Today morning six ships close to each other exchanging a large number of crew members to repatriate them. The Princess, Seabourn & Holand America plan to repatriate crew members to Europe, Africa, Asia, and Canada. One of the Princess Cruise Ship will head this journey rest five will stay in the same position.
Due to air travel restriction, Princess Cruise Line along with Holand America and Seabourn have actioned a repatriation plan to sail all crewmembers home to Europe, Africa, Asia, and Canada. The safety officers of Sky Princess appreciate all the crew members who continue working hard to take care of everyone who remains on board to get them safely home.
Raffaele G. Ansante, Sky Princess Safety Officer said ” We did something incredible, Something no one ever could think of, Something you have never been trained for, but we did!
I personally thing the management of Princess, Seabourn and Holand America took a good decision to repatriate all the crew members of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Canada because until now no one knows about when they will sail again for service.
The CDC( Center for Disease Control and Prevention) already announced the modification of suspension for No Sail Order for All the Cruise Ships. Earlier most of the Cruise company announced a suspension for one month only until April 11, 2020, and were expecting to resume on service April 12, 2020 but due to global pandemic they modified it.
On April 9, 2020, the CDC announced No sail Order for all the Cruise Ships in the fleet until further noticed then all the Cruise Ships modified their suspension and they extend for one more month until May 10, 2020.
But recently they modified again on their suspension order and now they extend all the service until June 30, 2020, and expecting to resume on service on July 1, 2020. I believe we are not sure that they will be back on service on July 1, 2020 because of COVID-19 global pandemic.
So I believe this decision taken by Princess, Seabourn, and Holand America is quite good to repatriate all the crew members because I think we need to wait until the solution of coronavirus. It is not easy to resume on service with this global pandemic so stay home, stay safe.
Before I start write about best cruise line to work, I would like to say a brief about my self. I am a seafarer since 2015 and I have seen lots of pros and cons of the Cruise Industry. Here I will explain the reality of Cruise Ship Jobs, What I personally feel onboard? What is the feeling of other crew members on board? What is the basic salary of seafarers when someone start from scratch level jobs? and What are facilities they will get on board, Life onboard, Opportunity of crew members, policies of cruise company and basic requirements, etc? But we need to understand the difference between the Best Cruise Line in the World and Best Cruise Line to Work.
Difference Between Best Cruise Line to Work and Best Cruise Line In the Fleet
The Best CruiseLine In The World: There are many best Cruise Line companies which are growing every year. Many of the companies have future plan and almost every year they are launching brand new ships as well as their price in the share market also increasing. The health and wealth of the company are growing which means this company is really very good. But it does not mean this company will be also the best company to work. Of Course, a few of them will be really good.
The Best Cruise Line In the Fleet are:
Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line
Princess Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line
Celebrity Cruise Line
Mediterranean Shipping Company(MSC)
Seaborn Cruise Line
P&O Cruise Line
Appolo Cruise Line
AIDA Cruise Line
Azamara Cruise line
Jalesh Cruise Line
Virgin Voyage Cruise Line
Above all the Cruise Line are World Best Cruise Company and they are growing every year and most of them are going to launch a brand new Ship in the future.
Best Cruise Line to Work
The brand name can not define which cruise line is the best to work, I personally feel if crew members are not happy with the work environment, with the management, with the present boss under he/she working then that Cruise Company is not best to work.
If the crew members are happy with the work environment, with the management and with the present boss on board then he/she will definitely give their 100% to the Company.
It is very hard to find which Cruise Line is the Best Cruise Line to Work and if you are a job seeker then you must be very confused about the cruise company where you are going for jobs. And I believe there are many questions may arise in your mind:
How much do cruise ship employees get Paid?
How many hours do cruise ship employees work?
Do cruise ship workers get their tips?
How much tips can make a cruise Ship employee?
Do the cruise ship employee get weekly off or not?
How long will be my contract?
Is Cruise Company will pay my travel expense?
Do cruise ship employees get free food?
What if I got sick on board?
What if any emergency at back home when I am onboard?
Is there any WI-FI or Internet facility for crew?
What is the minimum age to work on Cruise ships?
What is the maximum age to work on cruise ships?
How much does a captain of the ship make?
How to send money home from Cruise Ship?
What is the work experience do I need for Cruise Ship Job?
How to choose the best cruise line to work
You need to check, what are the facilities company will provide you? Job opportunity for crew members on board, How will be the life on board of crew members? the basic requirements for cruise ship jobs, what if I am a Couple and want to work together? etc.
If you are a partner and you are working on a cruise ship then most of the cruise line will not allow you to work on the same ship due to company policies but Norwegian Cruise Line has a very nice policy for the couple. If you are a legal couple and want to work together then Norwegian will allow you to work on the same ship but you will have to stay in their own room. Apart from that, you can do whatever do you want to do in your personal life with due respect to company policies.
Job Opportunity for Crew Members on board
Many cruise companies are giving the priorities to crew members and providing lots of opportunities onboard like, the Promotion of newly join crew members on time to time, etc. Everyone wants to grow in terms of health and wealth so if you will get promoted then your salary will increase by default which helps you to increase your wealth.
Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise line give promotion to their crew members but its very hard to get promoted in their 1st or 2nd contract. Most of the crew reveal that we get a promotion here but most probably 3rd or 4th contract which is very frustrating sometimes.
