Cruise Ship And The Cruise Industry

999 Words Apr 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Cruises are a blast and a fabulous way to vacation and explore the world, however cruises have a tainted reputation for being low wage, demanding sweat shops. This is an unfair and biased view of the cruise industry. Cruises, from Norwegian to Carnival, are considered to be a negative work environment and this is a simple view to adopt, thanks to articles such as Christopher Grant’s “The Fun Ship.” However, internet sources written by either current or retired cruise line workers often bestow glowing reviews similar to Nomadic Matt’s 2012 editorial. Both authors offer much to input into the discussion surrounding cruise ship ethics, especially surrounding parallels to pay and working conditions.
Cruise ship pay structure appears to be horribly unfair. A number of cruise line employees are indeed hired from developing nations since cruise lines can pay them less (“What’s It Like to Actually Work on a Cruise Ship?”). By hiring immigrant workers the cruise ship industry transfers the impression of being unethical, particularly when the fact that pay rates are based on an employee’s home country average wage is taken into account. Thus an employee from the Philippines might net $1 an hour while a western European or American would undoubtedly earn far greater income. (Grant 955). This may now appear to be extremely unethical and in need of a federal intervention, nonetheless not so. Nomadic Matt’s article regarding working life on a cruise ship suggests that “this is much more…

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