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Originally posted by mitsugirly
MEDICAL CENTER INFO:

Now I know most of you are not interested in this info, but since I'm a nurse, it interest me and I had to take a visit there. Hopefully none of you will ever require a visit there.

I did not take pictures of the place itself, but did take a few pictures that might interest some of "info" you may want to know.









I spoke to the nurse down there about her working there. I always thought it would be neat to be a nurse on a cruise ship. So I got the "scoop" from her.

The nurses do 4 month contracts, then they get 1 month vacation in between each contract. She said you do have the option to extend your contract for 2 months if you wanted, but no longer than that.

They do rotate ships and they have 2 nurses on staff on each ship.

She said her hours are when the medical center is open, she works the "clinic" hours (which she made it sound like a long day on those days) and also rotates the "on call/after hours" times with the other nurse.

So of course I pulled out my funtimes to see what these hours consisted of:

Sailaway Days: 3pm-6pm= 3 hours
Sea Days: 8am-12pm & 1p-8p = 11 hours
Port Days: 8a-12p and 1p-8p (Grand Turk)= 11 hours
Port Days: 8a-11a and 3p-6p (HMC) = 6 hours
Port Days: 8a-12p and 1p-8p (Freeport) = 11 hours

So they basically work around 64 hours a week IF they are working every day. I'm not really sure if they rotate those days between the nurses or not since she did mention they always have 2 on staff.


She said starting salary is around $4k a month. If they do work every day and my calculations are correct, that's only around $15/hour, which I can't imagine.

She seemed to LOVE her job and stated that they had no expenses...all the food your little heart desires and room and board during your stay.

She also stated it was "tax free" money. I'm not sure how this would work if you are from the US though. I'm sure most are from foreign countries and maybe don't have to pay the taxes (she stated she was Asian).

I did ask about having family with you or visiting. She stated that they were away from their families during this time and they were not with them. Then behind the medical center doors was another window. Up pops this guy at the window and she looked at him and stated "Sir, you need to go around to this window", while pointing at the window we were at. He laughed and said "no". She said it again, while he laughed again. Then she stated "That is my boyfriend. He's cruising as a guest with me this week" So, I didn't go into more details as what it meant to cruise "as a guest". I'm not sure if he was a paying customer on the cruise or they are aloud to bring a guest for 1 week with them free of charge.

Now I know that I have seen talk around these boards about the "qualifications" of the medical staff. I have seen comments about "they are just medical people but are not trained to take care of certain situations which is why they are life-flighted off or people die or can't be saved or......" whatever. I remember awhile back looking up the qualifications of becoming a cruise ship nurse and I remember it stating you had to be an emergency room nurse for so long, have training in (I believe) critical care ICU, and have several different certifications among other things.

So...I have to disagree with others out there stating that they are "just a nurse" or "just a doctor". I spent the last 4 years working in the emergency room. They have EVERY situation thrown at them (and my hospital is also a trauma center). I have been in every situation possible. Those nurses know their stuff no matter what the situation is. Now whether or not the ship is equipped with the proper equipment for every situation may be a different story. But the staff, yea they are more than qualified for whatever happens to you on a ship. The nurse I spoke to also confirmed these qualifications to me.


This is great info! I am a nurse as well and have always wondered about the contracts. Now if I could just find someone to take care of my husband and kids while I'm gone
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Wow....I remember the baskets of basic meds outside the medical center and at pursers desk. ...free of charge.

Guess I really am old!!
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Originally posted by I Luv Crusin
We are sailing the Pride, again, in September. What cabin did you have? We try to book 5150.

I wish they would keep the old room service and breakfast menu but it sounds like they are now changed.

What is Bonsai Sushi like? I think that's new for the Pride. Is it sit down service now?

I REALLY enjoy your reviews! thanks for the time and effort that goes into them!
I believe we had cabin 5247 (or at least that's what I have written down on my "cruise" paper.

