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Old August 5th, 2015, 08:34 AM
thegeorgesalt thegeorgesalt is offline
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Hey there,

I am joining the RCCL Independence of the Seas in November as an Assistant Waiter, and was just wondering whether or not I am required to have both a British Seamans Card and Discharge Book...I am having trouble communicating with my onboarding coordinator, thats all.

If anyone has any advice, please let me know! Thanks.
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Old August 5th, 2015, 04:18 PM
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Ideally, if it was required, they should have told you. What country are you from?
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Old August 6th, 2015, 08:15 AM
taoist taoist is offline
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If your British, then no you wont need a British Seamans Card and Discharge Book.

The British Seamans Card and Discharge Book is normally only needed if you are working in the merchant navy or a british registered ship. Of the big lines Only cunard have a cruise ship registered in the UK.
The indy is bahamas.
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Old August 17th, 2015, 06:18 AM
JerseyLad JerseyLad is offline
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Default I would recommend to get one

I would recommend getting one,

When I first joined ships I didn't have one. I was then told that I needed one & could of either have got one from the country of birth / residence or the country where the ship is registered. So, at the time I got a Bermudan seamanís book as the ship I was on was registered in Bermuda.

When I joined another company they insisted I also get a British Seamanís Card as my Seamanís book was not from my country..
Always handy to get if you can. Best if you are British is to get a British seamanís card then you should be covered. I cruised through the Russian High Arctic recently & their burocracy can be hard going.. they were threatening to not let me in as I didnít have a British Seamanís Book (even though I had above seamanís book & English card etc.).. Eventually our Russian Capt. persuaded them, (no doubt with some cigarettes & vodka)...

So long story short, you may never need it but if you have time, just get one anyways!
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