Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties -- One Crazy Year Working on

Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties -- One Crazy Year Working on

by Brian David Bruns

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In Cruise Confidential, Brian David Bruns spills the dirt — or in this case, the dirty water — on those romantic, fun-filled vacations at sea. His hilarious chronicle of the year he spent working for Carnival Cruise Lines takes readers down into the areas where the crew works and lives, leaving readers gasping with laughter as they’re assaulted nonstop with events that range from the absurd to the utterly bizarre. Stewards fighting over food. Cutlery allowances and other nonsensical rules. What the crew calls those onboard (no, it’s not “passengers”). And of course, the sex. An abundance of ready, willing, and able bodies eager for action on a vessel replete with nooks and crannies leads to love in some mighty strange, and seemingly impossible, places. Breezy, entertaining, and informative, Cruise Confidential is essential reading for those planning a cruise or for anyone who just needs a good laugh.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932361704
Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 117,512
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Mr. Bruns is a best-selling and international award-winning author. His first book, Cruise Confidential—by the only American in the history of Carnival Cruise Lines to endure a full contract in the ships’ restaurants—was lauded by the Travel Channel and the Today Show. Brian has also been featured on ABC's 20/20.

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Cruise Confidential 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
cruise_addictFL More than 1 year ago
I love to cruise and the more I do, the more curious I get about the life of those that work on the ships. So when I saw this book, I couldn't wait for it to arrive. And while the book does give you a different view of the life below the passenger decks, I was disappointed that it didnt go into a little more detail. I was looking for something that talked about the hierarchy of the ship, where everyone fell in the grand scheme of things, how much they actually get paid, etc. Having said that, I really did enjoy reading this book as it was very funny in places and it gave me that little dose of ship life I need to get me to my next cruise!!
FrostyHarwood More than 1 year ago
Those who want to live a truly adventurous life work on cruise ships. Those who are less adventurous can live vicariously through Brian Bruns' book, Cruise Confidential! Cruise ship employees live a truly crazy life filled with tons of hard work mixed with moments of excitement!! This book is a fun read that will give you a new appreciation for those that make cruising enjoyable!
CathyF7 More than 1 year ago
At last!  “Cruise Confidential” is a book by an author who happened to work on a cruise ship, not a cruise ship ex-employee who happened to write a book! I was endlessly entertained throughout Mr Bruns’ voyages of self-discovery and self-deprecation as he followed his sweetheart into the cruise ship industry.  Little did he realize the difficulties of continuing a relationship under the stresses of life on board a ship together, or the strain of separation while on different postings.  The book gives a humorous insight into the life of the crew-members and a behind-the-scenes look at life on board, where the politics, battles and friendships of the corporate world are amplified in the self-contained domain of a ship.  Engrossed in the tale, I am torn between ultimately wanting the writer finding happiness with Bianca, whilst believing that she is clearly not good enough for him and wishing he would find someone else. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and laughed out loud in places.  I already have a couple more of Mr Bruns’ books lined up to read including the next installment, “Ship for Brains.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first 50 pages were great the rest bored me to tears. I found it quite difficult to finish the book. I laughed a lot and this probably would be great to take to the beach. I just felt it was too much of the same information repeated over and over. Plus it makes me feel guilty when I go on a cruise going forward to ask my waiter for anything now that I am aware of all the running around they have to do. I prefer not to know what other's job entails especially when I am on vacation. I just want to relax and have a good time, not think how many laps I make someone run around to get me what I have paid for.
sxyshell More than 1 year ago
I usually don't finish any book that I start so for me to finish this book was a big accomplishment. I get bored easily and I need a book to hold my attention. This book did that. It gave me an inside look at what the crew from these ships go through to make our experiences memorable and entertaining! They work extremely long, hard hours. A great, entertaining read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts off sizzling, then fades toward boring. You have to wonder how much of this is truth vs. make believe. If you enjoy cruising, this is a good read. Take it with you on a cruise and as you sit on your balcony reading, wonder, just wonder what is going on several decks below. Readers will pay more attention to ship's crew, that's for sure.
