All I can say is if you are serious, then apply. We get periodic posts asking about working on the ships, and it is usually someone with the wrong idea - thinking it is like Julie, Gopher, and the gang. As an experienced cruiser you know better, but still it is a hard job with long hours and little time off. Do you really want to work 6 months with maybe a day off a week (and I mean just the day - not the night too)? Have you asked the crew questions while on your past cruises? You may not like what you hear if you are used to the typical American work week.
Here is more details on being a Carnival casino worker, for example.
I'll throw my two cents in here too. I was talking with a Casino dealer on my last cruise. he had been working for several years and LOVED it. Yes, its 6 months at a time, and long hours, but after a while the cruise ship atmoshpere becomes "old hat" and working long hours just meant that he was doing something. Plus he listed the benefits- No rent or mortgage payment, not utility bills, no car payment... food and board included in the job, he got to meet many interesting people and made great friends in other crew members. He got enough time off between rotations to visit family etc... If you are unattached and have that mindset, it could be great for you. BUT if you are someone like Dave said- you think it will be like working on the love boat, then you might want to reconsider.
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I like adventure, love to travel and I love to meet new people.
That is the Miss America answer
Hey, it's better than the Miss Teen South Carolina answer:
I personally believe, that U.S. Americans,
are unable to do so,
some, people out there, in our nation don’t have maps.
I believe that our education like such as in South Africa,
and the Iraq,
everywhere like such as…
and, I believe they should uh,
our education over here,
in the U.S. should help the U.S.
or should help South Africa,
and should help the Iraq and Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future,
OUCH DR, that was PAINFUL! Let me start off by stating that I grew up in CT and was educated in CT, I moved to SC a few years ago.
Dave, you have many good points there, I have never thought to ask a staff member about their job, but I do recall, however, a casino dealer telling me about his job, and he seemed to like it. But as you stated, he is NOT American so he is not used to the American-way of working. I LOVE to meet new people and experience new things that's why I am interested in doing a job like this, I am not attached, not married, no kids (well 2 cats), so I'm a free woman, so to speak. Is it bad to say that I may only do it for the 6 month duratation and quit? Just for the experience of it?
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