In a new thread on the US-based website Reddit, current and former workers lifted the veil on their exploits as they explained what goes on behind closed doors or in plain sight when passengers aren't paying attention.Another user, JMPBass, added: 'Remember high school, where everyone knew everything about everyone's business?

Some people can never get off in port because their jobs don't allow for it.' Their experiences included a sled dog ride in Alaska, white water rafting in Costa Rica, a day on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean, snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and visiting the pyramids of Egypt.

A user named Billious N added: 'Totally depends on which country you come from. She's Indonesian, worked 10 month contracts without a day off, 12-14 hours a day... User Tickle Mafia, a musician, wrote: 'Paying zero rent or bills is a great deal and I've been incredibly lucky that that is an option, but...

Lunch is spiked with tingling Sichuan pepper and eaten in comfortable silence.

Zengheng, 52, is quiet and shows no outward affection toward Rada’s mother, which is standard practice.

Who was macking whom, cheating on so-and-so, doing this-and-that, being a such-and-such?

Well, that's ship life in a nutshell.'The cruise companies don't want to be liable for anything and rape accusations are all too real.

Apart from brief “walking” visits to the women’s home—for sex at night or meals during the day—men largely keep to themselves.

Sons, including Rada’s 33-year-old brother, live at home until they are in their 30s, when they opt to live alone or leave to find work.

Family life revolves around a matriarch who owns property, controls inheritance rights, and has the last word on domestic decisions.

All children are raised by the mother’s side of the family and take their mother’s surname.

Now imagine having to see every single person who saw you do that embarrassing drunk thing, every day for months & months.