Cruise holidays are growing in popularity thanks to their luxury offering, with staff on hand available to do everything. While the job of a cruise ship worker can be taxing, it also promises plenty of perks, including travelling the world as part of the job. There are, however, two important rules that must be followed in order to stay on board. One ex cruise member revealed that this wasn’t always easy for some members of staff.
American comedian Ashley Nicole spent some time working as a improv comedian on board a cruise ship when she was younger.
In a podcast interview with fellow comedian Nicole Byer, she revealed the truth about one member of staff who apparently had a tougher battle than others when it came to avoiding breaking one rule.
“I used to work on a cruise ship,” she said. “The thing on a cruise ship is there are literally two rules.”
She explains these two rules are not bringing illicit or illegal substances on board, and not engaging in romantic relationships with passengers.
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Another ex cruise worker, Jay Herring, author of the book The Truth About Cruise Ships, explained the phenomenon of romances at sea.
“Cosmopolitan magazine conducted a survey and found that 80 per cent of the passengers polled felt more sexually excited at sea than they did on land,” he wrote in his book.
He added: “I think it’s because the ship environment is so different than what people are used to on land.”
Though romance may blossom at first, Herring went on to discuss the awkward circumstances when cruise romances come to an abrupt halt.
He revealed that many cruise workers wait until their partner “signs off” from the ship, even if the sparks fizzled out months before.
“This was a common practice on ships,” Herring wrote.
“Instead of dealing with a breakup and then continuing to see the same person every day, people just waited until the sign off date.”
It is likely that this practice is in place to avoid awkward tension in the workplace.
For most cruise lines, the policy is vague when it comes to staff relationships.
“It’s accepted that crew members will form relationships for short trysts, the length of one contract or for a long time leading to marriage,” explains a Cruise Critic contributor.
“What could corporate management even do to prevent onboard romance if it wanted?
“From a cruise line standpoint, issues arise when relationships develop into problems that impact work – at which point one or both parties could be reprimanded, transferred or even dismissed.”