Where are the Books? A Cruise Ship Library

by Jennifer Crutchfield, former Head Editor, INALJ Connecticutpreviously published 10/31/13

Where are the Books? A Cruise Ship Library 

JenniferCrutchfieldRecently, I went on a week-long cruise to Bermuda. One of the first places we visited was the library. I was excited to see what the library looked like.  The room was beautiful with comfortable seating. I was pleased to see the beautiful Rockettes costumes. This was a surprised for me and I’m a big fan of the Rockettes! To see the stunning costumes really wowed me. But the library lacked something…BOOKS! As you can see in the picture, there are beautiful costumes and a few books sitting on the shelf to the right. That’s pretty much what the entire library looked like, a couple costumes on display and a few books next to them. As a librarian, this was very disappointing and a little lame especially since we were on the boat for three days until we got to our destination.Cruise Ship Library

This particular boat had been sailing for about a year so I did take that into consideration. Maybe they are building a little collection? I noticed that almost everywhere I looked during my cruise I saw people reading and there is a demand for books so you would think the library would be more robust. They did have a small book exchange during the cruise where you could leave any books you didn’t want out on a table for all to enjoy.

The cruise line was offering e-readers for three dollars a day. You could purchase books for the regular fee.

  4 comments for “Where are the Books? A Cruise Ship Library

  1. October 30, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I won’t name the ship but there was half a room of books and a binder to sign out books on this particular ship. I found maybe one or two books for my son to read and none for me. I don’t know but many people seem to read by the poolside so I just thought/hoped that the selection would be better.

  2. October 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Most cruise lines do not have much more than a closet full of books in their so called libraries. However, Holland America and Cunard are the two main cruise lines that are noted for having extensive libraries and full time librarians to serve the guests. I was a librarian aboard the ms Statendam for one contract this year and my library had nearly 4000 books. It would be great if Carnival, Princess, Norwegian, and others followed suit, but I don’t believe any of them have plans in the near future.

    • December 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      I was on the Norwegian Pearl a number of years ago and was very impressed by its library. Unfortunately it was manned only a few hours each day by someone from another department. It is a shame with all the huge profits made by cruise lines that only HAL and Cunard are taking the position of onboard librarian seriously.

  3. Mary
    October 31, 2013 at 10:55 am

    The library on the Carnival Triumph was slightly more impressive than that, but there’s no real organization to it, and as far as I could tell, no real supervision either. They’ve got what people have left there (romance novels and some best seller mysteries), a nice selection of board games, and that’s it. Not terrible, but not very impressive either.

Comments are closed.