When it comes to new money, if there’s one thing that tips this person off, it’s spending lavishly on big brands. In general, the concept here is all about showing off.
Now that this person has money, they want to make sure other people know it. In this day and age, a huge designer logo is a pretty easy way to advertise that you can afford something that other people aspire to.
Another Way to Brag
While using your fashion to talk for you is one way to establish a visible symbol of your wealth, there are some people who prefer a verbal approach.
In this person’s experience, people who came from new money were much more likely to be flashy and show off the things they bought. They also noticed that perspective seemed to carry over to bragging about their wealth and how much they spend.
The General Attitude
How you carry yourself refers to your poise and general attitude. For some, you can read something about someone’s mood or even personality in how they moved.
In general, the OP noticed that people who are categorized as “new money” are more likely to peacock around. On the contrary, people who come from family money are more likely to refrain from this behavior. After all, they don’t need to prove their place.
That’s Not Always How it Goes
Of course, people vary and a lot determines their behavior outside of wealth. So, what one person noticed might differ from what someone else has seen.
From this person’s experience, it’s the older money that often leads to more entitled behavior. After all, they’ve never lived on the other side of the division they’re accustomed to, so they expect a lot just by custom.
Old Money Tells
There are some things that you can fake or impersonate. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the big picture and miss the details.
This person couldn’t quite put their finger on what it is but apparently “old money” is able to recognize their kind without fail. Maybe it’s because you’d have to try really hard to pretend that you weren’t trying at all.
What Are You Willing to Pay?
There are some people, most people even, that will ask you how much something costs before committing to it. It’s the nature of managing money in day-to-day life.
This person noticed that people from old money or generational wealth wouldn’t do. In the end, they’ll pay whatever they have to as long as they’re happy with the service. Those that come new money, on the other hand, try to pay as little as possible.
Finding the Focal Point
When it comes to what you buy, there are a few luxuries people associate with wealth. For instance, you probably picture a mega-mansion or acres and acres of land.
From what this person said, you can get an idea of whether someone is from old or new money based on the property they choose. Is it in plain sight? Probably new money. On the other hand, if you want to spot old money, look for the long driveway leading to the house with acres and acres around it.
When we think of big investments, houses are only part of the picture. People put a lot of money into their cars as well as their homes. For the wealthy, a luxury car can be a real symbol of status.
When this person sees a newer luxury car like a Porsche or BMW, it leads them to think of new money. As for old money, they expect something a bit more vintage and well-kept.
Another Automotive Take
Another difference between these divisions of wealth is another automotive take. This one isn’t about how old or new your car was — but rather, it comes down to size.
This person noticed a trend when it comes to larger luxury vehicles compared to more succinct, compact sports cars. If someone is looking for space and luxury, there’s a good chance they come from family money.
All the Patience in the World
When it came to dealing with people at the marina, this OP figured out the difference between people that come from family wealth rather than new wealth.
When people with old money come to the marina, a surprising number of them come in looking scrappy. Plus, they rarely have complaints, according to the OP.
On Tips and Gratuities
People with wealth tend to hire various staff members. Who wouldn’t take the chance to not do chores if someone else can handle them without you missing the money?
This person worked as a cleaner for many wealthy people, which has given them a chance to experience regular contact with their clients. They’ve noticed that their clients of old money tend to be a bit more generous when it comes to tips and gifts than their new money counterparts.
Someone Else Noticed Too
As we’ve already seen in this article, there are some things that cleaners have noticed about old and new money when they’re on the job. Take this OP’s experience, for instance.
When working with people new to money and those who come from generations of wealth, the OP definitely noticed a difference in how they were treated as hired help. It seems those new to wealth aren’t afraid to be nasty to their staff.
Summing it Up Well
This comes from another person who noticed that there was a tell in the way that people spoke to the people they hired or the staff they encountered when they were out and about.
In their experience, this person noticed that when you compare new wealth to old, people of newer wealth tend to bark orders. According to this OP, that’s not the case when it comes to clients with old money. In fact, it’s the total opposite!
Not Always, Though
At the end of the day, these posts are all based on interactions that people have had with others. So, there are certain things that these points of view might actually differ on.
As for this person, they haven’t experienced the ‘family’ vibe as a maid for older wealthy families. Given how used to home service these clients are, the ability to treat their hired help like they’re just a part of the scenery really stuck out to this person the first few times on the job.
