THE CREW

GROUP PHOTO OF MV SEA PRINCESS CREW - 2003 YEAR. EACH UNIFORM COLOR MEANS ANOTHER SHIP’S DEPARTAMENTGROUP PHOTO OF MV SEA PRINCESS CREW - 2003 YEAR. EACH UNIFORM COLOR MEANS ANOTHER SHIP’S DEPARTAMENT

The crew of the ship are mainly young, strong men in the age range of 20 to 40 years. Women are LESS from 10 to 25 % and work mainly as nurses, beauticians, masseuses, shop salesmen, casino croupiers, dancers, leisure animators, singer, kindergarten and receptionists. Mostly they are wives and girls who are already working on the ship of men, who I am thanks to my acquaintances brought. The nationality composition depends on the company in PRINCESS CRUISSES prevailed nationalities such as: Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Great Britain, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Jamaica, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

PHOTO OF THE END OF THE STEWARD'S BUFFET COURSE - MV SEA PRINCESS JANUARY 2003PHOTO OF THE END OF THE STEWARD'S BUFFET COURSE - MV SEA PRINCESS JANUARY 2003

ROYAL CARIBBEAN is even more diverse and in addition to those countries that I have already mentioned, there are also a lot of staff from such countries as: Chile, Peru, Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia, China, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Slovakia. In total, they employ staff from 70 countries around the world. Everyone works on the American C1 / D1 visa to work on ships and aircraft. In fact, almost all races and religions are represented except Arabs (Muslims). There were indeed some Muslims from Indonesia and the Philippines, but they did not have an easy life and in every American port they had to put up an audit and report early in the morning.

 

WORK AND LIFE AT CRUISE SHIP

We often joked with life and work on the ship is a little like an American kolkhoz. You worked and lived in one place with the same people. As crew and ship staff we had our own separate rooms for spending free time on board. Passengers are not allowed in there. The crew has its own club - bar with disco and karaoke, jacuzzi, pool, canteen, internet cafe, library and movie rental, launderette, health clinic, tailor. In the clubs, various interesting events and attractions for the crew are organized all the time. In addition to the captain, all crew members live in neat 2-person cabins. Such a cabin is not too big, but it is modern, neat and equipped with air conditioning, bathroom with shower, TV with video and with 20 TV programs, satellite telephone, locker with a padlock.

The crew's living conditions are good and not much inferior to the passengers' living standards. The ships I was working on were new, modern and had the most modern solutions and standards for the crew. In the past, the crew did not do so well.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - A POPULAR CRUISE DESTINATION  At  CARIBBEAN. THE ISLAND OF THE MOST VITUAL NATURE, NOT CILILIZED BY MODERN TOURIST INFRASTRUCTUREBRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - A POPULAR CRUISE DESTINATION At CARIBBEAN. THE ISLAND OF THE MOST VITUAL NATURE, NOT CILILIZED BY MODERN TOURIST INFRASTRUCTURE 

Due to the fact that the crew consists mainly of men and that there are many professional degrees on the ship, the atmosphere resembles an army. There is a strict hierarchy. One is under the other and the other under the third. There are more than 1,000 people in the crew and it even enforces hierarchy and discipline, but it greatly improves the organization and functioning of the entire business. Men often ask if he was in the army, because in general consciousness the stay in the army is often equated with a kind of initiation of a boy into a man. I always answer them in such a way that I was on cruise ships, where indeed many boys go through much better initiations, a school of character and an attempt to live than in the army, where there is often "wave" and demoralization. As a male initiation, work and life on ships are much better. I have talked about it many times with the guys who were here and here, and have a comparison. Ships are much better.

There is a fairly specific hierarchy on ships, both for professional degrees and for individual professions. In total, 1,200 vessel employees are divided into four main categories.

