Folks go on cruises all the time... I went on my first cruise this year, back in July. I had a blast! Have you ever wondered what it was like to work on a cruise?! Yahoo gave us the inside scoop from interviewing several people who used to work on cruise lines and let's just say, it's not exactly what you think...
Cruise-ship employees have demanding schedules.
Rather than working traditional five-day weeks, cruise-ship employees often work seven days a week for the duration of their contracts, which can range from about two months to 11 months.
The hours can also be intense, from eight to nearly 20 hours a day.
But the flip side of their grueling work schedules is long, uninterrupted blocks of vacation time between contracts, often about two months.
A job on a cruise ship might seem like an opportunity to work at a relaxed pace, but the unusual contracts employees sign can result in schedules that rival notoriously time-intensive industries like investment banking.
Rather than working traditional five-day weeks, cruise-ship employees often work seven days a week for the duration of their contracts, which can range from about two months to 11 months. Between four and eight months was the most common contract length cited by 31 current and former cruise-ship employees who spoke with Business Insider. Most requested anonymity due to a fear of reprisal from their current or former employers.
The hours can also be intense, from about eight to nearly 20 hours a day. The employees Business Insider spoke with reported an average of about 12 hours.
A former waiter for Carnival Cruise Line who said he worked about 12 hours a day described his schedule as "crazy" and said it led to fatigue and stress.
"We don't get enough sleep," he said.
Carnival did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
Ehh no thanks... I might stick with my day job!