Servers at Restaurants and New Money
When you go to a restaurant, you’re often helped by a waiter or waitress. These people work here and are there to serve you but they’re still people at the end of the day.
Still, too many people treat their servers lousy or downright cruelly. When it came to serving the wealthy, this person couldn’t help but notice that new money was much more likely to act like a jerk and talk to the servers with disrespect.
Don’t Expect a Tip
While the last argument might make you think that the people from old money are more generous, that doesn’t seem to always be the case — at least, not according to the story that this person had to tell.
Coming from a family in which their grandmother has money, this person doesn’t find her to be all that generous. This includes skipping out on tips after going out for a bite to eat or a manicure. The thing is, many people that work in the service industry really rely on tips.
Back in School
Going to a private school, you’re likely to meet some wealthy people who come from families with quite a bit of money on their hands. Since this person wasn’t particularly wealthy themselves, they noticed some interesting things.
While their classmates who were born into wealth earned generations ago, they were kind. That is, at least, compared to the way that their classmates from new money treated them. Still, both groups astounded the OP with the things they did in their day-to-day lives.
This is something someone noticed about old versus new money, at least when it came to the monetary and social divisions in the United Kingdom.
When it came to schooling, both parties would attend pretty prestigious schools. However, they noticed that families with new money usually didn’t go to a private school with as big a name as schools that old money would attend.
Bragging About It
It’s not often that you want to spend time listening to someone brag. Still, it seems like that doesn’t stop some people from sharing what’s on their minds — themselves and their achievements.
From the way this person’s coworker talks, they’re left to assume that she and her family hadn’t always been as fortunate as they are now. What gave it away? Well, she has a habit of making a point to show off every major purchase.
But When it Came to Old Money
Here, we have a very different experience with a coworker from old money. By comparison to the colleague we just talked about, this one doesn’t brag in the slightest.
As a matter of fact, the OP isn’t sure they’ve ever heard her brag about anything. They even noticed that she seems grateful and very much aware of her fortune and privilege.
Speaking of Brands
When it comes to projecting your wealth, bragging isn’t the only way to do it. You can silently signal your wealth based on what you do and wear.
Fashion is another thing that speaks volumes even if you’re silent. For instance, wearing a major label’s brand logo for all to see tends to speak to a wealth that not everyone has. It’s something this person has noticed a lot more with new money.
A Fashionable Theory
Do you remember how we said that fashion can speak volumes? This person had another theory on fashion and spotting old versus new wealth.
As for this theory, the concept is simple. If someone is wearing something older that’s held up thanks to high quality, you can probably guess that they’re old money. If you see a newer but still expensive purchase, the opposite might be true.
For some people, the biggest tell of new money is new things. That’s not about fashion, though. There are other major purchases this person tunes in on.
If they see someone who has a massive house and a shiny new car out front, they assume that they’re looking at the lifestyle of new money. On the other hand, families that have had money for a while are more likely to roll out a pristine vintage car as a point of pride.
Wanna Talk About It?
We’ve talked a lot about bragging in these stories. However, this is more about talking about money in general, no matter the context.
In general, the OP realized that people who come from old money aren’t just less likely to brag but they’re less likely to talk about money at all, at least by the numbers — especially compared to how often new money does.
There are some points we’ve seen that have been observed by more than one person. For example, this person noticed that smaller logos are the way when it comes to old money.
When it came to both parties, though, bragging or not, this person knows either one of them could really throw their money around. No matter how new you are to it, money comes with certain privileges and powers that any wealthy person can lose sight of if they’re not careful.
One Way to Flaunt
This comes from another person who took issue with the thought that new money is louder and more prone to bragging than old money.
It’s not that old money won’t throw their money around — they just do it differently. This person couldn’t help but notice that people seemed to have forgotten a lot of weird, little rules that old money created to define the upper class.
If you want to tell old wealth from new, this person just had to look at the social circles that people kept around them.
In particular, the OP noticed that the older wealth tend to be very careful about who they keep in their social circle. For instance, they’re less likely to socialize or let their children socialize with someone from a lower tax bracket.
Gaining and Losing
When you’re new to wealth, there’s so much you can suddenly do that it can all be too tempting. This can be a slippery slope.
According to this person, they saw that new money is typically faster to go. After all, not everyone can make it to the status of old wealth. As for families that have had wealth for generations, they’ve managed to keep that wealth for generations by not being so frivolous.
