In past months, I have posted photographs and videos sent to me by crew members depicting life on cruise ships.
The “ship life” photos are not the pretty images carefully arranged for the guests to see during behind-the-scene tours.
Ship Life – The Pot Wash Blues revealed the incredible amount of work required daily by the pot wash crew responsible for the non-stop cleaning of hundreds or pots and pans in the galley. These cleaners work a minimum of 10 to 12 hours a days, 7 days a week, 30 or 31 days a month for 6 to 8 months straight, for as little as $550 a month.
Some photographs are more dramatic, like MSC crew members were ordered to throw black plastic garbage bags into the sea at night. Or when Silversea crew members were ordered to hide trolleys of food from USPH inspectors, in the Silversea crew quarters.
Some cruise passengers could not care less about what life is really like for the crew. Many cruise passengers try to justify the long hours and low pay by arguing that crew members receive “free” food and lodging.
Today a crew member sent me photos of the food he eats on the cruise ship.
Anyone familiar with this food like this? Heavy gravy, mystery meat and lots of salt. Certainly not suitable for a healthy lifestyle over the course of 6 months of hard work. Grub for the grubs?
See the photos here on our Facebook page.
If you are a crew member, feel free to send us your photos and videos of the working and living conditions you face on a daily basis. Your name will remain confidential.
If you have a thought, please leave a comment below or join the discussion on our Facebook page.
Definition of “grub:” noun – 1. the short legless larva of certain insects, esp beetles; 2. food; 3. a person who works hard, esp in a dull plodding way.