Brian David Bruns now lives in Las Vegas, but before settling down he abandoned everything at the age of 30 to chase a fellow female cruise worker to sea, became the first American in Carnival Cruise Line history to complete a full contract without quitting.
Mail Online Travel caught up with best-selling author and former cruise waiter to find out what life is really like on board the floating palaces that are fast becoming the most popular way to see the world... In America, for example, we have empowered employees: they have rights, a voice, a modicum of respect.
I was paid less than a month from Carnival as a waiter.
A few still have some sort of social issues, thinking they are a First Class passenger on Titanic, but the overwhelming number of passengers are great.' 'In my books I do describe how one particularly horrible fat, grotesque family—coupled with the cruise lines’ bizarre refusal to treat her medical condition—brought my assistant waitress into a complete mental breakdown in the middle of dinner.At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Netflix set up a bizarre - and somewhat disturbing - promotion for its new series, Altered Carbon.In a description of the show, Netflix says: 'In a future where humans can transfer their minds from body to body, a rebel is brought back to life to solve a twisted, high-stakes murder case.’During a brief tour through the Psychasec booth at CES, exhibitors dressed in all white sold the idea of immortality, through a plan to upload human consciousness to ‘human sleeves’ of whatever design you desire – before concluding around the display of ‘Joel,’ a fresh ‘sleeve in a vacuum sealed bag, breathing and eating through a tube.Crew members at sea have none of those things,' he says.'Pay is not commensurate with hours worked, hence the lack of First World crew.Sailing international waters and flying flags of convenience allow cruise ships to break labour laws found in First World nations.During a brief tour through the booth, exhibitors dressed in all white sold the idea of immortality, through a plan to upload human consciousness to ‘human sleeves’ of whatever design you desire – before concluding around the display of ‘Joel,’ (pictured) a fresh ‘sleeve in a vacuum sealed bag, breathing and eating through a tube Visitors who went through the tour were presented with a trailer for a Netflix show called Altered Carbon, and gifted small Netflix branded goodie bags containing ‘cortical stack aftercare gel.’It may be one of the most bizarre Netflix marketing schemes yet, going as far as plastering posters with ‘Boycott #Psychasec’ and ‘Immortality is Immoral’ along the outside of the booth (though an exhibitor insisted to that this had been done by anti-Psychasec protestors).But, either way, it’s not an exhibit you’re likely to forget anytime soon.We averaged four or five hours a night (that's after 12 hours of labor).Most crew will nap when they can because after months of that you're in perpetual zombie-mode.'He says: 'Crew members are working way below minimum wage because that's a First World concept. There's always a line of desperate folks trying to land horrible jobs at sweat shops. 'You'll note there is a complete absence of First Worlders from the crew.True, the hopes of a Green Card are quite a lure, but also quite a long shot.'I’ve met many, many women who have slept with officers expecting benefits, such as promotions.And by promotions, I generally mean elevation from a particularly toilsome job to one that’s physically easier (say, from waitress to hostess - a drop in pay but an easier life).