if gte mso 9 Normal 0 false false false EN US X NONE X NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1 behavior url ieooui Style Definitions table.MsoNormalTable mso style name Table Normal mso tstyle rowband size 0 mso tstyle colband size 0 mso style noshow yes mso style priority 99 mso style qformat yes mso style parent mso padding alt 0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt mso para margin 0in mso para margin bottom.0001pt mso pagination widow orphan font size 11.0pt font family Calibri , sans serif mso ascii font family Calibri mso ascii theme font minor latin mso fareast font family Times New Roman mso fareast theme font minor fareast mso hansi font family Calibri mso hansi theme font minor latin mso bidi font family Times New Roman mso bidi theme font minor bidi 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN US X NONE X NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1 behavior url ieooui Style Definitions table.MsoNormalTable mso style name Table Normal mso tstyle rowband size 0 mso tstyle colband size 0 mso style noshow yes mso style priority 99 mso style parent mso padding alt 0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt mso para margin 0in mso para margin bottom.0001pt mso pagination widow orphan font size 10.0pt font family Times New Roman , serif Chapter 1 How Easy Is Romance on a Cruise Ship I had been onboard my first ship for five days when I went to the crew bar and met a woman from Trinidad and Tobago She was a black woman and she was overweight, maybe even a little flabby, but such a sweetheart She asked a lot of personal questions and listened closely and was genuinely interested in my responses I asked her personal questions, and she answered every one of them I saw her the next night in the crew bar and she looked upset so I went over and sat down Whats wrong I asked I just had an argument with the chief purser, she said with her Caribbean accent Thats too bad Yes, I do not get along with the pursers on this ship very well, she said, starting to tear up a little I do not have many friends onboard Although I liked her, I could understand why others might shy away She had slow, almost voodoo like mannerisms that bordered on creepy But she was so easy to talk to and, like me, perfectly content to sit and talk one on one So do you have a girlfriend she asked, changing the subject No Have you been with anyone on the ship yet Nope Its actually been twelve years since I slept with someone Come on now Its true I said, and then told her why on that later Hmm Thats fascinating You know, I used to sleep with a skinny white guy from England on my last ship You remind me of him Oh, yeah He and I had lots of fun, and I never left him unsatisfied I may not look it, but Im actually a really good lover You dont say Ive been with lots of men in my day Im forty one, after all And in my years, Ive learned exactly what men like and how to please them And nowshe took a sip of her drinkand now all the men I sleep with are extremely satisfied I had always imagined athletic girlsespecially flexible athletic girlsto be the best lovers But this lady from Trinidad had me rethinking that assumption Maybe it was just another one of the after effects of abstinence, but those voodoo mannerisms were now bordering on sensual Would you like to have sex with me she asked, taking another sip of her drink We could go to my cabin right now Woodrow I couldnt believe how quickly the opportunity had presented itself I might be interested in that Might Yeah But not right now Yeah, not just yet Okay, well, you think about it and Ill call you later this week She got up and left me at the table, alone with my thoughts My cabin phone rang at 8 00 p.m two days later Hi, its me, she said How are you Im good How are you I responded Good, good Are you ready to do what we talked about the other night she asked, wasting no time on idle chit chat This is a behind the scenes look at cruise ships in a way that s never been done before Some of the stories are shocking, some are enlightening, but most are just laugh out loud entertaining This tour behind those Crew Only doors will reveal How romance on a cruise ship is unlike anywhere else The insane things passengers do Why alcohol is mandatory at sea How nude cruises compare to Christian cruises What happens when things go horribly wrong at sea Jay Herring was an American senior officer and one of the few who had physical access to the entire ship He worked with every department and every senior officer, including the captain His wife worked in the casino, and combined they worked for Carnival Cruise Lines for 10 years and sailed on over 503 cruises If you ve ever wondered what happens below deck on a cruise ship, then get ready to laugh through an experience unlike any other...
|Title||:||The Truth About Cruise Ships - A Cruise Ship Officer Survives the Work, Adventure, Alcohol, and Sex of Ship Life|
|Publisher||:||SaltLog Press 1st edition April 20, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||316 pages|
|File Size||:||789 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Truth About Cruise Ships - A Cruise Ship Officer Survives the Work, Adventure, Alcohol, and Sex of Ship Life Reviews
I read this mostly because I'm interested in doing a cruise, and I enjoy "behind the scenes" books (ie. waitstaff, concierges, etc).
Look, I realize that many are not going to agree with me, but I viewed this as a memoir , from someone who was writing about his personal journey, not as a hard-core documentary in book form. I gave it 4 stars, taking one away for the following:
I love going on cruises, so it was really interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes! I was originally expecting something about what it's like to go on a cruise, but I was not disappointed when I realized it was about the crew. I always wonder about the ship employee hierarchy and what it's like for the employees, especially when we're in port, so this was a really great book to answer all of those questions.
Eh, it was alright. My family and I are getting ready for a cruise so I have some of the stupid questions that the author describes. However, some of the questions he gets are REALLY stupid. I don't think I'd have the patience to explain common sense to some of the peeps a cruis member must interact with.
After reading two other "cruise expose" type books, I was really into the subject, and eager to try Jay's book as well. It did not disappoint! Now knowing a bit more than I did when I actually cruised this summer, I very much enjoyed hearing the similarities and differences of being an "officer" instead of a lowly crew worker. After spending quite a bit of time in the internet cafe on the NCL Epic when I was cruising, I also had a better understanding of the role of the internet expert on a ship. (Thanks Mladen..)So Jay Herring's book was a very enjoyable addition to my enlightenment about cruising. Big bonus to also be able to download at no additional cost, a pdf "single" on cruise tips that will be very helpful in the future. Go to youtube and watch a video with the author Jay Herring! It's fun to match a face with the "character" (no pun intended!) Would have really enjoyed seeing a wedding picture of Jay and his wife since we were rooting for him to find "true love" throughout the book! If you enjoy the inside story of things, or have cruised or are going to try cruising, this is a great book to try.
I did not read the title all the way through. Perhaps if I had I would have never picked this book. I have been reading a number of service industry books lately. This one is the first one that concentrated on how much sex and alcohol the author used and abused. I wonder how much is true. It is frightening to believe so many crew members are drunk all the time. Even the chapters that supposedly talked about his work still prominently focused on how drunk he got and how many women he slept with that I wonder how he got any work done. I read non fiction about service for information and enjoyment to learn how people cope with the people they serve. Not one sentence let alone chapter deal with this. I skimmed the last few chapters to see how it ended. I hope his marriage survives despite his actions on board.