I read a post from a crew member who said that they were fired for, among other things, changing the duvet covers in her housekeeping section the day before embarkation day. Which is to say, that she put clean covers on the beds one day before the next cruisers came on board. She said that this is common practise not only throughout the housekeeping department on that cruise line (Oceania), but throughout the industry. In fact, she said, some housekeepers change the pillowcases the day before embarkation, too!
I guess this is to cut down on the enormous work load of embarkation day, and I'm sure the laundry department welcomes spreading the load over a couple of days, but believe me, when I pay for a cruise, I expect CLEAN bed linens that have not been used, even for one day, by the passenger before me!
I also suspect that the drinking glasses in the rooms are just rinsed and replaced, but not sterilized in the dishwasher. No wonder cruise ships are breeding grounds for viruses.
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