Actually, that $788 figure is based on public record of a lawsuit filed against RCCL in 1988 for back wages for a employee hurt on the job. The base salary is $50 a month with a guarantee for tips, paid by the cruiseline, of $788 a month. Sorry but my figures are not "wrong beyond belief" as they are based on public record. The cruiseline makes up for quite a bit of us "stiffers". Considering a police officer in Iraq is currently paid $24 a month, even $50 with free room and board is quite a nice salary to begin with.