Do you sleep onboard? No we are flown in and out by helicopter every day. Yes of course we sleep onboard. On my shipt there are three main decks for crew and staff cabins - A and B and 0. There are some other cabins scattered throughtout the ship was well. My cabin was on deck 1, right in the bow of the boat. Near the engine and the anchor. The majority of staff and crew share cabins.
Do you get the weekend off? No. On the ship I am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are our busiest days. Friday and Sunday are seadays. We work 9am to 1am. That's a 16 hour day for those of you who can't count. Saturday is debarkation and embarkation day. We dock in Miami around 7am, we usually spend 1/2 hour to an hour in the shop to finish set up from the night before, then our stores arrive around 9am. We get anywhere from 5-15 pallets. They have to be unloaded and distributed to the storage lockers and the shop. That takes a couple of hours. If we are lucky and organised and fully staffed we are done by noon, if not we are done by 130pm. We may have a few hours to get off the ship in Miami and stock up on essentials, use wifi and eat non ship food! Then it's back on board by 3pm. The general emergency drill with guests is around 4pm and then we start in the shops. During the week we don't get days off either. We do get time off. In the shops, we get do get port time off. The shops are tax and duty free so we are not open in ports. Sometimes we have to work - reorganising lockers, or training otherwise we start anywhere between 330pm and 630pm depending on the time we sail. But we are always open until midnight and we usually work another hour after close. A short day is 6 hours, a long day is 16 hours and an average day is 8-10 hours. We average close to 69 hours a week.
Can you hang out with guests? Chat with them, yes. Have an affair with them, no.
Do you eat leftovers? Nope. We have a crew mess, a staff mess and an officers mess. Food is cooked specifically for those areas. We don't eat leftovers from the guest restaurants.
Is there a morgue and gaol on the ship? Depending on the ship, yes. I didn't see either.
What do you wear? Umm, clothes. During work hours I wear a uniform.
Can you use guest areas? Yes as staff we can. There are certain restrictions like time of day, and guests always get priority.
Are you allowed to get off in port? Again yes. Depending on the business needs. If we don't have work to do in the shop or the lockers, yes we can get off in the ports. If it's a tender port we have to wait for the general clearance, which means most of the guests have already disembarked and now it's our turn.
Do you carry margarita watches? Took me a while to work out the guest meant Movado watches.
I had just finished telling a guest that the $10.00 sale was tomorrow, sea day. The guest then asked me if today was B day. SEA day not C day.
How much are the $10.00 watches? I'll let you work out the answer to that one.
I am sure there were many many more but that's all I can think of for now.