Ex-cruise ship worker shares 'gross' behind-the-scenes 'secrets' – 'illnesses are common'

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Cruise ships, like most forms of public transport, have severely ramped up their hygiene standards since the coronavirus pandemic. However, a former cruise ship worker revealed how “gross” it was to work onboard a vessel during their time as an employee.

The ex-cruise worker, who has not disclosed which company they worked for, shared “secrets I learned working on a cruise ship” in a TikTok video posted by the viral entertainment page @Attn.

The worker explained: “Cruise ships are gross.

“In 2015, it was found that a lounge chair by a ship’s pool had over seven times more germs than the acceptable limit.

“Also gastrointestinal illnesses are super common, that’s why they’re always telling you to wash your hands.”

The ex-cruise worker, who has not disclosed which company they worked for, shared “secrets I learned working on a cruise ship” in a TikTok video posted by the viral entertainment page @Attn.

The worker explained: “Cruise ships are gross.

“In 2015, it was found that a lounge chair by a ship’s pool had over seven times more germs than the acceptable limit.

“Also gastrointestinal illnesses are super common, that’s why they’re always telling you to wash your hands.”

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Another former cruise worker, Brian David Bruns, assured cruise staff have been working hard to clean the ship long before passengers step onboard.

In his book Cruise a la Care, he explained: “Some people go to great lengths to ‘protect’ themselves from cruise-borne germs.

“Many a cruise guest enters his or her cabin and promptly wipes down every conceivable well-used surface with disinfectant wipes; light switches, doorknobs, faucets, and telephone.

“Some go so far as to place the TV remote control in a quart-sized Ziploc bag.”

He goes on to reassure passengers that while this behaviour may make them “feel better” the work is largely unnecessary.

Brian added: “Every home port, room stewards disinfect every high touch item in the cabin, especially in the bathroom.

“That bathroom has about 400 times less bacteria than your office desk.”

As a result, the cruise worker said: “I worked on ships for four years and never got sick once.”



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