Are There Any Fees to Be Paid to Portside Consulting?
There are No Application Fees, Portside Consulting does not charge any application, recruitment, or placement fees in compliance with (MLC) International Maritime Law.
How Long Does the Process Take?
It can take anywhere from 4 – 6 months depending on the documentation required before you can be cleared to join a ship. It also takes time for the cruise line to schedule an available ship that is in line with your readiness to board.
Do I Require a Passport before Applying Through Portside?
As soon as you have made the decision to work abroad, and you have been contacted by one of our Recruiters we would advise that you apply for a Passport.
How Long Are the Contracts?
Most contracts are 5 to 8 months long with 4-8 weeks’ vacation. Most contracts are renewable based on performance. Performance Appraisals will be held on board with your line Manager.
Do I have to wear a uniform?
This will depend on your position; uniforms are supplied by the Cruise Line at no cost.
What Are the Working Hours Like?
Expect to work 7 days a week up to 70 hours per week.
Shore-leave is limited to a few hours a day when the ship is in port.
What is the Earning Potential Onboard?
Your salary is dependent on the cruise line and the position you are applying for. Most positions offer a basic plus gratuities or if you are in sales basic plus commission. This will be discussed with you on a one-to-one basis.
How Will I Get Paid?
You could either be paid bi-weekly or monthly, depending on the cruise line. In most cases you will be paid in U.S. dollars. Certain cruise lines offer a debit card provided by the company alternatively you can have your salary wired to your bank account.
Will I be Paying Tax?
Taxes are only withheld for American Citizens; your earnings onboard will be tax free which may be subject to change dependent on your home country.
What Are My Living Arrangements Like Onboard?
In most cases you will be sharing a cabin. Only senior positions will have single cabins.
Would I have Access to Internet on the Ship?
Yes, most cruise lines have crew packages at reduced rates however Internet is rather costly so when in Port this would be the best time to catch up on social media – Starbucks is a crew favorite.
Would I need to Cover My Flight to the Ship?
This will be discussed in your interview. Once you’ve completed your contract your flight home will be paid for by the company and when you return for your next contract this too will be covered by the company. For more senior positions, the company will cover the flights this will be discussed on your screening call with one of our Agents.