I will be starting my 1st ship assignment on the 'Grandeur of the Seas' on 20th May. The thing is i'm aware the boat will be dry docked and does not have guests until May 31st. I was just wandering if anyone had any experience of being and working on a ship when it is in dry dock. Aside from training, what other work will I be doing if there are no guests?
So excited and it will give me the oppurtunity to get to know the layout of the ship and the people a bit more before I officially start... what a great oppurtunity!!!
Yes - lots of training, but also - lots of cleaning. If by chance your department runs out of 'things to do' - there is helping get trash off the ship (like carpet, garbage, etc) and also 'firewatch - which is standing guard nearby "hot work" aka welding, with a fire extinguisher. Also bringing stuff onto the ship - as sometimes the electricity is off for a bit and elevators don't work.
PS - once you're onboard a ship, it's actually somewhat against the rules to be posting about the company online (for the most part). You'll be attending a Business Ethics class that will address this. . . .
Drydock can be great depending on 1) what department you work for; and 2) where you are.
If you work for a concessionaire (spa, shops, casino) or entertainment then you will not have as much work to do and you might be able to go wander in port some. It is true about the electricity and A/C, it may or may not be available at times and you just have to deal with it. You may also have to move cabins a time or two while they renovate/repair the cabins.
Drydock is fun though because the ship is pretty much abandoned except for crew/contractors, and everything is wrapped up, taped down, or shut off. It's kind of cool to see a ship in repair. Some ships may even offer for crew to go see the bottom of the ship, since it's not possible when you are sailing.
Hope this helps - pm me if you have any questions!