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Old June 26th, 2008, 06:14 AM
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I have recently got a job as a 2nd Officer and am due to start next month. As I haven't worked at sea before I was wondering if someone could give me an insight into life as an officer. I don't really know what to expect from the social aspect.

Thanks in advance!!! :o
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Hello,

I have recently got a job as a 2nd Officer and am due to start next month. As I haven't worked at sea before I was wondering if someone could give me an insight into life as an officer. I don't really know what to expect from the social aspect.

Thanks in advance!!! :o
How can you have landed a job as a 2nd officer if you've never been to sea before? That's a great mystery to me.

Where I come from, one must have at least 36 months of seagoing experience to get a 2nd officer license
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Sounds like someone is trying to live a fantasy life. Oh brother
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Well I have, choose not to believe me if you like! Any chance you could answer my question though?? Pretend that I've got a job as a trainee officer intead if that make it easier??
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Well I have, choose not to believe me if you like! Any chance you could answer my question though?? Pretend that I've got a job as a trainee officer intead if that make it easier??
Why don't you tell us how, then? did you buy your licence? If so, it's illegal and a disgrace to all of us who actually are qualified officers.

And If you're hired as a trainee, why don't you say so, rather than pretending you're an 2nd officer?
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Well I have, choose not to believe me if you like! Any chance you could answer my question though?? Pretend that I've got a job as a trainee officer intead if that make it easier??
Why don't you tell us how, then? did you buy your licence? If so, it's illegal and a disgrace to all of us who actually are qualified officers.

And If you're hired as a trainee, why don't you say so, rather than pretending you're an 2nd officer?
I applied for a job as an electro tech officer, working on generators, Ac drives, motors, PLCs, DCS systems etc. I have very good knowledge on these things, so was given an interview and eventually offered a 2nd officers job. I have some training courses (which I guess are safety related) that I have to attend before joining a ship and having a hand over period with another Electro Tech officer. I'm don't know if being a craftsmen has different rules to other officers or whatever. Anyhow, the company obviously know the ins and outs...
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OK, it sounds plausible. he is not doing any navigation. It is just a title.

I suggest you just read through these boards, you will get an idea very quickly. Also see "working on cruise ship" to see my article on it.

http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...seshipwork.cfm
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If you put it that way I understand. However a 2nd officer has nothing to do with electronics as he is a deck officer.

So I guess you're an electrician, and will join the ship in the engine department.

There are several electricians on a cruise ship, each with a field of speciality. As an electrician you'll most probably work daytime hours from 0800 to 2000 with occasional stand by watches where you'll be on call if any problem arises.

As an officer you'll be free to use public areas and dining rooms. However, my experience is that most of the engine guys like it more in the crew bar.
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OK, it sounds plausible. he is not doing any navigation. It is just a title.

I suggest you just read through these boards, you will get an idea very quickly. Also see "working on cruise ship" to see my article on it.

http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...seshipwork.cfm
OK thanks guys! I understand now that there must be different responsibilities etc between various officer jobs! Anyhow, I'm more concerned about mixing with the rest of the crew and stuff. As you can probably understand, its a life changing thing for me and I'm more concerned about meeting people on a social level and such. Are any of you officers? If so what do you spend your free time doing and what should I expect from a typical week? Thanks for your time replying
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As you can read on my signature, I was 1st officer with NCL for three years on two of their ships. Filling the free time will be no problem at all, since you most probably work 12 hr days.

If you're an outgoing person that likes to hang out with other people, a cruise ship will be the perfect place. You must literarily lock yourself in your cabin if you don't want to meet others. This will come automatically.

In addition to an open crew bar every night, there are various crew parties several times a month.

i don't know what company you're going to work with, but be aware that some have very strict alcohol policies for their officers and crew.
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As you can read on my signature, I was 1st officer with NCL for three years on two of their ships. Filling the free time will be no problem at all, since you most probably work 12 hr days.

If you're an outgoing person that likes to hang out with other people, a cruise ship will be the perfect place. You must literarily lock yourself in your cabin if you don't want to meet others. This will come automatically.

In addition to an open crew bar every night, there are various crew parties several times a month.

i don't know what company you're going to work with, but be aware that some have very strict alcohol policies for their officers and crew.
Thanks mrmate! I tend to get on well with most people and enjoy socialising. I've been told that i'm never allowed more than the drink drive limit, is this likely to be constant? I'm not too bothered if so, but i don't think i've had a social night out with lots of drunk people when i've been sober for a while! Anyhow I'm hoping that all of the stories and urban legends I hear are true!
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