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Oferdesade
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Its shameful that instead of paying proper wages cruiseliners force workers to beg and passengers to make up for their stinginess. Just like forbidding bringing drinks so they can force upon you drinking plans that have people start boozing at 8am to make those plans cost effective. Never again.

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On 8/27/2022 at 5:23 PM, Oferdesade said:

Its shameful that instead of paying proper wages cruiseliners force workers to beg and passengers to make up for their stinginess. Just like forbidding bringing drinks so they can force upon you drinking plans that have people start boozing at 8am to make those plans cost effective. Never again.

Wow - so much to unpack here.

Cruise lines pay wages based on what the market will bear.  It's called capitalism.  If they didn't, they wouldn't have crew to man the ships.  I've never see a cruise worker "beg."  Maybe you can post a photo of a crew member with their tin cup.  Cruise lines set daily service charge and gratuity rates to partially cover crew compensation and passengers are usually able to tip as they see fit for service rendered.  That's not any different than your local restaurant, bar or other service business.  Yes, passengers pay all of the bills for a cruise line's operations.  What's wrong with that business model?

"Forbidding bringing drinks" onboard is for a couple of key reasons.  First, it allows the cruise line to withhold service to those who "start boozing at 8am" and are too inebriated to walk by 10:00 am, which would only be worse if passengers had an unencumbered ability to bring unchecked amounts of liquor onboard.  This also regulates the availability of alcohol to those not of age to drink.  Second, it is part of the same capitalistic business model that enables cruise lines to make money on the sale of alcoholic beverages.  Onboard sales of all types are critical to the vitality of cruise lines.  Do you bring your own booze to your local bar/restaurant @Oferdesade?

Never again?  I hope that means we will not be seeing you on future cruises.  Bye!

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