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1 hour ago, Greenhopster said:

With the U.S. having trouble getting people to work, help wanted signs everywhere, do you think the cruise ships will get fully staffed when the time comes? I know they use a lot of international employees, but will they get it going by the time the US starts cruising again?

Because the bulk of the staff come from countries with fewer employment opportunities generally, and far less generous unemployment payments than in the US, it is very unlikely that the lines would have difficulty hiring.  
 

However, it is likely that the first few cruises will have “start up” problems as newly assembled crews start working together.

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2 hours ago, Greenhopster said:

With the U.S. having trouble getting people to work, help wanted signs everywhere, do you think the cruise ships will get fully staffed when the time comes? I know they use a lot of international employees, but will they get it going by the time the US starts cruising again?

No, they use almost exclusively foreign workers.  Those countries don't have the problems that beset first world workers, like lack of child care, and workers are more than willing to return to work.  The rest of the world does not have the US's problems.

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2 hours ago, Greenhopster said:

With the U.S. having trouble getting people to work, help wanted signs everywhere, do you think the cruise ships will get fully staffed when the time comes? I know they use a lot of international employees, but will they get it going by the time the US starts cruising again?

 

Not really seeing the correlation between US employment issues and crewing a cruise ship, as the percentage of US citizens is normally minimal.

 

Our preferred cruise line maintained almost full Deck/Engineering crews aboard throughout, with a smaller Hotel dept. However, all 6 ships are now fully crewed, 1 ship is already back in service, with another one starting next week, and the others by month's end. 

 

None of them will operate in US Waters.

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16 minutes ago, Thecat123 said:

chengkp do you have any comments or ideas what is going to happen with the crew on the Evergreen as it seems they could be stuck there for years while everything is sorted out about who is paying who?

In my opinion, the vast majority of the crew will be free to leave, maybe in another few months, but there must be enough crew onboard to meet the legal minimum manning, so it becomes a cost factor for the owner or charterer, for the cost of repatriation and flying new crew to the ship.  The Captain will almost certainly remain onboard for the duration, as he is the owner's legal representative, and a witness to the incident.  Some other officers may also remain.  At the moment, the crew are still getting paid, which is better than many seized ships where the company goes bankrupt and leaves the crew to fend for themselves.

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16 hours ago, Greenhopster said:

With the U.S. having trouble getting people to work, help wanted signs everywhere, do you think the cruise ships will get fully staffed when the time comes? I know they use a lot of international employees, but will they get it going by the time the US starts cruising again?

 

NCL hinted at crew acquisition and deployment problems when their announced some of their ship deployments recently.  And Royal (and perhaps others) have added an extra quarantine layer to employees coming from the latest COVID-19 hot spots.  So there are hints that the re-crewing of ships is going, perhaps, a bit slower than they would like.

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32 minutes ago, Honolulu Blue said:

 

NCL hinted at crew acquisition and deployment problems when their announced some of their ship deployments recently.  And Royal (and perhaps others) have added an extra quarantine layer to employees coming from the latest COVID-19 hot spots.  So there are hints that the re-crewing of ships is going, perhaps, a bit slower than they would like.

And while this is true, and has been a problem throughout the pandemic, for all vessel crew, not just cruise ships, this is due to government restrictions in home countries or for travel, or unavailability of vaccines in home countries, not due to employee reluctance.

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On 6/10/2021 at 3:30 PM, navybankerteacher said:

However, it is likely that the first few cruises will have “start up” problems as newly assembled crews start working together.

 

I would not be surprised if these "start up" issues due to new staff members learning to work together again will not be a source of hundreds of future CC posts on the Message Boards of all of the cruise lines as cruising resumes.  

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4 hours ago, rkacruiser said:

 

I would not be surprised if these "start up" issues due to new staff members learning to work together again will not be a source of hundreds of future CC posts on the Message Boards of all of the cruise lines as cruising resumes.  

Absolutely --- once COVID wanes as a topic, something(s) else will be needed to fill the complaint bag.

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17 hours ago, ontheweb said:

Of course, after all it is cruiseCRITIC.🤣

 

I have lost track over the years the number of times I felt the need to explain to a crew member who learned that I was a participant in this web site what the name meant.  No, I was not looking to be critical of the job he/she was doing, etc.  

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