4543-2-01.jpgTo live and work on a cruise ship is like living in a dormitory. The big difference is though that you can’t necessarily leave it when you feel like you want or need to. Plus, the rooms are extremely small and most of the crew generally shares with another crew member. The good thing is that the way to your work place is very short. I need about one minute – as the computer room is located just two flights up from my cabin :)

Being a department head, I have the privilege of a single cabin but there isn’t a lot of space in this type of crew cabin either. The wardrobe is packed with clothes, uniform and everything else that doesn’t have a place such as diving stuff or luggage. A small shelf is just enough for a few books, documents and notes. A special endeavour is to create your own personal space in your cabin and make yourself comfortable. All the walls are magnetic – that’s excellent for putting up posters, photos or calendars. The desks are sometimes extremely small (Spirit) or huge (Liberty), and I have to say that I definitely prefer the large version. By the way, I also have a computer in my cabin that allows me to do my job even at 2 in the morning :) Just a few days ago I added a bit of colour by getting a motley Mexican blanket as a bed spread. In a shared cabin situation it’s much more difficult to get comfortable because there are two people and much less space to put away all your stuff. What’s really popular is to decorate the wall of your bunk bed berth with photos and make it ‘your little empire’…

I have uploaded a few photos which allow you to get a glimpse of what a crew cabin looks like. There are pictures of my single cabin on the Spirit (with a port hole), on the Liberty (without a port hole), and finally of Jason’s luxurious stateroom (with a big window and a bath tub – being a Doctor is great!).