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    I'm seeking advice from those who have sailed the sea... What do you do? Is it worth it? Is the long time away from home worth it? Overall, is your job worth it? Why? What are some often overlooked parts of your job, good or bad? Why is it that deck jobs on cruise ships tend to get a bad rep?

    I'm asking because I don't think there's anything else I'd want to do with my life but go to sea, and I'm going to be applying to the academies soon to pursue a deck career. I just wanted to hear some real feedback from real mariners.


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    admit it right here and now that you want to be a deck officer on a cruiseship so you can wear the spiffy white uniform and "hopefully" get some poontang in the process

    if you don't admit it, I will call you a liar or at least a little boy who needs to keep dreaming his dreams in his little bed at night and not here
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    JamesJim, you are on a forum which has many current and retired Merchant Seamen, I am one. Tell us why you want to be a Merchant Seaman or is this a silly game you are playing? You need not make your reply too detailed, simply a few hints on why you think you would make a dam fine Merchant Seaman. Do I need to post the US Merchant Marine hardly exists today, I'm talking about Deep Draft ships, which was once the backbone of the US Merchant Marine?

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    With 40 years at sea I say NO it's not worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c.captain View Post
    admit it right here and now that you want to be a deck officer on a cruiseship so you can wear the spiffy white uniform and "hopefully" get some poontang in the process

    if you don't admit it, I will call you a liar or at least a little boy who needs to keep dreaming his dreams in his little bed at night and not here
    Meh, close enough. I do want to work on passenger vessels. I wouldn't say that's necessarily the only thing I'd want to do.


    Sweat-n-Grease, I honestly don't even know how to answer that... Did you have a reason for wanting to go to sea? I'm sure there's plenty of things I could say, but they wouldn't translate to well from my thoughts to text, so I'll spare you.

    After re-reading my original post I realize what an absolutely shitty thread this is - maybe should have revised it a few times more. (And by revised I mean deleted it completely). Allow me to apologize for completely embarrassing myself. My intention was not to bombard you all with senseless questions, but instead to get a better insight on a career at sea.
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    Nothin like staring at a beautiful sunset just down wind of the MSD as it recycles dinner back to the sea. Ahh the romance of sea life...
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    I wish I was a deck officer on a cruise ship.
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    At sea you have your good days and bad days. But the 182 days at home to do as you please, Priceless!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesJim View Post
    Meh, close enough. I do want to work on passenger vessels. I wouldn't say that's necessarily the only thing I'd want to do.
    OK tell you what? Read a whole bunch of threads in this forum about all kinds of vessels like tankers and tugs and mudboats and then when you have learned something from what you've read you can come back here with real questions to ask. Then we might be happy to answer...it all depends on the mood we're in that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MFOWelectrician View Post
    I wish I was a deck officer on a cruise ship.
    Be careful what you wish for....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraqrat View Post
    Nothin like staring at a beautiful sunset just down wind of the MSD as it recycles dinner back to the sea. Ahh the romance of sea life...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesJim View Post
    After re-reading my original post I realize what an absolutely shitty thread this is - maybe should have revised it a few times more. (And by revised I mean deleted it completely). Allow me to apologize for completely embarrassing myself. My intention was not to bombard you all with senseless questions, but instead to get a better insight on a career at sea.
    I was raised in the cold country, still live in cold country. Wanna know how to get better insight into a snow ball fight?
    Look, James, take us with a grain of salt, we are, after all. Merchant Seamen, but, if you are serious, pay attention.
    How about a snow ball fight?
    I have to wonder, are you for real or are you shitting us?
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