Old Money, Old Customs
There are some manners and customs that were once the norm but we’ve since let them go. For instance, we look back at Victorian or Edwardian manners and they look odd today.
This person noticed that people from old money seem to be still attached to some customs that we left behind long ago. Maybe it’s an appreciation for the time frame that afforded them wealth or maybe it’s just one of those odd habits that have just stuck around.
A Different Sense of Understanding
This comes down more to the practicality of earning your own wealth — being really new money — or having wealth that you’re born into.
According to this person, one of the differences they noticed among those with newer wealth is more awareness of that wealth. After all, they didn’t always have money. In this OP’s experience, people have always been wealthy seem a bit more carefree with their spending.
There are some things that can become precious to a family. For instance, you may have seen or even have a wedding ring from a grandmother or great-grandmother.
The wealthier you are and the longer that your family holds onto that wealth, the more valuable these family heirlooms become. That’s something this person really started to notice. If gifted an heirloom, it meant that the family had money for quite a while.
Old Money Hobbies
There are some hobbies that have fallen out of fashion. Then again, that doesn’t mean that those activities are as dead as the dinosaurs.
There are still some people who partake in those activities that we don’t usually do anymore. For instance, when was the last time you saw someone play polo? This person noticed that these activities seemed to stay very much alive among those considered old money.
Networking and Connections
When you’re getting started in a field, people really stress the importance of networking. You may have heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
If you’re comparing the benefits of old versus new wealth, there are a few cues in their social circles. For those that are well-connected, some of that may come from generations of wealth-gaining and sharing connections with the next generation.
An Old Money Quirk
When it comes to comparing schools, there can be some serious rivalries. Plus, there’s a level of class competition when it comes to expensive Ivy League schools.
How they describe going to those schools can be a dead giveaway of whether they’re new to or came from wealth. This person noticed that people who were born into money described where they went by saying the name of the area — rather than the name of the school itself.
Without Experience, There’s Less Understanding
If you come from a wealthy family, odds are that you’ve never really had to hurt for money. After all, you were born into the money your family has, no matter what you do with that wealth when it’s fully yours.
As such, this person noticed that it wasn’t uncommon for people who had always known wealth to be so used to it that they lose touch with the value of a dollar.
Noticing a Difference
Earning your own wealth isn’t the only way to fall into new money. This person specifically talks about how people who are newly married into money tend to stand out.
In their industry, the OP has noticed that their clients who have been wealthy for quite some time aren’t nearly as rude to them as the people who are from new money. Being that there are so many mixed experiences on this list, we’re starting to think it just comes down to the individual person and whether or not they were raised with manners.
Working in retail, you deal with a lot of different customers. After a while, some might leave a certain impression on you.
As for this person, the impression old money has left them with is that it isn’t uncommon to see them in dated, unassuming pieces. That’s because the clothes they buy are expensive and high-quality, so they’re going to last a while. So, they don’t need replacing every year.
No Worries About Cost
When you offer a service to somebody, you usually have to lay out your prices pretty clearly. If someone asks for a free service, they usually want to know how much it’s going to cost them.
That was something this Redditor noticed a lot when they were originally asked to perform extra services that weren’t initially discussed. As they found out, this wasn’t a case of wanting something for free but rather, being comfortable enough to cover the extra cost no matter what it was.
Something About New Money
Wealth is a funny thing. Sometimes, there’s a lot of hard work involved but there’s usually a bit of privilege to it too — which isn’t something everyone is willing to admit.
This person couldn’t help but notice that the people who are new to wealth seem to have more of a drive to verbally defend their status… without admitting that luck or privilege had anything to do with it. The OP made an educated guess that it could be out of guilt.
It’s a Yard Sale…
If you’re a fan of Arrested Development, you probably know that this brings to mind something Lucille Bluth would say, maybe talking about bananas to her son.
In reality, there are some people who are wealthy who seem a little unsure of how some deals even work for people with less money. For instance, the OP was shocked when they heard their boss’ idea of what things get sold for at a yard sale.
Explaining the Dream
If you don’t grow up with money, you might sit back once and a while and imagine what you might do if you were to stumble into money one day.
On the contrary, if you’re born into money, you never have to really wonder what you’d do in this situation — you probably already know. That means that it comes to actually using wealth, you might see some more stereotypical uses for wealth when it comes to new money.
