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    So I’ve been looking at cruise company’s and really want some peoples thoughts. I’ve worked for a few different ones but was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on Disney? Is it pretty much the same working for them as other companies? Nationality onboard? I just really want to know what I’m getting myself in for if I apply.
    Also, Virgin? Anyone got any news on it? Think they will be any different? I know they want to be with the uniforms and everything but anyone thoughts?

  • #2
    Virgin are getting rid of Officers uniforms and all rank markings, and putting in place one that is for everyone, from the Dishwasher up to the Captain.

    Call me traditional and old fashioned, but I don't agree with that for many reasons, one being safety wise, how does the crew know who is in charge? How do the Passengers know who is in charge in an emergency? How does this affect on board quality of life for Deck/Engine Officers? Does this reduce the Deck and Engineering departments authority, whilst keeping the same responsibility for the ship? Either the politics onboard cruise ships will be better because of this, or worse, as each department jockeys for status.

    As for Disney, Deck are mainly Croatians, Brits and Italians.


    • #3
      I would say avoid virgin if you want to have a decent onboard life as an officer now. Probably along with no uniform, there will be no officers mess, no privileges and a suspicion that t&c’s and pay will decrease overall in the industry because now everyone is the ‘same’ and equal onboard apparently....


      • #4
        Virgin have historically treated their staff quite well so I'd be surprised if they were any worse that other companies in that respect. Lets face it , it wouldn't be difficult to have better Ts&Cs than most of the rest of the cruise industry. I'm sure we've all see the advertisement from Faststream recruitment from the other week that's been doing the rounds which was advertising the fantastic salary of £12k for 4/2 contract with an unnamed cruise company.

        The no stripes things is daft. I don't really care too much about stripeage like some people in the cruise industry but having none is taking it a wee bit far if you ask me. I heard a rumour they are going to have an entirely female bridge team on their next ship as well, which seems as much of a gimmick as the rest of the stuff they are trying to do. I refuse to work for a company that uses that many puns in their advertising anyway. "Make ship happen"! No. Just no.


        • #5
          I believe Viking have the contract for crewing Virgin, so perhaps they'll be offering cadetships with Chiltern at some point.


          • #6
            Does anyone have any thoughts on Disney? I like the look of their contract lengths but if it ends up being one or the other I don’t know what I’d do, I struggle with 4 month trips that virgin will offer compared to 3 month. I’ve heard various rumours about Virgin having one mess but it serving same food as pax get which is good


            • #7
              I thought Virgin were going to be time for time? Maybe that's only for higher ranks? One mess wouldn't surprise me. One mess = less room required for crew mess areas = more room for other stuff = more room for pax stuff = more revenue. Look at the cabin sizes on the big newly built cruise ships for the same thing. If you have slightly smaller cabins then you can squeeze in a couple more pax cabins = more revenue. With ever increasing competition in the cruise industry they have to look at all avenues to make money.