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Old 06-18-2008, 12:28 PM
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Hello my name is Stefan,i`m a 23 yo Romanian and i just got a contract on Diamond Princess.
I`ll be working as a slot attendant in the casino i`m i`m looking forward to it,I realy am ! :P
But enough about me lets talk about cruises :P
I`m looking forword on reading coments to my post from both sides passangers and crewmembers.
I would realy like to know ``stuff` before boarding a cruise ship...like what should i bring with me stuff like that.
Is anyone onboard Grand Princess now ? My girlfriend is onboard working and I would realy like to send her flowers.
Thank you for a wonderful forum,i`ll keep posting whenever I can
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:58 PM
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Hi Stefan B, welcome to Cruise-Chat. Congratulations on your new job! I do hope you enjoy working for Princess. They're our favorite line! The casino is very busy and you will be working very hard. Most of the people on board are nice, but you will run into some that aren't. Just as in any place you work. We've talked to lots of crew members, the hours are long and the food isn't that great. They do enjoy the benefits, though. I hope to see you on one of our voyages. We'll be on the Royal Princess in December. Best wishes and once again, welcome aboard!
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:09 PM
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Tank you for the warm welcome penny3333.
It`s nice when you get souch a good welcome.
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:01 AM
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You're quite welcome. I don't think you'll need to bring much, except for your personal items. Everyone I've talked to have said they provide most everything for you. The biggest complaint has been the food since only once in a while do they let you have some things that the passengers get to eat. There is a recreation area for the crew members. You get discounts on beer and stuff. And one told me you get discounts on bringing family on cruises, like $50/week for a immediate family member. Some passengers, like me, will tip you. Others won't, but it doesn't mean they don't appreciate your work. Be prepared, there are a lot of people that will complain to you. Don't take it personally, it's usually because they've lost too much money. You will get some breaks in ports. Most of the crew members tell me they go in to get some good food. Others have gone on some excursions with us. Make sure you take some time to see the ports you go to. You won't have much time, but do take advantage of it. We always do the Caribbean itineraries, so a lot of the crew members will just go to the beach and rest. Be sure to bring plenty of underwear and socks, they don't have those on board. They will do laundry for you, but just have enough, in case. You will find good shopping in some of the islands, your fellow crew members will fill you in on the best spots. Don't let the officers see you tipsy because you will get in trouble. A mainland bar tender told me, he was thrown off the ship and had to pay his way home. That's why he was working in Ft. Lauderdale, he couldn't get hired on another ship. Have a great time and remember, you can always not sign the next contract if it's not for you. But look at this as an opportunity to travel the world and get paid for it. Learn as much as you can, and who knows you could get promoted. The officers live a lot better than the normal workers, so remember if you want a balcony room and to eat regular passenger food, etc., you can always work your way up! I really do hope to see you on board one of our Princess cruises, I'll be looking for you!
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:57 AM
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Hi Stefan B, Welcome to Cruise-Chat!

I hope this is a positive and great adventure for you. I can't add much to Penny3333's awesome post, other than to watch your back, and make friendships with long time crew members.

The only way I know of sending flowers to anyone is to call 1-800-774-62377. Here is a link to what they have available. You will need to know her cabin number. Please stay in touch with us.

Welcome aboard,

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