The most obvious difference was definitely the itineraries and the number of days / hours we worked (like seriously you have no idea). On my first contract, the itinerary was amazing – the Baltic, lots of port days (which meant less working hours, waking up at whenever and staying up ’til whenever because why not?). On this recent contract though, let’s say that it is not made for the weak. One whole cruise to Hawaii on the ship I was on consisted of 15 days from LA – 4 sea days on the way with 4 Hawaiian ports and a painful 5 sea days back with one last port in Mexico. Like what?! That goes to say, I didn’t spend that much time sightseeing in Hawaii because I was so burned out. Great thing however was that we only work until 9pm because we had so many sea days.
There was also a difference in the number of people working with me. We had a bigger team on the Regal so the workload pretty much spread out. On the Star however, we were juggling half of the pie per jeweler so definitely more to do. I don’t mind at all – it kept me super busy everyday and made the time pass super fast. Also, the commission that we received were only split two ways instead of five so that was a bonus.
As for #shiplife, I think I became a little wiser. Still pretty new to what goes round the ship but I did pick up some shiplife hacks from my previous contract. For one, I finally got myself a cabin steward which is pretty much unofficial “mafia” business. For a small fee you can get someone to clean your room and make your bed, change your sheets, bring you your uniforms and towels and take the trash out. You totally get to arrange what you want and what you do not want and how much you’re paying. Rico the guy that we hire was lovely – he made the long working hours so much more bearable by sparing us the need to throw our garbage and vacuuming the night before crew rounds. Thanks Rico 🙂
I’m also pretty good at snagging a washing machine for my laundry and pacing myself so that nobody comes by and takes my stuff out from the wash or the dryer (I hate that). So I’ll put my stuff into the dryer, turn it on 60 minutes and go check every 15 minutes to have it turned back to 60 minutes. If there’s somebody looking for a dryer, they’re most likely to take the stuff out from the dryers with shorter time left on it which made sure nobody takes my stuff out. Genius.
Still lots to share but my brain is like mush right now.