Permanent Passenger: My Life on a Cruise Ship

by Author unknown | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1435706188 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Flossie771 of Villa Rica, Georgia USA on 3/12/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by Flossie771 from Villa Rica, Georgia USA on Monday, March 12, 2012
Welcome Aboard

Imagine yourself sitting at home. The phone rings. It's the Entertainment Director of one of the largest cruise lines in the world. You have been offered a dream position and have 48 hours to fly to Miami and board a 70,000 ton cruise ship as one of two Assistant Cruise Directors. Your destination: the Caribbean.

Permanent Passenger: My Life on a Crusie Ship tells the adventure of a young man serving as an Assistant Cruise Director on one of the largest cruise ships in the world, Carnival Cruise Line's M.S. Ecstasy and gives the reader a first-hand look at the cruise life through the eyes of a "permanent passenger."

Chasing cruise line executives into bathrooms, sending letters to over 2,000 college alumni, witnessing rescues at sea, stowaways, fatalities, and passionate romances are just some of the day to day events revealed in this intriguing and humorous account. Includes a Ten Commandments of Crusie Life, Crazy Cruise Trivia, and real-life artifacts from the cruise job search.


Journal Entry 2 by Flossie771 at Villa Rica, Georgia USA on Monday, March 12, 2012
Reading this book next, then sending to bookstogive for the tag wishlist game.

Journal Entry 3 by Flossie771 at Villa Rica, Georgia USA on Friday, March 16, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (3/14/2012 UTC) at Villa Rica, Georgia USA

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Journal Entry 4 by wingbookstogivewing at Springville, Tennessee USA on Saturday, March 17, 2012
I received this great book today in the mail as part of the Wishlist Tag Game, thanks so much for 'tagging' me! I am looking forward to reading it :)

Journal Entry 5 by wingbookstogivewing at Springville, Tennessee USA on Thursday, April 19, 2012
An interesting look at what one person did to get a job on a cruise line and the things that happen during cruises that the passengers know nothing about.

Reserved for MaryZee from the Wishlist Tag Game

Journal Entry 6 by wingbookstogivewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Thursday, April 26, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (4/26/2012 UTC) at Taneytown, Maryland USA

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Sending this one out as part of the Wishlist Tag Game, I hope you enjoy it!

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Journal Entry 7 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Just received today, and I've already read the first few pages. Thanks for sending this to me, Bookstogive.

Journal Entry 8 by wingmaryzeewing at Taneytown, Maryland USA on Thursday, May 03, 2012
This may have set a new record for fastest time from in-the-door to actually reading it. Quite an enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at the cruise industry, getting a job, living on the ship, entertaining the passengers, and then the burnout. I was rather surprised at the quick rate of burnout. The only part of the tale I didn't care for was the part about the excessive drinking (even though it's probably true, esp. on Carnival - given their demographic).

We actually took our only cruise about 15 years ago on Carnival, not that we were part of their young demographic, but because they were one of the cheaper cruises. We went on the 5-day cruise, which included Key West and Cozumel. Enjoyed seeing the ruins at Tulum (near Cozumel) and a quick tour of Key West, we were more into the historical sites, rather than the sun and fun, or excessive partying. Enjoyed it then, but I'm not sure I'd go on Carnival these days with all the illnesses and accidents.

Thanks so much for sharing this excellent book and quick read. I'll probably save this for a planned RABCK, after I read another book or so for it.

Journal Entry 9 by wingmaryzeewing at A Surprise RABCK, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (5/29/2012 UTC) at A Surprise RABCK, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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Mailing this off in the next day or two as a surprise RABCK. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 10 by wingMyssCynwing at San Antonio, Texas USA on Sunday, June 03, 2012
Woohoo! A wishlist RABCK! Thanks so much!

Journal Entry 11 by wingMyssCynwing at San Antonio, Texas USA on Thursday, June 07, 2012
A really interesting read partly because the only cruise we've ever been on was on this ship. We were supposed to do a five day cruise and ended up being out for 9 days because of a hurricane. We could have flown back to Dallas and found our way back to Houston then Galveston but the port was closed, Galveston Island was closed and our only car was in a parking lot that was supposedly flooded.

