I worked on a cruise ship for 8 months because I wanted to travel. The low pay and exhausting schedule weren’t worth it.

Chris Libreros (left) Spectrum of the Seas (right)

The Miami native Chris Libreros told Insider he worked up to 11 ½ hours a day, seven days a week, and made $2,100 a month before taxes.Courtesy of Chris Libreros (left) PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images (right)

  • Chris Libreros worked on a cruise ship for eight months after working in the hotel industry.

  • He said he was shocked by the crew’s rigorous work schedule, lack of free time, and low pay.

  • It wasn’t worth it, even though he traveled to Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, he told Insider.

This as-told-to essay is based on conversations with Chris Libreros, who worked for a major US cruise line from March to November. He has chosen to exclude his employer’s name, but his position has been verified by Insider. The following has been edited for length and clarity. 

I’ve lived in Miami my entire life, so I’ve always watched the cruise ships go in and out of the port — but I never really understood what happened on board.

Last year, I was working at the Ritz-Carlton and decided I wanted to try something new. I had a friend who worked for a major cruise line, and I heard it was sailing in Asia, an area of the world I’d always wanted to explore. He helped me get a job in the guest-services department, which is like the general front desk of a cruise ship. My role was mainly customer service, assisting guests with questions and complaints.

I left the US in March and returned in November. I made $2,100 a month before taxes. We were originally scheduled to depart from Hong Kong, but because of China’s COVID-19 restrictions, the cruise ship was moved over to Singapore. From there, we sailed to Malaysia and Thailand.

My contract was originally for 5 ½

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Cruise Ship Travel Rebounding as Travellers Book Trips

Chasing the Viking Octantis onboard the Superior Rocket

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – Viking Cruises on the Great Lakes is proving that people are back to cruising. Trips from Thunder Bay to Milwalkee Wisconsin are sold out for the most part.

After the long COVID-19 break it appears cruising is back.

Cruiseline.com and Shipmate released the findings of their 2022 Member Survey. These results come just on the heels of the first anniversary of the return of cruising from the United States. Questions in this survey centre on participants’ cruise history, intent to cruise within the next year, and preferred travel booking preferences.

This survey presented a unique data set as we look ahead at cruising next year, with most major lines having all the vessels in their fleet back at sea. In addition, it provides insight into consumer confidence in cruising at this pivotal time for the industry and traveler purchase and planning habits.

The majority of participants who took this survey were frequent cruisers, with 69% percent reporting they have previously been on at least seven or more sailings, 17% with four to six cruises, 8% have taken two to three cruises, and 3.5% had taken at least one cruise. Over 60% of all participants have reported previously cruising with Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean, over 40% have sailed with Norwegian Cruise Line, and over 30% with Princess Cruises. 89% of participants have cruised in the Caribbean region, with other previously-cruised destinations being Alaska, Pacific Coast (Mexico), and Europe.

Of the travellers participating in this survey, 91.4% reported they plan to take a cruise within the next year, 2.5% said they would not cruise in the next year, and 6.1% are currently undecided if they will cruise in the next year.

“The numbers from our survey clearly

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