The basic crew members (including servers and stateroom host/hostesses) work 10-12 + hrs a day, every day - continuously for 6 months on, 2 months off. They may get a half day break, during port days. The officers' work 3 months on, and 2 months off. Obviously, the crew has room and board, during the time they work on the ship. Since the Disney ships are registered in the Bahamas, and there is no income tax - I believe that all Disney crew are paid a full salary (I am not sure if payment by cash is an option, rather than by cheque/check) - therefore, no source deductions. My assistant server (from England) stated that he did not report his income to the English authorities - so he kept the full income. This posting is related, in part, to my other thread, related to recommended (in my parlance, mandatory) tipping - see link below: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=12043616&posted=1#post12043616 Putting these 2 threads together, I believe that the 4 people (the 3 servers, and the stateroom host/hostess) need to be paid a salary (that does not rely on tipping), just like the other (almost) 1000 crew members. PS-Because of the working hour requirements, that is why there are very few US or Canadian employees, especially at these lower levels - there are more US/Canadian employees, at the higher (officer or equivalent) levels. A secondary or tertiary reason to register in the Bahamas - one is not bound by the stricter North American laws governing manximum work hours allowable per week.