This book should have been entitled "The Author's Two Years of Debauchery as a Cruise Ship Employee." While Mr. Herring did paint a very vivid picture of what it is like to work on a cruise ship, he also included a lot of graphic detail about his own sexual escapades (and there are many). By the end of the book, I got his point that cruise ship employees live in a bubble unlike anywhere else in the world and engage in binge drinking and sex to pass the time -- a largely unhealthy environment -- and that Mr. Herring's decision to leave ship life after two years of this lifestyle was the best thing he could do. However, this point could have easily been made without the play-by-play of his sexual encounters.Also, the structure and format of the book was quite odd -- much of each chapter had very little to do with the chapter title itself. It was just a free-flowing narrative of the author's two years at sea.
Perhaps the best sections of this book are when he reads from his own real-time journal of being on a ship during a hurricane and when he explains how "dry dock" works (when ships are taken to a shipyard for overhaul, maintenance, and repair. He does a good job of explaining how cruise ships turn things around in just a scant few hours between the end of one cruise and the beginning of the next.
A more professional reader. I felt like I was listening to a frat boy read his spring break journal.
Disappointment at the book itself. However, I did learn some interesting information about cruise ships in general and what life is like for the employees.
If you're interested in learning about being a cruise passenger, this book is probably not for you, as the author states up front. He does provide a lot of general information about ships themselves and a scant bit of info about some of the ports. The majority of this book is about his experience as a Carnival employee and the view seen from the crew areas of ships. If you daydream of cruise ship employment, this is probably a must-read.
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