We'd been hit by an idiot on his cell phone who totaled his and our trucks the day before the cruise.

We learned:
When food supplies on a ship get low order room service.
The ships can only take on supplies in the US.
You can return to Cozumel too many times.
The ship can not stay in port if it isn't scheduled.
You can get tired of being on vacation and having to act as hosts for a company cruise.
Your kids will not be happy if they can't reach you because everyone else is using your cell phone because they "forgot" to add international calling to their plans and they swear they "will pay you back." They won't.

I see this on a few others wishlists. Hoping to tag one of them soon.

Hey MyssZ come to TX and we'll do a cruise to nowhere!

Journal Entry 12 by wingMyssCynwing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, June 10, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (6/10/2012 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA

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Sending to eponine38 because it is on her wishlist.

Journal Entry 13 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, June 15, 2012
Wow! What a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much, MyssCyn. I didn't realize so many other people had this on their wishlist before me :-). From the previous entries, it sounds like a quick and interesting read. I look forward to it!

Thanks so much for the BCID- and address labels, too. You are a generous and thoughtful person, MyssCyn!

Journal Entry 14 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, November 02, 2012
Enjoyable read. Berman is a great storyteller. I was very impressed with the work he went to in order to land the cruise ship job. He sure was on a mission!

It was interesting to learn about the behind-the-scenes unglamorous life of the ship's crew: i knew that their sleeping accommodations were far from luxurious, but was surprised to learn that they don't get to eat the same food as the passengers. I'd just never thought about it, really, but figured with all that food around...

The one [5-day Mediterranean] cruise I took was on a smaller and much more sedate ship, as opposed to the Carnival's "party ship" the author worked on. I don't think the Carnival lifestyle would appeal to me, even when I was much younger :-)

Having worked as a travel agent, I could identify with the initial joy at all the perks, but also with the eventual burnout.

Thank you for sharing, MyssCyn and all the other BCers in this journal!

Journal Entry 15 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, November 02, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (11/2/2012 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA

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Mailed off as a surprise to grant a wish. Hope you enjoy it! :-)

Journal Entry 16 by rem_LovesOU at Carrollton, Texas USA on Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It was a total surprise. Love it, eponine38. Thank you very much. Looking forward to the read and to see where the book travels to next...

Journal Entry 17 by debbie4osu at Lewisville, Texas USA on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (4/25/2013 UTC) at Lewisville, Texas USA

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Book to be sent to Oahu for the Book Festival. Allyster will be taking care of releasing it in mid-May.

Journal Entry 18 by allysther at Waipahu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, May 11, 2013
Thank you so much for the wonderful box of books! They will find new readers very soon!

this looks like a fascinating read!

Journal Entry 19 by allysther at Hawaii Book & Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, May 11, 2013

Released 6 yrs ago (5/18/2013 UTC) at Hawaii Book & Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Journal Entry 20 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, May 19, 2013
Picked up today at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival - thanks!

My aunt & uncle love cruises, but I've never been on one, so I thought I'd give this book a try.

Journal Entry 21 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, August 22, 2016
Still TBR, but now reserved for booklady331's Nonfiction VBB (round 4).

I read about half of this but decided to stop: I think it was more than I wanted to know about the life of the staff/crew on a cruise ship, possibly because I haven't been on one and don't expect to any time soon. I did like the cruise trivia.

I found author Micha Berman's job search process a bit intimidating - maybe it says more about me than him, but I can't imagine being that focused on any one thing.

Journal Entry 22 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (9/6/2016 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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This book has been claimed from the Nonfiction VBB and is headed off to Oklahoma!

I'll count this as a release for Secretariat's 2016 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge (week 36: biographies & memoirs).

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ETA 9/27/16

Journal Entry 23 by wingMoody-Bluewing at Meers, Oklahoma USA on Tuesday, October 04, 2016
This has been on my wishlist FOREVER and I knew I'd eventually get around to reading it -- but I had no idea it would come to me via a whole bunch of my favorite bookcrossers! Thanks, all!

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