  1. OFFICERS
  2. MANAGEMENT
  3. WORKING ON THE BOARD WITH PASSENGERS
  4. WORKING ON THE BOARD WITHOUT CONTACT WITH PASSENGERS

AUTHOR IN THE CRUISE COMPANY UNIFORM  AT THE BACKGROUND OF THE PORT IN MIAMI, USA - MAY 2004AUTHOR IN THE CRUISE COMPANY UNIFORM AT THE BACKGROUND OF THE PORT IN MIAMI, USA - MAY 2004

Of course, OFFICERS are the highest in this hierarchy. There are not too many of them. These are officers from ship's machine and deck departments and are the superiors of the competent seamen. So these are the people responsible for handling the ship and its swimming, staying on the water.

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Without passengers, it's only officers, sailors and cooks are needed on the ship and the rest of the staff is already a hotel and recreation department Officers and managers are distinguished by special privileges unavailable to the rest of the crew. Officers have these privileges more. In addition to having larger cabins, they have their own cafeteria with a separate menu. In principle, they can walk to most places available to passengers and mix with them, participate in all the numerous attractions prepared for them, such as: musicals, discos, saunas, massages, performances, etc...

The rest of the crew does not have such privileges for purely practical reasons. The ship is already crowded anyway, and if there were 1000 more crew members, it would be unbearable. The only easily accessible item in the passenger area is the duty free shopping center. We can shop there.

In the middle of the professional hierarchy are working with passengers-customers, namely: bartenders, waiters, room cleaners, receptionists, shop assistants, artists, dancers musicians, leisure time makers, kindergarten nurses, doctors and nurses, beauticians, masseuses, and bodyguards. The group is dominated by Europeans and whites in general. Also from Eastern Europe. For example, waiters take a lot of men from this part of Europe because in contrast to Asians, Latinos or blacks they present a better culture and manners. They present themselves better, and in this type of work when serving American clients is of great importance. In general, a certain key prevails when casting individual departments. They are often manned by people of one nationality, but of several nationalities, but than always and it depends on the company. For example, in ROYAL CARIBBEAN, laundry workers are Chinese, protection is Nepal, seafarers are Indonesia, doctors and nurses from South Africa, dancers from the USA, leisure animators are from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and warehouse workers from the Philippines, officers from Norway. At PRINCESS CRUISESS, officers and managers were mainly from Italy and Great Britain. Poles usually worked as waiters, bartenders, cooks and cleaners of rooms. I also came across Poles: musicians, dancer, plumber, machine officers, waiters and cleaners managers, and shop salesmen. Whites from the Anglo-Saxon and western countries have the lightest jobs. Whites from Eastern Europe work heavier and physical, but with customer service. The most numerous in this group are waiters and room cleaners (another name is: maid, room steward). There are quite a few Poles among the waiters and cleaners. Being waiter on such a ship is much better than on the counter. Waiters have the most time contact with passengers. The company appreciates this and realizing that it is up to them to a large extent depends on the degree of satisfaction of passengers from their stay on the ship pays them good salaries. The occupation of the waiter and cleaner on the ship is the object of desire of many other crew members, who dream silently to go from another department and screw in the waiter. The employees of the last department, which is the most numerous, usually dream about it. They are working without contact with passengers. They are mainly: cooks, cleaners, other cleaners, deck sailors, engineers, technical workers, laundries, mills, warehouses, butchers etc ... etc. The whole army is several hundred about 600 people. These people work hardest for the smallest money. Mostly from Asian countrie

GRENADA - ANOTHER POPULAR PURPOSE OF A CRUISE AND A FAVORITE PLACE OF THE AUTHOR. THE MOST GREAT, SMALL, POST-COLOR PORT - ST. GEORGES, GRENADA CAPEGRENADA - ANOTHER POPULAR PURPOSE OF A CRUISE AND A FAVORITE PLACE OF THE AUTHOR. THE MOST GREAT, SMALL, POST-COLOR PORT - ST. GEORGES, GRENADA CAPE

There are also differences in salaries. In ROYAL, everyone at the same position earns the same, but in PRINCESS, the same cook from Italy earned three times more than a cook from India and twice as much as a cook from Poland. It is still a remnant of colonial times. National diversity in salaries. On the counter in the US it would not pass because American law does not allow it, but the Bermuda law, under which the flag floats, allows.

