Q. Will I be on the same
ship for my entire contract?
A. More than likely, you will be on the same ship for your entire contract.
Although, it is possible that you may be transferred to another ship if
necessary. Also, if your ship changes its run during your contract, you
simply stay on your ship to the new destination.
Q. What is my schedule once I’m on my ship?
A. Everyone’s schedule will vary according to position. However,
by Norwegian law, you may be scheduled to work up to ten (10) hours a
day. Normally, you may have an activity in the morning, one in the afternoon
and then one in the evening. Work times will be at various times throughout
the day with meals and down-time in between.
Q. How long are the contracts?
A. Contracts for most positions are six (6) months. If you are motivated
and enthusiastic, it is possible to renew your contract after your first
six months and advance in your career. The company promotes from within
and advancement is a realistic goal.
Q. What are the rules and regulations onboard?
A. There are rules and regulations that all employees are expected to
follow for the safety and well being of everyone onboard. Use of the public
facilities is limited. You are expected to be well groomed and professionally
dressed both on and off duty.
Q. What will my cabin be like?
A. Cabins are small and space is limited. You will be sharing your cabin
with another person so it is important to be patient, considerate and
diplomatic. Luggage that folds down (like duffle bags) or luggage that
nests inside other pieces can come in handy as storage space is limited.
Q. Where can I spend off duty time?
A. Most ships have staff or crew dayrooms and staff/crew gymnasiums. Of
course, you may relax in your cabin. And if you are in port and not on
duty, it is possible to visit the port you are in, if your schedule allows.
Q. Is there e-mail access onboard?
A. It depends on the ship. Some of the newer vessels have e-mail capability.
Other ships go to ports where there are internet cafes close to the area
where the ship docks.
Q. How long does it take to get a position onboard the cruise
A. The time will vary depending on the position you are seeking. Once
your application has been accepted, it can be anywhere from a few days
to several months until a position becomes available.
Q. Is there anything else I should know?
A. You must have a passport that is valid for at least one year from the
start date of your contract. In most cases, U.S. citizens do not need
any separate visas but be sure to confirm this with Shipboard Staffing,
based on your itinerary. Citizens of certain other countries will need
the proper visas and documentation including, but not limited to, a C1-D
visa which must be obtained in your home country at your own expense prior
Some companies will pay for your transportation to your ship. With other
companies, you must pay for your transportation to join your ship. You
must pass a pre-employment physical before you can join your ship. Once
onboard, you will receive room and board, which means you do not pay for
your cabin or your food. You will also have medical coverage while you
are on the ship.
Q. What should I do now?
A. Go to the Contact Us page to see how to submit your resume and cover
Q. I've sent/handed in my CV to Golden Anchor. Can you tell me
if I have any chance for leaving on a ship ?
A. Only the information in a CV is not enough for evaluating
the chances of departure. The evaluation takes place at the pre-selection
interview for which you will get appointed by Golden Anchor.
Q. What kind of job should I apply for as to leave earlier?
A. You should apply only for the jobs that you have qualification,
skills and experience for. At the pre-selection interview we will provide
you consultancy of vocational guidance.
Q. How much does it cost and how much do I need to pay?
A. Embarkation expenses vary from company to company (medical
analyses, IMO certificates, travel expenses, cost for visas); they depend
on the place of embarkation as well. Some companies pay part of the expenses,
others don’t. All selected candidates are informed about the expenses
Q. How much does it take until embarkation?
A. Until the pre-selection interview this question has no use.
After the pre-selection interview and that with the company's representative,
the hiring company is in charge of the date of embarkation. We cannot
anticipate an average waiting period either because it's not up to us.
Q. Can I apply for a certain company/ship?
A. Yes, you can. The decision of hiring someone is taken only by the company.
Q. I've sent my resume. How much does it take until the pre-selection
A. Golden Anchor is setting appointments for the pre-selection
interviews depending on the time available and on priorities. Golden Anchor
will let you know the date and time of the interview by phone or e-mail.
Q. What kind of documents do I need to prepare?
A. You need a CV and some pictures. Golden Anchor will inform
you in time about the next stages.
Q. What is the pre-selection interview?
A. It is a discussion on professional subjects and motivation,
eventually some tests for professional skills. The discussion is held
in English and in the languages declared in the CV.