Any advice whatsoever about working on a Carnival Cruise line, I will be working on the Pride and the Conquest as a Administrative Coordinator. I am so excited but i want to know what to expect!!
Thanks for any advice.
I worked for carnival on and off for about five years and i can tell you, you will have a blast, they are a great company to work for and after one contract trust me you will be hooked, it becomes very addictive. So have fun and enjoy.
I have worked for 3 different cruise lines and on 5 different ships. I believe Carnival must be a great company to work for among cruise lines because they have a high employee retention rate. Many of the Carnival staffers I have met have been with the company for many years.
The main thing is to go with the attitude that you are there to work primarily and to have fun secondly. That is the one mistake new people usually make. The cruise lines expect you to have fun on your time off, but they do not accept excuses for not doing your job.
I'm not sure what an administrative coordinator does, but is sounds like you will be in the back office at the purser's desk. Buy the correct shoes to match your uniform. Get a comfortable watch you can wear all day. Pack an alarm clock (battery operated is best). Brush up on your computer skills.
Do not be too worried about making friends or fitting in right away. The people on ships are as diversified as they are in daily life. You won't like everyone and vice versa, but you should make a few close friends and have company during your travels.
The only downside to cruise jobs is the following - they are usually not too good at telling you everything you need to know because they don't remember what it is like to know nothing about ships. Ask questions and if you don't get the answers you need then ask someone else. You might find some people with an attitude, don't get upset, just move on to someone else. The vast majority of people are very nice, but getting at odds with someone in such tight quarters can be uncomfortable.
Show up on time, stay out of arguments, don't steal anyone's boyfriend.
Other than that - just take it a day at a time. Good luck.
Dude , let me tell you ... It's a tone of fun.
I worked there for many contracts 'till I found my husband and got off the ship . Many times I sit back ad remember all the fun I had on bord the ship .
I made friends all over the world , I still keep in touch with them ... what can I say , it's worth it.
The downside is , that it's not a real life there , relationships are made as easy as they are breaking off , if you are married back home , you are kinda screwed , because chances are that you'll cheat on your spouse .. so it's really up to you. It's hard to be away from home all this months and than when you go home , you can't wait to go back on the ship , so it's really funny the way it works . The shiplife goes into your blood and it's hard to stay in one plce after you worked there . For exemple , many time si just want to pack up and go .. go places , see ppl etc
But bottom line I had fun for 4 years and I don't regret one thing .
Our daughter is an officer (nurse) with the Carnival family, currently on her second CCL ship (sailing out of Florida). She started 2½ years ago after many years of slaving away in hospital ICUs, ERs, etc. She loves it, but admits that some of the crew and many of the passengers can be a real pain at times.
However, she finds the job rewarding for the most part even though much of it is related to seasickness and similar minor complaints. But she's also been involved in several life-threatening situations which required real medical expertise, and it's at those times that it all becomes so worthwhile.
So if you just follow Paul's advice and keep your nose clean, I'm sure you'll never regret your choice. And don't forget what he said about theft of others' property! <S>
I too am interested in working on a cruise ship. I am just investigating it at this time, but would appreciate any information. I have a great deal of experience working with people, waitressing, working with children and the disabled. I live in the US. Thanks.