This term is often used for all the workers on a cruise ship, but it actually refers only to a specific group of employees on board. The crew are those in the ship’s complement without stripes such as housekeeping, food & beverage, bosuns, repairmen and utility workers.

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Staff are the hotel division of the ship, like guest services, cruise division/entertainment, shops, spa, casino. They often have their

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Officers are usually the marine department with stripes on their uniforms. Think of the structure/classes of the military – the

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A Little About the Author...

Rob Lilley is passionate about working on cruise ships, and spent 5 years of his life travelling the seven seas and touching ground on all 7 continents.  With the experience of 2 different job positions in multiple contracts with different cruise lines, from explorer ships to full-sized cruise liners, Rob is keen to share his insider insights with all of those interested in working at sea! More…