We took some time this trip to speak to many of the folks on the Glory staff. I was so impressed with how many learned our baby daughters name, even those not assigned to our area. We would walk down the hall at night and they'd come out from working in cabins to bend down and speak to her, high five or shake her hand. Later I realized it was because so many of them have a child her age at home. Many of them asked her age then told us the age and name of their children. We met several who had a new baby and they had not even seen their child yet.
We were told that they basically work 6 months straight. Think about it, a cruise ends and a new one starts later the same day so these folks are always working. They then go home for 2 months to meet immigration requirements. Sometimes they come back to the same ship, but often they end up some place new. When in port they can go ahsore two days only for 4 hours, then it's back to work. There cabins are in deck 0, and have bunks in them. We were told on smaller Carnival ships, like Fantasy there is no bathroom in the cabin they must share those located in the hallways. When asked what happens if they get sick we were told, "we don't get sick, if we are sick for 5 days straight we are sent home, so we do not get sick."
These people are very appreciative of their jobs. Many send their entire paycheck to family back home. We were told by many that they make much more working here than they can make back home.
We always come back from a cruise impressed with the level of service we have gotten. It really makes you appreciate these people when you get home and have to flag down a waitress just to refill your glass in Applebee's. After speaking to many of them this time it really made us appreciate the excellent service even more and it makes you realize how important the tipping is.
Carnival "Glory" November 2006
Carnival "Fantasy" July 2003
Royal Caribbean "Monarch" June 2002
These crew members earn every dollar they make. They work really hard. We just returned from our first cruise and were very impressed with all the crew members. Somebody was always cleaning hand rails, windows, clearing and wiping tables. They don't have just one duty either, they have several different duties to work at. It was amazing how clean they kept the ship with all the people on board. They have earned my respect for what they do.
Carnival legend November 2009
Carnival Glory October 2007
Carnival Elation November 2006