Written by a well-published author who worked on cruise ships for more than five years, this often hilarious, sometimes shocking, and always insightful book provides a comical behind-the-scenes exposé into what it's really like to work on a cruise ship. Go below the waterline and explore the cramped, dirty, and dimly lit crew areas on a revealing journey through the cruise ship's underworld. Go where no passenger has gone before, and learn what the crew eats, where they sleep, how they party, and finally understand why all of the officers are Italian.
Climb aboard an adventure on the high seas and witness the wonderful side of ship life where crew members have whirlwind escapades while traveling the world aboard a massive sailing city.
Drawing from his experiences working as a musician, the author tells the laugh-out-loud and also poignant story of what cruise ship crew members experience from the minute they first step onto a ship to the day they walk down that gangway for the last time.
Joshua Kinser is a writer and musician based in Chimney Rock, North Carolina. He grew up on the beaches of Pensacola, Florida and his addiction and passion for travel has led him to work at some of the coolest jobs in the world, which apart from working on cruise ships as a drummer include writing guidebooks, exploring National Parks as a back country wildlife biology tech, and working as a travel writer for magazines and newspapers. Joshua is the author of Moon Handbook's guide to the Florida Gulf Coast, 3rd Edition, published in June 2011, and several hiking guidebooks to the southeast including Five Star Trails: Charlotte, NC, Menasha Ridge Press 2012. Drawing from his experiences working as a drummer on cruise ships for more than five years he wrote the hilarious book Chronicles of a Cruise Ship Crew Member; Answers to All the Questions Every Passenger Wants to Ask. He has published over 200 articles online for websites such as Trails.com, Ehow, and USA Today Travel. He has worked as a staff writer for Gannet with the Pensacola News Journal, and has contributed to publications that include Sail Magazine, Bonito and Estero Magazine, and Times of the Islands. As a back country biology tech he has worked in Florida, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Glacier National Park in Montana, and in the National Forest lands surrounding Yosemite National Park in California. He also works as a professional drummer performing with wedding bands and original acts around the southeast United States. Working as a musician aboard cruise ships, and as a travel writer have taken him all over the world including the Caribbean, Australia, China, Japan, and New Zealand.