Hookups, cheap booze: Cruise workers reveal what it's like to live at sea

Life on a ship sounds pretty cruisey (excuse the pun); you travel the world, make new friends and your only worry is where the ship will dock next.

According to Reddit users, crazy things can happen on the high seas but it's not all fun and games.

Firstly, being "extra friendly" with passengers is a sackable offence. 

"I worked on cruise ships for 3 years and have had three friends sent home over this. Essentially you get busted, you have a Masters Hearing and you're sent home at the next port (on your dime)," one person said.

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"The cruise companies don't want to be liable for anything and rape accusations are all too real."

However, that doesn't stop the crew hooking up with each other which happens... a lot, apparently. 

"Everyone sleeps with everyone," Reddit user MertaGiv wrote. Having your own room seems like an added bonus too.

"Girls (and guys) go crazy over you as you have a solo room. Ugliest guys get prettiest girls if they have a solo room."


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This isn't surprising given the cheap alcohol available in the crew bar ($1.50 beers) and discounts at many bars on land. 

The food, however, isn't anything to write home about. "Crew food is b****y awful unless you like living on boiled rice," Seastar321 wrote.

"The crew cafeteria was usually full of food I wasn't used to, like pigtail stew & fish heads. I ate a lot of salad & mashed potatoes on my contracts," too-tsunami said.

Seastar321 says the bad food is worth it for the travel, and has visited 75 countries over five years.

"I took a sled dog ride in Alaska, white water rafting along a river through the jungles of Costa Rica, visited Alcatraz, had an authentic curry in Mumbai, spent a day on a luxury yacht sailing around the Caribbean, snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, visited the great pyramids in Egypt... and so so so much more."


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