scrappynancy More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book and gives a lot of insight into what the men and woman go through on cruise ships. You may love to cruise but when you stop and think about what they go through it gives you a greater respect for them! This is a must read if you are a cruise fan!
parrotlover66 More than 1 year ago
The story was an eye opener for cruisers, but if the crew do what Mr. Bruns says in this book, how do they ever get my dinner order right. There is a lot of drinking and bunk hopping on this. However, you can get a sense of the tremendous amount of work the crew does onboard, plus the conditions they get to live in.
SeniorSailor More than 1 year ago
As another reviewer noted, despite trying to cheaply capitalize on the title of Anthony Bourdain's book, this is not the same sort of book. Nothing wrong with a little sex & drugs in a story like this, but surely there should be more to 300 pages than that.
Gifted_Grace More than 1 year ago
I found this book very entertaining. I have taken several cruises and often wondered about the employee work environment/lifestyle. I read this book during a long layover immediately following a cruise and laughed out loud at a few parts.
Wayne_NC More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I've cruised all over and always wondered about the crew below. While reading this book in a park, I would burst out laughing and the laughs kept coming! In the future when I ask for another cup of coffee on a ship, I will appreciate what they go through.
DrCarb More than 1 year ago
I have long suspected that cruise ship employees, esp those from less developed nations, view American tourists as gluttonous and lazy. This book confirmed my fears. That part was 'good.' However, the author comes across a bit preachy in my mind. I read the book as escapism and for titillation - a cheap beach read - and he spends page after page telling us how virtuous he is for NOT cheating on the absentee girlfriend who treats him like dirt anyway. Had I wanted a sermon, I would have packed my bible along with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book was enlightening!!!
DGrivetto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author makes you feel as though you are right along side him working, sweating, swearing through his shift in the dinning room. I wanted to read more and didn't want the story to end. I wrote the author and thankfully he is working on a sequal.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I don't know if I can ever go on a cruise. I certainly hope that the way the staff is treated has changed, if it hasn't, well, then, modern slavery is alive and well. It is fun to read about how all the different nationalities got along (or didn't) and the debauchery that takes place behind the scenes. I was also very amused at the nonAmericans view of America. The way the staff is treated, not only by the cruise line but by the guests on board, is absolutely abhorrent. Please, everyone promise me that you will be nice to your waiters!One American man becomes the first ever American to finish a contract in the dining room of Carnival Cruise line...and all for a woman. Is he crazy or just stupid?
motherwright on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It is written in a very relaxed, humorous and friendly way. Quick read (8 hours). It was an entertaining read. A well written eye-opener to how hard the staff really works, and makes you remember there really is a "dark side" in every industry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful look into cruise life. Cruising will never be the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book is thought it would be funny stories about experiences this author had with passengers. It is more about the author and his experiences with the crews and the various ships he was assigned to wit her Carnival Cruise line. The back story of this book is the author's love for a girl he meets ( she is a crew member) and the lengths he goes to in order to be with her and hence his willingness to join the cruise line on put himself through hell in order to her.While there are a few stories about his experiences with a few dinners, it's more about is experience as being the only American aboard any Carnival ship and how he was treated by the crew and his bosses and his climb up the ladder from dish washer to assistant mat' d. You need to After to see what the end of the story is. Was a little eye opening. I have cruised 37 times and thought I knew alot, but what was new for me was just how hard the folks who work for these lines really do work. Knew it was hard, but man based on what the author says,It is a rough life indeed! Will need to tip more for those who deserve it on my future Cruises!
Tangen More than 1 year ago
I have never been on a cruise ship, but I have worked with ESL folks from many different cultures, so I regard this narrative as less reality than wishful thinking. That being said, by regarding it as a fanciful tale full of ego and testosterone, I enjoyed it and laughed myself silly! I mean, come on, he is the best at everything? And everyone is constantly bedhopping? Really, he is NOT James Bond! And no one ever gets mal de mer or Traveller's Revenge? But if you take it as humor, it is hard not to enjoy it. Even if only 10% is based in reality, it is still a smudged window into a workplace that many of us never are aware of. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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