- Series: Travelers' Tales
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Travelers' Tales; Reprint edition (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193236160X
- ISBN-13: 978-1932361605
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships (Travelers' Tales) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Bruns, founder of a successful software company, decided to follow his new girlfriend, who worked on a luxury cruise liner, and enjoy a high-seas adventure. His plan, to get hired on as a member of the crew, seemed simple enough, but Bruns quickly discovered he had no idea what he was getting himself into. This is a very funny, behind-the-scenes exploration of a cruise ship. Imagine a combination of Innocents Abroad and The Love Boat, with a dash of Peyton Place, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect: lots of humorous fumbling about as men and women of various nationalities mold themselves into an efficient team without stepping on each others’ cultural toes; the glitz and polished shine of a seagoing luxury hotel (contrasted with the sometimes-disgusting living conditions of the crew); and plenty of shenanigans, including raucous parties and, of course, sexual escapades. Although this isn’t an exposé of cruise lines so much as a lighthearted adventure, readers planning a cruise will glean lots of useful information, and cruise veterans may find themselves looking at their familiar turf in a new, slightly suspicious way. --David Pitt
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Brian David Bruns lives in Nevada, USA.
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As I read this book, I kept looking for more details. More of something to happen. More stories from the lower deck. The never came. He seems to have skipped over a lot and gave way to lots unnecessary details of his relationship with that one female colleague, and blah, blah, blah about his meaningless (to me) relationship with his girlfriend.
He did have some interesting stories of the odd employee - employer relationship. But I felt a bit shortchanged. Something still feels missing from his story. I was expecting more stories of went on with his colleagues and crew. Sadly it never came, and left this book on the scrapheap of mediocre books.
As for book itself, the quality was horrid. The binding came apart well before I was even halfway through reading it. I've never had that happen before.
The story boils down to the following: Cruise workers go to parties, drink, vomit, have public sex, pass out. Rinse and repeat. The descriptions of the parties are no more detailed or titillating than the 22-year-old at work who clumsily describes his Saturday evening. The "love story" at the heart of the tale is lifeless and incomprehensible.
I can only hope that the author himself is not as racist and misogynistic as his literary counterpart. I have a high tolerance for offense, but his repeated descriptions of a black man as a monkey and mocking his ape-like appearance and behavior was downright indecent.
Though the author was purportedly enduring his employment for love, he wastes no time evaluating each woman in the book on her attractiveness and the size of her rear end. Some women are never mentioned without making sure we, the readers, remember exactly how large her buttocks are. Again and again. He also ensures that we're clear... every single woman in the book wants him sexually. Every. Single. One.
Overall, there is little real insight into how a cruise ship runs. A sprinkling here and there of dining room workings that would have made a great ten-page pamphlet, but were unfortunately it was buried in this stinker of a story.
Any person who has taken a cruise knows that the waiters and kitchen staff work incredibly hard. Servers from other countries have this super work ethic and the author says that as an American he is a survivor in the cruel sea ship world.
Entertaining to read but not startling. Take it for what its worth.
This is a really enjoyable book, with interesting characters, fascinating places and tells you just about everything you ever wanted to know about what goes on under the guest cabins on cruise ships. Great storytelling skills.