Posted May 17th, 2008, 08:17 AM
Why do people always want to know how much crew members make. When you go out to dinner do you ask the waiter how much he/she makes a year. How about the last time you stayed in a hotel. Did you ask the maid how much he/she made last year? I bet you didn't so why should you ask while on a cruise?
I have a huge appreciation for the hard work done by cruise staff and when I heard from someone on our cruise that the staff get paid terribly, I was hoping that wasn't true so I posted this question. I wouldn't ask how much a waiter makes at home because I have a rough idea already. However if I was really curious I would do my research without having to ask the waiter directly (ie. internet). I had no idea about cruise wages and asked out of curiousity. Further, I didn't ask while on the cruise as you suggested, I'm asking now that I'm back home as a general discussion topic about wages. I feel it's rude to question someone directly about their personal salary, but it's not to have general discussion about what one can make in a certain career. Lastly, I work with teenagers that are always trying to sort their lives out and figure out what they might want to do for work when older and it would be helpful for me to have some info. about various possible jobs.