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Staff conditions onboard a cruise ship

If you've just landed your first job on board a cruise ship, don't expect to have a luxury en-suite cabin with a sea view and balcony all to yourself! Here's a guideline as to what to expect once you're living onboard but do thoroughly check your individual crew package and contract: COMPACT & BIJOUX …although cabin size will depend on the size of vessel, chances are you'll be sharing a fairly cramped cabin with a complete stranger. NEW BEST FRIENDS … because of the diversity of career and travel opportunities on board you'll meet so many interesting people, people who will quickly become your new best friends. YEARS AT SEA BRING PERKS … generally single cabins are reserved for the more senior cruise staff, so if you&rsqu...

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TV's Cruise Ship Queen

Queen of Cruise Ships, Jane McDonald returns to our screens with a new TV series this week, Good Friday (19th April) to be precise! Channel 5's BAFTA award-winning "Cruising with Jane McDonald" makes a much-awaited comeback with 3 brand-new episodes in this, their sixth series. Good Friday's episode will see Jane experiencing Emerald Waterways' modestly sized cruise ship, the Emerald Radiance, which explores Portugal's spectacular Douro region.  Setting sail from Porto to Salamanca in Spain, Jane makes the most of the region by showing viewers all that's on offer, visiting the famous port cellars, the Casa De Mateus in Vila Real, before tile painting and catching the Lisbon-bound train to check out a factory making traditional P...

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Game-Changing Cruise Ship Engineering

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd have ordered the fifth in their fleet of Celebrity Edge cruise ships with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l'Atlantique, scheduled for delivery in 2024. With the first in Celebrity's Edge-class of cruise ships having recently completed her first Winter season, this glittering vessel combines innovative engineering, 3D technology and the culmination of world leading architects and designers, including Tom Wright, Nate Berkus and British Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen MBE who, with her clear vision and foresight, has created comfortable yet luxurious cabins, with Infinity Verandas which effortlessly transform from balcony to indoor lounge area. New for the Edge series is the 'floating' Magic Carpet, the size of ...

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Searching for a Job onboard a Cruise Ship?

If you're looking for work on cruise liners or ferries, Cruise Recruit is the obvious place to start with cruise companies and recruitment agencies posting new vacancies here every day.  Cruise Recruit offers the most comprehensive online jobs board in the cruise industry worldwide, catering for all professional positions on cruise liners and ferries.  Search through hundreds of positions, anywhere in the world, all from your laptop or mobile device.  With Cruise Recruit you're only a few clicks away from applying directly to ships, agencies and management companies. To get started, simply register for FREE.  Set up your online profile, upload your CV/Personal Statement, store all your certificates, references and documents in one place and when a job po...

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Searching for Cruise Ship Crew?

  Make finding the right crew quick and easy by registering on Cruise Recruit today. With our unique active software, we can effectively sift and match individual data (IE: crew profiles) with the specification of your job vacancy.  That way we can provide the best candidates available, across the world, ranked by % match in order of suitability. If you're searching for crew, you can type in the specific job from Captain to First Purser or Pool Supervisor to IT Support Technician and every job in between, you can even search for a specific person, simply type in their name and email address and we'll search our extensive database.  And if you don't have time to search for crew yourself, why not try our Traditional Crew Placement service, where we...

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Southampton Hosts a Star Studded Cast

The launch of MSC Cruise's new flagship MSC Bellissima drew quite a crowd to Southampton this week.  With the quayside playing host to a star studded cast as well as 3,000 guests from 20 countries. Hosting the naming ceremony was ITV's favourite Holly Willoughby, with screen goddess Sophia Loren ribbon-cutting and officially naming Bellissima, MSC's largest cruise ship to date.   The lavish naming ceremony was climax to a three-day celebration, with performances from Andrea and Matteo Bocelli, Craig David, Leee John, Grammy award-winner Nile Rodgers and two brand new Cirque du Soleil shows. The UK's weather didn't want to play ball though, with winds rocking the quayside to such an extent that guests had to relocate from marquee to the vessel itse...

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Cruising with Pets

Looking across at my four legged friend, Elsa (Black Labrador) this week I wondered "would I be able to take her on a cruise with me?" Although there aren't lots of options, it's not impossible. PETS ON CRUISES Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is the only cruise ship in the world that lets passengers cruise with their pets and only on certain transatlantic crossings, between New York and Southampton.  Either way, you can take your cat or dog, but you won't (repeat WON'T) be able to snuggle down with them in your cabin.  Pets are confined to the onboard kennel staffed by dedicated crew who will feed, walk and clean up after them. You will be able to regularly visit your pet though, at allocated times and don't worry, they get plenty of exe...

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Shout out for Budding Shore Explorers

Are you a budding Shore Explorer with a talent for capturing amazing photographs and telling an impactful story with a simple social media post? This week the Royal Caribbean launched a competition to find their ideal Shore Explorer.  The post will only be a three-week placement but you'll be paid £6000 once the assignment is completed.  Your task, should you wish to accept it, will be to capture and post daily photographs on Instagram from exciting destinations like Dubai, Japan, Alaska and Norway. The idea, to get social media users and Royal Caribbean followers inspired about the Royal Caribbean's future shore excursions programme. To apply you must be an ace on Instagram, have a talent for capturing amazing photographs and be available between May and ...

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The Cruise Ship Stretch

Do Cruise Ships have stretch marks? With cruise lines bursting at the seams for bookings, more and more of them are scheduling in 'ship stretches' to increase capacity.  if you haven't already heard of it, simply put, they cut right down the middle of the ship and drop in a totally new section, just like a block of flats. But many operators are electing for the cost efficiencies of having the work done whilst the ships already in the yard for either technical or major refit, therefore killing two birds with one stone.   A massive technical undertaking but not impossible and a significantly cheaper way of increasing passenger capacity than a completely new build. In November last year Windstar Cruises announced plans to stretch its three Star-class vessels; Bree...

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Keep body and mind healthy whilst working onboard a cruise ship.

There is an intensity to working on board a cruise ship that you wouldn't experience working a normal, mainland 9 – 5.  For starters, you're living, working and socialising in a relatively confined area, within close proximity to a bunch of strangers who are about to become your new best friends, whether you like it or not.  You'll be away from the normal social parameters of the outside world for days on end, so don't be surprised if it takes a little while for your body and mind to adjust. With our awareness much more on our mental as well as physical health, it's important we keep tabs on both, not just watching what we eat and keeping active, but promoting a positive mental attitude to yourself and others. 1.   Be active...

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