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postasu March 8th, 2006 06:19 AM

Working on a Cunard vessel!!!
 
Hy all!!! Please , if there is someone who work onbord qm2 or qe2 and can give me some information, about how is life there as assistant waiter and how is life in general as crewmember, plese live here some words.
Thank you very, very much!!!!

cruisestudent March 11th, 2006 07:59 PM

Working onboard
 
I am a student studying cruise ships and as part of my programme I worked onboard QE2 for two contracts totaling nearly a year. Life onboard is not all that different to working in a hotel environment, so long as you remember that you will be with the people you work with 24/7 there is no escape, but saying that, it is a fantastic life - nothing compares to waking up each day in a different port or even at sea the views are amazing.

If you are joining the QE2 as an assistant waiter you will be assigned to a station in a restaurant, you would be expected to work breakfast lunch and dinner on sea days and on port days you may be given lunch off, it works on a rota system so that there is a fair chance for all. You may also be expected to work some shifts in the Lido the informal dining/buffet style restaurant. When you first join you may be with many others and in a programme called the White Star Academy - a bit like a training college at sea, they will teach you everything you need to know.

As for ship life there are plenty of facilities for crew, you will not have time to be bored there are lots of recreation facilities including a library, bar, gym etc. There are often crew entertainment nights in the crew bars and there are often crew excursions in exotic ports. You will be allowed time off in port (although not every port) to go out, shop, explore, eat etc.

Personally I had a fantastic time, so much so that I hope to return once I have finished my studies.

If you want to know anything else, drop me a mail or write a message on here and i'll try and reply. The QM2 runs a different system and I don't know too much about it, perhaps there is someone else out there who can tell you more about her crew.

Good Luck!

Goose March 15th, 2006 10:12 AM

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postasu March 15th, 2006 05:26 PM

Re: Working on a Cunard vessel!!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by postasu
Hy all!!! Please , if there is someone who work onbord qm2 or qe2 and can give me some information, about how is life there as assistant waiter and how is life in general as crewmember, plese live here some words.
Thank you very, very much!!!!

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cruisestudent March 15th, 2006 07:24 PM

In answer to your questions - the people are great, because you work with these people all the time you tend to form really close relationships with everyone, because its such a big family environment everyone looks out for each other and you'll find most people get on really well, your White Star group will probably be your best mates and also you get little groups of people from the same nationality all together, but because your all in the same place you all socialise together anyway.

There are some Romanians onboard, i'm not sure how many and they were all friendly when I was on there, you'll find people will come up and introduce themselves aswell.

As for security, you will be sharing a cabin with someone so as long as you trust them all your belongs will be fine, as you are the only people who have keys to your cabin. You can always hire a safe box from the crew office, like a little box to put cash etc in, and they are kept in the crew office you have one key and the office the other - both keys have to be present to open them.

Hope this helps!

Flory January 13th, 2014 01:18 PM

Hey! I don't want to bother you, but i have a lot of questions about working for CUNARD and i would like to talk with someone that worked with them for some time. I was wondering if we can trade e-mails?


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