What work on a ship has taught me

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“Everything happens for a reason. Everything bad serves for some good.” These sentences represent concept of my thinking. Though I don´t want to say that working on a ship is bad. Not at all. But definitely it is hard. And I believe that my experience with working on cruise ships identify with these above mentioned collocations.

Life on cruise ship can be truly demanding. Mentally and physically. However, long working hours, never ending days, weeks and months on a ship can teach you A LOT!

And thanks to my personal experience with working on cruise ships I have learned to:

Appreciate “small things” which I used to take for granted

Working on cruise ship has taught me to enjoy little things such as walking in the nature in a sunny day. To enjoy good coffee/drink without any interruption. To spend some nice quality time with friends and family. To appreciate sleeping in my own bed as long as I want to. Cruise ship has taught me to be happy about things which I used to take for granted. And it has taught me because I didn´t have them on a ship. I didn´t have time, space or energy for them. Therefore, after coming back home I started to realize that and appreciate “small things” more than I used to…

Overcome myself/my limits

I would never ever say before working on a ship that I would be capable of working on daily basis without any day off for whole weeks or months. That I would be able to hold 4 heavy and hot plates in my hands. And to carry them from point A to point B without any crush. 😉 That I could serve guests with smile on my face even when I have migraine. That I could work even when I am physically and mentally truly exhausted. Working on a ship has taught me to overcome my limits, my expectations, myself… It has taught me that everything is possible if person truly wants it.


Ship has taught me a lot about self-discipline. To determine my priorities. To be strict at myself when necessary. To organize my day, time and energy in order to survive working on a ship. My self-discipline helped me finish my work on a ship, save enough money for travelling around the world. It wouldn´t be possible without any self-discipline.

Money is not everything

Everyone comes to a ship with intention to save as much money as possible. And it doesn´t matter for what purpose. But also thanks to working on a ship I learned that money is not everything. It is amazing to have money but it shouldn´t be our primary life priority. Many times I wanted to give up on  a ship and pack my suitcase and leave. But I didn´t do it. But not because of money but because of people. Because of my colleagues and my team. Because of them I finished the whole season in 2014. Because of them I survived some bad moments in Portugal and managed to stay and work.  Simply, I learned that money is not everything. That people and relationships should be the core of our life priorities.

So what about you who work on ships? Has working on a ship given or taught  you something?

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5 Responses

  • Praca na lodi? Nikdy v zivote. Radsej byt nbezdomovcom,lebo ti su stastnejsi a su bez teroru. Nehumannost ludi a najma tych,ktori maju na kosielkach pripnute tie bezvyznamne pasiky,ktore by mali ukazovat hodnost ukazuju len to,ze je vacsi magor. Cest minimalnym vynimkam. Ak niekto nad tym rozmyslate ze by ste tam chceli ist pracovat,vyberte sa radsej na put do Santiaga De Compostela. To vam da viac. Najma pocit dychat,radovat sa a zit. PROSIM NENECHAJTE SI ZOOBRAT SVOJ CAS V ZIVOTE. Je len jeden.

    • Uff, ako vidím, zrejme si mala s prácou na lodi veľmi zlé skúsenosti. Ja som bola na lodi 2x a ani raz som to nemala ľahké, v duchu aj nahlas som 100x preklínala celú loď, ALE vďaka práci na lodi a ušetreným peniazom som rok cestovala a spoznávala krásy Južnej Ameriky, Ázie, Európy … A teraz sa chystám do Strednej Ameriky … Všetko zlé je na niečo dobré 🙂

    • Ahoj, jasné, tak v prvom rade záleží o akú pozíciu sa uchádzaš, ja som sa uchádzala o pozíciu čašníčky, takže som potrebovala prax v oblasti hotelierstva – čo som aj mala, i keď nie na takej úrovni, ako by zrejme potrebovali, ale na lodi som sa rýchlo zaučila 🙂

      • Ok ďakujem, prax ako čašníčka tiež mám išlo mi o to ako veľmi záleží na úrovni podnikov v ktorých som pracovala 🙂

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