We haven't ate at the Bonsai Sushi, so I can't comment on the food itself but the place was really nice looking and yes, everyone was sitting down there to eat. I just got off the Breeze and the same thing there.

Thanks so much.

Originally posted by leekristina25


I'm new to CC and still figuring out how everything works. How do I get to her page to her signature?



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Sorry, I was currently on the Breeze cruising and just getting back to answering questions.

It looks like everyone gave you plenty of help on how to access my links in the signature line. Hopefully you were able to do that and find them ok. If not let me know.
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Originally posted by missholly24
This is great info! I am a nurse as well and have always wondered about the contracts. Now if I could just find someone to take care of my husband and kids while I'm gone
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Originally posted by I Luv Crusin
What is Bonsai Sushi like? I think that's new for the Pride. Is it sit down service now?
I was on Pride last summer. Ate at Bonsai three times. My 8 yo loves sushi!
Once was the demonstration where they show you how some things were made.
Once for lunch.
Once for a late dinner (missed YTD).

Every one was very good, but not much different that the my local sushi place
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Originally posted by leekristina25
[Q UOTE=mickev99;49567307]All of the links to her cruises and ports are at the bottom of her page in her signature. She is on the breeze right now and we are all patiently waiting for that review!!

I'm new to CC and still figuring out how everything works. How do I get to her page to her signature?



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Sorry I just now saw that you had replied to my reply, didn't mean to ignore you. As the other poster replied, you have to be on the website, not the app, or go to web view from the app to see anyone's signature. You can't see it in the app. I should have mentioned that, sorry!!
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Most nights you will see the officers filing up about 1/2 the seats in Bonsai!
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It took me a whole week off and on to read your review and I just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Your review was so incredibly well written. I laughed at the antics of the shuttle bus driver in Baltimore, I gasped when your daughter got hurt, I was shaking a fist in the air at the family encroaching on your clam shell and salivated at the food pics. I read every post and was so disheartened when it came to an end.

My BF and I are sailing on the Pride at the beginning of the month and we're so excited. We're flying in BWI the day before (we found a very pleasant spot with AirBnB for the night) and plan to be at the port by 10am. With FTTF, we hope to be sipping our first frosty one poolside within the hour. Thank you for all the effort you put into this. Even a year later, your words are a beacon of light. Much, much appreciation!

(Btw, hot pink is my favorite color and I initially started reading the review because I was attracted to the font color you chose. I had no idea what a tremendous treat was in store for me)
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I ABSOLUTELY enjoyed your review! I had already read a great review by Jamman54 and he made mention to your review. So I decided if I had time I had to sit and read yours too. So glad I did!! You took awesome pictures, and gave great info!!

We leave tomorrow, and after reading Jamman54 and your reviews, I am super excited and feel a little more informed. So thanks for that!
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Originally posted by ltevans
It took me a whole week off and on to read your review and I just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Your review was so incredibly well written. I laughed at the antics of the shuttle bus driver in Baltimore, I gasped when your daughter got hurt, I was shaking a fist in the air at the family encroaching on your clam shell and salivated at the food pics. I read every post and was so disheartened when it came to an end.

My BF and I are sailing on the Pride at the beginning of the month and we're so excited. We're flying in BWI the day before (we found a very pleasant spot with AirBnB for the night) and plan to be at the port by 10am. With FTTF, we hope to be sipping our first frosty one poolside within the hour. Thank you for all the effort you put into this. Even a year later, your words are a beacon of light. Much, much appreciation!

(Btw, hot pink is my favorite color and I initially started reading the review because I was attracted to the font color you chose. I had no idea what a tremendous treat was in store for me)
I'm so sorry that I missed this post initially and I know you have probably already been on your cruise (and it looks like you only have 2 post on these boards so you might have not even returned back to us anymore), but I wanted to acknowledge that I just got your post. Thanks for the awesome comments and I hope you have a great time on your cruise.

