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Hello, I’m Christine. I lived on a cruise ship for half a year, TikTok (@dutchworld_americangirl).
My husband is a cruise chief engineer, so I’m his “Wife on Board” And we live on the ship on a 3 months on, 3 months off schedule. When he’s not living on board, he calls Holland home.
me too was a cruise director And we both have over 45 years of sea experience. Many people will find our crew cabin cramped, but for us it’s perfect.
let me take you into our space.
The bed and built-in storage are the first things you see when you enter.
I don’t cook, clean, make my bed, or wash my clothes.Christine Questero
Our crew quarters are located on Deck 7 at the bow of the ship. Not all crew cabins are the same and may vary by rank and position. Some individuals get their own cabins, others share. Luckily we have our own space.
Our room had a queen size bed with storage underneath and a TV mounted in front of it.
We have two TVs in our room (the other is above the wine fridge), hundreds of movies on board, and access to many TV networks.
Our room has two TVs.Christine Questero
we spend many nights here sleep on the waves while watching your favorite show.
Room service is free on board and the menu is available on the TV. We order regularly so that we can have some quiet time away from our guests and crew.
I am happy with the size of the cabin, but the bathroom is quite small
Our bathroom has the basics: toilet, mirror, shower and washbasin.
To shave your legs, you have to put a towel on the toilet, sit and stretch your legs and shower. But hey, it gets the job done.
Toilets, like most cruise ships, are flushed with loud vacuum cleaner sounds that you will never forget. It’s pretty scary at first.
You also need to be very careful about what you put in the toilet to avoid clogging it. Toilet paper only — no paper towels or sanitary products.
There is no closet, but there is a wardrobe, sofa and dining table
Most of my clothes are in my wardrobe.Christine Questero
In terms of closet space, one wardrobe is divided into three sections. I almost certainly use most of my closet space.
steamer and iron No carry-on baggage That’s why I hang my clothes to keep them wrinkle-free.
It also has a small dining table and two chairs, a desk, a wine refrigerator, and a ledge large enough to be used as a dressing table.
Laundry is picked up twice a week as there is no washer and dryer
I put all my laundry in a cloth bag and insert a piece of paper detailing the name, room number, date, and what item is inside.
Laundry is typically cleaned and returned within 24-48 hours. Every time the room steward takes your laundry and drops it in the onboard cleaner, tip a few extra bucks.
Clean clothes come back on hangers, so you can simply put them back in the cupboard. The rooms are also cleaned regularly by the staff.
The best part of our room was the private wraparound verandah overlooking the bow of the ship
Our view is very peaceful.Christine Questero
The ship’s bridge, like a control center, is above one of our decks.Many sea days it’s too windy to sit outside. When the wind subsides, I’m the first to take a towel and sunbathe.
I love to soak up the sun here if I can.Christine Questero
In my opinion we has the best room on the whole shipI’ve never seen a better view.
Overall, there are many things I love about life on a cruise ship
I like not having to cook or do laundry. I also love living debt free and car payments free.
Living like a minimalist is also very nice.
Just four suitcases, us and the sea.