Bruns says the only reason he stayed in one particularly miserable cruise ship job was because he was chasing after a certain Romanian waitress (he eventually caught her).“It was one of the unspoken rules that you don’t date somebody who is from your country or your color,” he remembers. It’s because everybody is like, ‘Wow, I want to learn.’ And of course, the ultimate way to learn about a culture is to sleep with somebody who is from that culture.” (Are you listening, United Nations?

So many cruise ship crew members — especially the younger, unmarried service staff — blow off steam the way 20-somethings away from home for the first time typically do: by partying and hooking up with each other like it’s the end of the world.

Related: A First-Timer’s Guide to Cruising“Think about when you went to college for the first time,” says Bruns.

But Bruns points to them, especially the musicians, as the hardest partiers of all those working aboard the ships he’s been on.“I hung out with a lot of the singers on one ship in particular,” he remembers. And they’re just drunk all the time.”Cruise ship news flash No. Related: ‘We Bring the Fun’ and Other Confessions of a Cruise Ship Entertainer“These guys make no money — they’re like the proverbial starving musician types,” he says. They work like two to three hours a night doing a show.

Because everybody else [in the crew] is working all the time — and they’re like, ‘Well, we don’t have enough money to go into port’ — these guys are bored out of their minds.

“The best thing about working on cruise ships — they’re like wild parties. (Photo: Facebook)Not to paint all cruise ship crew members as a bunch of randy, drunken party animals.

I live in Vegas and I would have to go to a private party to find this kind of behavior.”Related: Kitchen Confidential: Confessions of a Cruise Ship Waiter Cruise ship vet B. They are, by and large, a dedicated and hard-working bunch who take their work seriously.

Niver and Bruns — in addition to just about every single cruise crew member, past and present, we’ve talked to — say the same thing: Crew members just don’t hook up with passengers. Niver compares the no-fly zone cruise lines place around passengers to her previous job at a Club Med resort, which was a tad more, shall we say, permissive about such matters.“At a staff meeting, the chief of the lodge looked at the team and said, ‘There’s a lot of single women coming next week and I want them to be happy,’” Niver says.

“That is not a conversation we’d have on a cruise ship!

At least you want to try to have a good time or take some memories with you.”Who are the biggest partiers at sea? (Photo: i Stock)Of course, the story of musicians drinking and hooking up at sea is as old as music and water.