Cruise secrets: Cruise ship workers reveal the shock impact of on-board restaurants


Cruise ship staff cater to a host passenger demands, with one of the main requests centring on food. On-board, there are often a variety of different restaurants for travellers to enjoy.

Some offer fine dining experiences, providing holidaymakers with the chance to dress up, while other are more causal and buffet style. It is these that cruise ship staff have revealed has the most impact on their eating habits.

More so, they have insisted the scant meals they are left with after the customers have had their fill, either of buffet dishes or in the bigger eateries, has a huge effect on their waistlines.

Former cabin crew member Kat, who worked on a major cruise line for three years, told how their meals were absent of the fine dining fish and hunks of steak that the guests enjoyed.

She told website Mental Floss they would instead be left with dishes such as goat foot stew.

With the dinner time dish potentially not appetising to some, Kat suggested many would go without, and therefore lose weight with a calorie deficit intake.

She said: “I would lose about 10 to 12 pounds per contract.”

Meanwhile, in addition to separate eating habits, cruise line crew also have their own language.

During their downtime, a cruise ship employee has revealed the secret words they use to communicate, especially during times of stress and disturbance, when a code language may be needed to prevent passenger alarm.

Staff on Royal Caribbean Cruise’s Harmony of the Seas have told how the language can prove essential in an emergency.

Druy Pavlov, veteran cruise director, has told how the phrase “Oscar” could be a doomed name if uttered by employees.

He told how it means “someone’s gone overboard”, therefore an emergency for the crew to tackle.

Meanwhile, the phrase “Echo” also has negative connotations, as it means the liner is starting to drift off course.

“Alpha” is used in a medical emergency, such as the recent norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.

A PVI is classed as a more self-explanatory Public Vomiting Incident.

A crew member then added how they had only experienced five “Oscar” usages in 10 years.

Meanwhile, Travel expert Brandon Presser has revealed to Bloomberg that if you hear the word “kilo” said by staff – an emergency is underway.

The codeword “kilo” signifies that all personnel need to report to their emergency posts. Once in their posts, the staff are instructed by designated cruise workers how to proceed.


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