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A finalist in the Global eBook Awards, this is a behind-the-scenes look at cruise ships in a way that's never been done before. Some of the stories are shocking, some are enlightening, but most are just laugh-out-loud entertaining. This tour behind those "Crew Only" doors will reveal:

  • How romance on a cruise ship is unlike anywhere else,
  • The insane things passengers do
  • Why alcohol is mandatory at sea
  • How nude cruises compare to Christian cruises
  • A first hand account of damage from getting caught in a hurricane

Jay Herring was an American senior officer and one of the few who had physical access to the entire ship. Interviewed on TV by ABC, radio by NPR, and in print by USA Today, The Huffington Post, and Frommers, he worked with every department and every senior officer, including the captain. His wife worked in the casino, and combined they worked for Carnival Cruise Lines for 10 years and sailed on over 503 cruises.

If you've ever wondered what happens below deck on a cruise ship, then get ready to laugh through an experience unlike any other!

©2012 Jay Herring (P)2012 Jay Herring

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  • Lisa
  • United States
  • 05-31-12

I should have listened to the reviews

What disappointed you about The Truth About Cruise Ships?

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.<br/><br/>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.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jay Herring?

A more professional reader. I felt like I was listening to a frat boy read his spring break journal.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Juvenile.

I don't mind that I wasted a credit, if only I could get my time back.
Poorly written, poorly read. More about his conquests than the cruises.
A kiss and tell, where you get the feeling they did not care for his kissing, and I could have done without the telling.

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  • Rachel
  • Atascadero, CA, United States
  • 09-08-14

Surprising

I downloaded this title with a great deal of trepidation. Probably wouldn't have if audible did not have a return guarantee. But, surprisingly it was wonderful! I loved just about every moment of it. (I admit that when the author started to talk about animal testing I turned the volume off for a minute or two -that I can always live without). As a ex travel agent I've been on a lot of cruises and this was very interesting. Yes, he talked a lot about sex and booze but not in a way that I found offensive. Some "romantic" authors have sex scenes that go on for pages and pages and pages.(how boring can you get?) I tend to fast-forward through those. This book, I thoroughly enjoyed! If you have been on cruises, or thinking about taking one , I think you would enjoy it too!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very smug

The author definitely needs a reality check. Not everyone can be skinny. He acts as if he is some sort of Greek god. Total douche, other than that, not a bad book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Interesting and enjoyable

I always enjoy behind the scenes type books and this books fits well into the category. I thought the book was candid and relatively honest. The author seemed to really put himself and his experiences out in the open for the read. It wasn't a book about bashing the crude industry and it wasn't about flattering the company. Rally it fell between and seemed like an honest portrayal of the authors experience.

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Interesting life of cruise employees

Very interesting perspective of people who make cruises so fun and enjoyable. Hope to enjoy cruise even more next time

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Must "read" if you like to cruise

Normally only listen to fiction, but loved this book. The author read with the book like a profesional.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good read... For interesting

This is a fun and interesting read. A nice look inside the life of cruise ship employees. I'd recommend this to anyone with a sense of humor.