I was offered hotel utility as well. That was over a month ago and I am still filling out paper work. This paperwork and running around is killing me since I work a 8am to 5pm job. I am using a lot of vacation
utility galley. been over a month since i got fingerprinted. i was offered the job on aug. 2 and all this waiting makes the job less desirable .i didnt get the phone call yet for baltimore but im assuming it would be soon. hope to see you all there if i dont change my mind.i will be making half of what i make now in almost half the hours,but the money isnt the issue here.sometimes we just dont know what we do but we do it anyway. oh well, hope everything turns out for the best. good luck everyone.
I know what you're talking about with all this waiting making this less desirable. I'll be taking a 40% cut in pay, but I'm hoping to make that up with overtime on the ship. I figure that without having to pay for rent, food, utilities, gas, etc. that I'll come out ahead. And I'll probably be in a lower tax bracket, so I'll probably get a nice refund check.
I'll probably be leaving towards the middle of November for P.P or after Thanksgiving. 8)
Well my surgeon cleared me for work, but he suggested I press for work that does not require so much heavy lifting. So I called my recruiter back and I may be doing some electronics work onboard as I have a lot of experience in electronics and computer networks. Who know, I will post when I know more.
I know about the paycut I will probably make about 1/3rd of what I make now on board the ship. But I want the adventure and low cost of living.
Hey guys. I worked for NCLA from August 28 06- Fwbruary 11-07. I worked on the Pride of Aloha as a galley utility. If anyone has any questions...just ask! One thing that sucks for you guys is...NCLA no longer has there "ship chasing program". I got to ship chase before I was assigned to a ship. I'll explain. While waiting on my MMD card, I was flown to Hawaii. Lihue, Kauai to be exact. They put us in a hotel while we waited on our MMD cards. So, whenever a ship was in port, we worked on it. Days that there was not a ship in port...we had the day off to do as we please. I stayed in Kauai for a week, then I was flown to Honolulu. I only had to work 3 days a week-and steel got payed for 40 hours. Then...I finally got assigned to Pride of Aloha, where I completed my five month contract. It was a great experience...didn't save near as much money as I thought. State taxes, Federal taxes, and union dues add up. I am however, about to return to the company!
After 5 months of waiting for my MMD, I'm scheduled to go for training on December 10th. I originally applied for Shore Excursion Manager, then was conditionally offered Shore Excursion sales; then offered Bell Staff, now what remains is Jr. Receptionist position.
I know the hours are long, however, is there time to enjoy the sites of Hawaii?
My recruiter told me promotion opportunities are abundant once onboard working. That is why I decided to take the Jr. Receptionist position.
For those of you working NCLA, is it what you expected?
Well, as long as you aren't working, then sure you can get off the ship whenever you please. NCLA will lie to you telling you things you want to hear just to get you hired. Those recruiters get paid for everyone they hire.