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Old February 3rd, 2014, 07:41 PM
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Ever wondered how the cruise line employees feel about their employers?

How Do Cruise Line Employees Rate Their Employers?

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It's an interesting article, but one of the problems with it is that all of the management are in essence... temps. I have been on ships where the Captain and First Officer change and in the matter of a couple hours the entire ships atmosphere changes dramatically, both better and worse. But don't get me wrong its still interesting.
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It always strikes me how non-cruise reporter-written articles rarely mention that there are far more cruise lines than just the ones whose names we know.

For example - how does Oceania, Silversea, Regent, Princess, etc rank with its employees, Far better, I am guessing.

Also - it is very important to remember that NCL's ranking is most likely skewed by having Pride of America, and all US-crewed ship. Believe me, the feelings held by crewmembers on that ship are not in any way indicative of what the crewmembers feel on the rest of the (non-US-flagged) fleet. It is just one ship, but enough to skew the results down a few percentage points which was really about all the difference.
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I hear what both of you are saying.

We've been on the same ship 4 times and each time the overall 'feeling' was different because they had a different crew. I agree that a captain has a huge impact on the crew and how everything can be different based on the personality and command style the captain has.

As for Paul's comments about not considering other cruise lines, I think they were just looking at the mass-market lines that serve the majority of the cruising public. But as for the Pride of America, the staff is no longer 100% American. NCL America got an exemption from Congress and now employs 40% foreign crew (if my memory is correct on that figure). It has made a huge difference on the staff and I have to admit that while our clients gave them a very poor rating, after the change we personally found them to be wonderful. So it wouldn't be fair to compare them from what they were against the way they are now.

But I also agree that alot of these articles are written by people who have no idea what they're talking about. Then again, the same thing can be said about almost every article ever written about anything! Whenever I read the paper, it's obvious to me the writer is not only not knowledgeable about the subject matter, but also formulates an opinion based on their limited knowledge and then shows their bias in the article. But that's grounds for a whole new subject!

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I never heard about the exemption - when did that happen?

I do recall that they allowed them to employ people from Guam (a US protectorate) and similar places, but I don't recall truly foreign workers.

Nevertheless - they are still holding job fairs in the US to find workers for POA. I just read an article about four job fairs they were running in places like Chicago, etc.
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Of all cruise lines we have sailed, NCL crews have seemed the happiest in my opinion!
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I remember reading something that they went to Congress in order to get a special exemption - it's possible they got it to allow the Phillipine residents to work onboard because there were many of them when we did our cruise. They were doing the jobs the Americans didn't want. I know before the exemption they had to be U.S. citizens and that was causing alot of problems. They were hiring along of young people and they thought it would be a great job to work in Hawaii on a cruise ship. Of course, once they got onboard they begin to realize how difficult the job was, the long hours, the rotten pay, etc. They were literally jumping ship in the middle of a cruise, which compounded the problem.

When we went, we weren't sure what to expect. But we were very pleasantly surprised as the staff was wonderful. The ship wasn't all that great and the food was definitely not that good, but the staff made it nice. Then again, when you take this cruise it's more about the ports than it is about the cruise.

But from what I heard from a senior officer, they still have to replenish the staff more often than on other ships. Main reason is they do the same thing every week, and even paradise can get boring after a while.

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Cruise Planner, I have to agree with you. I was stationed in Hawaii during my Air Force Career; After six months the island gets small, real small; so i understand people getting bored; unless they live in Hawaii, then its just another job.
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