Cruise Ship Jobs – Crew Facilities
Our descriptions of cruise ship crew facilities will give you an idea of what is available but will generalize because facilities vary for all sorts of reasons. For instance, larger or newer ships usually have more facilities, and may be different for particular markets like the over 60’s on certain cruises.
Cruise line companies all have different rules about staff using passenger facilities – some allow crew to use them whenever they want and others allow crew to use them only at specific times or not at all. Nevertheless, if you aren’t normally allowed to use the passengers’ facilities, there will be crew facilities onboard, probably with fewer “bells and whistles” though. And, as long as you don’t abuse your privileges and remember that guests always take precedence over cruise ship staff, most cruise lines are pretty relaxed on what facilities you can use. All restrictions will be explained to you when you first go onboard.
Gym: Most cruise ships have both a passenger gym and a crew gym. On a larger ship the passenger gym will have state-of-the-art equipment such as exercise machines, weights, saunas and Jacuzzis. On smaller ships, the crew gym usually consists of weight machines and a running machine.
Jogging track: Many ships have jogging tracks for passengers and often staff can use them as well.
Sunbathing: Depending on your ship, the crew will probably have specific sunbathing areas. Passengers will still have priority for the best areas like those close to the pool, and on some ships the crew will have totally separate sunbathing decks.
Gift shops: Here there may be a significant difference between staff and crew, so find out what the rules are on your ship. Crew generally will have to wait for specific ‘crew hours’ or ‘crew sales’ to shop in passengers’ shops whereas, staff can usually shop there whenever they aren’t on duty and even get a 20% (+/-) discount.
Cruise Ship Jobs – Entertainment
Disco: cruise ship staff members are generally allowed to go to the passengers disco as long as they remember passengers come first in all things including using the bar stools. Often the crew members provide a “life of the party” atmosphere at the discos.
Shows & Movies: The shows can include everything from Broadway shows to bands and singers, comedians, magicians and even bingo. When not on duty, staff members and crew are usually allowed to see the shows but they may be restricted to certain seating areas. The same rules will cover staff using the cinemas.
Casino: Unless your job is working in the Casino, this is one place that is strictly for passengers only and out of bounds for all crew members and staff.
Be sure to always treat your privileges with respect because if abused, the cruise ship company can be quick to take them away from you.
For those lucky enough to get one of the many different cruise ship jobs, onboard facilities can help you stay in shape as well as provide you with the necessities and some of the finer things in life. So once you have filled one of the current cruise ship vacancies and taken up your place on the ship, check out what facilities are available to you and enjoy.
Cruise Ship Jobs – Onboard Facilities for Crew Members Part 2