Many folks have asked this exact question since I started working with Royal Caribbean 6 weeks ago. Until September, I am working on board the Adventure of the Seas with the Sports Operations team on a 311m, 137,000 ton vessel. Practically all crew on board work seven days a week, one cruise after the next with a turn around in San Juan, Puerto Rico of about 8 hours. Most of the time the sports staff are on the rock-climbing wall on Deck 14. We also oversee the operation of a multipurpose sports court, inline skating track, facilitate tournaments and activities and rent equipment from our sports office on Deck 13.
Technically, my title is that of Sports Staff. There is certainly a crossover of crew responsibilities including weekly drills, passenger debarkation and embarkation duties too. However, my job description stretches to other entertainment areas as well. I am currently Tiki #2 in the Island Frenzy Parade, a group leader for Quest, an adult themed scavenger hunt, and one of the leading men of Ladies’ Night. I will spare those details for my own well being!
The itinerary with this Royal Caribbean ship is pretty damn impressive. With six days in ports and only one cruising day, it gives us a great tour of the southern Caribbean. As a two stripe crew member I have the fortunate opportunity of enjoying free time outside of the ship in the tropical and lush islands of Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. Be sure to follow this blog as next week I discuss going through a PADI Certification for scuba on board and diving in St. Thomas.
And to all of my American readers back home we are less than 1% of all crew on board. Seriously. 15 out of 1,200 crew are from the USA. If traveling the world, meeting new people, saving money and expanding your horizons sounds any good to you, I highly recommend working for a cruise line. I think it is safe to say I truly have an international job working with people from all walks of life.