Erica DePascale has traveled to 72 countries in more than six years, working and living on cruise ships.
In one of her viral TikToksDePascale peeks into her room on board the ship.
She revealed crew members share a 120 square meter windowless room and can share a bunk with a friend upon request.
The two crew members have single bunk beds, each with a private TV screen and curtains for privacy, and an en-suite bathroom with a small shower, toilet and sink.
She admitted that the biggest “deal breaker” for some is limited storage and closet space.
“Closet storage is a deal-breaker for some people out there, I think, but I’ve gotten used to it for me over the years,” DePascale explained.
“If you know how to hang things properly, you can fit about eight to ten outfits comfortably.”
Crew members also have three small drawers and a small safe to lock their valuables.
“It’s like an adult camp or a college, whatever you want to call it,” DePascale said.
The post reached out to DePascale for comment.
She revealed to insiders that crew members in higher positions have better cabins and receive daily cleaning service.
Cruise employees enjoy their own separate buffet, parties and game rooms, and even get access to private areas that guests are not allowed to enter – including private sundecks at the front and rear of the ship.
For those who want to live at sea but don’t feel like making a living or spending their life savings, cruise line Storylines will set sail in 2026 with their “affordable” residential cruise ship.
Storylines’ debut ship features one- to four-bedroom suites as well as studios and a few two-story penthouses ranging in price from $400,000 to a staggering $8 million.
Dubbed the MV Narrative, the ship also features 20 restaurants and bars, a microbrewery, three swimming pools, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a spa, a solar-powered hydroponic garden, a 10,000-book library, and an educational program for children.
Storylines is a steal compared to other seafaring communities like The World, where quarters can cost up to $15 million to buy plus annual operating costs, or the 721-foot superyacht Somnio, where condominiums start at $11 million.
Somnio will be launched in 2024 and bills itself as “the world’s only residential superyacht”.