” The Sea Rebel “
• Dwain C. Crum •
March 20, 2013 • 550 views
A Floating United
I’ve often heard cruise ships called a floating United Nations. This is certainly true of the ship that I am now on, the Pacific Princess. Cruise Director Peter Roberts was kind enough to give me the information that this article is based upon.
First, you have the passengers themselves. They come from all over the United States as well as from countries all over the world. During the first segment of the 2013 World Cruise of the Pacific Princess (from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Sydney, Australia) the passengers came from 20 different countries. Of the ship’s 607 passengers, over half (342 to be exact) were Americans. Next came the Canadians at 99. In fact almost every cruise that I’ve been on has had a high number of Canadians (Do any of them actually stay in Canada during the winter?). Third was the A
ustralians with 67, many of which left the ship when we reached Sydney. Fourth came the Brits with 45, followed after a large gap by the Germans with 13 and the Swiss with 9. The other 14 nations represented all had 4 or less (Texans were counted as Americans but I’m not sure they should be!).
Second, you have the crew. On the Pacific Princess, they are even more diversified than the passengers. They come from 32 different nations. Of the ship’s 380 crew members, 137 are Filipino (including my current cabin stewart, Reynaldo). Then there are 50 Indians (many of which, like Charles, my former cabin stewart are from Goa). Third place was a tie with 22 Brits and 22 Indonesians. The Italians came in 5th with 18 (including Captain Andrea Poggi). Four of the ship’s top six officers are Italian. The other 27 nations number from 14 down to just 1 (Vlade, who serves my breakfast most mornings is the only Macedonian on the ship).
It is always great to see how well everyone gets along on ships like these despite the differences in language, religion and culture. A floating United Nations without all of the real world’s problems.