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Five tough times a cruise ship crew has to survive

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If you dream to work in a cruise ship, this blog post aims to inform you of what are the tough challenges you should expect once you start toiling to earn $$$$$ at sea.

On the other hand, if you are already working in a cruise ship, you must be proud of your grown-up self. Smooth seas don’t make skillful cruisers, right?

My WPCS co-admin Routh Gar Flogio, a seafarer for 13 years, has shared The Republic the following ‘harsh’ realities which likely knocked over few cruise ship workers.

Read on to discover what made them almost quit working in a cruise ship.

1. Work, work, and more work.

Can you work atleast ten hours a day until your employment contract ends?

‘Eto ang oras mo to work – 10 hours minimum or more a day, in 6-8 months, depending on how long is your contract.

Full day off is seldom. Depende sa barko po ‘yan at depende sa itinerary or sa manager mo.

If you apply for a sick leave naman, depende anong case mo, ‘yan ang time na sure na full day off ka. 10 to 72 hours ang binibigay sa isang crew na pahinga to recover from illness.

2. Required drills and trainings

GUEST LIFE BOAT DRILL – 30 – 45 minutes to complete. Maswerte ka ‘pag hindi ka part ng passenger drill. Hindi kakainin ang rest hours mo.

CREW DRILL – 30 minutes to 1 hour estimate time to complete. Everyone onboard must participate except ang crew na nasa excuse list (every week may drill).

SAFETY TRAINING – 30 minutes approx, twice a month depende pa yan sa emergency duty mo. Maswerte ka kung hindi ka fire team.

BOMB SEARCH DRILL – almost the same ng crew drill pero every 3 months po ito ginagawa, depende sa location at kung saan ang biyahe ninyo.

REAL EMERGENCY – Code bravo, code mike, code alpha ang mga emergency alarms. Walang oras na pinipili kaya ‘wag magpractice na matulog ng mahimbing. Tulog manok ang ugaliin ( maging alerto).

3. USPH, and regular cabin inspections

USPH CLEANING – ‘eto ang public cleaning na paborito ng mga amo pagawa sa mga crew. So pag meron ganitong announcement umpisahan mo na mag organize para matapos ka ng maaga. Ang 10 hours work mo sa isang araw expect mo maging 12 hours.

CABIN INSPECTION – 30 minutes to 1 hour appox, 4 times a month. Maswerte ka kung nakaduty ka. Pero pag early duty ka no choice ka umalis ka na sa kabina mo at maghintay na matapos ang inspection.

4. Clock advances by one hour

SHIP’S CLOCK 1 HOUR FORWARD TONIGHT – Mababawasan ka ng pahinga.Swerte mo kung night shift ka, isang oras mo ang nawala pero hahabulin mo naman ang oras mo at need mo tapusin ang iyong daily task.

5. Motion sickness

Ang barko ay umuuga kaya bes swerte mo kung ‘di ka nahihilo. Asahan mo kapag sea sick ang tatama sa’yo, kahit anong laki mo, kahit anong tapang mo, ‘pag tamaan kayo ng bagyo at malaking Alon, tatawagin mo na ang uwak.
‘Pag sinuwerte ka pa hindi mo pwede iwan ang working place mo… hanggang kaya mo, kailangan mo tapusin ang trabaho mo, depende pa sa amo mo yan kung nakita ka nilang putlang-putla na dahil sa motion sickness.

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I’m sure our list is not complete.

Do you have some more challenges and difficulties  to add?

Leave a comment below, matey

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