I'm a rookie in the cruise industry and have got a question to more experienced crew members.
I'm going to work as musician on the HAL's Rotterdam in April for six months cruising Europe. As the ship is also having repeated overnight stays in St.Petersburg / Russia and I know that a Visa is required there I wonder if anybody can tell me if it is possible to get a visa in port there.
Or is it better to get a visa before from the embassy in my home country?
From the embassy's website I understand that I can only get a visa only for entering the country one or two times!
This is not nice to hear when you are scheduled to stop at St. Petersbrug five times!
I would try to get with whoever hired you (agent or the HAL person who hires musos) to see what the requirements for crew are. I haven't done a Russian run, but I had non-US staff who occasionally need to go home or have had to stay out on vacation a bit longer to get visas processed for working on the US/Caribbean/Canada runs.
Any way of getting ahold of the Musical Director on your ship? There's going to be a shipload of crew going through the same thing and it probably be a good idea to touch base with him/her about anything else you might have questions about . .