I worked at Princess Cruise Lines as a contractor (Less than a year)
Great benefits, got to live in Alaska, discounts on excursions, transportation from housing to work, promote quickly
very remote location, horrible employee meals, micromanaging, very strict firing rules that were unecessary, taxes on pay are very very hight
Advice to Management
Be more careful in hiring process. There were many of my fellow employees that were unqualified to do their job.
I worked at Princess Cruise Lines full-time (More than 5 years)
With good position ( officer) great privileges and opportunity to live decent lives while travelling around the globe
no days off, and long hours to work
Advice to Management
easy up on hours of operation and better recognition.
I worked at Princess Cruise Lines full-time (More than 3 years)
Its a great chahce to travel and save money
Dont get time off at all... long working hours
I worked at Princess Cruise Lines as a contractor (More than a year)
The salary is good and most of the crew were gently with each other, I make so many friends there.
The place we eat is not nice, they limit us. We were less people working for a lot of passengers, sometimes was a disaster.
I have been working at Princess Cruise Lines as a contractor (More than 8 years)
You get paid to travel. This is probably one of the biggest pluses to working on a cruise ship. And, it's the one most people think about. Not only are you able to see new places, you'll have the opportunity to meet people from other areas of the world, many who are crew members along with you.
You can save your pay. Because you're furnished room and board along with your salary, you shouldn't have a lot of expenses. You don't have to pay utilities, so that's one expense you won't have. You're busy most of the time, so there isn't much opportunity to spend your hard earned salary.
Meet new people. Because the crew is generally made up of people from all over the world, you can meet new people and learn about their cultures. You may even have a foreign roommate, which will help you learn a good deal about their culture.
After you've successfully completed one contract, you'll be more likely to be chosen for another. If you choose to change cruise lines, your previous experience may help you get your foot in the door with the new company.
If you're single when you begin your career on a cruise ship, you may find the biggest pro for working there is that you find your future spouse. While this is not a guarantee, it seems that quite often romances bloom among the crew.
Other perks and benefits that are often included with your cruise line job.
You get reduced price cruise vacation for family and friends
Air travel en-route and homeward bound
Free laundry service
Free medical insurance (which is required by maritime law)
Discounts at cruise ship stores and often at land based stores, bars and restaurants
Homesickness is a major problem for those working on a cruise ship, especially if they are new to the job.
Sea sickness can be a problem, especially if you're on a smaller cruise ship. It's not as much of a problem on the larger vessels, but does still happen on occasion. Of course, there are medications you can take to combat sea sickness, but if you have that much of a problem, it might be wise to choose another profession.
There's not much privacy if you're a member of the crew. Quite often you'll have to share a room with at least one, if not more, roommate. If you like to spread out, working on a cruise ship isn't the job for you. Speaking of sharing a room, quite often your roommate will be from another country, so there may be difficulties communicating. Other difficulties may arise if your work schedule is different from your roommates.
Few days off while at sea. There isn't a 40-hour work week on a cruise ship. Even though you'll have some time off, if the passengers can see you, you're liable to have to work. Also, some cruise lines will have employees work more than one job, so that will cut down on the amount of free time you have, as well.
Things are not as expected. Many new cruise ship employees think they'll have the same benefits as the passengers. This isn't the case. Unless the passengers are off the ship at a port of call, it's unlikely the crew can lounge by the pool. Food choices are also quite limited for the crew, regardless of what new employees might believe.
actually im happy towork PCI ...since im working i start 2006 as assistant waiter ...
we are more than 70hours a week thats normal to the cruise line time standard because of the passenger amount...
Advice to Management
i like the all the company i been working before......
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