Limited free time

Limited free time
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A former cruise director for Holland America Line said he thought he would have more free time, particularly at ports.

“You’re not in these places long enough to really appreciate them,” he said.

The former cruise director said he would often have around three to five hours at each port, though he was able to return to some ports on later cruises.

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A hostile work environment

A hostile work environment

A former Carnival bar waitress said the work environment on her ship was “not healthy.”

She said a former bartender she worked under “kept yelling rude things at me” in front of guests. After one incident, a guest asked why she let her boss treat her poorly.

“I didn’t know how to answer,” the former Carnival bar waitress said.

Carnival did not immediately respond to a request for comment.