How fun! In fact, this designated person would be taking us to a hotel that the cruise line paid for!!!! It sounded too good to be true. Tropical locations, free rides and hotels. What could go wrong? We were still nervous but also very excited to be going on what sounded like an all expenses covered, paid-vacation.
David told us that we would likely perform every day we are on the ship shows a day. Jump to a couple of months to Thanksgiving week. We fly in to Puerto Vallarta. We get past the gauntlet of taxi drivers trying to grab at our luggage and find our designated guy to pick us up. He speaks English! Everyone does down here. Princess Cruise Lines puts us up in a resort hotel for the night and the next morning we are chauffeured to the ship.
As the cab drives to port we see a massive ship looming above us in the crystalline Puerto Vallartan waters. This thing looks like a skyscraper lying on its side. And then we were just sort of left to wander the ship. So of course the first thing we did was hit the buffet. At this point I would like to talk about code levels on cruise ships.
A typical ship hovers around green or yellow. Green means everyone is healthy.
When a few people report symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea the ship moves up to yellow. Having never been on a ship before we walked onto the Crown Princess while in the midst of a full blown Code Red. A week earlier the Crown had an outbreak of Norovirus so virulent that it made national news. We knew none of this and walked onto the ship thinking fear and panic were the typical emotions of the guests and crew.
The crew was constantly cleaning and wiping down the elevators, the door handles, the floors, the counters and even the walls. No limes or fresh fruit could be served in the drinks at the bar, hand sanitizer stations were set up at all eating areas and it was mandatory for the guests to use them before entering.
All your buffet food was tonged on your plate for you. They had to quarter off and sanitize rooms that people recently vomited on. And the worst part of it was that the crew was kept completely isolated from the guest areas when off duty. They had to keep to the crew mess hall, the crew gym and the crew recreation areas and it deeply affected their morale.
We are the only people in the entire ship to have this title. So we are allowed to go into the inner belly of the ship where they store the food, house the engines and even to that place like on the Titanic where Rose and Jack made love in the car. It also means that even during a Code Red we are the only people who can enter both the crew and guest areas. Needless to say were the luckiest people on the ship and also the riskiest. Most of this code level stuff we learned about moment by moment on our first cruise.
Cruise ships foster an intense hookup culture. Mikhail Starodubov/ Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Among the many. Business Insider spoke with 39 current and former cruise line employees who described what it's like They described long hours, bad food, and an intense hookup culture. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
We could tell that many of the guests were anxious and upset and that many of the crew were frustrated by their lack of access to the ship luxuries. We took heed and tried to keep clean and focus on our first show.
Now you might have already heard about the big disaster that occurred on our first cruise if you follow us on social media. We were very nervous about our first show. The waves were rocky and the CD Cruise Director had shown up to check us out. In a nutshell, the first show went perfectly! Crew members have shorthand codes for everything from fires to medical emergencies, which they can announce over the loudspeaker without alarming passengers. For example, the Indian mafia was in charge of getting good food for the crew parties, she says.
Because Sam worked in the youth center, she was tasked with providing art supplies for crew costume parties.
One former cruise ship worker says the Filipino mafia was known for getting good booze at all hours. The crew bar would close around 1 or 2. If you wanted to keep drinking, but were out of booze, you would just go to the Filipino mafia and get what you needed. You paid a huge markup obviously, but it was still pretty cool! Roughly people die on cruise ships every year, and cruise lines need some place to store the bodies safely until they get back to shore. As a result, many ships have small morgues on board that can hold five or six bodies. If you leave the ship for an on-land excursion, make sure you get back before departure time.
To get a better sense of what goes into those lurid, funny, and occasionally outrageous disguises, we spoke to a number of designers who are constantly trying to react to an evolving seasonal market. For kids, Halloween is a time to look adorable in exchange for candy. Sometimes that means provocative, revealing costumes; other times, it means going for shock value. Although Halloween is the one day of the year people can deploy a dark sense of humor without inviting personal or professional disaster, some costume makers draw their own line when it comes to how far to exceed the boundaries of good taste.
Weeks says some questionable ideas that have been brought to the discussion table have stayed there. If it's more elaborate, it can take a little longer: Both Yandy and Weeks had costumes inspired by the Cecil the Lion story that broke in July in which a trophy hunter from Minnesota killed an African lion on their sites in a matter of weeks.
Extravagant custom tailoring jobs aside, Halloween costumes are a business of instant demand and instant gratification—inventory needs to be plentiful in order to fill the deluge of orders that come in a short frame of time. If a business miscalculates the popularity of a given theme, they might be stuck with overstock until they can find a better idea to hang on it. At Rasta Imposta, Berman says political and pop culture trends can shift their plans, but one theme is a constant: People love to dress up as food.
Bananas, pickles. We did an avocado. In addition to monitoring social media for memes and trends, designers can get an idea of what consumers are looking for by shadowing their online searches. People can be weird. But not every costume maker has the official license for Game of Thrones. What are other companies to do? Come up with a design that sparks recognition without sparking a lawsuit.
Some cruise lines, such as Cunard , are taking steps to reduce environmental impact by refraining from discharges RMS Queen Mary 2 has a zero-discharge policy  and reducing their CO2 output every year. Cruise industry news. Klein 13 April It's no surprise that cruise ship workers become involved in flings or serious relationships, given that they live and work in close quarters for weeks or months on end. We sat in the club talking for a while later when he asked if I wanted to hang out alone. Passengers have a lot of power over how much the crew gets paid.
People just like the idea of sharks. Ever wonder why food and other novelty costumes tend to outsell traditional garb like pirates and witches? Weeks agrees that procrastination is profitable. Costumes are designed year-round, and planning can take between 12 and 18 months.
Lexicographers have to be passionate about words without being pretentious, knowledgeable without being overeducated, and analytic enough to treat language like a science while being creative enough to define tricky words like art and love. There are a number of different paths you can take to get into lexicography. Emily Brewster, a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster since , double-majored in linguistics and philosophy. There are some editors who have linguistic backgrounds.
But really, when your job is defining the vocabulary of the English language, expertise in any field can apply.
We have science editors, we have people who are specialists in chemistry, specialists in law, so any kind of expertise can make you a better definer. According to Jesse Sheidlower, a lexicographer who worked for the Oxford English Dictionary and Random House Dictionaries, an education with a focus on lexicography specifically can actually be a turn-off for employers. Don't get me wrong, sleeping with guests inevitably happens and there are definitely crew out there who see pulling a guest as a conquest. But we're not all depraved weirdos looking to make guests feel as uncomfortable of possible.
Most of the time it's just that a connection will form when two people meet and a turn into a holiday fling. Societal norms about sexual conduct don't just drop out your head when you've lived on a boat for a few months. A big telltale sign that the guy here is a weirdo, and a stupid weirdo at that, is that he's sending your friend unsolicited nudes. He is providing concrete evidence of misconduct, which is a moronic thing to do at the best of times since relations with a guest are a sackable offense- not just that you can be sacked, but you almost certainly will get sacked.
Sending them when they're unwanted sounds like a shortcut to having a complaint filed and being thrown off the ship and blacklisted from the industry in record time. Cake Day. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. MY experience hooking up with a cruise ship worker.