WORKING AT SEA

This section about working at sea has been asked for over and over again. It is now inspired by one our our cherished moderators on our chat sites, someone who worked on a ship, in the spa, and has spent years at sea. Gemma Bethel now travels as a guest and has four children. We hope you will be hearing a lot more from her here on Doris Visits. If you are after a free holiday then that might not be the best reason to be thinking of working at sea. There are many jobs, many areas of work, none of them easy, the rules are strict and the expectations are high. The last thing any ship likes is guests complaining, and they can, But here are some tips. Zeebruges is a gateway port to Bruges, in other words you cannot get into Bruges unless you land at Zeebruges. To work on a ship the gateways are normally agents who sift the talent and send you where you will fit best, not necessarily where you want to go. And on a ship, the rooms are allocated to a job, so if you work as a dance instructor, there is the dance instructors cabin. You leave the next dance instructor goes in that cabin. You do not get to choose your cabin. Most jobs obviously are attached to crew cabins and are below the guest cabin levels.

General jobs on ships, from Cabin Steward to Kitchen Staff, from Engine Room to Child Care, from Guest Servces to IT, are all handled by agents and there are many. We are not connected to any, but an internet search will help you. 

One such agent is all cruise jobs – click here

ABOUT THE SHIP

Working On Ship – Working in the Spa

Gemma is one of our Moderators here at Doris Visits. She now travels as a guest, the same as you and all of us here, but worked on a cruise ship as a ‘Steiner’

The True Cost of Cruising – Tips & Tipping, Tours, Drinks, Fine Dining

You can go on a cruise and enjoy just what was in the ticket price,

Cruise Chat, Cruise Chat sites are a knowledge base -here is where to find them

Doris Visits has about 50 chat sites, Scroll down to find your favourite ship or cruise line

Hop On, Hop Off ! We have a discount code for you

Going away before the end of the year, if you are thinking of using the city sightseeing red bus,

Doris Visits, the Cruise and Travel show is on-line

Watch Doris Visits is free on YouTube, or there is one in Olympia that is not free.

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

Dancer, Singer? Casting for Shows at sea – We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia

I have spent nearly 50 years in the entertainment and now visit the ships to talk about it and am bombarded by questions.

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

P&O ship chat sites on Facebook

At Doris Visits chat sites we encourage everyone to share their positive cruise experiences

Lady gets £50,000 bill for airlift because of in-effective insurance. And renew your EHIcard if out of date.

Joyce Kettle, 74, a great grandmother

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

Doris Visits, the Cruise and Travel show is on-line

Watch Doris Visits is free on YouTube, or there is one in Olympia that is not free.

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

There is a knack to finding the best bits of a location. Postcards!

Dance Hosts and Hostessess

Fred Olsen ships feature dancing in a big way and ensure that solo cruisers are never alone by have Dance Hosts and . Each of their ships, and maybe other cruise lines, has a small team of friendly, capable dance hosts, (male and female), available during dance classes and evening dance sessions. These are people […]

Doris Visits, the Cruise and Travel show is on-line

Watch Doris Visits is free on YouTube, or there is one in Olympia that is not free.

Money back if you don’t like the cruise – the offer appears again

This time the offer is from Fred Olsen in the form of an enjoyment promise. If you have been watching #TheCruise

Cruise Chat, Cruise Chat sites are a knowledge base -here is where to find them

Doris Visits has about 50 chat sites, Scroll down to find your favourite ship or cruise line

MARELLA DRESS CODE when to get suited and booted

CRUISING can be all about dressing up

SAGA PROMISES

As we have just focussed on the Fred Olsen version of this money back offer

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

Working in a ship casino

We start, as always by saying ships take people with experience. If you have worked as a dealer, or croupier before and want to work at sea, then apply.

Worst places for Pick Pockets

I am pretty streetwise but I have been pick pocketed twice.

P&O DRESS CODE on board ship

The dress code does catch guests out.

Deck Quoits explained

The Rules to Deck Quoits

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

Norovirus – the facts – carry your own soap and water hand sanitiser

There are facts, there is gossip, and there is scaremongering. We could be referring to the news, but we are giving the run down on Norovirus.

