Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

25 Things You Should Know About Cruise Ships Before You Depart.

Going on a cruise is an ideal vacation because you can travel, meet new people, and enjoy some beautiful scenery on your way to an exotic destination. But while you might think it’s all fun and games, there are some things about cruising that cruise ship employees don’t want you to know about. A lot of these secrets involve how they operate, the conditions on the ship during a crisis, and the rules and restrictions each staff member must follow. So, we’ve done some digging and have uncovered some top secrets that cruise ship staff would prefer to keep to themselves.

#1. There’s a major difference between the staff and the crew of a cruise ship.

General crew members refer to cooks, waiters, busboys, housekeeping, bartenders, cabin stewards, and maintenance, but staff members refer to guest relations, entertainers, computer technicians, sports and fitness staff, and videographers. So, in essence, crew members are at the bottom of the food chain but would prefer it if no one found out.

#2. Employees on a ship have their very own private pool and sunbathing areas.

Since ship workers can’t exactly clock out and drive home, the cruise ship provides them with their very own private pool and sunbathing area so they can get away from all the mayhem and foolishness. Some cruise ships provide their employees with gyms and hot tubs.

#3. Partying while on the job is totally okay when you work on a cruise ship.

Aside from taking in the scenic view, employees get to enjoy the private parties that are arranged in their honor. But they keep this hush-hush so passengers won’t think they’re not being professional.

Partying while on the job is totally okay when you work on a cruise ship.

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#4. Big tips can make a huge difference with employees working in tipping positions.

Employees who rely on tips to get by don’t usually have the best salary in the world. So, if an employee goes the extra mile to please passengers, it’s because they’re banking on a big tip to boost their wages.

#5. Cruise ship staff have a secret language they don’t want passengers to know about.

Employees can talk freely amongst themselves without coming off as unprofessional in front of passengers. They have a secret language. For example, "I-95" refers to the main crew hallway. "The Shirts" refers to the ship's officers, and "cones" or "coneheads" are used to describe guests. "Troso" is a term used for crew/guests that lack common sense.

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