Old Money With Nothing to Fulfill
On the contrary, people who come from old money have a different way of showing off their wealth. Because they’ve lived it their whole lives, they don’t fantasize about anything out of the ordinary, compared to their new money counterparts.
In fact, instead of a brand new car, you might catch someone from old money enjoying their time at a country club or relaxing in their giant mansion.
Vintage or Modern?
When it comes to new versus old money, as we’ve seen, the way that they spend their money can be very telling to someone who has made observations like this.
To this person, the way that someone spends their money speaks volumes. If they were to buy a bunch of new and expensive stuff, it’s probable that they’re from newer money. Older wealth seems to be more drawn to the vintage and irreplaceable.
Replacements and Repairs
There are some instances when you have something and you find that there comes a time to replace it. The item has just reached the end of its lifespan.
That is, unless you have the money to fix it. If you do, you may try to extend the life of your objects through refurbishment. After all, how else would those heirlooms and vintage pieces stick around for so long?
Not So Different in the End
When it comes to new wealth or old wealth, this person has noticed some differences but, in the end, they’ve found that the result is often the same.
At the end of the day, there are a few things that you can’t put in one camp or the other. It’s a spectrum of behavior that they see but it all comes down to one simple adjective to this person — insufferable.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
A cruise may seem like the perfect choice of vacation where you can just relax, let your kids run wild, and eat to your heart’s content. However, according to cruise ship workers, you should perhaps rethink your decision when contemplating setting off to sea. Cutting off from the rest of the world while at sea may seem refreshing, but it could cause problems for couples who start to lead separate lives. According to a former crew member “It’s kind of like a don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy.”
Thrill Fest For All
Spending so much time together results in the crew members often developing close relationships with another and consider their co-workers family. It is only natural that they start to form such close bonds and find comfort in one another. For some, this new life of theirs is even better than on land with one employee sharing his tale, saying: “I hooked up with seven different people and I am a shy, average looking dude.” Another expressed that cruises are “actually just one big thrill-fest.”
All Work, Little Play
Spending so much time in the same space can get slightly tedious for crew members, and they need to find ways in which they can spice things up a bit. They turn to creative pranks with one admitting: “A favorite was while in a passenger area say to another crew member, loud enough to be heard by passengers, ‘Meet you in the bowling alley tonight!’” With no bowling alley, “we’d wait for the comment cards to come in: ‘Why does the crew get a bowling alley when we don’t?’”
You Said What?
The boat may look large to the passenger excited to get on-board, but with cabin walls so thin, there is not actually as much privacy as you’d hope for. From the smallest whisper, to passengers feeling like they can let off steam in their own rooms, crew ship members sometimes get more than they bargained for with their neighbors. Therefore, for anyone contemplating going on a cruise, just remember, you are in no way in the similar private comforts of your own home when on board.
Wrong Side Of The Sea
We may find great entertainment in watching pirates grace us with their presence on the silver screen, but they are no laughing matter when out at sea. In fact, they are very much a real phenomenon to this day, and in 2009, pirates attacked cruise ships throughout the seas. The various groups of sea villains attacked over 200 ships and stole $35 million worth of cash and goods. Cruise ships have therefore equipped themselves with enormous water canons in case they come across the intruders.
Hanging Out To Dry
With a large number of passengers passing through their cruise ship doors throughout the year, it is not unusual for crew members to get some unexpected and strange requests. Some young couples ask, ‘Could you make some towel animals for adults?’ They want naughty animals,” said a crew member who was employed on a cruise ship as a maid. “I say, ‘Sorry, I cannot give you that.’” While everyone can enjoy a good story and sense of humor, sometimes it is taken too far even to comprehend.
Disaster struck on board the Carnival Triumph in 2013, when a fire started in the engine room, causing the ship to lose power. Guests were stranded off the Gulf of Mexico, and sewage began to back up all around the ship, meaning they were forced to create a tent city. With increasing fears of a virus spreading across the ship, passengers had to wait here till they were rescued. Hygiene on board is taken very seriously, and this became the number one priority, no matter how clean it may seem.
Jailed For Being Sick
To ensure the health and safety of all passengers, if one employee falls ill, that same staff member could be quarantined for as long as a week. To avoid anyone else on board getting sick, the staff member is to steer clear from anyone else, since the close quarters on board are just a means of spreading diseases. This health precaution is taken very seriously since the crew will rather be safe than sorry should a passenger fall sick on board.