Originally posted by 4myfam
I ABSOLUTELY enjoyed your review! I had already read a great review by Jamman54 and he made mention to your review. So I decided if I had time I had to sit and read yours too. So glad I did!! You took awesome pictures, and gave great info!!

We leave tomorrow, and after reading Jamman54 and your reviews, I am super excited and feel a little more informed. So thanks for that!
Aww, thanks so much for coming over and reading mine. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope you have a WONDERFUL cruise.
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Originally posted by mitsugirly

Now I have to tell you about this driver. I don't think I have ever rode in a shuttle for any hotel, or any taxi, or even the nascar wanna-be's in Cozumel that scared me as much as this driver did. He was crazy I'm telling ya. Slamming on breaks at the last minute, cutting over in lanes with no warning (for us or the driver next to him in the lane he was trying to get over in), almost missing an exit, and that last ride was a doosey! He slammed on the breaks so fast that I think it even scared him thinking he wasn't going to stop in time. I'm throwing up my hands across the kids and praying that not only he doesn't hit the car in front of us but that the unexpected driver behind us doesn't slam into us. Yes, tires squealing and the whole 9 yards as the saying goes. Yes, it was his fault...it's not like the traffic came to a dead stop. It was all him not paying attention. Anyone staying at this place, fear for your life if you driver is Nahmed! Just saying... Nice man, just scary.
Too funny!! We stayed there a couple weeks ago (after reading your review), and he was our driver as well. We pulled out of the hotel onto a 40 MPH road and he quickly got up past 70 MPH!!! That's when the seat belts went on. But, as you said he was a nice man, and he got us there quickly!
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Originally posted by slyman17
Too funny!! We stayed there a couple weeks ago (after reading your review), and he was our driver as well. We pulled out of the hotel onto a 40 MPH road and he quickly got up past 70 MPH!!! That's when the seat belts went on. But, as you said he was a nice man, and he got us there quickly!

LOL Well, I guess it's good to hear he's still alive and no broken bones from any car wrecks since we were there.
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Kim,
I just re read your entire review in preparation for my Pride cruise on Jan 7. Took lots of notes.
It will be my second time on the Pride and my third Carnival cruise.
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Originally posted by Arzeena
Kim,
I just re read your entire review in preparation for my Pride cruise on Jan 7. Took lots of notes.
It will be my second time on the Pride and my third Carnival cruise.
Hey there Arzeena! Not much longer and you'll be on the Pride. I hope you have a wonderful time. What ports are you visiting?
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Originally posted by mitsugirly
Hey there Arzeena! Not much longer and you'll be on the Pride. I hope you have a wonderful time. What ports are you visiting?
Thanks Kim

Going to St Thomas, Antigua, Grenada, Martinique, St Marten, San Juan and Grand Turk.

Grenada is a first time for us and that sealed the deal.
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Originally posted by Arzeena
Thanks Kim

Going to St Thomas, Antigua, Grenada, Martinique, St Marten, San Juan and Grand Turk.

Grenada is a first time for us and that sealed the deal.

Oh nice. You will have to come back and let me know what you decided to do in Grenada, Martinique, and St Maarten (and what it's like after the hurricane). Maybe you can give me some ideas this time around.
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BAHAMAS:Great Stirrup Cay Half Moon Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Paradise
BARBADOS:Boatyard
BELIZE:Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Shark Ray Alley Goffs Rendezvous
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Snorkel Park Tobacco St Catherines Achilles Jet Ski/boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue KayBlueKay
COZUMEL:Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion Island Palancar Money Bar Paradise
CURACAO Diving
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:Saona
GRAND CAYMAN:Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK:BohioGovernorsGibbs
ROATAN: LFKey LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK scuba
SAN JUAN:Pamelas
ST KITTS:Reggae Carambola
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Originally posted by mitsugirly
Oh nice. You will have to come back and let me know what you decided to do in Grenada, Martinique, and St Maarten (and what it's like after the hurricane). Maybe you can give me some ideas this time around.
Will do!