If you do get a gig, figure out how you are going to save your money, you will get paid in cash. Also, you need to take your own computer/I-pod/kindle to entertain yourself on your off-hours. You will have very limited storage space sharing crew quarters. One of my students got a gig on Carnival going from Miami to the Bahamas 2 X per week. After a month, he was bored out of his mind playing the same show twice a week. I also have known others who did this and enjoyed it. To be sure you are going to come out with some money, have a way to deposit your cash when you return to U.S. ports.