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Salary at sea - you do not pay for housing, food, electricity, water, medicines, medical care, laundry

These amounts are not taxed, because the crew spends more than 6 months at sea.Waiter : 200 USD fixed salary + tips = from 1500 USD to 2,500 USD per month;

Cabin Steward (poki cleaner): 100 USD fixed salary + tips = from 1600 to 2200 USD per month;

Nurse: USD 2,000 of a fixed salary;

Dancer: 1500 USD (fixed salary);

Second Mechanic: $ 2,800 of fixed salary;

Cruise Director (responsible for all performances, sports and events): $ 6,200 of a fixed salary;

Captain:> 9,000 USD salary. USD salary.

Earnings for American or Western European wages are not the highest, but are pretty good deal. This is due to much cheaper life costs on the ship. After receiving a salary, you do not have to pay for anything anymore, you may have pocket money for your enjoyment and the rest of the money is saved on your account. Catering, housing, electricity, water, medicines, medical care, laundry provides the ship at cost. You only pay for internet, telephone and alcohol in the bar.

In addition to male initiation, adventure, free sightseeing of beautiful corners, polish the English language, acquire valuable experience and professional skills, or contact with modern technology and work organization - work on cruise ships also allows financial rebound and save money.

A BEAUTIFUL BEACH AT ARUBA, THE DUTCH ANTILES - CARIBBEAN. HERE YOU CAN MEET ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AT ALL CARIBBEAN.A BEAUTIFUL BEACH AT ARUBA, THE DUTCH ANTILES - CARIBBEAN. HERE YOU CAN MEET ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AT ALL CARIBBEAN.

It is difficult to lose a job on such ships. On land it is very easy to be thrown out of almost any job. On ships, in order to be fired you must commit a serious crime, which ships are: SEXUAL CONSULTANTS WITH PASSENGERS, BUGS, DRUGS and STUNNING.

In the maritime industry, there are strong trade unions and mariners' organizations that care about their interests and working conditions. In addition, it is not profitable for the company to slow down people because it costs money, because the company is obliged to cover the cost of an air ticket home and ships from all over the world work on ships. In addition to any case of reprimand or evaluation of the employee's work is done by the board of directors who vote and only after their vote the final decision is taken by the captain. There is, therefore, a whole procedure that is on the employees' hand. Therefore, work on a ship provides relative safety in comparison with life on the counter. It is on the hand of many young boys from Asian and Latin slums where they had to literally fight for survival, and here they often keep whole families and villages for their salaries. Such work is often a gold for them and they work hard and hard. For us, from Eastern Europe, there is no such a favorable conversion.

ANTIGUA - SHIRLEY HEIGHTS - ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES ON THE CARIBBEANANTIGUA - SHIRLEY HEIGHTS - ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES ON THE CARIBBEAN 

I have already written in advance that the ship has a specific law. The captain is the master and the judge. It is he who decides on the punishment, release and imprisonment of an employee or passenger after committing a crime on the ship. He is helped by security guards who have weapons to the local justice system. The delinquent is lucky if this port is a city in the US, but if it is Mexico or Colombia, then let him start praying for help, because he such countries are heavy. Cases of crimes on ships are rare, but as in life, the matter of contact with passengers is a separate tale. There are American sexual harassment regulations on the ship.

I witnessed arrests for drugs. Thrown out of work and from the ship while men - without arrest for theft, fight and sexual contact with passengers. The US SEXUALL HARASMENT regulations apply to the ship and you have to watch.

