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We Asked Cruise Ship Workers For Their Favorite Stories At Sea

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"Every ship that I go on, there's this one great guest who goes on every cruise with me. [Loves hanging out at the bar that he seeks out which ship I'll be on] For the last seven years on about 10 ships, he'll come cruise with me on every ship [like a regular at any other type of bar.]"


—Brad, Bartender (South Africa)

"When my grandma came to cruise. It was the biggest dream of her life... After the six days, she was super attached to this waiter. When I saw her leaving, I saw her crying with the waitress in the dining room... It was very representative of when I hear 'We love this waiter!' and how the crew leaves a mark on people's vacations."

—Jonathan, Guest Services (Canada)

"I saw this one guy ask a girl, 'Would you like to be my girlfriend?' He went to the stage and asked for the microphone and said to the cruise director, 'Can I have a few words? I would like to tell this girl that I'm in love with her. And that I would like to be her boyfriend.'"

—Eric, Bartender (Peru)

"I saw a proposal in the lobby bar. There were four glass elevators. The guy was dancing in the lobby and called his girlfriend from the PA system: 'Please meet us in the lobby.' When she got to the lobby, all the glass elevators came down. In each of the glass elevators there were signs spelling out 'Will you marry me?'"


—Brad, Bartender (South Africa)

"A wedding! I was working on the aft, and the bride and groom had a photo shoot. Later that night, they had their reception in the conference center. Violins were playing. Romantic music. Dim lights. It was like a movie."


—David, Steward (Philippines)

"Going back to probably a year ago, we had a couple just on the dance floor here on the ocean plaza, and it was Valentine's Day. And I was looking for guys to say nice things to their wives. And there was a guy who was 63 years old and got down on one knee and re-proposed. Magic within itself."


—Matt Mitcham, Cruise Director (St. Kitt's/United Kingdom)

"Come with an open mind! Listen, people come from all walks of life on a cruise ship. We have doctors, lawyers, people who work retail jobs — literally anybody and everybody. That's what I like about cruise ships.

"Come with an open mind. Don't be afraid to get involved."


—Matt Mitcham, Cruise Director (St. Kitt's/United Kingdom)

"Don't act like you do at home. You can let go. People don't know you. You can be who you are. Just have fun."


—Roman Murray, Comedian (United States)

"When you come into port, give it a little. Give it like 30 minutes before you venture down there. Unless you're really, really desperate to get off, give it about 30 minutes before you try to get off the ship. You'll miss the line and stride right off."

—Justin, Dancer/Performer (Australia)

"Stay hydrated. Be open-minded to food. Be open-minded to fun. Be ready to meet new people. I think sometimes people are nervous and there's a lot of stress that day. You just got off a plane and you're running. You need to get all your stuff. That's why I tell people, as soon as you can, get a drink. go somewhere, and relax and breathe. Get out of work mode as fast as you can. Don't get into arguments over stupid stuff. Relax as early as you can."

—Don Grey, Comedian (United States)

"By far, Cozumel. Without a doubt. I'm thinking about retiring there. First off, it's like being in Orange County...The food is great. The prices are cheap. It's super safe. I'm really thinking about retiring there. I love it. Three Amigos is my favorite place on the planet. No lie, the PLANET."

—Don Grey, Comedian (United States)

"I want to say St. Maarten. It's my favorite port. It's got the Dutch and the French side. So it's like two completely different places within one port. It's really beautiful there. It's got the mountains and the beaches. and the ager is like crystal-clear blue, and the people are really nice too."

—Justin, Dancer/Performer (Australia)

"My personal favorite is St. Kitt's. We go there once a month. I have family there. For guests, I would say Aruba is a big destination. Anything that has a 'St.' before it: St. Kitt's, St. Maarten, St. Lucia… Any of those Southern Caribbean islands is a definite recommendation. I'm a big beach person, so any of those 'St.s.'"


—Matt Mitcham, Cruise Director (St. Kitt's/United Kingdom)

"Monaco and Greenland.

"When you arrive in Monaco, you have the postcard view from the ship. You can visit the whole country since it's only two square miles. Easily walk around.

"Greenland. It was unique. The landscape is breathtaking."

—Jonathan, Guest Services (Canada)

"San Juan, Puerto Rico, because I like the old Hispanic theme of old San Juan. The people are nice. The place is really amazing. The price is good. Food is tasty."


—David, Steward (Philippines)

"We have over 60 different nationalities onboard. These are personalities on land that are at war with each other, but on a ship, you don't get any drama. Everyone just gets along with each other. You make friends all over the world. Other than entertaining guests and traveling the world, it's probably the best part of my job. I can literally go to most countries in the world and know somebody there."


—Matt Mitcham, Cruise Director (St. Kitt's/United Kingdom)

"We have fun every night. That's what we do."


—Brad, Bartender (South Africa)

"We are a family to the nth degree. Personally with the cast, there are only eight of us. Apart from sleeping in our separate rooms, we're with each other 24/7. You feel like you've known each other your whole lives because you see each other every day for eight months. And when you leave, you take mannerisms from certain people. Sayings from different countries. I take that with me, then my vocabulary becomes multicultural because I have all these different family members from all over the world. It's sad when we leave but it's great 'cause you will bump into them somewhere."

—Justin, Dancer/Performer (Australia)

Listen to the crew, have fun, and make some new memories on your next Carnival cruise. Book your trip today!

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