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Catnip5's avatar

Possible to work on a cruise and be an online student at the same time?

Asked by Catnip5 (201points) December 19th, 2017

I’m thinking of applying for an entry-level job on deck. It seems like an interesting kind of field to me that would allow those to work under certain contracts. I’m in an online program for a master and currently on a break at the moment.

I wasn’t so sure if some ship jobs out there, that I would like to apply, are willing to accept applicants or new incomers with current background as students. Even as an online one. I’ve heard how this option could become time consuming to try juggling both, or would depend on the ship. Whether if work vs school life could become more hectic on-board than on land.

I’ve contacted, and tried reaching out to, several cruise lines and corp. regarding my small concerns before I begin the application. But most representatives either wouldn’t have a specific answer for my scenario, can’t be reached, or just suggest for me to submit the application anyways and then wait to hear for a follow-up to proceed asking that question again.

What do you think about this scenario? Should I proceed to submit the applications and wait to hear for a follow-up to learn more about that scenario anyways?

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imrainmaker's avatar

It will be very hard I guess as working on cruise might drain you physically ( depending on type of work) which will be major challenge as per me. Will you be able to get online access all the time? I don’t have any idea about ships but wondering how you’ll be able to check the course contents if you don’t have sufficient net speed?

LuckyGuy's avatar

Even though you have questions now I would apply anyway. You can ask followup questions as things move along.
This could be a chance of a lifetime. It certainly will give you a lifetime of memories.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I have a friend that worked on cruise lines for many years, musician and entertainment, almost all waking hours were consumed with work related items.

janbb's avatar

Worth wxploring – you can always decide against it.

Catnip5's avatar

@imrainmaker A lot of cruise lines seem to have wi-fi/internet access available according to their sites, even for crew members. For instance, Norwegian Cruise has it through MTN and Viking River Cruise through a mobile/satellite terminal. But they all generally warn that telecommunication can sometimes become limited out at sea.

@Tropical_Willie So your friend had a very demanding experience on the field, when they catered for music and entertainment?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Yes, he was busy and had a blast.

rojo's avatar

I believe that cruise crews work long hours and many split shifts. 7 day weeks are the norm. Most work 9 months on, 3 months off I believe.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

He worked for one of the lines 6 days on and 22 hours off, I think that was Princess Line doing the California – Mexico cruises.

Pandora's avatar

Same. When I went on a cruise I kept seeing the same people over and over. Even when they ship is disembarked at the end of cruise you see them all hurry to get things ready for the next cruise. I went on a 5 day cruise and it didn’t seem to matter what time I went where. I kept seeing the same people. You could see them at their stations from early morning to late at night. Once we hung out all night and went to get a bite to eat and it must’ve been about 3 am and there were still people busy working. We asked one of the hostesses if she had gotten any time off because we saw her earlier that day. She was doing a 12 hour shift, 7 days a week. They don’t just do one job either. They can be assigned different stations. Once off they barely had time to do other things and get some sleep and their quarters aren’t very comfortable. Its a few people to a room. And they don’t always share the same shift. The only people to have it easier is the entertainers that may do one or two shows a night. We asked some of the people and some worked there for several months and just sent money home. They work slave hours. They remind me of an ant colony. They is always someone working on something in the ship. In the early morning you will see a bunch of them out at just about sunset all out wiping down and cleaning every surface and glass on the ship before it gets busy with customers. Then they all disappear to their stations.

Oh, and if you are perceived not to work as hard as everyone else you are let go. Most of the people on the ship were from other countries that don’t have work requirements and could not find employment at home. The young lady we spoke too had another 3 months on her contract. She worked for 6 months already and it was her second tour. She said. If you don’t work hard they won’t ask you back.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

I worked on a cruise ship for 2 years, feel free to PM me. In general though, I would say no, it’s not possible. The main reason being internet is shitty and extremely expensive, even for crew. Another reason being you work 70 hours minimum and you’ll be too exhausted to do any master level brain work in your few off-hours.

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