Ever wonder what it’s like to work on a cruise ship? Well, here are ten situations that you’ll only run into when you’re working on the high seas. Your bed rocks back and forth, you work long grueling hours, and you love every minute of it.

  1. The shower temperature wildly fluctuates between scalding and freezing (without touching the tap). When you confront maintenance, they pass it off as if it’s a regular aspect of showering.
  1. You wake up in the morning, the boat is listing, shaking, and you think you hear water rushing in. You don’t however hear the general emergency alarm, so you ignore every instinct, roll over, and go back to sleep.
  1. It’s 8AM and a member of senior management barges into your room and scolds you for it having a spec of dust on the television. You briefly question if you’ve joined the military and forgotten about it.
  1. The ship arrived in port three hours ago, but you’re angrily walking up and down the promenade deck because you’re not allowed to leave – you’ve got port manning.
  1. The ship’s announcement bell wakes you up in the middle of the night. You take a few deep breaths upon realizing it’s just a medical emergency, and the hull isn’t leaking.
  1. It’s 2AM, the bar is closing, and you pretend you’re not as drunk as you are, because you know that you can be fired from your job, kicked out of your house, and deported all in one night.
  1. It’s your first month. You think spending 10 dollars on a burger is expensive when you can get one at the buffet for free.
  1. It’s your third month. You’ll spend any amount of money not to eat at the buffet.
  1. You’re in a thunderstorm and the ship is rocking violently. Passengers are huddled in their rooms trying to keep calm. You’re getting drunk with your friends, a little because this happens all the time, but mainly because you know that there’s no way you’re going to die sober.
  1. You both love, and hate your life concurrently, but it’s okay, because the crew bar will make everything better.

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