I found a writeup of the show on the pbs site, It's a decent, but brief description of the show. Oh, that Carnival 'representative/staffer' ...apparently he is the CEO of Carnival! He was trying out different jobs during the week to see firsthand how things go. http://www.pbs.org/opb/backtothefloor/carnival/.
They talk about a variety of topics, including the $1.50/day (yeah, $45/month) salary that the service staff receive (e.g .waitors, stewards, etc.)
Really interesting article. I hope this gets posted on the tip board for the people who don't tip AT ALL.....
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The pay and the long hours most of the crew works is the reason most of the cruise lines registered their ships in other countries- to get away from the labor laws , taxes.and OSHA( providing employees with a safe work environment-secondhand smoke). If the cruise ships were registered in the United States they would not get away with this stuff.
That's true and that's why tips are important. As far as safe working conditions go, I think the cruiselines provide that pretty well. So we do our part and they do their part and in return we get to enjoy good cuisine along with everything else without having to pay an arm and a leg for it. As long as it works, don't rock the boat.
Name of the show is "Back to the Floor" CEO's go do menial work at their business. Saw one with a CEO of a hotel chain (can't remember which one) and he was cleaning rooms and making beds. The head housekeeper flunked him for missing spots. He also did room service, front desk and bell hop suties.
They work for room and board also. So they do depend on the tips for the money to send home for there families. So please people don't be afraid to tip these hard workers. I work for tips also at a restaurant. It jsut puzzles me why people don't think they need to tip the correct amount. We work for the tips. On a cruise ship they are all working so very hard to make our vacations a great success. they deserve the best tip we can possibly give them. Happy cruising and give great tips......