Those who do make a career of cruising tend to play it safer, he adds. Not only did he have sex with guests (staff quarters or on unpopulated decks are best for this, he says), but he also took drugs, buying cannabis and LSD in ports (“they’re easily got hold of”) and bringing them back to the ship.Crew search the bags of everyone coming onboard, but Hyatt says LSD was simple to disguise.
Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Lines, for example, both offer “singles mixers” on every sailing.
Before I went on my cruise, a lot of people said they wouldn’t cruise because of their poor labor practices. I’ve heard about the long hours and low pay that most cruise workers endure, but rather than assume, I turned to my friend Wandering Earl, who for a number of years worked on cruise ships as a tour director.
Earl and I spoke about what it’s really like to be a member of the “crew” on a cruise ship.
Hierarchy determines crew privileges and the kind of unspoken social rules that they must follow.
As a dancer, I was considered a “non-striped” officer.