Cruise Ship Photography

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  1. Meysha

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    Hi All,

    Has anyone ever worked on a cruise ship as a photographer? I've been offered a job on a cruise ship in the UK, but before I get into contract negotiations I thought I should know what's standard and what's not.

    ie: base salary + commision percentage - what are the best/average arrangements & %'s and $'s
    Flights to meet the ship etc, also what does a day in the life involve for a ship board photographer?

    Anyway, if anyone here has done it before I'd love to hear your experiences.
     
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    Well I have never done it but how much do they want you to pay them... lol.

    Sounds like a job I would love...
     
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    Take it whatever they pay.....you'll have fun and learn much!
     
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    I am kinda jealous!!!! :) I love Cruise Boats. Wow, a cruise and doing the work you love........perfect job in my opinion.
     
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    seems we all agree
     
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    Sounds like a dream job to me if you can fit it into your life (single no kids or the spouse does not care) I agree with the people who ask how much do you have to pay them?.
     
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    I've known people who have worked on cruise ships, although not as photographer.

    You really have to be cut out for that life. Even though the ships are huge, many people eventually feel quite trapped on them. I've heard that some of them don't let the employees off the boat during stops, because they are worried about them not coming back. Maybe as photographer, a skilled position, you would get more freedom than say, a bus boy or someone in housekeeping.

    It might be a great job, plenty of fun and a way to meet lots of people...but be aware that if might not be the best job for you personally. Be wary of signing any sort of long term contract. Maybe try it for a couple weeks or months.
     
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    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    Thanks everyone.

    That's the problem that I'm having trouble dealing with Mike, the contract length is 6 months. That's a really long time to be away from Adrian. :-( Although we have done it practically the entire time we've been togehter - we're always off galavanting around the country for 6 months here and there. But there are a lot of oceans between Australia and the UK.

    And there are no days off - which is probably ok - because what else is there to do on a boat? And i think I'd be allowed off the boat to take photos of the people at all the places as well - that's what I've read on the net at least. but no mention of pay.

    So no one knows how much they get paid? I would do it for the experience I guess. but I'm scared if it's all or a lot of it is commission based. meh - i guess we're not photographers because we want to be millionaires. hehehe.
     
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    Wont they tell you the terms of the contract?
     
  10. Meysha

    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    yeah - but i thought it'd be better if I went in knowing what's normal, so I don't get a shock.

    I did that in my last job and realised a few months in to it, they'd completely ripped me off. ah well.
     
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    ah I see.....well good luck just on the merits of the job I think i would take it if personal life allowed...
     
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    yeah, i would think you'd be let off the boat at stops, because when i went on a cruise a couple years ago, i remember there were photos that the ship's photographer had taken at the ports of people doing things in the towns and such, sounds like a fun job though, its kinda too bad you dont get ANY days off though, seems like that might get kind of stressful
     

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