Working on board a cruise ship could be the ream for an adventurous soul, travelling to different global destinations as part of their daily work. Though cruise workers are, of course, paid for their time, it seems there are some additional expenses for staff that you may not realise.
What’s more, travel experts at The Lonely Planet say the internet is one of the most overlooked costs on a cruise holiday.
In the Lonely Planet Cruise Handbook, the experts say: “Most ships have internet access, some with relatively high-speed connectivity, but internet fees at sea are quite expensive, ranging from around US$ 0.35 per MB (about three minutes of Facebook time)to US$ 25 per day of wifi usage.”
The experts recommend foregoing this feature to passengers in order to save money, but for the crew the internet can be vital in staying up to date with family and friends, or simply passing some time on their days off.
The cruise worker continues: “I don’t have any other bills on the ship, but I do tip my cabin steward between $ 75-100 (£57-76) a month – this is custom on a ship.”