Jobs

Considering that cruise industry is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing branches of traveling in the world, it is no wonder that more and more people become interested in working in that sphere. Getting a cruise ship job sure does sound alluring: all the discounts, benefits, opportunities it provides! But let us take a closer look at the real picture - at both positive and negative sides of working on a cruise ship.

The popularity of cruise ships goes way back - whenever people learned to make boats they started taking their relatives and friends on trips, be it for exploring or just for fun. Today the cruise industry has reached it's highest point an yet it still keeps on growing and becoming even more popular. As that is happening, the number of job opportunities in that sphere is also increasing.

With the cruise ship jobs not only can you finally get to see the things you have been dreaming of, but you also get to do that practically for free! Aside from that, these jobs provide numerous perks and benefits, among which are free medical benefits, free room and board, free meals, free laundry, free international travel, as already mentioned, and quite a few others. Discounts at a number of stores, bars and restaurants as well as reduced cruise prices for yourself and family also sound alluring. In case you decide to choose a cruise ship job as your full time occupation rather than a one-time contract, there are always good chances of growth and promotion in store for you. For your personal pleasure, this job provides a great opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of people of different backgrounds and cultures, which is always a positive experience.

Cruise ship jobs are viewed by many as the best way to have fun and earn money all together. And no doubt, these jobs do have a lot to offer, but whether we realize it or not, there are also quite a few things to be kept in mind when making a decision of taking up a job on a cruise ship. 

First, a lot of people think that working in that sphere, i.e. having one of the cruise ship jobs, equals having a vacation. In reality, emploees on the ship are more likely to have a small cabin at the lowest level that has to be shared with other people. Instead of the beautiful view of the sea, what you get as an employee is a four-wall cabin without a porthole or a window. Instead of all the conveniences and luxuries, you will get a  toilet and a shower that have to be shared with other employees daily. Still looking good?

But that's not all. Who said anything about having fun all year round? Or  what about holidays? These too you can forget about. There is no such thing as a day off in cruise line employment - most of the time you will be required to work a seven-day week on a hectic and demanding schedule.

Also, as you will usually be asked to sign a six-months contract, you should consider whether you are really ready to be in "isolation" for that long. It is quite a long time that you won't be able to see not only your friends and family, but also your hometown. Is that something you are prepared for?

Then, of course, there is the motion sickness. If you have never travelled aboard a ship, how can you be sure you are not prone to that? You might as well come across all kids of weather extremes. Thus cruise ship jobs are definitely not for people who get sea sick easily or are claustrophobic.  

Has all that scared you off? Or are you still full of desire to try what it's like to work on a cruise ship? Well, the world is your oyster, the choice is all yours!

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