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What about the employees???

Discussion in 'Royal Caribbean International' started by formerdisp, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. formerdisp

    formerdisp New Member

    As a former facilities dispatcher with Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas, I feel that I should inform the public about what they are supporting when they support these cruise lines.

    While I fully believe that everyone has a right to enjoy a hard-earned vacation, I also believe that people should be aware that most of the employees working for Royal Caribbean are being maltreated and underpaid.

    I left the cruise line in 2005 - 6 years ago. I was a facilities dispatcher - one of the people who the guests call when there is a problem in their room that requires a maintenance worker to fix.

    Did you know that…

    - employees on the ship work for either 6 or 8 month contracts, for 10 hours a day, with absolutely NO DAYS OFF for that entire time???

    - that sometimes, after working so many months without a day off, employees are kept back for weeks after their original vacation date???

    - that employees have NO GUARANTEE that they will return to the same ship once their vacation is over??? Did you know that some employees only find out about the change in ship on the very day that they show up to port to report to work???

    - that if an employee chooses to resign before their contract is up, he or she is confined to their cabin for sometimes an entire week while the crew office processes their release papers???

    - that cabin attendants, waiters, and assistant waiters make $25.00 US per month - the rest of their ENTIRE SALARY is dependent upon guest tips? This means that if no guests in a cabin attendant's station tip him or her, they have only made $25.00 for that entire month.

    - that cleaners and bell attendants only make a flat salary of $500.00 US per month, and are not allowed to be tipped???

    - that Royal Caribbean participates in racist hiring practices - cleaners, cabin attendants, galley staff are hired almost exclusively from the Caribbean and South America, while entertainers and sports/recreation staff are hired from Canada and the United States, and engineers and Captains are only hired from Europe??? If you do not believe me, just look around at the people who serve you during your next cruise - what is their job description, and where does their name tag say that they are from???

    - that General Manager Laila Hassan has ordered that the hair of Black employees who wear their hair natural and refuse to chemically straighten it, be inspected by the ship's medical staff for lice? did you know that she has fired several black female employees who have refused to straighten their hair (with chemicals that burn their scalps)???

    - that right around the time when I resigned, Royal Caribbean was implementing a financial strategy called "Next Level", the was aimed at saving more money by cutting further costs – through using creative ways to further decrease employees’ take home pay???

    - that employees do not eat the same food as the guests – and that the food that they eat – for months on end – is bland, tasteless, and at a substandard level???

    My post may be dismissed as the rantings of a disgruntled former employee. But keep in mind that as a dispatch officer I was making a (comparatively) great salary ($1600.00 per month, which doesn’t sound like much but at least I didn’t have to pay for room, board, or food), and had a relatively comfortable life. But the way that the company treats “lover-level†employees has always bothered me a great deal – and I think that it should bother you, as guests.

    Royal Caribbean – and other cruise lines – work hard to ensure that you as its guests, are never bothered by the truth of how it treats employees. If you care at all about the many wonderful employees who work hard to make your cruise memorable – start asking Royal Caribbean to pay its employees a decent wage, and to account for how it treats them!!!
  2. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    You left Royal Caribbean about the same time I joined this board. Where have you been for the last six years?
  3. Mbandy

    Mbandy Well-Known Member

    I always keep in mind how hard the crew works...and for so little money. I consider myself to be a generous tipper. I usually tip above the suggested amount, especially on Royal Caribbean because the service is always above fantastic.
  4. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Interesting that this sort of post is usually the first post of a new member on a cruise forum - and the only post. As another respected C@ member asked, where have you been since 2005?

    Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines must have a knack for keeping slave labor since those of us who may have a bit more background than the public realizes haven't seen a wholesale exodus of crew. Is the life of the crew always Utopia? Of course not. Is the life of most of these people better than what they would have at home? Yes. Can passengers on board be pains in the tail feathers at times? Of course.

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