Pros: room, board, travel to & from vessel covered. able to deviate flights and stay in foreign countries, off time in the port, parties, adventure!
Cons: long hours, annoying crabby guests who don't realize they are on vacation and blessed, power tripping bosses (not always)
I have worked here for 4 years and it is a great experience! The work life is very fast and you work hard and play hard. You have to deal with everything from irate ridiculous annoying guests to very pleasant passengers who are just happy to be alive and on vacation! You live where you work so a constant awareness of this is everywhere. Most people congreagate and the crew bar although it is segregated between regular crew and "officers" You work very hard and long hours at times and expected to constantly look happy even if you don't feel this way, and sometimes it gets to you but then you take a walk off the ship and you're in Tahiti, or walking the Great Wall of China, running for the ship in Israel, or skydivving in Hawaii. There are no off days, and if you're lucky enough to have your own room great! ( I did) Room service is free and you can dine in the passenger areas and free to go to the restaurants as well. There are balls on some voyages and night clubs on the bigger ships. You are able to use the pool and the gym. There are a lot of responsibilities with monthly drills to ensure incase of an emergency you can hold your own. There are parties for the crew etc and you make great friends and amazing experiences! Low pay but you aren't here for money, you're here to travel!!!