What Life on a Ship Is Really Like

Life on a ship is truly a unique and unforgettable experience, very difficult to compare to working onshore. Few jobs offer the opportunity to see so many places in the world, exotic viewpoints, and meet so many people from so different countries. Evidently, after such an experience, you will become a well-rounded and socialized person, and better understand the world’s issues and people around the world, their culture and way of life.

Of course, the only way to find out whether you like it is to try it out. Nevertheless, in order to avoid possible doubts and uncertainties, we will outline a few essential aspects of life on board.

Day-To-Day Routine On a Ship

Firstly, living and working onboard a ship presents a series of peculiarities which must be taken into account by anyone interested in this sector of work.

The Cabins of the Crew

These cabins, which are usually small, are situated in the bridges under the passenger areas, and some of them, under the waterline, which can be quite noisy, because of the vibrations and hum of the engine room and splashed water. On larger ships, employees are segregated by departments and sometimes by nationalities.

On some ships, you will enjoy a stateroom with a bathroom, but on others, you will have to settle for shared bathrooms. The beds available are of bunk style and the sheets, blankets, and pillow are generally provided by the shipping company.

Crew members are responsible for the proper care, cleanliness, and maintenance of the cabins and for keeping them in order. Ship authorities regularly inspect cabins for control and compliance with regulations.

All that being said there is a high probability that you won’t be spending much time in your cabin!

International Working Environment

The staff comes from dozens of countries worldwide, so it is necessary for them to speak a bit of English.


All food and beverages are free but the amount of food depends on the size of the ship.


Journeys through the ocean may take weeks. Being in the middle of the sea rules out the option to buy water like on land. Don’t worry many ships are equipped with a system for producing fresh water and drinking water like potable water pumps.

Possible Expenses

Everything is free on a ship, Except for the money you might spend on ashore.


Drugs are not tolerated aboard the ship. Any drugs will be forfeited and the crew member who used them will be discharged, disembarked, and turned in to local law enforcement. Drug tests are carried out on a frequent basis.

Advantages and Inconveniences of Living on A Ship


  • The very beneficial conditions come from the combination of attractive income and lack of spending because you don’t have to spend money on housing and food.
  • Possibility of traveling around the world and seeing exotic places permanently and free of charge.
  • Free time to enjoy an appointed vessel with the luxury and amenities of a five-star hotel.
  • Visit the exotic harbors of the whole world as if you were on vacation.
  • The chance to meet a wide variety of people from all over the world.


  • Long shifts and extensive working days
  • Sea Sickness
  • Hostile working conditions
  • Small and very modest lodging
  • Away from the comforts of living in one’s own home.
  • Very less personal space


Although sometimes ship life can be a strange experience, for the most part, it is a fairy tale. making an international group of friends, traveling, getting paid, and saving money. Anchors aweigh!