Europeans have a whole different set of business ethics
In America, we kind of live by the playground code, and if you don’t like what somebody’s doing you confront him first. Otherwise, you’re a tattletale. I don’t think there’s even a word in any European language for tattletale, because the custom of European employees was that if you don’t like a coworker, you go straight to the boss. There’s no arbitration, no trying to work it out face to face. Which caused a lot of problems for Americans who worked onboard.
Everyone sleeps with everyone
The ships were the most incestuous workplace I’ve ever been a part of, we pretty much buggered each other any time we weren’t working. On the budget line I worked on, I think the ratio of men to women was like 9:1. So any time a new girl started working on the ship, that first night at the crew bar was a free-for-all. And for the most part nobody was loyal to anyone. I remember there was a couple on one ship everyone was sure were going to get married, and when the guy’s contract was up a month before hers was, he took a plane back to Uruguay to wait for her. Before he landed, she was with somebody else.