This may come as a surprise, but on most major cruise liners, most of the staff are from other countries. According to former cruise line worker Kat, "On any given contract, you're working with about 64 nationalities." There are many reasons why this may be the case, but one of the more glaring reasons is that often these employees are asked to work long hours and hardly ever get a day off. This isn't exactly an appealing prospect for Americans who are used to 40-hour work weeks. "On my worst contract, I was working close to 300 hours a month," Kat claims. On top of this, Americans are more expensive to employ than people from developing countries. Another former cruise liner employee named Sam revealed that she made $1,100 more than her Filipino boss.