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Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties -- One Crazy Year Working on (Travelers' Tales)

Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline: Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties -- One Crazy Year Working on (Travelers' Tales) [Kindle Edition]

Brian David Bruns
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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In Cruise Confidential, Brian David Bruns spills the dirt — or in this case, the dirty water — on those romantic, fun-filled vacations at sea. His hilarious chronicle of the year he spent working for Carnival Cruise Lines takes readers down into the areas where the crew works and lives, leaving readers gasping with laughter as they’re assaulted nonstop with events that range from the absurd to the utterly bizarre. Stewards fighting over food. Cutlery allowances and other nonsensical rules. What the crew calls those onboard (no, it’s not “passengers”). And of course, the sex. An abundance of ready, willing, and able bodies eager for action on a vessel replete with nooks and crannies leads to love in some mighty strange, and seemingly impossible, places. Breezy, entertaining, and informative, Cruise Confidential is essential reading for those planning a cruise or for anyone who just needs a good laugh.

About the Author

Brian David Bruns lives in Nevada, USA.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193236160X
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales (1 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056IJJY4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Praise for the Cruise Confidential series:

"I found it absolutely hysterical!" - Today Show

"This man has seen it all!" - 20/20

"Cruise Confidential is a deliciously addictive read..." - Travel Channel

"...Ship for Brains is a fine pick, not to be missed." - Midwest Book Review

"I couldn't put it down." - Chicago Sun-Times

"This is a very funny, behind-the-scenes exploration of a cruise ship." - Booklist

"A really entertaining true tale [about the] bizarre world of cruise ships..." - San Francisco Chronicle

"... the real party is going on in the crew's quarters..." - USA Today

"Cruise Confidential is a juicy tell-all." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Bruns doesn't hold back..." - Thomas Cook Magazine (UK)

"Witty and self-depracating [Bruns] has a flair for dialogue..." - Blogcritics Magazine

London Book Festival: BRONZE
Paris Book Festival: SILVER
Benjamin Franklin Awards: GOLD
ForeWord Awards: GOLD
2008 New England Book Festival: finalist
2011 New England Book Festival: finalist
San Francisco Book Festival: finalist
ForeWord Awards: finalist

Brian David Bruns is the author of the best-selling Cruise Confidential series--by the only American in the history of Carnival Cruise Lines to endure a full contract in the ships' restaurants. Brian's hilarious, yet inspiring, journey was featured in ABC's 20/20 special edition, "Cruise Ship Confidential," seen by 7.61 million viewers.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real behind the scenes look at cruising 11 Jun 2010
I love cruises and always wanted to know what went on behind the scenes.
Cruise confidential answered all of my questions and confirmed a few theories too.
I could never understand why a lot of the crew stayed on board when the ship docked
in great scenic harbours but I now know it's because they are too tired to walk
never mind sightsee!
Altogether a great book, I could hardly put it down.
Author has a great sense of humour and makes it an easy read full of laughs.
Cant wait to read his next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! 3 Jan 2010
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Well written, funny, a real eye opener from someone who has cruised many times - reading it really opened my eyes to the waiters that had served me in the past and what some of them have to go through
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all cruisers 7 Jan 2012
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As a fan of cruising, I was eager to learn how 'the other half live' and this book comes up with the goods. I will never again think of a job on a cruise ship as an easy way to see the world - half the time you don't get to see anything at all as you are too busy sleeping or working. This book is certainly an eye-opener and spills the beans on life in the bowels of the ship. Plus, after a sluggish start, it romps along from one escapade to another. I enjoyed it so much, I feel like reading it again!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting but a little narrow in scope 1 Nov 2010
If you buy this book to get a peak into cruise life from the crews' point of view you won't be disapointed. It is well written and very funny at parts. I personally wanted to learn more about how the cruiseship is run on various levels and not just what happens in the dining room. The lead character is a waiter trying to become a maitre d' so most of the book is about working in the dining room, partying at the crew bar and partying in the various exotic locations when on few hours leave. I would have liked to also read about what happens in the kitchen or the hotel or the bridge and so on. Nevertheless if you know nothing about crew life on a cruise ship you will find out a lot with this book and probably have a good time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading 2 Mar 2010
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Very well written, extremly funny and a real eye opener for anyone who has ever been on a cruise!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good read 16 April 2014
By kate
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as an avid cruiser I found this book great reading , a good insight as to how thing really work onboard ship
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5.0 out of 5 stars is he crazy or stupid? 18 Mar 2014
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I think hes amazing ! Im gobsmacked at the work schedule !! Love the wvriting this book is difficult to put down - i loved it !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read.
Having been a cruiser for several years I found this book a page turner and fountain of knowledge. Many questions I had about life below deck and how the staff coped has been... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ian Mcdonald
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapppointed
More fiction than fact. An American crew member of an American cruise liner full of his fanciful sexual exploits. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Igl Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
Very well written if you book a cruise read this first then you will be more understanding while enjoying yourselves for that holiday
Published 17 months ago by Stephen Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very entertaining book with plenty of humour. It gives us a view of life below decks sometimes good and sometimes very bad
Published 18 months ago by Sandra Potts
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I downloaded this whilst on a cruise ship and curious about the lives and treatment of the staff. It gave a good insight to life on a ship and built around a good story line
Published 21 months ago by Evas
4.0 out of 5 stars what goes on in cruise quarters
An excelent book for those who like cruising & wonderd what goes on behind the crew areas; This is an american book based on carnival cruises but would imagine that similarities... Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2012 by Mr. M. Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruise Confidential
Brilliant book. As an avid cruiser it was fascinating to read about what goes on behind the scenes.What an insight!
Published on 9 July 2012 by mjs
3.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Take on Cruise's
This is a very personal tale of working on cruise ships from one man's eyes.

The reader is taken through days of working with barely a minute off, through the excesses... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by Rhys White
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it ! very funny book
I have to say having been on 6 cruises now this book really appealed to me. I found it very insightful, funny & I really couldn't book this book down. Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by Tammy T
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