Working on a cruiseline – Carnival
WORKING ON A CRUISELINE…………………
Hi all again
So i thought i would make a short post about working on a cruiseline. I got to ccombine my 2 favourite things travelling and performing. I have just finished one contract with Carnival Destiny and in January i am going to go onboard Carnival Legend – as an Entertainment Host.
I applied online at carnival.com (fun jobs) sent in my CV and hoped and waited for a job – after a few weeks i got contact with the main guy who offered me a place. This is just a brief outline of my first 6 months onboard Destiny.
Route – two 5 day cruises and a 4 day cruise -Sailing out of Miami and visiting Key West -Florida, Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman, Ocho Ricos- Jamaica, Grand Turk – Turk and Cacos, Half Moon Cay, Nassau- Bahamas.
My JOB -I worked as part of a 5 man team entertaining the guests onboard the Destiny during their vacation. In my team was a cruise director (in charge) an Assistant Cruise Director and 3 hosts. It was a multi national team consisting of Brits, and Canadians. We were there to host events such as Bingo, Game shows, Trivias, Battle of the Sexes, Main evening shows, R Rated comedy anddeck party (the party under the stars)
We worked in shifts, now ever time a ship is in port a certain percentage must stay on board – PORT MANNING- so we took this in rotation, for example i may stay on board for 2 cruises (10 days) then i would have 5 cruises off (1 month) now when you were onboard you had to run activities (well try) incase some guests decided to stay on board and not get off in the ports but when you were off you could get off and explore the destinations.
If you were port manning you worked early in the morning but finished early evening , if you were off you had the day off but worked all afternoon and evening till late. We worked approximately a 40 hr week (though sometimes you could work 2 hrs a day other days 8 hrs)
Ports of Call
Amazing things i did
Jamaica – Dolphin Cove to swim with dolphins and sharks.
-Climbed Dunn’s water falls
– Went on the Jamaican Bob sled (including a skyline up to see amazing views)
– hung out in Margaretiville – great noisy entertainment a party place.
-Went to the markets to haggle for gifts.
-saw the bob marley statue.
-Went river tubing in rubber rings down the rivers of Jamaica
– ate patties (steak bakes)
-Went to a Jamaican Cricket club for cheap beer and english food.
Grand Cayman – Treasure Island for great crew internet, good food and beautiful beaches.
-Swimming with wild Stingrays.
Grand Turk –Glass collecting on Govenor’s beach
-Jack Shack – a fab crew bar (free wifi again)
-Went for an island tour visited the lighthouse, the tornedo wreckage, local shops etc….
– went for regular swims in the sea here as its so gorgeous.
Key West – NOTE LOTS OF PLACES WILL LET YOU IN FOR FREE IF YOU SHOW YOUR SHIP ID.
– Aquarium held a starfish, fed a shark (FREE ENTRY)
-Southern most point for a photo
– Butterfly Farm (free entry)
-Drunk bud light and lime – so refreshing – you can drink while walking around if you put ur beer in a plastic cup.
-Shopping was amazing though can be slightly pricey
-Parasailing in Key West
-Great restaurants to eat in.
-There for a few festivals including (sex fest)!
Half moon cay – A paradise beach island for sunbathing, volleyball, bbq’s and chilling out.
Cozumel Mexico – No name bar (crew wifi included bar) chilling out with cocktails and lying by the pool.
-Cinema – so cheap saw harry otter – great if it rains there.
-trip over to the main land – playa del carma (beautiful beaches cheap food and drink – well worth a visit)
-By the port – Fat Tuesdays!!!
-Great restaurants Le Choses, and Ponche’s backyard. (also a mc donalds there)
Additional Parties – onboard carnival organise monthly activities such as theme parties, live band nights, wii challeneges, etc etc. some great parties included the circus theme outside on the open decks, the white party, 80’s flashback, school discos, halloween, to name a few – the bar prices are awesome $1.25 a beer!!!! its unreal!!!
If you want to work and party ad see the world a cruise is great fun u will meet amazing places and people and as long as you remember you are there to work first you will get by and last the contract!