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Cruise Ship Laundry Blues

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Today’s blog post is titled ‘Cruise Ship Laundry Blues’ where I write about the trials and tribulations of doing washing on the ship as a crew member!

I’m not sure if washing your clothes is something you probably ever thought about when it comes to working on a cruise ship but I want to tell you a bit about it because it can be a bloody stressful ordeal ok?

First of all….the only way to determine whether it’s time to do laundry in the first place is on your total number of undies left in the drawer ….. and that’s the truth! 😆 2 clean pairs of pants your safe for another day …..one pair left …… time to do laundry!

The Laundry room is all the way to the front of the ship on the same deck as my cabin and generously provides 900 crew members with a whopping total of 8 washing machines, 10 tumble dryers and 2 irons….(that is if they are all working properly!)

Now, If my calculating skills are correct, that works out to around 112.5 crew members (the .5 being a Nicky sized man!) per washing machine !?!

Now that sounds ridiculous but strangely enough, we seem to make it work!

The Washing Process can be completed in 5 ‘simple’ steps:

Step 1

You gotta shove your washing in the first available machine (usually by hovering over a person who is moving their clothes into a dryer!)

Step 2

Head back to your cabin for a cup of tea and set the alarm in your phone for 30mins

Step 3

When alarm rings, bolt back over there, do the whiff test on the clothes then move them into a tumble dryer BEFORE someone else decides to do it for you because they need a machine pronto!

(I once walked into the laundry room to find a wee old dude with a handful of my colourful bras and pants moving them into the dryer for me ….. to be honest, I think he was probably more embarrassed than I was ! 😂)

Step 4

Go back to the cabin and set the alarm for another half an hour

Step 5

Go back and collect (hopefully) clean, dry clothes!

Then comes the fun part ….. you work your way through the clothes to see which ones have been trashed by the nasty water and left big brown stains on your clothes and then you take them over to the trash and leave them there forever 😂😂

Actually , so many complaints were being made about clothes being wrecked in the machine’s that Carnival have told us to take photos of the items when they come out the machine and send it to them stating the store it came from and they replace the items for you! Nice work Carnival 👏🏼


Today’s wash experience was a different one as I had completed steps one and two with ease and was on my way back to complete step three (collecting my nice clean clothes from the machine) I did the whiff test and DUM DUM DUM… You guessed it…..they hadn’t even been washed at all…Everything was still dirty!!??!!??!!??

Assuming the machine that I picked is goosed , I then awkwardly hover over ANOTHER crew member for HIS machine and start the whole process again….adding another 30mins on to wash time ! 😡

I actually feel sorry for the other crew member’s who work all hours of the day and have to deal with problems like these! I’ve been stumbling back from the crew bar some nights and witnessed crew members waiting for their laundry to finish late at night!

As much as it sounds like I’m complaining , luckily for us we have plenty of time during the day to deal with the wash day blues and we are also lucky enough to have room stewards who change our linen regularly and will wash uniform too…. not all crew members have this luxury.

Anyway this gives you an idea of one of the #shiplife struggles ….. I have a feeling I will be very grateful when I finally have my own house and my very own washing machine! 😝

Thank You for reading this post and if you didn’t get the chance to check out my guest blog post I wrote for The Tour Seattle , you can read it right here:



  1. Ernie
    February 5, 2018 / 12:46 am

    We had a great cruise Jan 29th to Feb 3rd. My wife, Sister and Brother in law love dancing to your music. The band Kraken was our favorite part of the cruise. And the warm weather of course. We hope to book another cruise and see you again.

  2. February 24, 2018 / 5:23 pm

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  3. April 18, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Working in a cruise ship must be tedious. Can’t imagine doing my laundry in those conditions. Thanks for sharing your story.

  4. April 19, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Got a cousin that used to work in a Royal Caribbean cruise. He loved the job but I wouldn’t see him more than twice in a year.

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