If you strip it of the gender roles (Mister Fix-Its?) isn't this just another outgrowth of that priority?
Each line has its own method of hiring and compensating hosts.
Royal Cruise provides only free passage, to retain a sense that the host is a fellow passenger, not a staff member. Men must be recommended by travel agents, since Royal Cruise takes the view that the travel agent has a vested interest in supplying only the best hosts.
A host is required to share his cabin with another male host.
He can be left at the next port if senior officials on the ship consider his behavior inappropriate.
The scarcity of older men, as compared with older women, on cruise ships is encouraging the lines to provide male escort or ''charming host'' services.
The men are paid for their time or given free passage in exchange for acting as partners to women on the ballroom floor, joining them for a drink in the bar, playing cards or other deck games, exchanging light banter or accompanying the women on shore excursions, especially into less savory ports of call." Or, is it just ladies having the same kind of fun men have when they call an escort service? On the surface, Rent-A-Gent is almost too ridiculous to mock. It's our sincere hope that a "confident and successful" woman wouldn't feel the need to have a hottie on her arm just to get through an ex's birthday party, but if she's determined and willing to drop the cash, why not?A super-sexy poet comes over to your apartment to pour wine and recite odes for you and your gal pals on girls night? We live in a world where convenience is prioritized.The Cunard Line incorporates such tasks into the duties of the older men who are added to the regular social staff on world cruises ''to give an extra layer of service,'' said Susan Alpert of Cunard.The three lines hired a total of 300 hosts this year.(Is there a gent who can swing by in a three-piece suit and help us unpack the sociological details of a post-feminist escort service?