Scout, while I'm not looking for actual numbers, money wise and experience wise do you think it's worth it?
Well in the long run no it isn't worth living on a ship for a long time. Its easier for me to save money on the ship since there is little expense back home other than storage fees which can be costly. Experience wise playing on a ship its better than working a real job yet career wise I'd say no there is little potential in this job to move to other areas. I get to see places all over the world but after awhile places start looking the same.Its also hard to find people to talk to just to shoot the breeze. Many crew members are from the Phillipines and then you have other people from other countries in Europe that mostly make up the crew. There are not many americans on crusie ships that work as crew. Most are in the entertainment dept like me/ Even then most are in the early 20's to mid 20's and have their own little group so older people generally its hard to find people to talk to .Alomg with that you miss the things on land you take for granted like watching sunday football or other american sports, going to the movies, eating out at restaurants your used to the food and driving around in your car.
Since the economy isn't good for jobs was a main reason I took this gig. Eventually I'm going to have to move back to land to be happy.