Pining for home: Studying crew homesickness aboard a cruise liner

  • Carolina Bardelle
  • Conrad Lashley
Keywords: homesickness, cruise-liner, crewmembers, shipboard hotel services

Abstract

Most people can experience homesickness at some time, when they move away from their home base. The experience of working onboard a cruise liner can intensify these feelings, because of the enclosed and controlled nature of work and living space. This study reports on the incidence of homesickness where the crewmembers originate from very different cultural contexts than the one in which they work. Findings in this research suggest that whereas a large number of crew experienced homesickness sometimes, a substantial minority feel homesick very often, frequently or always. Crew homesickness should be seen as important by both shipboard and liner company management because it can ultimately impact on customer service experiences, and can be ameliorated by sensitive management policies and practices.

Keywords: homesickness, cruise-liner, crewmembers, shipboard hotel services

Published
2016-08-12
Section
Articles

Journal Identifiers


eISSN: 2415-5152
print ISSN: 2224-3534