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The Truth About Cruise Ships - A Cruise Ship Officer Survives the Work, Adventure, Alcohol, and Sex of Ship Life (English Edition) eBook Kindle

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Chapter 1

I had been onboard my first ship for five days when I met a woman from Trinidad and Tobago in the crew bar. She was a black woman and she was overweight, maybe even a little flabby, but such a sweetheart.

“So do you have a girlfriend?” she asked, changing the subject.


“Have you been with anyone on the ship yet?”

“Nope. It’s actually been twelve years since I slept with someone.”

“Come on now.”

“It’s true.” I said, and then told her why (more on that later).

“Hmm. That’s fascinating. You know, I used to sleep with a skinny white guy from England on my last ship. You remind me of him.”

“Oh, yeah?”

“He and I had lots of fun, and I never left him unsatisfied. I may not look it, but I’m actually a really good lover.”

“You don’t say.”

“I’ve been with lots of men in my day. I’m forty-one, after all. And in my years, I’ve learned exactly what men like and how to please them. And now”—she took a sip of her drink—“and now all the men I sleep with are extremely satisfied.”

I had always imagined athletic girls—especially flexible athletic girls—to be the best lovers. But this lady from Trinidad had me rethinking that assumption. Maybe it was just another one of the after effects of abstinence, but her voodoo mannerisms were now bordering on sensual.

“Would you like to have sex with me?” she asked, taking another sip of her drink. “We could go to my cabin right now.”


I couldn’t believe how quickly the opportunity had presented itself. “I might be interested in that.”



“But not right now?”

“Yeah, not just yet.”

“Okay, well, you think about it and I’ll call you later this week.” She got up and left me at the table, alone with my thoughts.

My cabin phone rang at 8:00 p.m. two days later.

“Hi, it’s me,” she said. “How are you?”

“I’m good. How are you?” I responded.

“Good, good. Are you ready to do what we talked about the other night?” she asked, wasting no time on idle chit-chat...


A finalist in the Global eBook Awards, this is a behind-the-scenes look at cruise ships in a way that's never been done before. Some of the stories are shocking, some are enlightening, but most are just laugh-out-loud entertaining. This tour behind those "Crew Only" doors will reveal:

- How romance on a cruise ship is unlike anywhere else
- The insane things passengers do
- Why alcohol is mandatory at sea
- How nude cruises compare to Christian cruises
- A first-hand account of damage from getting caught in a hurricane

Jay Herring was an American senior officer and one of the few who had physical access to the entire ship.

He's appeared on: The O'Reilly Factor, USA Today, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, CNN International, Fox News, CNBC, CTV, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, ABC's Nightline, CBS This Morning, Geraldo Rivera, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and Frommers.

He worked with every department and every senior officer, including the captain. His wife worked in the casino, and combined they worked for Carnival Cruise Lines for 10 years and sailed on over 503 cruises.

If you've ever wondered what happens below deck on a cruise ship, then get ready to laugh through an experience unlike any other!

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 3369 KB
  • Número de páginas: 316 páginas
  • Editora: SaltLog Press; Edição: 3 (10 de janeiro de 2012)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B0038BRIR6
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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  • Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado
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  • Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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Amazon.com: 3.4 de 5 estrelas 161 avaliações
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4.0 de 5 estrelas A Boy Becomes a Man at Sea 4 de março de 2014
Por Pyrata - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
Look, I realize that many are not going to agree with me, but I viewed this as a memoir , from someone who was writing about his personal journey, not as a hard-core documentary in book form. I gave it 4 stars, taking one away for the following:
1. Title a bit misleading - it is about his personal journey, not necessarily intended (I don't think) as an expose.
2. Grammatical and editorial errors
3. Some wandering in the textual prose - events out of context or outside the proper timeline.

In all, it was an enjoyable read for those of us who like to cruise and to gain at least a little insight into what goes on below decks. This man told us "his truth". Whether anyone can dispute what "his truth" is, is debatable. I found his honesty refreshing and his candid accounts of his personal life insightful.

At the end of the day, a book like this is a memoir. It is not intended to be a textbook or a piece of journalism (unless it's Gonzo in scope and flavour). All in all, I found myself relating to his struggles in his career and certainly his personal revelations about his career choice. I applauded his willingness to take responsibility, for his sexuality, his drinking to excess and his career choices. Did he do all of that perfectly? Of course not. None of us do.

After reading a few of the reviews (after I read the book) I am a little disappointed in my fellow human beings. Are "reviews" now supposed to include personal invective and ad homs on people they do not really know, except through the pages of a book, and are we now supposed to throw proverbial stones from our glass porches? I think not. I realize that many of the reviews were written by others who claim to be from the cruise industry, but how do we really know that is the case? Have they written books for us to read and assess?

To the author, best wishes to you and your wife. May you sail on calmer seas in the future.
4.0 de 5 estrelas Understanding the cruising lifestyle from the other side 4 de dezembro de 2015
Por C. Lemanski - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I read this mostly because I'm interested in doing a cruise, and I enjoy "behind the scenes" books (ie. waitstaff, concierges, etc).

Herring gives some good insight into what it's like to work - and more importantly, live - as part of the cruising industry staff, a world where you're "on" constantly for eight months straight. It's not surprisingly to hear that a ship full of young, attractive crew likes to drink and have sex, and Herring is funny about his own experiences - and the reality of what that kind of lifestyle can have on one's psyche.

The book makes you appreciate what goes into making a cruise ship run from day to day, and the living conditions that crew are willing to accept in order to live that lifestyle, whether it's for one contract or several. You'll see what it takes to make a ship tick - down to how many eggs are brought on board for a week's cruise, or how a ship has to handle an illness outbreak, or what it's like to sail in a hurricane. You definitely won't look at cruising the same way again!
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4.0 de 5 estrelas Fascinating but sad, too 12 de setembro de 2011
Por Cruisecrazy - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: Capa comum Compra verificada
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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5.0 de 5 estrelas Fantastic look at working on a cruise ship 19 de janeiro de 2014
Por A L Colt - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, especially after reading some of the bad reviews, but I have to say I'm glad I bought it! It's one person's experience living and working on a cruise ship, so it doesn't go into detail about every aspect or position on a cruise ship, but you do get a nice broad overview since he was an IT guy and therefore able to interact with almost everyone on the ship.

The book is well-edited, and though I got a bit tired of hearing about all the drinking and hooking up, that was his experience. I give kudos to the author for including the bad parts in addition to the good parts. He doesn't whitewash his own actions, and gives a good several-years-after perspective on the whole experience. Would recommend to anyone interested in cruise ship life!
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3.0 de 5 estrelas You get What You Pay For... 3 de junho de 2013
Por Scott C. Sikes - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: eBook Kindle Compra verificada
Eh, it was alright. My family and I are getting ready for a cruise so I have some of the stupid questions that the author describes. However, some of the questions he gets are REALLY stupid. I don't think I'd have the patience to explain common sense to some of the peeps a cruis member must interact with.

The book unfolds from the author getting an IT position on the cruise line, at sea. Being an IT guy, this actually appealed more to me from an IT perspective as well as a cruise perspective. Apparently, the IT guys get to wear the nice uniforms which allowed the author to impress his co-workers. There's some pretty funny stories.

For those looking for Hemmingway, this is not your book nor author. For those looking for funny stories and 'behind the scenes' scoop, it's mildly enjoyable.
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