Cruise Chat, Cruise Chat sites are a knowledge base -here is where to find them

Doris Visits has about 50 chat sites, Scroll down to find your favourite ship or cruise line

Crew Cabin – so, is it luxury or just like a student room

There are different grades of crew room, but most are pretty basic, and below heads of department and officers you will probably have to share.

Below Decks – what is it like in the crew areas

Many of you have been asking about the crew areas and how a ship works, so we have found a couple of guest presenters to work with us to take you down below decks.

A Cruise is an education. Language, History, Culture, Art and more. Russia is just amazing!

LIVE AND LET CRUISE as Paul McCartney and Wings

Norovirus – the facts – carry your own soap and water hand sanitiser

There are facts, there is gossip, and there is scaremongering. We could be referring to the news, but we are giving the run down on Norovirus.

Understanding prices and deals cruise – 3rd and 4th Person deals

Every place on a ship is different which makes it so interesting.

The True Cost of Cruising – Tips & Tipping, Tours, Drinks, Fine Dining

You can go on a cruise and enjoy just what was in the ticket price,

CRUISING while Pregnant

Is dependent on three things 

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

There is a knack to finding the best bits of a location. Postcards!

Become a Cruise Ship Speaker – it is not that easy

If you have ever been to an event where Game of Thrones actor James Cosmo has spoken, you will remember it.

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

There is a knack to finding the best bits of a location. Postcards!

Dress Code & Cruising – live and let live (within the CONTRACTUAL rules)

Cruising is about dressing up for most people, but you can dress down

P&O ship chat sites on Facebook

At Doris Visits chat sites we encourage everyone to share their positive cruise experiences

Norovirus – the facts – carry your own soap and water hand sanitiser

There are facts, there is gossip, and there is scaremongering. We could be referring to the news, but we are giving the run down on Norovirus.

MARELLA DRESS CODE when to get suited and booted

CRUISING can be all about dressing up

Worst places for Pick Pockets

I am pretty streetwise but I have been pick pocketed twice.

Stuart St Paul – Cruise Crime Novelist with 50 years in the movie industry

One of the many diverse forms of entertainment on a ship are the guests.

Manuel Martinez pranks us here at the Doris Visits office.

Yes, Manuel rang us from Cuba.

David McArthur, concert pianist tells us of an attack by pirates.

Have you any idea how many grand pianos there are on a cruise ship?

Gary Barlow, brand representative and musical director of the new 710 club

The Limelight on the Britannia has been so successful that the Iona

Jean Heard, classical actress. Her one woman show, Royal Mistresses.

You may know Jean as the main presenter here at Doris Visits, but on sea days in costume, she performs

SAGA CRUISE big entertainment have JOOLS HOLLAND for 5 years

This is a great catch… Jools.

Funny Tucker, from Barry Manilow, to Gladys Knight to Eastbourne panto to ship to ship.

One of our favourite comedians, Funny Tucker is found, if you are lucky on the bigger ships.

Pete Matthews – comedy juggler – no one is safe

We might not be inspired by the headline comedy juggler, and if you are the same prepare to be shocked,

The ship’s amazing Bublé Tribute Kai gets his own record deal and changes his name to Mark Kingswood

Kai is hauntingly good!

Helen Ward Jackson as herself and Adele

Helen is herself, but she is Adele so easily.

Paul Fellows – a fellow of the Astronomical Society – top guest on board

Paul Fellows is co-presenter of the public open evenings at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

Col Tim Collins OBE guest speaker at sea

Tim is in huge demand as a speaker, but can be found at sea with the odd tale to tell. Famed for his address of the troops before going into Iraq,

Keith and Nancy Appleyard – a daytime team

The currency on ships is cabin space. So husband and wife speakers are a bonus, the same with dance and bridge instructors.

Adam Allinson – choir master extraordinaire on the oceans

There are certain performers who make magic happen, Adam Allinson is one such entertainer.

Jon Courtenay – Comedian and extraordinary pianist and showman

We like to feature the performers you see on the ships,

Bat Out Of Hell – West End Review – A future cruise ship musical ?

