Safety comes First

It is crew’s duty to systematically evacuate guests and respond emergency correctly. So when crew member start to working onboard a cruise ship, they will start with a safety meeting.

  • Abandon Ship & Survival Techniques
  • Fire prevention & Fire Fighting
  • Vessel Emission Control Procedures
  • Security Awareness Training
  • Casualty Management
  • Oil Spill Containment
  • Others

It is imperative that the crew know their duties in case of an emergency and where they need to assemble in case the Captain gives the order to abandon ship. Through training, the crew will learn their own safety number, codes which are used for different situations, assigned duties for each of those, the location of life boats and life rafts, how to launch them and etc. Different cruise ships have different Safety features with which the crew will need to be familiar with. For example, the crew will learn how to operate a watertight door, a fire screen door, and what to do if they see someone fall overboard. When the crew discovers a fire onboard, they will know how to find correct kind of fire-extinguishers to be used. To learn all critical knowledge above requires the crew to participate trainnings onboard.

Besides this basic safety training, most crew members require a course and certificate in Basic Firefighting, Survival at Sea and Basic First Aid (often referred to as STCW). Some cruise lines have the possibility to do this training onboard, others will advise the candidates to take those courses in their home country before joining the ship.

To efficiently manage crowd, the relevant trainings are conducted onboard. For example, managers often need a Crowd and Crisis management course.

To make sure all crew members familiarize emergency procedure, it is compulsory to participate it in weekly basis. Yes, it is “Compulsory Crew Drill”. Each crew member is requested to participate unless the crew got permission from captain directly. Beside of the Crew Drill, the passenger drill is necessary to participate, too. This drill will be held during embarkation day of each voyage.

As you can see, there is a lot more to learn, than just doing your job and to find your way around the ship. Even though the safety training is often seen as an unpopular task, which just needs to be done, please keep in mind that all this training is for your safety. This training will give you a chance to save your life and that of others, in case of an emergency.

Happy sailing!

The Essential Training includes critical company policy, enterprise business core and some cruise-knowledge-related classes.

Among them, the Zero Tolerance Policy is the most important. If anyone violates the Zero Tolerance Policy, he or she will be dismissed without any exemption. In most cruise companies, there are some common Zero Tolerance Policy as followings.

  • Zero tolerance punching policy: to punch in and punch out in timely manner.
  • Zero Tolerance Alcohol Policy: The Crew member are not permitted to become inebriated or intoxicated while on their assignment contract. They are not allowed to drink alcohol while on duty. Violation of either of these rules is grounds for dismissal. For example, Costa Cruises implemented zero tolerance alcohol policy for employees working in the engine department, bridge officers, medical and deck department. This means that they are not allowed have alcohol in the crew bar, disco or any bars aboard the ship. If the officer is tested positive on alco-test he or she will be terminated from the company. Usually, most cruise lines set at certain percentage, like 0.04%, of blood alcohol concentration as the legal limit, which allowed employees
  • Zero tolerance drug policy with random testing: Drug possession, transportation and usage are causes for immediate termination.
  • Zero tolerance for harassment of any nature: Every crew member is responsible for keeping a safe, harmonious environment onboard.

The crew is ambassador of company’s spirit. It is vital that all crew members understand and conduct the business core while serving the guests. Crew Admin Department will design several lecture, training, activities and even competition with praise to inspire and encourage the crew members. Take Celebrity Cruise for example, they train the crew to truly enliven the STAR principles. So the crew can bring meaning to the Celebrity experience.

Here comes the interesting portion… … Do you know how to handle great amount of waste in cruise? Do you know how to reduce environment impact from cruise? Do you know how the shower water comes from in cruise? There is much know-how in cruise world. Crew Admin will reveal the mystery of cruise ship if you pay attention on the classes.

Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.

There are plenty advantages of mentoring program. A mentoring program makes a business decision having exclusively positive effect. Mentoring can improve employee satisfaction and retention, enrich new-employee initiation, make the company more appealing to recruits, and train the future leaders. And the best part is, it's free. Unlike similar learning incentives like training programs or offering to pay for courses, mentoring utilizes the resources that your company already has.

For the newcomers, they can learn job skills, familiarize work procedure, know job duties and surviving skills from the mentor. The newcomers can utilize this opportunity to try errors and ask millions of questions. The team usually can tolerate small mistakes during the first contract. Moreover, the mentors often become the first support power of the newcomers. It is indeed warm and encouraging that someone tells you,” Well, it is a different world but I believe you can make it.” Remember, the earlier the newcomers become independent, the earlier they can enjoy the beauty of cruise life.

For the mentors, it is the great chance to show their leader potentials and abilities. Usually, the candidates of assistance manger will start with coaching the newcomers. If they can successfully train the newcomers become great support of the team, the mentors prove their management skills well. The best of all, the more they teach, the more they learn from the newcomers.

It is win-win strategy for every party, the cruise lines, the team, mentors and newcomers.

Various Crew Space


ince the ships are in operation each day, you will be scheduled to work every day during your contract. The cruise companies understand that after working long hours, it can be challenging to unwind. Therefore, as one of the high-class entertainment companies in the world, they strive to give you all the necessary resources and comforts that enable you to just RELAX and ENJOY your experience at sea. Therefore, the Crew Administration Department brainstorms in planning interesting programs of recreational and social activities. Here are some of the benefits and programs your cruise company might offer:


  • Discos
  • Bingo games
  • Port tours
  • Murder Mystery Nights/ Tango Nights/ OOXX Nights
  • Department barbeques
  • Football matches
  • Karaoke
  • International parties
  • Holiday parties
  • Deck parties
  • Health Wise competitions


  • Recreation rooms dedicated to crew member activities which include a DVD library, bicycle rentals (for port days), Wii video games, and a general lounge area.
  • Crew Wi-fi and discounted Internet services to help you stay in touch with your family and friends at home
  • Crew Bar with discounted drinks
  • Crew Gym available at posted hours
  • Crew Shop to purchase toiletries, cigarettes, chocolates, and other necessities needed onboard.
  • Package and mail delivery service: Mail usually arrives once a week to the ship. The mailing schedule may be various on different ships. The mail will be sorted by department and distributed. Please remember, mail is processed through a central location, therefore, you will experience a small delay. Also, the ship's itinerary may determine the regularity of the delivery.

Your Great Helper : Crew Administration Department

Uniform Importance

To strengthen cruise brand image and make the crew standout, specially designed uniforms is necessary and important. The uniforms for certain position will be issued once the crew member reports onboard. The charge on the uniforms varies, depending on the cruise policy.

Crew uniforms and work clothes are cleaned free of charge, part of crew welfare. How about personal clothing? Laundry machines and dryers will be available for the crewmember personal use. There will be extra charges incurred.

Did you notice that almost crew member in the picture wear dark leather shoes or the white sneakers? The crew member will be required to use non-slip safety shoes while on duty. Shoes are not provided onboard. In this way, the crew member has to purchase the approved brand/style before joining or onboard the vessel. Please note that open toe shoes/flipflops/etc. are not permitted onboard in crew areas.