Work on a Ship Cruise with Gourmet Recruitment International South Africa | R25 000 p/m excl tips

Gourmet Recruitment International (GRI) is a South African-based professional hospitality cruise ship recruitment service founded in November 1999. They have offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban.

Working at sea is much more than a job. It’s a way of life for them. It’s an opportunity to explore new paths, visit new locations, and discover new worlds. A chance to meet new people and get experiences that will last a lifetime.

It’s hard work but incredibly gratifying, whether you’re situated on land or on one of our cruise ships. But, where else can you advance your job while still learning about foreign cultures?

GRISA ship cruise jobs accepts applications from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nambia

Process of Selection and Interview

The recruitment technique prioritizes both the customer and the candidate, providing the greatest possible match for both parties.

How long does it take to land a job?

  • If you meet the employment qualifications, it can take between 2 and 6 months to get hired, depending on the time of year.

Is there a cost involved?

  • GRI does not charge any agency or admin fees at any step of the recruitment and placement process.
  • Only once you have been recruited by a Cruise Client will you be required to complete the following paperwork:
  • Medical examination for seafarers (R2500 – R4500) This is compensated to you onboard according on your position and the Cruise Client.
  • C1/D visa to the United States (USD 168.00)
  • Additional Entry Visa – if needed (60 Euros).
  • Seaman’s Book – dependent on cruise line (R380.00)
  • STCW Certificate – While most cruise lines will provide this onboard, it is required for certain positions.
  • Is the cost of your employment contract covered?
  • For the majority of our Cruise Clients, all flight and travel fees to join the vessel anywhere in the world are integrated into your first contract. These fees will be discussed with you during your initial interview with one of our Recruitment Agents.

All uniforms (excluding cooks), aboard lodging and food, and medical insurance while onboard the yacht are provided.

How long do the contracts last?

  • Most contracts last 5-6 months, with 6-8 weeks off. Employment contracts are given as permanent positions with contracts that can be renewed based on performance evaluations. Contracts for Senior Management positions are vary.

What are your working hours?

  • The ship is always cruising, and there are virtually always passengers on board, so the hours are lengthy.
  • Expect to work 70 hours per week, every day of your contract. If and when the ship is in port, shore leave is limited to a few hours per day.

How much money can I make?

This varies according to position and cruise client. Some ships pay a tiny basic income with the majority of your pay coming from gratuities, ranging from $1500 to $2500 per month (on average). Premier vessels provide full salaries with no tipping starting at around Euro 1500.00 per month. Full wages and benefits packages will be discussed one-on-one.

Where do you spend your time onboard?

  • All crew members are housed in shared two or three-berth cabins with integrated bathing facilities. Senior positions have separate cabins.

What is the minimum age to apply?

  • To work on any International Cruise Line, you must be 21 years old. The application cut off age is between 35 and 40 years old, depending on your expertise

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