Author - Virgin Holidays Cruises
While you’re aboard your cruise ship we want you to relax, unwind and escape from the pressures of the real world. You’ll be getting the VIP treatment all the way and our great crew wouldn’t want you to expect anything less. They’re a team of dedicated people who work hard and play hard.
For the duration of your holiday, the cruise ship is your home and we wouldn’t blame you for getting used to living a life of luxury on the open sea. For our amazing crew and staff, they live aboard the ship pretty much 24/7. If you’ve ever wondered what life is like living and working on one our cruise ships, then we’ve got the inside scoop.
What is your cabin like?
We share cabins and our cabins are a bit smaller than those of the passengers, so there isn’t a lot of room! We also have TV and DVD player and reading light over our bed and a wardrobe for our clothes and, like the passenger cabins, it has its own bathroom.
It might be a little cramped in there, but I pretty much only ever really use the cabin to sleep, the rest of the time I’m working and even during rest time, I don’t really go back to the cabin much
““…the rest of the time I’m working and even during rest time, I don’t really go back to the cabin much.”
We also have a cabin inspection once a week to make sure we’re keeping the cabin clean and tidy.
What is your cabin like?
We generally work seven days a week with leisure time rather than days off. Some people might be horrified by that thought, but I actually really enjoy the work. One of the perks of being on the entertainment team is that you get to meet some great people. It’s a really sociable job, so most of the time it doesn’t really feel like work.
What do you do on a typical day?
It depends what the ship is doing. Sea days are when we’re travelling all day and the ship is at sea. We tend to work longer hours on the sea days because all the entertainment pretty much kicks off at 9am and continues through until midnight!
A lot of the morning activities are things like quizzes and arts and crafts, whereas the more performance-based activities come later on in the day and a night. We get a lot of breaks in-between, though, so even when it seems like we’re working 10 hour days, we’ll probably only work about six or seven hours.
Turnaround days are where all the passengers you’ve got to know over the past couple of weeks all leave and we then we have a few hours to ready ourselves for all new passengers to start their holiday.
“If you get leisure time on a port day then you’re free to visit the port of call or hit the beach.”
Work starts around 6am where we coordinate all our departing passengers in the waiting area while their luggage is taken off the ship. Then, we welcome aboard all our new passengers, help them register and do a safety drill and then perform for evening entertainment. It can feel like a really long day!
Port days are the most fun. If you get leisure time on a port day then you’re free to visit the port of call or hit the beach. It’s great that your work involves travelling the world and that you can spend your breaks in a different part of the world each time.
What’s it like working on a cruise ship?
Busy! It’s a pretty fast-paced working environment but the work is really enjoyable. It’s a very sociable job – you meet so many interesting people. I’ve also seen parts of the world I never would have had the opportunity to see if I didn’t work on a cruise ship.