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Disney Cruise Vacations Reviews

Updated July 2, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
16 Reviews

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  1.  

    A place where dreams do come true

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    Former Employee - Youth Activities Counselor  in  Cape Canaveral, FL
    Former Employee - Youth Activities Counselor in Cape Canaveral, FL

    Pros

    Anything you wish for, from dream vacations, to great service and people....

    Cons

    Vacations are too short when you spend them at Disney...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep what you do cause you are doing a great job. And never stop bringing new things as you always do...

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Developed World company Runed by underdeveloped people, Modern Slavery

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    Current Employee - Bar Server  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Bar Server in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    No expenses, Free Laundry, food, cheap alcoholic drinks,

    Cons

    Awful food, Confined environment, nepotism, Few free time, No basic salary, extreme rules and power abuse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people based on merits,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Different Experience

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Host  in  Port Canaveral, FL
    Former Employee - Merchandise Host in Port Canaveral, FL

    Pros

    Contact with people all over the world, sales experience with merchandise such as: Watches, drinks, pins,perfumes,etc.

    Cons

    Long hours of work during sea days, and time changes, due to time zones.

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  5.  

    Definite Ups and Downs

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    Former Employee - Youth Activities Counselor
    Former Employee - Youth Activities Counselor

    Pros

    Typically fun job and great community, free room, board, and travel. Despite low pay you can really save up some money with such few expenses. It's great having a long span of vacation time if you're traveling (and free admission to parks)

    Cons

    Ports get old after a while (at least on the Dream), long hours, low pay. Vacation time gets boring when you are just at home, not working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to see all sides of the story when dealing with incidents

  6.  

    Amazing Experience

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Celebration, FL
    Former Employee - Management in Celebration, FL

    Pros

    i worked shipboard and it was the best of both worlds. I was able to travel, see the world, work for the largest entertainment company in the world and meet people from all over.

    Cons

    Being at sea makes it hard to settle down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Total lack of support or leadership from Entertainment

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    Former Employee - Leader of Leaders
    Former Employee - Leader of Leaders

    Pros

    The people I worked with directly were some of the best in the business. Making magic for the guests with top quality Entertainment.

    Cons

    My boss was a monster. Made my life a living hell. The company has a bad habit of moving forward employees who are vicious and will do whatever they have to for their upper leadership. My boss would have thrown their own mother under a bus if they thought it would make them look good. Unfortunate but things will never change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the direct reports of your managers. Keep an eye on your leaders of leaders, some of them are evil

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Deceptively Happy Experience soured by Management and Hiring Practices

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    Current Employee - Youth Activities Counselor  in  Port Canaveral, FL
    Current Employee - Youth Activities Counselor in Port Canaveral, FL

    Pros

    -Free admission to parks, while you aren't working at sea
    -Opportunity to work with kids using Disney product
    -Ability to travel the world while working
    -Better privileges on board than most of the crew
    -Many additional duties are unique to anything else in Disney Company (being able to hang out and play with Disney characters during work time)
    -Recognizable brand may easily land you a job within the same industry.

    Cons

    -Substandard wages for comparative work on land. The company can get away with this as it's registered in the Bahamas. Paid $400 weekly.

    -10 Hour work days, on a daily basis. On the rare occasion you may work less, but 10 is the set standard every day. This amounts to just under $6/hour.

    -Room for advancement very minimal, DCL tends to hire upper level positions externally rather than promote within; many Crew Member employees stuck at same job level for several contracts.

    -Easy to feel replaceable due to high turnover in department; management makes no effort to hide this to change the culture on board

    -Despite child care qualifications/degrees, majority of the work involved is standing in a fixed position for 30-minute increments over the course of a 10-hour day.

    -A large part of the job that is not overtly stated is the amount of cleaning (i.e. buckets of chlorine bleach and ripped wash rags -no exaggeration here) that takes place. Counsellors expected to clean, serve food, take out garbage.

    -A lot of red tape involved for innovation or creativity, as a result job ends up uninspiring

    -Disciplinary system very harsh for this department compared to others, very degrading for current employees.

    -Privileges not necessarily granted despite part of contract

    -Overt and policy gender discrimination towards male employees regarding proximity and child supervision, despite police record and background checks.

    -Very strict appearance and behaviour policy enforced by Disney

    -Disconnect from shoreside (i.e. corporate) and those working on ships regarding policies and implementation. Ineffective procedures and dated programming do not address actual needs of fleet. Hard to have any feedback taken into consideration as it tends to get "Lost" through management channels.

    -Few optimistic/change-oriented leaders tend to be quieted quickly

    -Youth Activities department surprisingly ill-equipped with useful tools/resources that one would expect from Disney. Too many makeshift fixes, countless things that are nonfunctional.

    -NO REFERENCES GIVEN FOR WORK OR ANY PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS. Disney leadership/management are unable to provide any sort of reference/letter if they are currently actively working for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Listen to the crew members on an individual basis. Provide an email address or some place for employees to send their concerns (there are many), as these tend to be young people with great passion for the Disney product.
    -The long working hours would be much more tolerable if Crew Members were allowed their dining privileges to eat in guest areas.
    -Culture of crew members as replaceable machines MUST be changed in order to boost morale and retention
    -At the very least hire and promote internally - most of the major problems encountered are due to the errors made from external hires with little training/knowledge and often go unreported.
    -OR at the very least provide references for employees who do their best to smile despite the bleakness of the situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job

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    Former Employee - Operation Assistant  in  Port Canaveral, FL
    Former Employee - Operation Assistant in Port Canaveral, FL

    Pros

    Great cultural connection with international crew

    Cons

    minimum off time, not variated itenerary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate the employees

    Recommends
  10.  

    nice place to work.

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    Former Employee - Cook I  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Cook I in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    good company to start carrer.

    Cons

    think more about company rather personnel benifit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give respect to your senoir employee and make no dismination in promation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    where dreams come true.i am very satisfied as this has given me a good bloom towards my career..

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    Current Employee - Ordinary Seaman  in  Cocoa Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Ordinary Seaman in Cocoa Beach, FL

    Pros

    excitng environment for team work and we all create happiness for every other employes to work with.

    Cons

    too much time for working which does not create recreation time for crew members which is very important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there should be a bit of relaxation and recreation time to reacess our daily work and to think upon our next day work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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