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’

P&O DRESS CODE on board ship

The dress code does catch guests out.

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.

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

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’.

Getting VISA’s without being ripped off

Visas and passports can be a minefield. There are so many companies out there just trying to take your money. 

Galapagos, what to pack

There are many choices for seeing the Galapagos,

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.

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

MARELLA DRESS CODE when to get suited and booted

CRUISING can be all about dressing up

P&O ship chat sites on Facebook

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

FRED OLSEN LATE DEALS + UPGRADES

Fred Olsen always has some kind of sale or deal.

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

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

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,

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 […]

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.

Essential packing for a cruise

Another cruise ship comedian,

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,

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

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.

CRUISING while Pregnant

Is dependent on three things 

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.

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

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

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,

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

Keeping your hands subtle

Deck Quoits explained

The Rules to Deck Quoits

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’.

Cruise Tip – Laundry, Ironing and the ship’s Tailor!

Whether you are on a long cruise

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.

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

FRED OLSEN LATE DEALS + UPGRADES

Fred Olsen always has some kind of sale or deal.

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

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

CRUISING while Pregnant

Is dependent on three things 

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!

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

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,

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

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

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

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,

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,

Discovering a destination the way film scouts do it

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

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.

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.

Living permanently on a cruise ship

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

TAKING YOUR OWN DRINKS ON BOARD – and prices on board

We often see passengers shock, anger and disappointment

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’

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

Living permanently on a cruise ship

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

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.

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,

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’.

Deck Quoits explained

The Rules to Deck Quoits

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’

Airport Parking Deals

Car Parking Options all sorted on one page.

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.

Southampton by car or coach ?

Alternative Cruise Parking

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

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

What is on board Spend? A good Question

On-board Spend – Is a sum of money you have in credit

FRED OLSEN LATE DEALS + UPGRADES

Fred Olsen always has some kind of sale or deal.

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.

FRED OLSEN LATE DEALS + UPGRADES

Fred Olsen always has some kind of sale or deal.

MARELLA INSURANCE DEAL

CRUISING insurance with TUI Marella.

P&O ship chat sites on Facebook

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

What is on board Spend? A good Question

On-board Spend – Is a sum of money you have in credit

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

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

SPORTING EVENTS ON BOARD

If you like sports or if there is a big event on like the world cup, the ship will show the event somewhere. If the event is big enough, everywhere.

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