why are the mostly pinoy) staff so friendly and happy? I can't help but think they are getting taken advantage of

why are the mostly pinoy) staff so friendly and happy?
I can't help but think they are getting taken advantage of

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  1. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    They earn a lot more than they would back home.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      This and they're really family oriented so their main motivation for working overseas is "give money my parents in the village." Working on a cruise means they have almost all their expenses paid for and maximize the amount of money they can afford to give relatives.

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        I spoke to some more of the crew so I figure I'll post here in case any of you care
        >the bottom rung positions all have insane contract lengths like 6-9 months. the most important positions have 6 weeks on 6 weeks off "to manage the stress"
        >bottom rung positions work all day and don't have days off, only hours off (for example a lot of the staff especially kitchen staff don't have any work to do when all the tourists are fricking around at whatever port the ship stops at, so maybe they'll have 11-4 off)
        >entertainers stay busy managing equipment and doing background work for other shows
        >only a single guy I talked to seemed to not be enjoying the work despite all this and as said he was just happy to send money home to his family.

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          >>the bottom rung positions all have insane contract lengths like 6-9 months. the most important positions have 6 weeks on 6 weeks off "to manage the stress"
          My family is Greek, where the shipping industry is the biggest in the country and traditionally the largest foreign currency earner(not tourism as non-Greeks think, though I don't know if that info is out of date with the recent tourism boom).

          Lot of my relatives have worked in shipping for a stint, even my father. Some even made it a life long career like my uncle and another distant uncle. Ships move slowly, so it is typical to be at sea for months or long periods of time especially for intercontinental routes, coupled with having long periods of down-time. They are obviously not going to arrange for a helicopter to come and pick you up so you can enjoy a vacation or 9-5 type working hours.

          That is the nature of the field. Though I am surprised in cruise ship they work for so many months at a time since most cruises don't last that long. But it makes sense that it is not good a idea or desirable for a Filipino worker to work three consecutive 2 week or month long cruises and then travel all the way back home.

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        Don't forget that despite shitty working hours, cramped environments and low pay, cruise lines will pay on time and to whomever the worker tells them to.
        Oftentimes they'll feed their family and still manage to keep some of their money to themselves, away from the prying eyes of relatives, which would be impossible back home.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm working on one of those ships right now. is definitely right on for most of the crew. We don't really have many from "expensive" countries, outside of the entertainment department

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        on royal caribbean almost all of my transactions included an 18% gratuity fee plus of course a tip line
        do you know if that money actually goes to them or if it's split up or whatever? Im happy moronic boomers didn't have a "no tip" option but im hoping it actually was real

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          It depends on the department. Your 18% gratuity from your stateroom gets split among the housekeeping team. Even if you leave cash, they put it into a pool and split it. It's the same for casino and restaurants too

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm gonna take the opportunity and ask here: what are the best entry jobs on cruises? And in what companies? I'm Latino, btw

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        I've only worked on Royal but the best jobs are in entertainment, marine area (the path to becoming an officer), or one of the better sales jobs with a big commission like selling excursions or future cruises. Almost every other job onboard has you working long hours for awful pay.

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        I've only worked on Royal but the best jobs are in entertainment, marine area (the path to becoming an officer), or one of the better sales jobs with a big commission like selling excursions or future cruises. Almost every other job onboard has you working long hours for awful pay.

        Aren't the wagie jobs all done by foreigners from like Bangladesh and Philippines for yeah next to nothing. I've heard chef is ok if you're an actual chef not sous chef.

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          Not just the wagie jobs, almost every position is filled by foreigners. My ship has almost 1000 crew onboard and 6 of us are Americans, one Canadian. There is a reason these companies are incorporated in Liberia, I am in one of the most desirable jobs onboard and I could make more money working at McDonald's at home.

          Executive chef at any of the restaurants is a respectable position, they get a single room with no roommate. I don't know how much they are getting paid

  2. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    It’s much better working conditions than back at home and they are not like Black folk who whine and b***h alot.

  3. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    They're all fricking each other

  4. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    They make a lot more money than back home, they don’t have much in the way of expenses so they keep it all, and they are having sex every night.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      >and they are having sex every night.
      With who?

  5. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    aren't the women workers available for sex? i remember some guy in an old cruise thread talking about bedding the filipina help on cruise ships. would love to try that myself someday

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      Being caught doing the nasty with guests is usually grounds for immediate termination of your employment contract. You better have something very special going on to make you worth the risk.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      Nope. The crew has sex with each other but not you. Just bang when you get off the ship if you want to frick foreigners - or get with a cruise bawd, there are plenty.

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