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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: SaltLog Press; 1st edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981843611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981843612
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed this book, I read it in one go because it was impossible to put down.
Annie M
It just talks about the author getting bombed almost daily and the willing bodies he had sex with.
Billie Jean
This book was a fun read and gave some insights into life behind the scenes on a cruise ship.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Cruisecrazy on September 12, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book, because the author's personal experience brought a great deal of authenticity to the story. On the other hand, it was really disturbing to learn just how seriously cruise line employees are exploited and even mistreated. I absolutely love to cruise, and I don't think I will ever feel the same about it after reading this book. I knew that crew members work 12 to 14 hour days for up to 8 months without a real day off, but it was truly eye-opening to learn about the horrendous conditions endured by those who live below the public decks. Things like windowless rooms, continuous vibration from engines and thrusters, bleak living spaces that sound more like shared closets than rooms, serious overcrowding, and a complete lack of personal space or privacy are the norm in this former Officer's experience. Much of the book is about sexual liaisons, however temporary, and a mind-boggling amount of excessive drinking. It's as if the ship's employees swing desperately between trying to make meaningful human connections by hooking up sexually with willing shipmates, yet on the other hand, trying to block out the realities of their situation by becoming blotto with alcohol every non-working hour. As someone who works in the Human Resources field in real life, I found these working conditions truly disturbing.

For those who love to cruise, though, or even for those who have never been on a cruise but are thinking of trying it, this book is an excellent resource. The author meets his goal of providing an excellent insider's guide to all aspects of shipboard life. Embedded in the paragraphs are dozens of insider tips on how to get the most from your cruise and how not to be the jerk of a passenger that the crew loves to hate. It's a good read, and very informative as well. The author also offers the bonus of a free on-line tip sheet that is well worth looking up for those who are new to cruising. I recommend this book for the cruise crowd.
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful By ginger_88 on October 14, 2012
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As a cruise ship crew member, I was excited to read something telling stories about our unique lifestyle and experience. This "book" was a ridiculous waste of text, a narcissist bigot trying to fluff his feathers acting as though he was a well educated Casanova. He is most definitely the person we would have been continually asking when he was getting off the ship.

There is drinking and sex on ships, just as there is in any workplace on land. If he hadn't been exposed to social interaction outside of his parents' house before his first contract, that is to his disservice. At the same time, there is far more to the lives of all well-adjusted crew members. Sex and alcohol are prevalent on ships, although if you go into the experience looking to be a man whore, than that is what you will be. As a girl and member of the entertainment staff, he is not someone that would be seen as anything more, which is why he had the experiences he did, and was unable to maintain a real relationship so far into his career.

He is completely unprepared to maturely interact with people of different cultures, and is a large part of why Americans traveling abroad have such a terrible reputation, although it is now heartbreaking that he has published this trash. "And after working in ships, it never offended me when foreigners spoke their language in front of me."

Leaving aside the fact that he started a sentence with the word, "and", his arrogance, while on a ship, and none of the cruise ships are registered as American, in the Bahamas, to refer to non-Americans as foreigners is disgusting.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By League-Fan on October 26, 2011
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This book should have been called come read about my sex life. This was NOT a book about working on Cruise ships. This was a book about how the author managed to sleep with around 20 women while incidentally working on a cruise ship. Buy Cruise Confidential instead. You'll be much happier.
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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Cruzercapt on February 3, 2012
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First of all let's understand that Mr. Herring is, and always has, presented himself to be much more of an expert than he really is.
On passenger ship there are three categories. Officers, staff, and crew.

An officer on a ship needs to have a license issued by a recognized national authority in order to hold their position onboard, namely deck officers, engineering and electrical officers, radio officers (a dying breed) and medical officers. Most have attended specialized training, colleges or universities in order to pass the examination requirements to receive their license.

Mr. Herring was an IT technician. A staff member. No marine training, no license. And even as the IT Manager, he wouldn't have been considered a "Senior" anything onboard any ship I sailed on.

Yes, I too sailed on passengers ships. Twelve years. As a real officer. Five years as Master.

For the majority of staff, live onboard is a big party. Work some, party more. It isn't a career, just a few years having fun on a giant "summer camp" at sea, trying to see how much of the seven deadly sins you can survive and still manage to work when you must.

Mr. Herring is typical of self promoting staff members who parade themselves as Officers because they get to wear a uniform similar to the uniform of the officers. It's like the difference between a police officer and a security guard. Kind of look the same, but vastly different in the training, authority and position.

So when you read his books, blogs, articles and see his "expert" appearances on television, remember, he was in charge of the Geek Squad on the ship, nothing more. His expertise is computers and networks, not ship safety or ship operations.
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