Working on a cruise ship can mean that an employee may not be under the same laws that apply while working on land in the US (or any other country). Things that are taken for granted while working on US soil may not be available while in the employ of a ship that flies the flag of another country. In fact, employment laws can vary from one ship to another – depending on where it is from.
This means that cruise ship employees do not have the same rights on these ships, and there may be surprisingly few rights or recourse of action against an employer at all on some ships. Even apart from the maritime laws of some countries, there may also be clauses in the employee’s contract which may limit even further any rights that remain. In order to fully understand your rights before signing the contract, you must carefully read it through.