Words Turned To Money
Your experience onboard means a lot to management, and that is why they ask you to fill out a questionnaire at the end of your vacation. They value your opinion and works in their favor to know how to improve if need be. Speaking specifically about a crew member, know your comments could have consequences. Whether they are either good or bad, your comment alone could mean a demotion or promotion, so do not just throw out any name on your feedback card.
Kids Are On You
In the worst case scenario, should something happen to a child while on board the ship, the parents are held completely liable. The 1920 Death on the High Seas Act states that only rehabilitation for spouses is issued, but the same is not provided for children. Regardless of the reason, even if they have been harmed due to negligence by something on board, it is best to keep an eye on your kids and any potential danger, because the ship holds no accountability.
You’re Going To Pay
Employees may get to stay on the cruise ship for free and are also provided with fundamental necessities, but life on board is not all luxury. While they are given a helping hand to make their daily lives manageable, they are charged for basics such as drinking water, toilet paper, and extended internet access. “Wifi was $5 a day for 24-hour access to limited social media apps or $10 for 100 minutes unrestricted. I spent way too much money on the s***** wifi.”
Emergency War Room
Similarly to government emergency situations, it was revealed that cruise ships have their own “war room” on board. This room is mainly used as a place where management can gather to plan how to deal with anything unexpected and any critical situations where passengers could be at risk. Therefore, it is more of a “safety center” which, with the most advanced technological innovations, will prove its worth should an emergency arise. This is good to know for those onboard so, rest assured, they are in safe hands.
Real Life Characters
Just like we may be amused by a passerby on the street and feel the need to record their actions, the same goes for employees on cruise ships who record what goes on around them. Seeing as though their daily lives can become quite monotonous, they are embraced by new passengers and new situations which can, at the best times, provide some great entertainment. A cruise ship member admitted, “It was basically the same comedy of errors each day of the week, with a different ‘cast’ of passengers each week.”
Going Green At Sea
Presentation is vital while onboard a cruise ship. Regarding both cleanliness and aesthetics, it is important to keep things impressive for passengers, and having fantastically carved fruit placed on the buffet is sure to do just that. However, let it be known that the fruit used for show is also the same fruit given at meal times, even after days have gone by. This is because the food is recycled throughout the time the boat is out at sea due to the lack of access to fresh food.
Even the best of chefs that are employed onboard are told to add a little secret ingredient to all their food. Their talents are not being tested, rather they’ve been told to add this to their delicacies as a way to help speed up digestion. It is usually extra fat that is being added, and it works wonders as a laxative. You may not want to be made aware of this before tucking into one of your meals, but it is intended to assist in the ship’s plumbing.
They may look, but they cannot touch, when it comes to employees eating the high-end culinary treats made for the guests. Although they are allowed to take whatever is left over, cabin crew members are not offered the same variety of food. While some members are grateful for the offering and take the food for the go to the cabins, others argue that they are being treated as stray animals who are given the scraps or pieces ready for the garbage.
Ships make sure they are prepared for anything while out at sea, and while this may not be the best thing to be made aware of, there is a morgue found on every cruise ship. In fact, around 200 guests die aboard cruise ships every year, which is mainly old folks who have simply reached their time. The good news is that this does not mean that going on a ship is dangerous, nor does boarding one mean risking your life, it is just unfortunate timing.
Fatty Food Frenzy
A secret was revealed by Holland America’s spokesperson, John Primeau, and the admission on CNN was relatively sickening. According to Primeau, a typical cruise meal will make the average passenger gain a pound a day due to the high amount of calories in the food. Additionally, towards the end of the voyage, there is a limit on fresh food, with much of the food from earlier in the week having to be recycled instead, explaining how the buffet always seems stocked up.
You Have Been Warned
You are to enjoy the cruise amenities at your leisure, as well as, enjoy the great outdoors when the ship docks for the day. Meanwhile, the cruise does provide an itinerary giving passengers an plan to follow – that is unless you do not wish to make it back to the ship before it moves onto the next destination. It is usually around 5 o’clock in the afternoon that guests must return to the ship because a fine is issued if ships go over their time slot.
You Are Who You’re With
Just because they may be out at sea, does not mean that the same societal issues found on land do not still exist. It has been found that crew members who share the same ethnicity tend to confide in one another, often secluding anyone who is considered different to them. It is also the case that certain ethnicities are grouped to be in charge of something specific. For example, an employee announced that on board the Filipino gang was in charge of booze, and the Indian members looked after food.
