Imagine yourself sitting at home. The phone rings. You have been offered a dream job and have 48 hours to fly to Miami and board a 70,000 ton cruise ship. Your destination: the Caribbean. Permanent Passenger: My Life on a Cruise Ship tells the adventure of a young man serving as an Assistant Cruise Director on one of the largest cruise ships in the world, Carnival Cruise Line’s M.S. Ecstasy. Witnessing rescues at sea, stowaways, and passionate romances are just some of the day-to-day events revealed in this humorous adventure. Discover one of the wackiest job searches ever undertaken including sending letters to over 2,000 college alumni, chasing cruise line executives into bathrooms, and transforming a dorm room into a private office with hired interns. All aboard – this is one adventure you don’t want to miss!
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 - www.offradarcruisenews.com Author: If I Were Not Upon The Sea
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.
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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!!!!
"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
"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!!!
"Permanent Passenger: My Life on a Cruise Ship" Sometimes the best way to take a cruise is through the pages of a book and this is one hell of a trip. Micha’s book takes the reader on a tour of life below decks and beyond - to places we’ve heard about - which (from a passenger’s perspective) are far more fascinating that we ever imagined. This is an amusing and sometimes thought provoking insight into life aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s M.S. Ecstasy. A must have for cruise addicts everywhere.
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