Over the years, crew members have sent me lots of stories about what it's really like to work on a cruise ship. Lots of time they send photos and videos of the working conditions they face.
It's not the pretty images shown to the guests who occasionally go on behind-the-scene tours.
"Ship life" is how the crew members describe it.
I have shared some of these photos and videos on this blog from time to time.
Like when MSC crew members were ordered to throw black plastic garbage bags into the sea at night. Or photos of trolleys of food, hidden from USPH inspectors, in the Silversea crew quarters.
Starting this month, I will begin to regularly post photos and videos sent by crew members to us showing the actual working and living conditions of the crew. The photos and video will be a glimpse into actual "ship life," like the incredible amount of cleaning that needs to be accomplished in the galley after the second seating is over.
The identities of the crew will, of course, remain confidential.
If you are a crew member, feel free to send us your photos and videos. Please don't get caught. The cruise lines will quickly terminate your employment.