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New Shirts and Old Frustrations About Low Wages
Everyone works very hard on board, and Dickinson has a better sense now of just how demanding some of the jobs are. He learns the frustrations of low pay are often compounded by other factors. On the pool deck, for example, waiters wear pink shirts made from a heavy fabric that doesn't breathe very well. Dickinson wears the same uniform himself, and sweats right through it.

Alina often begins her morning shift cleaning cabins at 6:00 a.m. But on a cruise ship, few passengers are awake that early. After she folds the morning laundry and linen, Alina has to wait hours before having access to cabins.

Dickinson's management team comes on board the ship to discuss the boss's week. Dickinson urges greater flexibility and feedback in scheduling cabin cleanings. "I think we end up with a lot of idle time, people you know not with anything to do and I'd rather give them back the time."

Everyone laughs when he takes aim at the pink shirts that he thinks might be made of a polyester-lead blend. But Alina's not laughing -- she did not earn healthy tips on this cruise. Could it be because her partner, Dickinson, didn't hold up his end of the cleaning duties?

Alina comments, "To really do your job you must work very hard and when you know that at the end of the cruise some of your guests don't pay you any money that makes you feel very sad."

She'll have to get used to it, because Dickinson's keeping the system in place. "We want that gratuity to be there because we want the staff to be very highly motivated to provide extraordinary service," he maintains. "The process ensures superior service."

Bob discusses what he's learned in the post-cruise manager's meeting.
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