Cruise ship worker left gobsmacked after revealing the size of showers the crew has to use

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Cruise ship worker left gobsmacked after revealing the size of showers the crew has to use

Cruise ship worker left gobsmacked after revealing the size of showers the crew has to use

Two workers gearing up to sail on one of the world’s joint-second largest cruise ships have given us a peek at the crew’s living quarters. And, let me tell you, they’re not too chuffed with the size of the shower.

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Royal Caribbean’s Utopia of the Seas is just a few weeks away from embarking on its grand voyage around the globe, with only one other cruise ship out there that’s bigger.

With space for 5,668 holidaymakers and over 2,200 staff, nearly 8,000 souls will be journeying across the seas once she sets sail next Friday (19 July).

For the past few months, the crew has been busy as bees on the French coast, making sure everything’s tip-top before the big day. This even means tucking into the customer buffet to ensure there are no sneaky mishaps, like a wonky cooker or a dodgy hot plate.

One of the crew members, Bryan James, a musician who’s on these floating hotels nearly all year round, has been giving us a behind-the-scenes look on TikTok and YouTube. Bryan’s been spilling the beans on what life’s like for the crew as they get Utopia ready for launch.

He’s shown off the ‘hilarious’ size of his cabin on the brand-new ship, leaving some of his followers in utter disbelief. But it’s the shower that really got Bryan and his mate Jeff feeling a bit cramped.

In a video, Bryan demonstrates how he can touch every wall in his room just by lying in bed. Then, they moved on to the cleaning facilities.


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There’s a shared toilet snug between two tiny rooms, making the rooms themselves seem almost roomy by comparison. “Speaking of limited space, all these rooms have to share a bathroom,” says Bryan. “What are they called? Jack and Jill rooms?”

Bryan then tells Jeff it’s time for the ‘famous shower shot.’ In the teeny shared bathroom is a boxy shower cubicle. Considering Jeff stands at a towering 6ft5, it’s not the best fit.

“This is the second most frustrating part of the experience, these showers,” says Jeff. “Once again, not complaining because I love these rooms so much. But if I just barely go up on my tiptoes, there’s the ceiling.”

Bryan jokingly adds, “You can never get the actual shower head over your head; you have to kneel down.”

The footage is enough to make you feel a bit claustrophobic, with barely any space to move an inch.

One viewer commented, “Wow! I’ve been a musician on RCCL and Norwegian, and we had way more room than that on the old ships. I could stand up and get dressed. I had my own bathroom. I won’t be doing ships anymore.”

Another wrote, “The bathroom is freaking me out.”

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