We all love travelling and there are so many ways to do it. Have you ever considered travelling the world and getting paid for it? Yes, but unsure what it would be like living onboard for between six to eight months. Here is an insider guide to ship life on what to expect onboard.
Insider Guide To Ship Life
The Pros and Cons Of Ship Life
I loved working onboard and the amazing ports of call I visited, but it’s not easy! Living away from home can bring its challenges, such as missing your friends and family. Although you do gain an incredible ship family and friends for life. The food is always really good, but can be a little bit haphazard getting to the restaurant when you are working really early or finishing really late. The days are long and often segmented so you could be working a few hours in the morning, afternoon and again in the evening. Although there can be flexibility to enjoy some time on land in one of the beautiful ports of call. Depending on when you start and how your contract falls you may be working onboard during the holidays. I missed celebrating Christmas and New Year at home for a few years but I did enjoy them onboard! Everyone really comes together, exchanging secret Santa presents, enjoying eggnog and lounging on one of the many Caribbean beaches.
Crew Living Quarters
Cabin sizes onboard differ depending on the job role you have and also the ship. As a manager/officer, you get your own cabin which you can make as comfortable and homely for the length of your contract. I was really lucky, some of the restaurant crew share two or possibly even four to an inside cabin.
Shore Excursion Department
My second role onboard was very different from my first (Ship Photographer) in the Shore Excursion Department. What a great job! It was very varied from giving the large shore excursion presentation, updating the ticketing system, ensuring that everyone got on the right tour bus to updating the bridge that everyone on an excursion was safely back onboard.
It is great to explore new places, meet new people and taste different food. Where will you explore next?
I hope you have enjoyed reading insider guide to ship life and are inspired to experience life at sea. If ship life isn’t for you, what about exploring the world onboard one of the many luxurious cruise ships. Happy Travels:) x