Financial Considerations


As An Agency Portside Consulting is proud of our NO FEES POLICY – we do not charge any recruitment, application, or placement fees.

Costs to consider should you receive a Job Offer from the Cruise Line, please note these are estimations only:

Police Clearance Certificate: R150


SAMSA Medical: 

R450 - R850

Valid South African Passport:


Full medical exam conducted by a cruise line approved doctor: 

R8000 -R10000

STCW Certificates can range:

(1-6 Certificates)

R1850 - R10000

Crew Member visas (C1/D) cost:

 R3626 without visa assistance

Crew Member visas (C1/D) cost:

 R4776 with visa assistance


Visa embassy costs are reimbursed upon joining of the vessel, please keep receipts. This is only applicable to Cruise Lines and not Concessionaires.


The timeline from the moment of receiving a "Job Offer" to the actual on-board commencement typically spans approximately 2-3 months. It is important to note that this duration has to be followed in order to board successfully. As such, the timeline given by your agency must be followed.

In most cases Cruise Liners arrange and pay for your travel to/from the ship. If this is not the case, the recruiter will inform you.

Salary – your salary will be in USD and Tax Free, refer to your job offer for payment terms.

Long working hours: Cruise ship operations run 24/7, and you are required to work 7 days a week. According to the MLC, the general standard for maximum hours of work should not exceed 14 hours in any 24-hour period and 72 hours in any seven-day period.

All food, travel, boarding and basic medical expenses are covered while onboard.