Cruise staff have their own “lifesaving” kit to tackle with the pressures and demands of staff life, according to crew. Former employee Joshua kinder, who worked for more than five years as a drummer and auctioneer on board ships sailing the globe, has come clean with the admission. In his book, Chronicles of a Cruise Ship Member, he details just what is inside the kit - and it may come as quite a surprise. He wrote: “With us we would bring the lifesaving first-aid kit that every forlorn crew member aboard a ship of darkness needs.
“A red satchel filled with positive attitudes and optimistic outlooks, a sturdy hand powered bilge pump, a couple of gas masks hooked up to oxygen tanks, diving gear in case we found ourselves with unexpected reef in our crew quarters, a lifetime supply of coconut and pineapple scented air fresheners to mask the smell of our are cabin.
"A warm wool blanket for when the ship thermostat gets stuck on the setting labelled ‘ice cream freezer’.”
Adding to his extensive list, he continued: “A thin sheet for when said air conditioning breaks down, horse tranquillisers to be used when the ship is placed in Red Alert, the obligatory bottle of heberno hot sauce to mask the otherwise unpalatable foods served in the crew mess.”
Joshua then sarcastically added a life raft would be needed, in case they decided to jump ship.
While some of his suggestions for the kit are evidently tongue in cheek, others may well have been essentials for ship life.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, cruise ship crew let slip a fail safe way to blag a cabin upgrade.Cruise secrets: A crew member's 'lifesaving' kit is revealed (Image: Getty)
Former Carnival Cruise Line employee Jay Herring, who worked for the firm for 10 years, has let slip a top hack passengers can use.
In his book, The Truth About Cruise Ships, he wrote of the easy method and put: “Anytime the ship was fully booked the only way to get an upgrade was if there were no-shows, as in passengers that paid for the cruises but didn’t show up to take it.
“The pursers didn’t know if there were any no shows until the ship sailed.
“Most of the time the cruise line was very accommodating and unfortunately, the ones who complain themes usually got the most compensation.”
Therefore if passengers take the time to seek out the curser after they set sail, they may reap great rewards in the form of a better cabin.Cruise secrets: crew have a kit to help them tackle life on board according to an employee (Image: Getty)Cruise secrets: This includes hot sauce to add flavour to crew food (Image: Getty)
For those looking to do this, it is perhaps advised they do not unpack, so as to scoot to their new cabin with greater ease.
Meanwhile, Jay previously confessed how he noted a clear “social evil” permeating through cruise vessels in a completely separate incident.
He told how it left a sour taste among some, with passengers also potentially alerted.
He wrote: “For me, there was social evil on board the ship.
“I’m speaking, of course, about rampant infidelity.
“On land, I am probably surrounded by more unfaithful people than I realise.”