But the Norwegian Cruise Line follow the seniority procedure like 1st join the company,1st will get promoted if you deserve and your work performance is good. Most probably they promoted in their 2nd contract if all the criteria match with policy.
Most of you think that how to get promoted in my 1st contract but I will be very transparent with this policy. If you have any questions like this in your mind then please remove it because I know its never gonna be happen. In your 1st contract company will teach you all the aspects of the company like policies, SOP and safety procedure, etc. and then 2nd contract they will give you a chance for the next level. At the bottom you will find a lot of FAQ so please go through once it will help you to choose the best cruise line to work.
Q. Which Cruise Line Pays their employees Best?
Most of the Cruise line pays good amount to their employees like: Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line Pays the average salary of their crew is $1400 per month and $16,800 yearly. You can take a mid-month advance salary as well which I personally like this, it’s not only me most of the crew like these facilities.
Royal Caribbean Cruise: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Pays the average salary of their crew is $1300 per month and $ 16,200 yearly.
Carnival Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Line Pays the average salary of their crew is $1108 per month and $13,300 yearly.
MSC Cruise Line: MSC Cruise line pays the average salary of their crew is $1091 per month and $13,100 yearly.
Apollo Cruise Line: Apollo Cruise Line pays the average salary of their Crew is $ 950 per month and $ 11,400 yearly. P&O Cruise Line: P&O Cruise Line pays the average salary of their crew is $825 per month and $9,900 annually.
Q. How many hours do cruise ship employees work?
Ans. If you are going to join as a crew member then this question also arise in your mind. Minimum working hours of crew members are 10 hrs every day and 79.5 hours in a week maximum. If you are working more than 10 hours per day then you will get paid overtime money but you can not exceed more then 80 hours a week.
Q. Do cruise ship workers get their tips?
Ans. Onboard you will get two types of tips, One will be centralized tips which are given by the company with your salary and Second will be personalized tips, it means if you will get any cash tips from guest then you are free to keep that money with you or if you want to share with your partner then you can do it.
Q. Do the cruise ship employee get weekly off or not?
Ans. If you are working on a cruise ship then forget about weekly off, there is no weekly off on board. If you are medically not well then you will get off for limited hours if onboard doctor approved.
Q. What is the alcohol policy on Cruise Ship?
Ans. Most of the cruise companies have their own alcohol policy for the crew. The crew members are not allowed to bring alcohol from the shore side to drink on board. This policy is applicable for all cruise company but Norwegian Cruise line crew members can drink alcohol 0.04% if he/she is off duty. They can buy beer or wine from the crew bar from a designated area and drink in the bar as well in the cabin. They do random check twice in a month for alcohol, if someone gets cough with more then 0.04% then he/she will have to fry in next port.
Q. How long will be my contract?
Ans. The length of the contract depends on company to company and position to position. Most of the Cruise Company have a 6 to 8-month contract for their crew members and for officers have 3 to 4-month contact.
Q. Is Cruise Company will pay my travel expense?
Ans. Travel expensesare also depending on company policy some of the companies pay both side travel expenses even it’s your first contract Like Norwegian Cruise Line but some companies don’t pay both side travel expenses even it’s your 1st contract like Carnival Cruise Line, Apollo Cruise Company, etc.
Q. Do cruise ship employees get free food?
Ans. Yes all the Cruise Company provide free food to their crew members on board, there will be choice of vegetarian and non vegetarian option on daily rotation basis.
Conclusion: As per my point of view most of the Cruise companies are good to work like Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Princess Cruise, etc but if I have to choose best Cruise Line to work then I will Choose Norwegian Cruise Line.
Why I will choose Norwegian Cruise Line? Because Norwegian pays best to their employee compare to others, they provide both side travel expenses even it is my 1st contract. The management is also very good with the crew members and guests.
They have most of the crew members from Asia and the Caribbean but onboard you will find the best culture. They celebrate for everyone like the Philippines, Indonesia, Indian, Chinese, Caribbean, etc. A very friendly nature of crew members, staff, and management.
Due to the global pandemic, all the cruise lines are suspended as per CDC( Center for Disease Control and Prevention) announcement until further notice. Most of the cruises are canceled till June 11, 2020, but Carnival’s P&O and Cunard canceled sailing till July 31, 2020.
David K. Dingle, CEO of P&O cruise(UK) at Carnival Cruise line announced their modification of suspension for no sailing order until July 30, 2020. As we all know about global pandemic due to virus and we are sorry to announce our cruise sailing suspension until July 31, 2020 and we are expecting to resume on sailing on August 1, 2020.
Celebrity cruise line extends their sailing until June 11, 2020 and they are expecting to resume sailing by June 12, 2020. Earlier on March 13, 2020, they announced suspension until one month but due to global pandemic they suspend for one more month that is May 11, 2020.
Why they modify their suspension of sailing all cruises
Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., also suspend their all cruise ships sailing until May 11, 2020 and they are expecting to resume on service on May 12, 2020.
My expectation when the will resume again
See we all know that we are facing a global pandemic and the current situation of the world is very very bad and we are not able to control this pandemic. Not even a single country have any idea about the vaccine of COVID-19 and all the richest country are suffering from virus-like United state, Italy, Russia, India, China, and many more.
We can not say anything till the time we are not able to breakdown of this chain, Once this chain will break then we have some hope till the time all the date will keep extending like as usual. so please stay home stay safe.