ive been accepted for may 29th and i have yet to hear from them about any real details..... is this typical? i am fortunate not to have to fly to the port but id like to know if im supposed to sign a contract...ive sent them forms but there has been no contact
I would call them and ask them. I called and asked my senior to send me the information asap, because I had to be out of my apt by a certain day. They will most likely try to accomodate you the best way they can. Don't get nervous, but be ready to go within a few days of notice. Right now I live out of suitcases. I'm always ready to go.
Now you understand why people with experience keep expressing how much it helps to be "flexible" if you really want a job. That is ship life, you never really know anything for sure until it happens, some people just can't live that way.
Every time I was hired, it was right on the spot during the initial interview. It was "can you start in 3 weeks?" and yes I usually got my paperwork at the last minute. One time, I was told I was hired for 6 weeks out, so I went on vacation for a week. When I got back my roommate said "the cruise line has been calling you, they want you to start in 2 weeks" on a different ship, different part of the world, different time than I had agreed to.
I am the editor, but I also speculate, ask questions and play devil's advocate. I reserve the right to change my mind.