AUTHOR DURING A BREAK IN WORK ON THE BEACH IN FLORIDA, USA, 2003AUTHOR DURING A BREAK IN WORK ON THE BEACH IN FLORIDA, USA, 2003

ST.THOMAS - AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS - CARIBBEANS - A VERY POPULAR PLACE VISITED BY CRUISES. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN LANDSCAPESST.THOMAS - AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS - CARIBBEANS - A VERY POPULAR PLACE VISITED BY CRUISES. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN LANDSCAPES

You can not have any sexual relations with passengers officially outside of service during work. This does not apply to officers who in their leisure time can go to passenger areas for discos etc ... but he also can not have sex. There were many passengers who saw their neighbor's wife in suspicious situations with a waiter or officer and reported it on her return for her husband. Well, such a man later attacked the ship's company, which she employs and spread similar opinions from her friends and spoiled the reputation for the company. Ships abide by this, but it is not easy, because lonely Americans often grow into the romantic, beautiful, fairy-tale charm and relaxed, relaxed atmosphere of such cruises, "crush" and crossbow most often young handsome, gallant waiters and bartenders. If not on a ship, they often invite you to meetings on the counter during a stopover on the islands. However, this is also forbidden, but more difficult to detect. I worked as a bartender and waiter and personally I had a lot of ambiguous proposals from 30 and 40 year old lonely Americans...

Despite the threat of dismissal, it is easy to succumb to such temptation because the women on the ship are like medicine. Normally people are in ports during normal working hours and usually only the prostitutes are waiting for prostitutes who are willing and for sailors' hard-earned money. It is even harder for a believer like me, because if there's one Catholic among those few women - that's good. Only she is usually married and, in addition, is a race other than white: Asian, Indian or Black. I have a blockade for closer contacts with women of another race, because it is difficult for me to imagine myself as a child's dad with a different skin color than mine. After the first contract, I met a girl in Poznan, with whom I was in a relationship for two years until my departure to England. In my case, a relationship like this was better than none at all. Half a loaf is better than nothing. Cheap and frequent phone calls and the internet can not replace real personal contacts in real life.

Between the contracts I was in Poland for a few months and then I had time and opportunity to revive, but all seafarers and their wives and girls have such a way of life. A sailor's wife must be an exceptional woman of a very special kind and features, and she must love him very much. Otherwise, after my experience, I can not imagine it. However, I am not suited to such a lifestyle and, among other reasons, I resigned from a career at sea, despite the fact that in ROYAL CARIBBEAN I had a real perspective to move to the reception and start a career in the department of ship administration and accounting. In this section you can even get to the officer.

IN A FREE TIME, WE USED TO DO  OCEANIC SAILING - ST.MARTIN, DUTCH ANTILLES, 2004IN A FREE TIME, WE USED TO DO OCEANIC SAILING - ST.MARTIN, DUTCH ANTILLES, 2004

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ANTIGUA – HELLS GATE - CARRIBEANANTIGUA – HELLS GATE - CARRIBEAN

What about spiritual life on the ship? The priest celebrating masses is present only at Christmas and Easter. Fortunately, the largest US ports such as Los Angeles and Miami are the Catholic Sea People's Ministry. There are always Masses celebrated there and you can go to confession. In addition, Catholic churches like McDonalds and Coca Cole are everywhere and with a little initiative you can always find a church. A little initiative, efficient organization could be in the church at mass. Often, when I was off except sightseeing, trips, beach walks, shopping, bathing, diving, sailing and relaxation I went to the charming local island churches, and they are really romantic there. An ecumenical biblical-prayer group was active on every ship. I have prayed together with the Protestant’s.

There is a lot of hard work on the cruise ships. I had signed 11 hours a day in the contract. In PRINCESS I had one half-free day, in which I worked for 4 hours and it was always a different day of the week. In ROYAL, even this was not working, non-stop 7 days a week and rested at night and during longer breaks. Relaxing, however, on the paradise islands of the Caribbean and the Pacific, you can regenerate your strength well and this is one of the secrets and specifics of this industry.

A big advantage was during the working day I had breaks. Often up to 7 hours. (Morning change from 6 to 10. And evening from 17 to 23) thanks to such a work schedule during these 3 years I was able to visit a lot of beautiful, charming, romantic and interesting islands in CARIBBEAN, PACIFIC, ALASA, CANADA, USA, MEXICO and MEDITERRANEAN SEA.

Mariusz Sokołowski

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