Big West End Shows and West End stars are the ‘meat’ and ‘loaf’ of cruise ships

Toulon, France and ex Naval base and base for the film Surviving Picasso

Toulon is France’s main naval base

Dancers Announced for the SCD STRICTLY COME DANCING CRUISE !!!!

The excitement has been boiling

Great Entertainment is on a cruise ship

Cruisers love the fantastic entertainment,

Jeff Dingle as Bruno Mars – on BBC 1’s EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING

Adding Jeff Dingle

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

A Cruise is an education. Language, History, Culture, Art and more. Russia is just amazing!

LIVE AND LET CRUISE as Paul McCartney and Wings

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

Choosing your Cabin on a cruise ship

Ships are travelling at sea and can be both noisy and bumpy. There is a logic to apply.

CRUISING while Pregnant

Is dependent on three things 

Don’t over spend on your cruise, especially if it is your first

Why not splash out? Well, you might just get addicted and want to book the next one,

Working On Ship – Working in the Spa

Gemma is one of our Moderators here at Doris Visits. She now travels as a guest, the same as you and all of us here, but worked on a cruise ship as a ‘Steiner’

Living permanently on a cruise ship

Say NO to the retirement home. There are people who live permanently

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

Is Birmingham is London’s best Airport – Fly-cruise is the future.

When you finish your transit flight, your bags

Money back if you don’t like the cruise – the offer appears again

This time the offer is from Fred Olsen in the form of an enjoyment promise. If you have been watching #TheCruise

CRUISING while Pregnant

Is dependent on three things 

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

Working On Ship – Working in the Spa

Gemma is one of our Moderators here at Doris Visits. She now travels as a guest, the same as you and all of us here, but worked on a cruise ship as a ‘Steiner’

Worst places for Pick Pockets

I am pretty streetwise but I have been pick pocketed twice.

Deck Quoits explained

The Rules to Deck Quoits

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

Living permanently on a cruise ship

Say NO to the retirement home. There are people who live permanently

Cruises that explore can be hard on the feet. What to pack (2)?

Remember the disco song, ‘Dance yourself Dizzy’. Some cruises have you ‘walk til dizzy’.

Understanding prices and deals cruise – 3rd and 4th Person deals

Every place on a ship is different which makes it so interesting.

Working On Ship – Working in the Spa

Gemma is one of our Moderators here at Doris Visits. She now travels as a guest, the same as you and all of us here, but worked on a cruise ship as a ‘Steiner’

Marriage at sea, But huge disaster for same sex marriage at sea

  Disaster, read before you book your wedding, please read.

Norovirus – the facts – carry your own soap and water hand sanitiser

There are facts, there is gossip, and there is scaremongering. We could be referring to the news, but we are giving the run down on Norovirus.

Worst places for Pick Pockets

I am pretty streetwise but I have been pick pocketed twice.

MARELLA DRESS CODE when to get suited and booted

CRUISING can be all about dressing up

Taster Cruise – a great first cruise – we look at a cheap 80’s weekender deal

A taster cruise is often referred to as a party cruise,

Choosing your Cabin on a cruise ship

Ships are travelling at sea and can be both noisy and bumpy. There is a logic to apply.

Dancer, Singer? Casting for Shows at sea – We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia

I have spent nearly 50 years in the entertainment and now visit the ships to talk about it and am bombarded by questions.

Lady gets £50,000 bill for airlift because of in-effective insurance. And renew your EHIcard if out of date.

Joyce Kettle, 74, a great grandmother

An Ideal Present for a cruiser – a useful toy – the squeezable Globe Ball

Keeping your hands subtle

Cruise Chat, Cruise Chat sites are a knowledge base -here is where to find them

Doris Visits has about 50 chat sites, Scroll down to find your favourite ship or cruise line

Cruises that explore can be hard on the feet. What to pack (2)?

Remember the disco song, ‘Dance yourself Dizzy’. Some cruises have you ‘walk til dizzy’.

SAGA PROMISES

As we have just focussed on the Fred Olsen version of this money back offer

Choosing your Cabin on a cruise ship

Ships are travelling at sea and can be both noisy and bumpy. There is a logic to apply.

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