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Working on a cruise ship – dream job or nightmare in times of Covid-19?

Sistek, Svana (2023) Working on a cruise ship – dream job or nightmare in times of Covid-19? Master's, IU.

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Abstract

The working conditions on board international cruise ships have frequently been criticized. This study interviewed seven European crew members who have worked on board for several years in different departments and occupations. The study reveals that employment contracts differ, and crew members work long hours, seven days a week. Crew members live onboard in small cabins, and their working environment makes colleagues more than just friends. The study also highlights intrinsic and extrinsic reasons why people work on board, and the legal framework provided by the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and flag states. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed working conditions with health protocols and rules, and regulations implemented, including COVID tests, mask-wearing, and quarantine procedures. Crew members had limited access to passenger and crew facilities, were denied shore leave, and were separated by department. The research concludes that although the working environment is different from that on shore, working conditions are generally considered good. Despite the negative impact of the pandemic on working conditions, crew members are optimistic that the pandemic’s impact will be temporary.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/196457/
Document Type:Thesis (Master's)
Additional Information:Betreuer: Dr. Sven Maertens (LV-OEK)
Title:Working on a cruise ship – dream job or nightmare in times of Covid-19?
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Sistek, SvanaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:7 April 2023
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:COVID-19 pandemic, cruise industry, working conditions, crew members
Institution:IU
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Ökonver II, V - VMo4Orte - Vernetzte Mobilität für lebenswerte Orte
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Air Transport > Air Transport Economics
Deposited By: Maertens, Dr. Sven
Deposited On:07 Aug 2023 09:55
Last Modified:07 Aug 2023 09:55

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