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Old July 1st, 2008, 04:29 PM
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Can someone please help me and my fiance to get onboard of a cruise ship.
We would like to work together on a cruise ship; he has waiter experience on land and I have 4 years of experience on ships as an International Hostess and Team Activities Coordinator on 5* cruise ships.
The thing is that his English is basic, and he is from the Dominican Republic where there is no agency for a cruise line to handle all for him.
I have applied now for us together at Pullmantur, Costa Cruises and at Apollo Ship Chandlers/ Island Cruises.
He can hopefully start somewhere as a busboy or assistant waiter.
Is there anyone also from the DR to help us and to give us an advice where to start and how it all started for you?
Please any suggestion from is welcome to help us.
Thank you in advance.

With kind regards,

Miranda Doran
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Old July 4th, 2008, 10:09 AM
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I'd reconsider things. My wife and I applied with NCLA as a couple. We were told that they make sure couples stay together, at the job interview. Once at training we were told that chances are we wouldnt even be on the same ship. We fought and fought until finally we were guaranteed the same ship in Hawaii. We figured once onboard we could work on rooming together. That never happened and a month later we were back home.

We are a married couple who had our marriage certificate with us and they still overlooked it. I highly doubt they will make any reservations for an engaged couple. Unless you are officers, theres no way you will room together.

I strongly suggest any married couple applying for work on a cruiseship reconsider things.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 11:21 AM
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Thank you very much for your advice!
I am indeed an officer and will have my own cabin.
He will share a cabin as a waiter but can then still live with me.
The only issue is that we will be hired by the same company and placed on the same ship!
I hope we will succeed.
What positions were you and your wife having?
Are you both still wanting to be on ships?
If so why not try an officer position one of you or both?
For now I wish you a very nice weekend.

Kind regards,

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