If you have lived and worked in the countries that most of the crew that take care of the passengers directly come from .. you will find that they are better taken care of than they would be at home. Also bear in mind they choose to work on the ship and are oviously happy with the situation that pays them and also provides them with free accommodtion and food.
Most people would not be able to afford a cruise if payment was based on local laws .. example Australia they would have receive over $550 a week plus food and accommodation to be within our minimum salary.
I have never been on a ship with an unhappy crew ... that must say something.
Live is interesting as I used to own a tour company ... we always had agents/clients that would try and tell us how to run it (but they did not have to pay the bills to run it) .. Cruise companies do a fantastic job and give us unreal value
Oh God - don't go there.......in short there are 4-5 employess who are paid solely by gratuities. Their wage is approx $50-$100 per month - they rely on gratuities to make this up to a living wage - and can I add - there is a higher prestige on being on the gratuity payment scheme as they are usually getting higher wages (apart from when the Brits are on board who don't tip!). Everyone else on the ship is a paid a 'proper' wage. Scroll back 2-3 pages to see a thread that Wilba started that unfortunately has degenerated into the usual tipping/non tipping argument. Glad to hear that you did tip though .
SOME Brits! not all Brits.
Well said, your penultimate sentence says a lot and indeed the cruise lines should be better employers. The problem arises when we come to putting this point over to them. ... Neil.