Originally Posted by keke1227
I have been hired to work for NCLA. I have applied for my MMD and am now just waiting for the call to go to Hawaii. With the news of the Aloha leaving I was trying to find out what will happen to the crew and if I will still get to work on the boat. Is anyone else in this situation or heard what will happen to the crew?
this is an official email i got
As you may have learned recently, NCL America announced on February 11, 2008, the withdrawal of the Pride of Aloha from the American-flagged fleet and the Hawaii market on May 11, 2008. The ship is being transferred to Star Cruises and will be re-flagged and deployed in Asia in the summer of 2008.
Withdrawing Pride of Aloha was an extremely difficult, but necessary decision, based on monetary losses within the company. Prices at which we have been selling our cruises have been driven down by a flood of capacity in the Hawaii market by our competitors, who have much lower operating costs than our US-flagged ships. With the introduction of Freestyle 2.0 and further enhancement of the NCL/NCL America product, the Pride of Aloha unfortunately does not have a long term position within what is now the youngest fleet in the industry.
The remaining ship in Hawai`i will be the larger and newer Pride of America, which was specifically designed and built for cruising in Hawai`i. With this, we will have an immediately profitable NCL America, offering a high quality product on a modern U.S.-flagged cruise ship home ported in Hawaii – the first time this has ever been achieved. We see a bright future for Pride of America in Hawai`i, and as demand continues to increase, we hope to be able to develop the business back to a two-ship operation with the future return of Pride of Hawai`i.
We value each and every one of you, our crewmembers, as a part of the NCL/NCL America `ohana. We are taking steps to alleviate the job losses associated with the withdrawal of the Pride of Aloha, including a reduction in staff at the NCL America office in Honolulu. Crewmembers who will be assigned to the Pride of America are being identified, with their names published on a list available in your shipboard Human Resources office. We expect this list to change with time, and we strongly encourage those that are not on the Pride of America list to watch the list for changes and the possible addition of their name to the Pride of America list if an opening occurs. Those individuals who are currently scheduled to be assigned to the Pride of Aloha at the time of the reflag on May 11 will receive a 60-day retention incentive if their assigned schedule is completed, regardless of which ship s/he is currently assigned to. Crewmembers displaced by the withdrawal of the Pride of Aloha will be given opportunities to work elsewhere on the NCL and NCL America fleet. All NCL America crewmembers will be individually contacted in the near future by letter.
As we anticipate that many of you will have questions, a dedicated Email address has been created to address all of your inquiries. Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org
should you have any additional questions. Those onboard are also encouraged to submit any questions in writing to your Human Resources Managers onboard, via your department head. New information regarding the Pride of Aloha’s departure will be disseminated to you as soon as possible.
Enclosed, you will find a copy of the press release regarding the withdrawal of the Pride of Aloha in May. That release explains the Company’s economic reasons for making this change in greater detail.
Though our American-flagged business has not turned out as we had hoped four years ago, the Pride of Aloha has done the job we hoped she would do, as the US-flagged ship that broke new ground in the inter-island Hawai`i market. We should all be proud of what we have collectively contributed to achieve in the past four years, but looking forward, we must continue to focus on providing exceptional cruise vacations for our guests. The spotlight is now on all the things that have to be done over the next two years to ensure that our company is in its most favorable state to welcome our two new F3 ships in 2010.
Mahalo for all your hard work and support of the Company and each other, as we have worked through the challenges and now found a formula for a successful Hawaii US flag operation
---as far as new hires go, ya never know. turn over rates are incredibly high. but the demand for a job on the pride of america will be high as well. im on my first contract and would love to come back. i'm not quite sure if its gonna happen. luckily i have some nice managers (both on the aloha and america. i used to work on the america but got transfered :/ ). who are putting in a good word for me. the system though goes by seniority and performance. as for NEW new people, im not sure
. if i had to guess you're prob SOL (sorry to be so bold, but its the truth).