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  • By Deborah B Graham
    Dec 27, 2014
    Just before going on a Carnival Cruise for Christmas, my son in law gave me this book, Permanent Passenger. Oh, how I enjoyed reading it and learning much about how to get hired by Carnival. I powered forward to each page to find out more about the "everyday life" on board for the crew. I knew more about what was going on then most of the other passengers and felt I had an "heads up" on everyone else. I looked at the DJ and the Cruise Director different as well as the cruise itself. So so so so happy I read this book before going......Anyone going on a cruise should read it BEFORE they leave....I was able to speak to most of the crew (( on board )) cause I knew what to ask about what Carnival allows and does not allow. Lots of information on the games and how to win and yes our family won 3 different games, the food and what the crew ate and did not eat and where, how long they lived on a ship ( who shared with who ) and who got to see all the naked women and... More > why......WOW.... Changed the way I looked at any cruise line so a must read for anyone sailing......yay< Less
  • By Joyce
    May 26, 2012
    As an ex-crew member myself, I thoroughly enjoyed Micha's book. Brought me back to some of the good times and some of the difficult times that we had onboard. No one ever believes the stories we tell, with some daring to say we fabricate the information; however, there is no way to make up some of this stuff. When boarding a ship, something strange happens, you just become someone else. You do things you would not dare do at home. You experience something that you had never experienced before and you take home memories of all sorts that leave you in awe. Sharing those times as Micha has done, shines a light on a life that will always be a mystery, and, we have resources that are unlimited. Enjoy the read, it is good fun. Joyce Gleeson-Adamidis Editor - Author: If I Were Not Upon The Sea
  • By Edward Comer
    Sep 27, 2011
    I purchased this book because I was curious about life aboard a cruise ship. While Micha's job had benefits not available to most of the crew, his story was very interesting, nonetheless, and offered glimpses of the lives of the rest of the crew. I enjoyed the book and will pass it along to my cruise loving brother.
  • By Albert Don Henderson
    Mar 31, 2011
    Why is this listed on Amazon for $39.95?
  • By Frank Kermit
    Apr 21, 2010
    Hi Everyone, I just interviewed Micha Berman, author of the lulu book Permanent Passenger: My Life on a Cruise Ship. To listen to the interview for free please visit and check out Ep# 1005 Micha Berman is truly an expert in getting a dream job on a cruise shipw and you should take his advice very seriously. After you listen to the interview, I am sure you will feel the same.
  • By david cohen
    Apr 3, 2010
    After going on a cruise, I was very interested in what the day in the life of the crew was like. I got the book from the library and was very impressed with the steps that he took to get the job. After a few chapters, I found myself telling my 12 year old son that if you want something bad enough, you have to work very hard to achieve it. As I got towards the end of the book my feelings changed as I realized that he was just plain lazy. He did the work to get the job, than felt "entitlement" as if the rules to not apply to him. My next conversation with my son was about keeping up the level of ambition after you get your dream job. A good read, but certainly not a good role model!!!!
  • By LK Gardner-Griffie
    Oct 4, 2009
    "Cruising for Dollars" Reviewed by: Denny Griffie, SKI - USCG, Retired Having spent 20 years in the United States Coast Guard and having traveled all over the world while serving on an ice breaker out of the Pacific North West for Uncle Sam, I love ocean sailing. When for our first anniversary my wife, author LK Gardner-Griffie, suggested we take a cruise I wasn't sure I would like it or not. Not because I no longer wanted to set sail, but because I was used to being on the job while on a ship. Would I be able to make the transition to being a passenger or not? Well, I found that I enjoy being on a ship more as a passenger than I did as a member of the crew. Now I love cruising vacations and love to take one anytime we have the chance. When the opportunity came up to read and review Permanent Passenger: My Life On a Cruise Ship I was eager to see how the experience of working on a cruise ship compared to my experiences as a lead petty officer on an ice breaker. So anchors... More > aweigh. If you are looking for a literary discussion of living on a cruise ship containing several nuggets to ponder in a philosophical sense, this book is definitely not the one for you. But, if you are looking for a fast paced, light read, filled with personal experience, down to the nitty gritty of life below deck, then Permanent Passenger: My Life On a Cruise Ship is a good selection. Micha Berman is definitely more of an entertainer than a writer, but as I read through the tale of his adventures of working for a cruise ship line, I laughed out loud page after page. I found I could relate to Berman's experiences in more ways than I could count and that in essence working for a cruise line was not much different than setting sail for Uncle Sam, with a few notable exceptions. The major exception is of course, that you can't just quit Uncle Sam's service, unless you'd like to face a court martial. In both cases, life on ship is a microcosm of society, and it definitely is a classed society with the levels of society indicated by the decks of residence. As the assistant cruise director, Berman was fortunate enough to live on the top level, which meant he was the sole occupant of his nine by nine quarters. In the below decks, often times there were two or three to a room of that size or smaller. Permanent Passenger: My Life On a Cruise Ship is a very personal account of life on a cruise ship as crew, and contains an intimate look at what the life entails in a humorous style down to the bowel habits of the author. Since I am easily amused by bathroom humor and there were many parallels to life on an ice breaker, I identified with Berman which helped to make this an enjoyable read. Permanent Passenger: My Life On a Cruise Ship is a good book for someone considering working for the cruise industry because it gives an insider viewpoint. Of course, Berman's perspective is that of someone who has one of the cushiest jobs on the ship. There might be a completely different perspective from someone who has served on a cruise ship as a member of the kitchen or cleaning staff. Another industry related book, Cruise Confidential, is written by someone who spent his stint as kitchen staff which provides an additional angle to life on a cruise ship. As lead petty officer on the ice breaker, I was in charge of the ships stores and my primary job functions occurred when we were in port, so I was known as a passenger by my shipmates. Hat's off from one permanent passenger to another for pleasurable read. To read the full review visit the LL Book Review< Less
  • By Reg Boczko
    Oct 1, 2009
    Every body has a "Dream" of traveling,adventure in their lifes. this story brings a person back and you feel like your living your dream... Excellant story...
  • By M D
    Jul 6, 2009
    "Permanent Passenger" This book is totally awesome!!! I really enjoyed reading it. It is so funny and telling of the true story of being on a cruise ship!! Highly recommend!!
  • By Sandra Meucci
    Jun 15, 2009
    "Cruising ...." I grew up in the "Love Boat" generation which left an indelible impression of the cruise ship as the ultimate vacation. Permanent Passenger was a satisfying read, as Micha Berman's experience as Activities Director revealed the inner workings of the cruise experience, that no passenger would have access to otherwise. His writing was engaging; I was a fellow traveler with him at every episode -- enjoying the erstwhile efforts of the crew to make it all come together on the type of voyage I've never actually taken myself. Thanks, Micha, for giving me a chance to be on the Love Boat!!!
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Micha Berman
April 29, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.57 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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