What are the consequences of ending a contract early?
So I recently received an offer for employment with a cruise line. The contract would be for 5 months. I have been trying to decide if I will go back to college in the fall or not. If I end up going back, I will only be able to work for 4 months. I likely will not decide until a month or two before college starts again. I want to take the job regardless although I'm not sure what would happen if I end my contract early. Of course, I don't want to burn any bridges by leaving early, so what would be an appropriate way to tell them I'm leaving? What would be the consequences of doing so?
On my line, there's a two weeks notice policy - but the more the heads up the better (like a month or so, so they can find a replacement). Signed off CCP or 'contract complete) - and then sometime they'll say you have to wait 6 months or a year if you wanted to re-apply. If it's less than 2 weeks, they might put you on 'no rehire' status.
I left before the end of my first contract and gave about a month's notice but I think I would have been marked as no rehire as it was my first contract.
Just a word of warning, if you are on a ship sailing out of a US port and aren't a US citizen the day you sign off you are placed in the custody of a handling company who keep your passport and take you to a holding location - mine was a building in Miami with bars on the windows! They keep you in the building until a couple of hours before your flight and escort you until the moment you get on the plane! Having never been in jail or even in trouble before, being treated like a criminal was quite an experience!
Also, you're responsible for paying your own airfare home. "Back in the day", people would purposely do something in order to get fired and sent home, but these days, airfare will come out of your last pay if terminated.