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Important Information before You come on Board

Recruiting Day

Information

Job Interview

Once we receive your online application, we check whether you have the necessary prerequisites for the desired position and meet our requirements. If yes, the next step is a personal interview – either at one of our "recruiting days" or via Skype.

What happens on the recruiting day?

The recruiting day starts with a general information session, during which we introduce sea chefs and the respective fleet. We will tell you about life and work on board, and about the contract terms of the sea chefs Cruises Ltd company. If you have any questions at that point, we will be happy to answer them at any time. The recruiters will be glad to provide you with any information. Before the personal interview, we will ask you to fill out a questionnaire about your professional skills and take an English proficiency test.

After this general group session, we conduct a one-on-one interview with you. During the interview, you will have the opportunity to further discuss details, questions and any concerns with your Recruiting Manager / Crewing Manager.

After you have successfully completed the interview, sea chefs will send you your employment contract. From that point on, your personal contact person, your Crewing Officer from the sea chefs office in Limassol, Cyprus, will be glad to provide answers, advice and assistance at any time. He/she will provide you with all the necessary information about your contract, your starting date and your required documents.

Cash and Credit Cards

To cover any expenses on your way to the ship and before you receive your first pay, we recommend bringing some money as well as a credit card with you.

On some ships, having a credit card is required.

When you come aboard the ship, you will receive a crew card / on-board ID card. This card serves as, both your cabin key (on some ships) and your “charge card”, and is used for purchases in the crew bar and shops on board.

Languages Used On Board

On board the ship, the official language of the crew is English.

For safety and security reasons, every crew member must have command of the English language. In order to serve guests in their native language, German is the second official language on some ships. 

C1/D Visa

Crew members are required to have a C1/D Visa if they work on cruise ships that regularly call at US ports or use the USA as a transit country.

Possession of this visa is mandatory on some ships. When you register online, you will be assigned an appointment at an American Embassy, where you can then apply for your visa.

Your Crewing Officer will provide you with further information about this prior to your starting date.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Since many ships sail throughout the world, some countries have compulsory immunization regulations, therefore a yellow fever vaccination is required.

Yellow fever vaccinations can only be obtained in specially designated yellow fever vaccination centres, generally located at the tropical medicine institutes of university clinics and hospitals. The yellow fever vaccination protects you for 10 years.

Your Crewing Officer will provide you with further information about this prior to your starting date.

Medical Certificate

A medical certificate is a mandatory requirement for employment.

It may be issued by either your primary care physician or by an official agency that conducts examinations for the purpose of assessing medical fitness for service at sea.

Your Crewing Officer will provide you with further information prior to your starting date.

Passport

To be able to work on board a cruise ship, you need a valid passport (an ID card is not sufficient!), which must be valid for at least one more year after the date of hire.

Furthermore, it is important to note that at least two pages must be kept blank, in order to ensure space for any necessary stamps and visas.

Your Crewing Officer will provide you with further information about this prior to your starting date.

Seaman’s Record Book

One some ships, crew members are required to have a seaman’s record book.

Your Crewing Officer will provide you with further information about this prior to your starting date.

Power Outlets On Board

Most ships are equipped with European power outlets (220V), similar to the power outlets in Germany and Austria.

Please ask your Crewing Officer about this prior to your starting date.

Training / Basic Safety & Crowd Management

On a ship, the staff is responsible for safety.

In emergency situations, every crew member must always know and be able to get to his/her assigned station and manage the relevant drills and safety measures.

For ocean-going vessels, this internationally required safety training is taught during a four-day course held either on board or shoreside before you start work. The training course is called "Basic Safety Training & Crowd Management" in accordance with STCW 2010 (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers).

On board, you will attend further safety training sessions. The Safety Officer will explain the safety aspects of the ship and your duties and responsibilities in an emergency.

Your Crewing Officer will provide you with further information about this prior to your starting date.

Uniforms / Work Clothing

All employees are required to wear uniforms during their working hours.

The uniform must be kept clean, ironed and immaculate at all times. Either we provide the uniform, or if required, you organise it yourself, depending on the respective position.

Your Crewing Officer will provide you with further information prior to your starting date.

Certificates & Documents

Once you have prepared all the documents, please send a scanned copy of them to your Crewing Officer.

Please do not send any originals! Originals always remain in your possession and must be carried aboard in your hand luggage (never in checked luggage!).

Your Crewing Officer will provide you with further information prior to your starting date.

Teamwork

To ensure the smooth and efficient operation of our ships, teamwork is essential.

Shared goals can only be achieved if we are aligned in the same direction and work as a cohesive team.

At sea chefs, it is extremely important that cooperation and teamwork not only work within individual departments, but extend across departments as well.