Straight By Land
In the close proximities on the cruise ship, people begin to feel more than comfortable with their surroundings, and with those around them. In fact, people have admitted that they feel more comfortable to freely be themselves once the ship has set sail, and explore their tendencies freely without anyone they know passing judgment. Therefore, those closeted individuals who consider themselves as “straight by land” opt to go on cruises for more comfort than that experienced in their own homes.
Ranks Are Real
A former member of the crew shared that “there is almost a caste system in place,” which means that there is a ranking system for employees. With officers at the top, entertainment following behind, then front-of-house, and lastly, back-of-house, there is definitely a cruise ship hierarchy. Salaries are also dependent on your birthplace. An Indonesian cruise employee is said to make $600 a month for working 12-14 hours a day, whereas a U.S. workers could make $3,000 a month working 6-10 hours.
Trust Is A Tricky Thing
When it comes to trusting employees, there are a few rules in place which may suggest that management takes no risks even after they have security checked a cruise worker. “We aren’t allowed to take elevator rides with guests if you’re the only two people in it,” explained one former cabin crew employee. “for the same reason [you are not allowed to fraternize with guests]. Also if you’re taking a photo with a guest both of your hands must be visible.”
Kick Anyone Off
Should the rule about fraternizing with visitors be broken, or an employee is accused of doing something that wasn’t deemed acceptable, management will take no risks. “If you report [being harassed by an employee] to any officer or the front desk (Guest Services on some ships), security footage and logs will be reviewed, and that person will immediately be handled. You will never see them again.” This is a rule that should not be abused since the consequences are far worse, no matter the extent of the problem.
Know Your Audience
While you would like to think you are not going on vacation to be judged, know you are being categorized into three categories – newlyweds, ‘overfeds’, and ‘soon-to-be-deads.’ Do not think you get to move groups either since, once you have been placed into one of the three stereotypes, you are there for the duration of your stay. However, this is meant to be in everyone’s best interest on the ship, as it allows staff on board to know how to handle your needs and help with recommendations.
Can’t Help It
You may be right in thinking you smelt a reeking scent when walking past a worker, but know they are doing the best they can with what they’ve got. You will never find a free washer unless you camp out in the laundry room for a few hours. There are usually about 5 to 15 washers/dryers, and anywhere from 1,000 to 2,500 crew members,” said a former cruise ship worker on Reddit. Surely, if it were up to them, they would be in clean, nice smelling uniform every day.
Through all the negatives that working on a cruise ship may offer, there sure are a lot of positives alongside them. “I took a sled dog ride in Alaska, visited Alcatraz, had an authentic curry in Mumbai, spent a day on a luxury yacht sailing around the Caribbean, snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, visited the great pyramids in Egypt, been to the lost city of Petra, spent days in Barcelona, Athens, Rome, Kiev, and so much more. Nothing you have to put up with onboard matters compared to that.”
Eat, Tease, Sleep, Repeat
The added entertainment on a cruise ship is for the enjoyment of passengers, but do not think that you have been honored with something unique and different from the passengers before you. In fact, coming up with new material is not in the job description for entertainers, and if you wished to go on the same cruise again, do not expect anything new. “We don’t want you to know that all those funny jokes we tell you at bingo? Yeah… Same ones are said Every. Single. Cruise.”
When it comes to boarding a cruise ship, know that Big Brother is watching you at all times. “It’s safe to assume if you’re outside of your cabin you are probably on camera,” said Gavin, a waiter who was on a big brand cruise line. “In the event of any kind of emergency, they could pull security footage at any time.” Though this is for security reasons and the benefit of passengers on board, it is good to keep in mind that you are constantly being watched.
You Had Me At Merlot
If you hope to save a few dollars where possible while on board quite an expensive cruise ship, then it is good to know how to best order drinks. While ordering a bottle of wine is cheaper than a glass at a time, you can also ask the cruise ship waiters to mark your bottle with your room number and store it at the bar. That way, if you do not finish your bottle over dinner, then you can save it for another evening, and at whichever venue onboard.
