Cruising

Shannen Findlay

Cruise employee reveals all: The codeword you do not want to hear

Cruise employee reveals all: The codeword you do not want to hear

As cruise ship holidays become more popular each year, more cruise crew members are hard at work ensuring travellers are having the trip of their dreams. 

However, there are always unpleasantries at every workplace, and holiday resorts are no exception. 

One industry insider has revealed the one cruise codeword staff use when describing an unfortunate event. 

Brandon Presser, temporary director of Royal Caribbean’s largest ship, Harmony of the Seas, told Bloomberg there are codewords centered around passenger illness and ship emergencies. 

In Presser’s time working with over 2,200 crew members, he said there was one codeword that no employee ever wants to hear - which is “PVI.”

Presser said it means “public vomiting incident” and unfortunately happens more than we would like to think. 

In just five days while travelling, the former cruise director said there was a record of three PVI’s in that time. 

While this is no reason to rule out a beautiful cruise holiday, it might be the codeword to keep an ear out for so you don’t ever have to see a “public vomiting incident” while trying to enjoy your trip.