By Adriane Lorenz. type of ships. Published at Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 - 14:35:37 PM.
The direct salary is low for North American standards though restaurant staff have considerable earning potential from passenger tips. Crew members do not have any expenses while on board as food and accommodation medical care and transportation for most employees are included. This makes a cruise ship career financially attractive enough to compensate for lack of employment benefits. Nonetheless Oyogoa states that Crewing agencies often exploit the desperation of potential employees.
The number of cruise tourists worldwide in 2005 was estimated at some 14 million. The main region for cruising was North America (70% of cruises) where the Caribbean islands were the most popular destinations.
In two short decades (1988-2009) the largest class cruise ships have grown a third longer (268 m to 360 m) almost doubled their widths (32.2 m to 60.5 m) doubled the total passengers (2744 to 5400) and tripled in weight (73000 GT to 225000 GT). Also the megaships went from a single deck with verandas to all decks with verandas. Whereas the golden age of ocean liners has faded the golden age of cruise ships may well be these recent decades and decades to come.
There are no paid vacations or pensions for service non-management crew depending on the level of the position and the type of the contract. Non-service and management crew members get paid vacation medical retirement options and can participate in the companys group insurance plan.
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