Guidelines Part 2…Cabin, E-mail & Food!


Your cabin is your own space and you are to keep it clean and tidy. Feel free to add a little bit of character, posters, plants, pictures etc. Do not bang nails into the bulkhead please. Your cabin is one of the few places on board you may smoke freely, the bar is the only other within reason.
Always lock your cabin in port or in the Suez Canal, even if you are inside, you are quite safe to leave it unlocked all the time when at sea. This is not halls, playing of loud music, TV on loud or door slamming, including lift and laundry doors, is not done and is antisocial; do not do it please, others will be asleep due to different work patterns. Door handles are to be used to close doors as well as to open them. You will soon find out if you have woken someone up from their slumbers (ie your suddenly crabby neighbour with the pillow scars all down his face). Indulging in mindless whistling when walking up and the down the alleyways will not endear you to our bosom either.
Leaving dirty food plates or any other half-eaten food in your cabin encourages vermin and is a serious no no. Everybody’s’ cabin is inspected regularly, once a week, usually on Wednesday at 1100,by the Captain and Chief Cook. If your cabin appears to degenerate over time the Mate will inspect your cabin everyday, using his pass key if necessary, and will give you extra time in the mornings to clean and tidy your cabin. Regular wake up calls at 0600 onwards or even earlier will give you that valuable, necessary cleaning time. Clean and tidy means just that, not obsessively clean and tidy, though not leaving it looking like an adventure playground for warthogs for the rest of the week. Use a vacuum cleaner and keep the toilet and shower clean.
If after a few weeks it is obvious that personal hygiene is not your forte, there are means of encouraging an interest in said matter. If you are short of cleaning gear ask the messman to get some more for you. Please only use Gamazyne (biological toilet cleaner) down the toilet as any other chemicals upsets the sewage system on board. Which upsets the engineers, an overflowing, foaming shit tank in the engine room does not go down well, and you may be volunteered to help fix it. If something is not working properly in your cabin, tell somebody and it will be fixed. However if it’s something simple such as a lamp out, use your initiative and ask where the replacements are kept!
I keep returning to the hygiene issue, for good reason, ever worked with someone in 45-degree heat for 12 hours and they prefer not to wear deodorant and miss 3 or 4 days between showering? No? well…. It’s not great!


It’s free, use it and don’t put attachments on e-mails please, tell your friends, no attachments. It is not the internet, e-mail only for all intents and purposes. The games computer on Main deck is for home made programs and suchlike, the ships network is for work / study only, no laptops to be attached to the network thank you.
If you are a computer buff, do not play about with settings on the ships network, this includes the printers as well. Much trouble and expense has been incurred over recent years with sexy fingers doing their thing in the wrong places. You have been told.
UPDATE… the Internet is on many ships now, DO NOT abuse it especially by downloading movies (of any nature) and robbing all the bandwidth. Many people bring external harddrives away with them with recently downloaded movies and tv shows ask around and you will find what you need with having to use the ships internet to download it.
Phoning home on the sat-phone is expensive, around $2 per minute at peak times and you do have to pay for it, a surprise for some on their first trip. Even your mobile may be just as expensive in some countries, if your not sure, ask. Most people will use phone cards either bought from captain, from ‘businessman’ coming onboard or from ashore, usually very good value and last for a long time.


One thing about P&O/ Maersk, you’ll never starve, plenty of food is available at meal times and the pantry will keep you going in between times. Cadets have traditionally been big eaters, continue this by all means, it’s free and part of your wages. Unless you have a bewildering array of fashionable needs (like me) or allergies, all tastes can be catered for. If there is something you want on, ask, and it may be possible.
Breakfast is normally over by 8, lunch at 12 is usually something quick and easy with dinner at 6.30 in the evening. Come to the table with clean face and hands. Use of knife and forks, in general, is not optional.
The Chief Cook works hard to provide a good diet on here, try not to live on monster sandwiches of your own making. Do not drink alcohol at lunchtime, but do have a ‘dirty’ beer at 5 with the engineers outside in the sun to wash away the grime of the day, relax and talk shite. Even better, get the pool filled in the morning and float around drinking beer after work. Use the pool, you’ll deserve to, cadets normally clean it! (true, look it up in your portfolio, under additional tasks, the blank bits ).

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  1. Keeping the cabin clean would be the toughest task for me. My wife gets after me about leaving my clothes on the bedroom floor. But now I am messing with my shipmates. It is a tough task, but will learn.

  2. My sleeping quarters is crisp clean on my part, but as for my bunk mate, it was a constant battle to get him to keep things clean. Word of the wise get a bunk mate to stay just as clean as you.

  3. I worked in the mess haul and the food is surprisingly amazing. The captain wants to make sure that the crew is well fed due to how hard it is to work in the hard conditions at sea.

  4. The internet is what keeps me sane due to keeping in touch with my family and friends instead of mainly communicating with a dozen men at sea. Keeping in touch with a family at sea is a key to happiness.

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