Travel to foreign lands and get paid to do it, it sounds like a
dream come true. If you're a "student of cultures" it
may be even better than a dream come true, it may be an
opportunity too good to pass up. Luckily, it's possible to learn
about other cultures on a cruise <a

Most cruise lines hire, either directly or through
concessionaires, staff from around the world. If you're an
employee, you have direct contact with people from other
cultures, and will therefore learn more about them as you get to
know one another. It is also quite possible that your roommate,
unless you are a senior staff member, will be from another
country, enabling you to spend more time and learn more.

Since you'll be together for at least six months, which is the
shortest contract for cruise ship staff, you'll have ample
opportunity to learn from one another. Not only will you develop
life-long friendships, you will have the opportunity to visit
some exotic ports of call and experience different cultures
first hand.

One of the larger cruise ships may employ up to 1,000 people. Of
these people, around 50 countries will be represented. The
breakdown in employees will be around three-quarters from Asian
countries: the Philippines, Indonesia, and South Asia. The
remainder of the employees will be from Europe, Eastern Europe,
Australia, North America, and South America. You may find
employees from the Middle East and Africa, but they are less

With each different country and culture represented, the cruise
ship employee has a chance to learn about the world outside
their own back doors. They will be able to see the sights, hear
the sounds, taste the cuisine, and drink in the beauty of
another country as they are given time for shore excursions.

And if living among those from foreign cultures wasn't enough of
an opportunity to learn, quite often the passengers will be from
other countries than those who are working on the ship. In your
day-to-day dealing with the passengers, you may be able to
strike up a conversation and learn just a little bit more.

Once your contract has been fulfilled, if you've done a
successful job of meeting your passenger's needs, as well as
your employer's expectations, you'll likely be offered another
contract. Perhaps you'll be required to remain on the same crew,
but you may be allowed to transfer to another job on another
ship in the fleet. If this is the case, your opportunity to
continue this on-the-job learning will expand with each new crew
you work with.

Take whatever chance you can to leave the ship and explore the
ports of call. Purchase books about the areas you visit, immerse
yourself within the culture, and absorb all you can. Don't lose
an opportunity to learn something new about the places you go.
Not only will you be expanding your own knowledge, you could be
increasing your opportunities for the future.

Those who have in-depth knowledge of the ports of call can apply
for positions as a cruise director or excursion leader. This
will give you even more chances to leave the ship and enjoy
traveling in the countries you visit. And that is part of the
reason you wanted to work on a cruise ship in the first place,
isn't it, to travel and learn about other cultures?

You can learn about foreign cultures while working on a cruise
ship, if you take the opportunities you're given to get to know
your fellow crew mates, take time to visit off the ship, and
study about the places you go. It may take a little bit of work,
but it's not hard to do. All it takes is an interest and
determination to do so.

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  1. One of the best jobs in the travel and tourism jobs industry are those jobs with cruise ships. cruise ship jobs are a great way to earn good money and see the world for free. It is also not that difficult to save as meals and accommodation are free. all you have to pay for are the extra trips and souvenirs that you might me taking home with you.