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Jesse Gottlieb

Answering it Royally

Jesse Gottlieb ’11 lived and worked on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship for over 6 months! In his first post, he talked about landing the gig. In this post he’ll discuss life on the boat and what life was like once the ship had docked!

Working and living on board a cruise ship is a lot like attending college on a closed campus. The rooms are exactly like college dorms, except they are much smaller and don’t have windows (portholes.) Your boss lives down the hall from you and doesn’t hesitate to come a-knockin’ when your playing wasn’t rockin’. That being said, your friends also live down the hall from you and almost every night is a party either in someone’s cabin or at the back deck/crew bar.

I’m assuming if anyone who is reading this ever gets a job on a cruise ship it will be that of a musician, so I’ll go ahead and explain what an average day at “work” was like for me as a trumpet player.

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Answering it Royally: Getting the Job

Jesse Gottlieb ’11 lived and worked on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship for over 6 months! In this three part blog series he will talk about how he landed the gig, the perks of working on a cruise ship, and finally, life after living at sea.

How did I find myself boarding a 1,020 ft long, 137,276 ton, 4,500 passenger ship from a cement dock on the banks of the Louisiana in New Orleans? After a terrifyingly easy audition, an obnoxious amount of paperwork, and of course a lot nervous, last minute practicing, I was about to start my life aboard a floating hotel for the next 6 and a half months. 

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