Most people dream of traveling the world and knowing new cultures. The younger ones dream of partying while their doing that. And countless others wish they could work yet not have any financial responsibilities. What if I told you there is one place you could get all these things? What? You think I’m out of my mind and talking hogwash. Not at all my incredulous friend. There is totally a workplace where you can have the time of your life, meet people, and have little to no expenses. Where is this fantastic place? A cruise ship! Yes. A cruise ship. Furthermore, t’s one of the greatest places to get some much needed labor skills. Still not convinced. Here are five reasons why head out to a port and hit the open seas.
Become a globetrotter
This is arguably the most popular and attractive perk when it comes to working for a cruise company. One month you’re in the Caribbean. The next in Europe. A couple of months later in Alaska. You’ll be guaranteed the chance at seeing the world as you’ve never dreamed you could. And guess what? You won’t have to pay a penny to go to the places. Working on a cruise is the best way to know the world and see what it has to offer. Most companies give you the chance of getting to know places while the ship is docked. Sometimes you might have to do some training while the ship is at port but you will definitely have opportunities to explore.
Learn valuable work and personal skills
Interpersonal skills. Customer service. Logistics. Etiquette. All things you need in the world. Learning them at the same time is not so readily available. Unless you are on board an ocean liner. You’ll learn how to deal with picky passengers or different crew member personalities. Setting up dinner for more than 4000 people is a Herculean task by any standards. For cruise workers it eventually becomes automatic and efficient. And since you will surely meet people from all over imagine how many different protocol rules you’ll learn. Still not completely convinced? No problem. There’s still more.
Get to know different cultures first hand
Cruises are one of the best settings to do some real time social studies. Other than New York, you won’t meet as many people from as many places as you will on a cruise ship. It’s like a traveling United Nations congress. Imaging all the interesting tidbits you’ll get while on board. All you need is to ask two questions and your knowledge of the globe will multiply considerably. Just ask, “Where are you from?” and “How is it over there?” and boom. Social studies was never this interesting.
All work and all play, no dull boys here
It’s not all work on board a ship. Cruise crews (try saying that three times fast) are notorious for partying just as hard and as long as they work. Passengers don’t see this because cruises have crew only sections of the ship. Crew members have private amenities and spaces to enjoy life and realize that it’s not all about working. And the parties. Man, are they something else. Just remember that if you do decide to bust out of your shell, there are still some duties you have a crew member. So don’t go overboard on all the luxuries you are afforded on board. Just a friendly pieces of advice.
Fatten up that piggy bank
How much would it cost you every month to pay for rent? How about groceries? And utilities? At least 1000. And we’re talking below average living conditions. How much will you spend on all these when you’re working on a cruise ship? 0. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Your quarters are provided by the ship. Food? Crew members have their own menus. They might not be as fancy smancy as the passengers but they aren’t bad either. And utilities? No gas, water, and energy bills to worry about. You’ll probably spend your hard earned salary on leisure activities at ports while you are working. And even then, you’ll surely have a pretty significant chunk of change after you’ve had some fun.
If you’re not convinced about working on a cruise then I’m befuddled. What’s not to love about working at open sea? You get to meet people and make friends from all over the world. Learning about cultures and customs from the tourist and locals is a lot of fun. Gain some valuable work skills that will help you on land should you get tired of sailing, which I really doubt you would. Party like you’ve never partied before. Finally, save and save and save as much as you want. You’re living expenses are practically assured by your employer. Seriously, what haven’t you already sent out your curriculum to a cruise company?