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Forum: Crewmembers April 18th, 2018, 01:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 649
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Yes, it is true that cabin key cards are a...

Yes, it is true that cabin key cards are a constant problem.


The magnetic strip on the back is often de-magnetized by cell phone batteries, silk shirts, magnetic closures on purses and bags, and...
Forum: Crewmembers April 3rd, 2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,823
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Most cruise lines are quite happy to hire German...

Most cruise lines are quite happy to hire German Passport holders. They have a very good reputation with the major lines.
American passport holders are far less desirable, and are rarely hired...
Forum: Crewmembers March 28th, 2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 473
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
You have asked an excellent question. There are...

You have asked an excellent question.
There are very easy answers, but you may not like them.

Cruise lines are looking for people who:

1. Speak multiple languages
2. Have previous experience...
Forum: Open Debate February 26th, 2018, 03:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,106
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
I live in Japan. We generally don't have guns...

I live in Japan.
We generally don't have guns here.
We cannot buy a pellet gun without a special government permit.
We cannot buy a samurai sword without a special government permit.
We cannot...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers February 4th, 2018, 01:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
I was going to reply fghlm, but now I say cbgkle.

I was going to reply fghlm, but now I say cbgkle.
Forum: Crewmembers January 27th, 2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,058
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
It is generally very expensive for a cruise line...

It is generally very expensive for a cruise line to fly STCW instructors to a ship and keep them in passenger cabins in order to train crew onboard.
It is also expensive to keep crew onboard - who...
Forum: Crewmembers December 27th, 2017, 07:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,045
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Visible tattoos are a big No-No on most cruise...

Visible tattoos are a big No-No on most cruise lines. If you have tattoos and they can be covered by your uniform, you may get away with it.
A tattooed hand won't work.


Even if you manage to...
Forum: Open Debate December 21st, 2017, 01:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Thank you for reminding me why I'm so happy to be...

Thank you for reminding me why I'm so happy to be living outside the USA.
My Japanese full Medical and Dental insurance costs me about US$500 per year, with full coverage for everything, my choice...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers December 15th, 2017, 12:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 526
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
You're favorite holiday song. You're = you...

You're favorite holiday song.

You're = you are

So I am a favorite holiday song?

Thank you for the kind words.

Have they stopped teaching English?
Forum: Holland America October 14th, 2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,030
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
There is one tiny difference between RCCL Dumping...

There is one tiny difference between RCCL Dumping sewage / the James Beard Awards, and AAHS.


The President of the United States - so far as we know - did not receive any payments from RCCL or...
Forum: Crewmembers October 8th, 2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,027
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Whenever you plan to get a job with ANY company,...

Whenever you plan to get a job with ANY company, it is a very good idea to learn to correctly spell the name of your employer.
Forum: Holland America September 1st, 2017, 11:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,030
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Donald Trump recommends HAL?

I just read a very interesting thread on another cruise website.

It seems that for the last several years, HAL has required all service staff to wear a lapel pin that signifies a "5 Star Diamond...
Forum: Crewmembers August 30th, 2017, 07:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 915
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
So you got fired by your concession company for...

So you got fired by your concession company for drinking over the limit?
Not unusual for concessionaires.

And you want to work on ships again?
So when you apply to another concession company,...
Forum: Crewmembers July 19th, 2017, 07:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,101
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
It appears that you are getting a bit ahead of...

It appears that you are getting a bit ahead of yourself in your job search.

Apparently you have no prior cruise ship working experience. This dramatically reduces any chances of a cruise line...
Forum: Crewmembers June 26th, 2017, 06:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,220
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Each cruise line has someone in the head office...

Each cruise line has someone in the head office who manages the program onboard the ships. You need to find out who that person is, and send your CV to him/her.
You also need to know that hundreds...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers June 18th, 2017, 07:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 752
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
In September, my wife and I will take our...

In September, my wife and I will take our American passports and our American Dollars to Toronto and fly down to Cuba for another enjoyable visit.

The very polite Cuban Officials will stamp an...
Forum: Crewmembers May 26th, 2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 938
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
The answer to your question depends in part on...

The answer to your question depends in part on which passport you carry.


If you do not have a US Passport, you will be entering the USA (working onboard your ship) as a seafarer on a C1-D visa....
Forum: Crewmembers May 17th, 2017, 11:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 31,086
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
How many countries, do you suppose, permit their...

How many countries, do you suppose, permit their citizens to get Doctor' notes or prescriptions for medical marijuana use? You shouldn't have to do too much research to get that answer. Note that...
Forum: Crewmembers April 21st, 2017, 10:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 732
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Mine took 8 months - in Honolulu. My case was...

Mine took 8 months - in Honolulu.
My case was expedited as a Senior Officer.

The Coast Guard informed me that they had found a "serious criminal event" while investigating my past. They claimed...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 18th, 2017, 04:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 689
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
I thought that I was living in Paradise. ...

I thought that I was living in Paradise.
Although I spend about 3 months a year in Ibiza (which is not such a bad place) Tokyo is my home for the remainder of the year.
Living in the largest...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines April 16th, 2017, 07:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,862
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
It really doesn't matter how old the post might...

It really doesn't matter how old the post might be.
They are still ruining fine clothing with a substandard process that is faintly disguised as something it is not.
Forum: Shore Excursions February 24th, 2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,403
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
And what you said about cruise line insurance is...

And what you said about cruise line insurance is not necessarily true - at least for the 11 major cruise lines I have worked for.
Yes, we do require the tour operators to have insurance. But that...
Forum: Shore Excursions February 23rd, 2017, 09:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,403
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
I nearly always arrange shore excursions with...

I nearly always arrange shore excursions with independent companies.
However, it is often not as easy as you suggest.

Cruise lines usually charge more for the same excursion.
Why?
The cruise...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines February 22nd, 2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,862
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Please note that Dry Cleaning on cruise ships is...

Please note that Dry Cleaning on cruise ships is not the same Dry Cleaning you have on land.
The chemicals used in real Dry Cleaning are no longer permitted on cruise ships. Cruise lines have...
Forum: All Things Cruising December 1st, 2016, 06:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,241
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
After their merger, HAL and Princess technical...

After their merger, HAL and Princess technical departments are both managed by HAL. Since HAL has a long history of monkey business with polluting the seas, it is no surprise that Princess is doing...
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