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  • #16
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    A humble ciggie doesn't cause my asthma to play up but an average of about four packs a day and goodness knows how many roll ups between the old man, the mate and all the ab's does.

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    • #17
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      Originally posted by steamer
      I heard it was international maritime law to constantly smoke clay pipes and lure children aboard with fish fingers, fag ash and beard trimmings?
      Speak for yourself =]

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      • #18
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        Randomist - what's the policy like with P&O/Cunard? Outside deck, wardroom, bars etc? I'm assuming the standard "no smoking where passengers can see you".
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        • #19
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          Yeah, pretty much. There are designated smoking areas, this is usually the crew deck. There is normally an area outside the crew bar/officer's wardroom aswel. On one of my ships it was on the aft mooring deck which played havoc with mooring operations, as sometimes crew would wander out of the crew bar and onto the mooring deck regardless of whether we had lines out or not.

          There are designated smoking areas on every ship, you get made aware of where these are when you get onboard. But the general rule is that we don't smoke in passenger areas.

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          • #20
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            Officers Wardroom? Have they started painting the ships grey or taken on a load of RN types?
            P&O always did have delusions of grandeur.

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            • #21
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              When I sailed on Stavros S Niarchos with the tall ships youth trust they had a 'Wardroom'

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              • #22
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                Originally posted by kayak
                When I sailed on Stavros S Niarchos with the tall ships youth trust they had a 'Wardroom'
                So do the RFA (quelle surprise), however it's an RN-ism that's crept into a few companies who think they're a cut above the rest and believe they're on the same level as Grey Funnel line in the annals of seagoing glory and snootiness.
                In the 'normal' MN and beyond the space is known as 'Officers Mess/Smokeroom', but generally referred to as 'Officers Bar' (how common!).

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                • #23
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                  QM2 has a wardroom, the mess is the dining room. No smoking in the wardroom though, but down the alleyway was a crew bar for all crew where you could smoke. I smoked in the passie smoking bar one evening, felt soo naughty! But I was accompanied by a more senior officer so got away with it, if I'd minced up there on my own I'd have been in trouble!

                  THV Patricia also has a wardroom, but they eat in there and the mess is the bar/lounge. There's also a smoke room, where I spent most evenings

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                  • #24
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                    With most companies/ships I've been with we've simply had an 'Officers Smokeroom/Mess/Bar' to drink and lounge around in, and an 'Officers Saloon' in which to dine. Many of the former could be particularly large and at times impressively furnished/equipped spaces, especially on those ships built between the 1950s and early 1980s (whereupon accommodation started getting smaller and more cheap/tacky).
                    A lot of the older ships also had separate Officers only spaces e.g. Officers Games Room, Officers TV Room/Cinema, Officers Library, Officers Gym and on some ships a separate Officers Galley (food for ratings was prepared elsewhere).
                    Was a bit of a shock when I bimbled aboard my first North Sea ship to find Officers and Ratings dined and socialised together, had to do your own laundry and of course there was no cabin service (i.e. you had to clean your own cabin and had to make/fetch your own tea/toast/beer)!

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                    • #25
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                      Cabin service?!? I thought this was work, not a hotel break! Is it a common thing deep sea then?

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                      • #26
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                        Originally posted by kayak
                        Cabin service?!? I thought this was work, not a hotel break! Is it a common thing deep sea then?
                        It certainly was and indeed still is to a degree (depends who you work for), it was also pretty common on certain coastal ships way back when.
                        Remember that being an Officer actually meant something once upon a time, ergo you often had some real trappings of luxury on even the most humble cargo ship - one of those things which made life onboard a bit more bearable, especially when on a long trip.

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                        • #27
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                          On the cruise ships it is, all I had to do was my personal laundry. Dunno about cargo etc these days, but I'd doubt it.

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                          • #28
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                            Originally posted by size4riggerboots
                            On the cruise ships it is, all I had to do was my personal laundry. Dunno about cargo etc these days, but I'd doubt it.
                            They made you do your personal laundry size4?

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                            • #29
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                              Well I didn't really want the filipinos going through my knickers anyway!!! It wasn't like I created much laundry for myself as most of time time I was in uniform. They provide plenty of laundrettes around the ship for personal laundry, but the main laundry only does uniform, bedding, linen, towels etc, plenty to keep them going!!!!

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                              • #30
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                                I'm reliably told that they do have tiny hands... excellent for handling smalls...
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