Spoiled And Pampered – For Free
When finally deciding it is time to relax and pamper yourself, there is a way to let off some steam. With the availability of showers, saunas, and steam rooms, you have the opportunity to unwind without having to pay for a more lavish one. Also, taking a shower in the spa means you are more likely to get access to cleaner towels, as well as, superior toiletries. So this is the perfect opportunity while on board to treat yourself and get that vacation revitalization.
They Have No Idea
Being out at sea means being cut off from the rest of the world, and engaging in a conversation with a worker about current affairs is likely to not go anywhere. “You stop following news and sports and pop culture,” said a former cruise employee. “You’re really kind of isolated out there.” Perhaps it is time to take a leaf out of their book while on a cruise and just be at one with the sea and your surroundings at the time.
Whale Hello There
Just as fog can be an increasing danger when a ship is out at sea, whales can be just as bad. Since it is nearly impossible to navigate through without being able to see ahead and what can potentially be hit, whales are a concern when out at sea. However, because the impact of hitting a whale is not felt on the ship, passengers are none the wiser if and when this would happen. A good thing too, because the less passengers know about potential dangers, the happier they are!
Steak Me Out
The excitement of boarding the cruise is enough excitement for one day, and passengers are not longing for anything to top this. That is why they usually head to the main dining room for their dinner on the first night aboard. This means that the other eateries passengers are saving for another evening are unattended. Sometimes, however, it is worth your money to book a different dining venue on the first night. For example, Carnival Cruise Line offers a free bottle of wine at their steakhouse on the first night.
The common possibility of feeling nauseous from motion sickness means that staff members have come up with a way to help passengers in this position. Their natural remedy, which they swear by, is green apples and bland crackers, which has been found to have helped get passengers back on their feet. This can be found in the purser’s desk or ordered by room service to your cabin, saving you the time of going to the pharmacy to help. It is worth trying this one out should the problem arise.
Hands Off The Guests
Due to problems in the past, most cruise ships have issued a “no fraternizing with guests rule.” Crew members are strictly forbidden from forming any romantic relationships with passengers on board, and will face the consequence of being fired immediately if caught breaking the rule. This is taken very seriously, with some cruise ship management threatening their workers to leave them wherever the ship is to next dock should they break the rule, and leave them to find their own way home.
The Fewer, The Merrier
They may lead the luxurious life of being able to travel the world as part of their job, but crew members do have to sacrifice their privacy for this reward. Having to share cabins means that crew members are not given their own room onboard, and these are not big and spacious, but rather they all have to cram which may come as an adjustment shock. Higher ranked officers, however, do have the privilege of being given a single room.
Food may be on offer throughout the day, so you don’t have to worry about going hungry. However, sometimes the options are limited that they don’t fit everyone’s tastes and needs. A Reddit user explained, “Food is provided, but the two most common ethnicities on my ship were from the Philippines and India, so the crew cafeteria was usually full of food I wasn’t used to, like pigtail stew & fish heads. I ate a lot of salad & mashed potatoes on my contracts.”
Land Of The Lazy
If you are someone who appreciates a good weekend after a long week at work, then considering becoming a cruise worker will not be your thing. Working on a cruise ship usually means an average workweek will be working 80 hours, double the amount that most Americans are used to. These long hours become so intolerable for workers that many do not even complete their committed 9-month contract. They begin to discover that the work becomes too physically and mentally challenging to continue.
The crew members may attend to your every want and need, providing great customer service when they can. However, while they may be there to assist you, you may not always understand what they’re speaking about amongst themselves as they have their own code names for different situations. “Code Alpha” translates into a medical emergency, “Code Adam” means a child is nowhere to be found, and “Code Oscar” means a person fell overboard. This is probably not to scare anyone overhearing their conversations!
Work Hard, Party Harder
Crew members do need time to have time to let off steam, and they are offered the chance to do so at a very low price. According to one Reddit user under the name “Heapsgoods,” they explained that “there is a crew only bar, and beers are $1.50,” with guests being offered the same drinks for $15 at the bar. With these privileges, workers happen to have some of the craziest parties while on board, but can you really blame them? Sometimes a few drinks can go a long way.
Weather You Like It Or Not
In the case of severe fog, “a cruise ship is instructed not to dock at a port,” claims travelwhip.com. With the captain’s vision suddenly severely hindered, it is important for the safety of everyone on board, to check weather conditions before setting sail, regardless of schedule times. The same can be said for when a ship is set to dock but is having problems with the fog. Sometimes they have to wait a significant amount of time before it is considered safe to dock.