Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT WORK EXPERIENCE AT CRUISE SHIP

HOW LONG ARE THE CONTRACTS?

All positions are contract-based and will generally be 6- 8 months in length depending on the position applied for. Some of management positions can be up to 4 months. Seasonal contracts are generally 4-5 months in length and are only available for some positions. Subject to your performance, ongoing contract opportunities exist.

WHAT SKILLS/EXPERIENCE DOES A CRUISE LINE REQUIRE?

You must be at least 21 years of age with a minimum of 2 years experience within the position you are applying for. Enjoy a high-volume, fast-paced, guest service environment and be able to speak good conversational English or German.

WHAT HOURS WOULD I WORK?

Hours vary from position to position, however, hours are based on 70-hr/7-day work week. Crew-members work every day for the entire length of their contract. Crew-members work split shifts and have time off rather than days off.

HOW MUCH DO I GET PAID?

Pay details vary significantly from position to position – as a basic starting point, you could expect to earn a minimum of USD$1,000 per calendar month. Specific pay rates will be discussed with those candidates short-listed for interview. Crew Members are paid twice a month in US dollars or Euro There is no charge to crew-members for accommodation or meals during your contract.

WILL I GET TRAINING ON BOARD?

Yes. All Cruises lines offer full on the job training with a strong focus on safety training. However you must already have experience in the position you are applying for.

WHAT OTHER BENEFITS ARE THERE?

Full medical coverage during the length of your contract. The opportunity to see the most exclusive and beautiful destinations in the world and get paid for it!

DO I LIVE ON-BOARD THE SHIP?

Yes, you are allocated a share cabin (generally with 1-3 other people – same gender). Crew cabins are equipped with a TV/VCR, small drinks refrigerator and bathroom. Cruises run constantly- 365 days a year, so there is limited time in Port 'between cruises'.

CAN MY PARTNER AND I TRAVEL AND WORK TOGETHER?

Generally, no. Candidates are assessed individually based on their skills and experience. If both of you are successful we can put a request in for you to be assigned to the same ship. But, there are no guarantees.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO WHEN I DO HAVE SOME TIME OFF?

Most positions have access to all guest areas which allows you to utilise extensive gym and pool facilities in addition to crew-only areas.

DO I NEED TO WEAR A UNIFORM?

Your uniform is designed and issued by the cruise line for your particular role. Uniforms are cleaned and maintained for crew-members. Most cruise line companies have very strict guidelines regarding uniforms, so hair must be of a natural colour, piercings must be removed, other than one in each ear for females and tattoo's must not be visible whilst in uniform. Laundry facilities are available for washing personal items. Crew-members are permitted to wear tasteful personal clothing while off-duty.

IF SUCCESSFUL, WHEN WILL I START?

Anytime between now and 6 months time (subject to position availability and own personal availability).

WHAT WILL HAPPEN ONCE I GET OFFERED A POSITION?

Miray International will provide full support and all information required to prepare for your departure.

DO I PURCHASE MY OWN FLIGHT TICKET?

Depending on which position you have been approved for and also which cruise line company hires you, you may be required to finance your initial ONE-WAY ticket . However, some companies pay for all flights. Once you have successfully completed your first contract, the cruise line will fly all crew-members back to home(This can vary per position and cruise line company) All flight tickets thereafter are supplied by the cruise line (This can vary per position).

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO ARRANGE PRIOR TO MY DEPARTURE?

In consultation with the cruise line, Miray International will assist you in the co-ordination of the following:

Background check

Pre-employment medıcal (All cruıse lıners are a drug-free workplace wıth random tests conducted on-board)

C1/D Vısa- Valıd 1-5 years

Schengen vısa for you to embark the shıp

Seaman's Book or STCW95

Flıght tıcket and confırmatıon of your accommodatıon on arrıval

If a job is offered, you will be responsible for the costs associated in obtaining:

Passport

C1/D Vısa ($US,160-00)

Schengen vısa ( 60-80 Euro)

In some cases your one-way flıght tıcket

Pre-employment Medıcal (approx. $USD 150- 450)

Seaman's Book (Cost varıes dependıng on whıch State you are ın)

You may also be requıred to purchase approved work shoes once on board

Please note, all tools/equıpment requıred for your role are supplıed by the cruıse lıne.