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Anne1984 September 30th, 2007 02:13 PM

How much money do you spend onboard?
 
Hi :)


When working on a cruise ship, how much money do you approximately spend each week?

EB_Aloha September 30th, 2007 08:37 PM

Depends on the person. I had friends who never left the ship. Truly, they only ate in the Crew Mess... So they did not spend a dime, banked everything. But if you are like me -- I was doing this, not as a savings mean, but as an adventure, so I was off the ship everyday, at the beach or ATVing or jumping off a waterfall, eating at my favorite restaurants... So although I saved money - I spent a lot...

lumofny October 3rd, 2007 05:17 PM

When you live on board, all your necessities are provided for you. Like the poster before me said, if you spend all your time onboard, either working, sleeping, or eating, or if you only do the free stuff while your in port, you'll have no expenses.

My wife and I will be joining NCLA this month and, if all goes well, spending about 2 years for them out of Hawaii. Banking all the money we earn for two years we'll have enough to buy a house once our fourth contract is up.

Paul Motter October 3rd, 2007 08:55 PM

Lumofny...

Nice getting a job with your wife. Can I ask what you two will be doing? Are you a "team" of some kind or did you get separate jobs? It would be interesting to know if they are working to accomodate couples.

lumofny October 3rd, 2007 09:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Paul Motter
Lumofny...

Nice getting a job with your wife. Can I ask what you two will be doing? Are you a "team" of some kind or did you get separate jobs? It would be interesting to know if they are working to accomodate couples.

We were both hired as utility galleys. Entry level job, I know, but atleast it gets us in the door. I have experience in both food service and in a hotel but my wife does not. I figure if we both applied for the same position we'd be sure both to get it and have the best luck at getting on the same ship, same schedule, same cabin, etc.

From what the recruiter said they are very accomodating with married couples. The recruiter said we would not be able to get the same cabin, however, from what I've been hearing from past employees, if there is space, you can request to share a room. I've also been told that spouses (and boy/girl friends) frequently 'live' in the same room as the significant other, along with the 2 or 3 other people in that cabin as well. I think that would be more difficult that having 3 girls in one and 3 guys in the other, but it must work out somehow if people are doing that.

I check out the NCLA Jobs website every couple of days for updates and they seem to be updating their FAQ. It now states that requests for married couples to share a cabin will be accecpted if a marriage certificate is provided.

I'm hoping that even if we do get on and have to have seperate cabins that we'll be able to somehow get a shared one together. One past employee I've spoken with reminded me not to forget that the company will always need employees more than employees will need the company and that they will do a lot of things to make the crew happy.

I'm hoping that they will realize that putting a married couple together that are both hardworking will be a win/win situation for both us and NCLA. Plus, from what I've been hearing they are still having recruitment problems which hopefully will mean some available cabins for us to get into :)

Paul Motter October 3rd, 2007 09:11 PM

If a married couple is on board it makes total sense to have them in the same cabin - with proof. I thnk what they want to avoid is people shacking up willy nilly, then breaking up, and chaos happening onboard.

lumofny October 3rd, 2007 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Paul Motter
If a married couple is on board it makes total sense to have them in the same cabin - with proof. I thnk what they want to avoid is people shacking up willy nilly, then breaking up, and chaos happening onboard.

I know ship captains can preside over a wedding, but can they also approve a divorce? :)


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