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  • JohnR, Chippenham
    started a topic Cunard Struggling?

    Cunard Struggling?

    It seems that Cunard is unable to recruit the quantity and quality of crew members it requires for full operations and is "bumping off" booked passengers to reduce passenger numbers for the crew numbers available.

    See Don from about 2 minutes (he does waffle on a bit) at - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtgryfoWa6w

    Other cruise lines also, see Don at - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FemYpDBzaWo Still waffles on a bit

    We did notice on our recent Britannia cruise the waiters etc. seemed younger and less experienced than in past years. Maybe this is why Arcadia is out of service for the time being.

  • Fred Bloggs, Tyne and Wear
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    Had female waiters on Celebrity cruises.

    Staffing problems will be greater obviously for the huge ships now.

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  • mags, cardiff
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    Cunards official explanation re staffing issues is that the staff they do have are having difficulties getting to the ships. There are quarantine hurdles etc.

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  • mags, cardiff
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    We have had female waiters and also a Maitre D on Cunard ships.

    Women work in all roles, including captain.

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by Smith7 View Post

    Well I admire your physical strength Annie. I have not sailed with NCL.
    Oh I couldn't do it now .... 50 years later.

    Annie

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  • Garfield, Waterlooville
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    Our first ever cruise was on Carnival and they definitely had female wait staff in the MDR as I remember remarking on the number of plated meals they were each carrying.

    That cruise has a lot to answer for as it started our passion for all things cruising.

    Garf

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  • Smith7
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    Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post

    Hi Jill

    Well I did it - I worked in UK hospitality during my student days in the '70s and it was only female serving staff in the dining rooms.

    I have seen female waiters in MDRs most often in NCL.

    I am trying to recall my days working in bars - what was heavier?? a full tray of pints of beer or a tray of plated meals??

    Even in the traditional Italian family run hotels, female waiters although rarer are not uncommon as I witnessed in the 1990s

    Annie


    Well I admire your physical strength Annie. I have not sailed with NCL.

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  • Wilba
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    Carnival have employed female waiters for years.................Wilba

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by Smith7 View Post

    I've sailed with several cruise lines and have never seen female waiters in the MDRs. I've always thought this was because waiters have to carry heavy trays laden with several meals at a time. I know that I couldn't do that! We were served in the speciality restaurant by females but they only served one table at a time.
    We frequently have [had] a lovely female waiter to do the waiting on table, She had an assistant to fetch and carry. She is Eastern European and such good fun. We also have had a female Head Waiter. Again, Eastern European and again, great fun.

    Hopefully, they will have renewed their contracts and we'll meet them again.

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by Smith7 View Post

    I've sailed with several cruise lines and have never seen female waiters in the MDRs. I've always thought this was because waiters have to carry heavy trays laden with several meals at a time. I know that I couldn't do that! We were served in the speciality restaurant by females but they only served one table at a time.
    Hi Jill

    Well I did it - I worked in UK hospitality during my student days in the '70s and it was only female serving staff in the dining rooms.

    I have seen female waiters in MDRs most often in NCL.

    I am trying to recall my days working in bars - what was heavier?? a full tray of pints of beer or a tray of plated meals??

    Even in the traditional Italian family run hotels, female waiters although rarer are not uncommon as I witnessed in the 1990s

    Annie



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  • Smith7
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    Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post

    Wow we are in the 21st century and FO have finally caught up

    Annie
    I've sailed with several cruise lines and have never seen female waiters in the MDRs. I've always thought this was because waiters have to carry heavy trays laden with several meals at a time. I know that I couldn't do that! We were served in the speciality restaurant by females but they only served one table at a time.

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  • Topdeck, London
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    Part of the problem is a lot of people have gone home and won't be coming back.

    Even if your operation did not use foreign workers you are now competing with those that did for the remaining locals.

    Another thing I have noticed in the hospitality sector they are struggling to get the seasonal student workers.

    Some sectors grew rapidly as there were plenty of people available
    Delivery drivers is one example, impact wide spread and yet to cut back to pre pandemic level.

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  • Haworth, Wokingham
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    Viking retained 81% of their crews, probably because they kept many more than necessary on the books during the pandemic, no issues on this trip a mixture of new and experienced crew, clearly with the Chairman on board it will go well.

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  • carol, welwyn garden city
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    Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post

    Hi Carol

    In addition to all that, job insecurity is a factor. Many took early retirement to either look after aged parents or young grandchildren.

    More and more baby boomers have reached retirement age and their replacements were never found and trained.

    Certain sectors of the economy do miss the European workers.

    Annie
    Yes that's true.

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by carol, welwyn garden city View Post

    I went out with 5 friends last week, One of the pubs where your order at the till, they took 5 of our orders, then said they were to busy and shut the kitchen, so the 6th one had no food!! We had booked a table too!

    I suppose because hospitality was shut for so long, people found other jobs, probably better paid, so haven't gone back
    Hi Carol

    In addition to all that, job insecurity is a factor. Many took early retirement to either look after aged parents or young grandchildren.

    More and more baby boomers have reached retirement age and their replacements were never found and trained.

    Certain sectors of the economy do miss the European workers.

    Annie

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