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    Quote Originally Posted by Inland Pirate View Post
    I brought crisps this time Midge!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenticular View Post

    That is a long time. Not many women are going to sit on their tails for 12 weeks waiting at home.
    I spent 4 years working 4 months on 2 off. My boyfriend somehow managed to not shag the entirety (or any!) of Swindon, and he kept himself occupied with this thing he has called a "job", and friends very kindly provided him with a social life... crazy stuff I know, if the roles were reversed, I would of course not have been able to cope and would have run off with the postman after 2 weeks.

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    I was waiting for that s4!

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    Quote Originally Posted by size4riggerboots View Post
    I spent 4 years working 4 months on 2 off. My boyfriend somehow managed to not shag the entirety (or any!) of Swindon, and he kept himself occupied with this thing he has called a "job", and friends very kindly provided him with a social life... crazy stuff I know, if the roles were reversed, I would of course not have been able to cope and would have run off with the postman after 2 weeks.

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    Nice trolling!

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    Reasons officers leave the cruise industry:

    1. Sacked for drinking.
    2. Desire for better rotations/more money/quicker promotions.
    3. For a shore job so they can spend all their time at home.

    2 and 3 are often for family reasons once people start to have kids. About this time chasing dancers around the crew bar also becomes less appealing, and if you don't want to do that then that takes away a large part of why (rightly or wrongly) a lot of people work on cruise ships. The social is one of the main perks of the sector.

    They are really clamping down on the drink recently aswell, in conjunction with the recent changes in the alcohol limit by the mca there are a lot less people drinking on board and those that still do to excess (and there are a few) are living very dangerously. I would expect most of the sector to be dry in the next few years. Probably for the best too. We are currently in a weird grey area where the limit is so low that having any sort of drink will put you over but you can still walk into the bar and order whatever you want.

    Having said all that my crew bar days are long gone and I still enjoy the job. Compared to most other places it's pretty secure and the money actually isn't bad where I am just now. I will probably start looking at other jobs with shorter rotations at some point though.

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    I have just started with a cruise company and it surprised me what the alcohol limit is now (less than the legal limit to drive in the UK). Although a lot of vessels are registered in foreign countries they are adopting the MCA law. I supposed I will just blow all my money on alcohol when I get back from rotation instead of during it!

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    Safety must come first of course, but socialising in the crew bar over a lemonade is going to be a bit of a drag. What about when you go ashore at a destination? Can you have a cold one then?

    I have just started with a cruise company and it surprised me what the alcohol limit is now (less than the legal limit to drive in the UK).
    The gotcha is that some foods - particularly some desserts - contain enough alcohol to push you over the limit. Watch out for that.


    Reminds me of a story one of our captains told me. The flight attendant asked him if he wanted anything to drink. In dry humor he said a scotch on the rocks. She took it literally, and 3 minutes later she brought a scotch on the rocks into the flight deck. Fortunately, it wasn't seen by the passengers, and he told her to dispose of it ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenticular View Post
    Safety must come first of course, but socialising in the crew bar over a lemonade is going to be a bit of a drag. What about when you go ashore at a destination? Can you have a cold one then?
    You can do what you want ashore but when you step back on the gangway you should be compliant, which means that technically you can't really have much when you're ashore either. In reality I would say that 95% of the crew break the alcohol policy at some point over their contract, some on a daily basis. Simply too much temptation on board and so much of the social aspect revolves around events in the various bars. The ones that get caught are just unlucky (or stupid). If you breathalysed the entire crew simultaneously at any given moment there would be a lot of people packing their bags. The crew bars generate an enormous amount of revenue (probably the only reason they still exist in their current form) and you can be sure that isn't in lemonade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenticular View Post
    Safety must come first of course, but socialising in the crew bar over a lemonade is going to be a bit of a drag. What about when you go ashore at a destination? Can you have a cold one then?



    The gotcha is that some foods - particularly some desserts - contain enough alcohol to push you over the limit. Watch out for that.


    Reminds me of a story one of our captains told me. The flight attendant asked him if he wanted anything to drink. In dry humor he said a scotch on the rocks. She took it literally, and 3 minutes later she brought a scotch on the rocks into the flight deck. Fortunately, it wasn't seen by the passengers, and he told her to dispose of it ASAP.
    I heard that Air France used to issue wine with the pilots crew meals right up until the late eighties/early nighties.

 

 
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