CRUISE SHIP PASSPORT
Your passport is your most crucial document while travelling. Make sure you know where it is at all times and that it is safe. Before starting your visa applications and cruise ship employment proceedings, make sure your passport is valid and will not expire while you onboard. The cruise liners prefer you to have at least six months extra on the
expiry date if it’s about to expire. When you start sending your information back and forth to your recruiter, they will ask for your passport details:
You have to make sure that your passport has a couple of empty pages. If you do not, you may find yourself in some trouble and most likely will be sent back home. It is your responsibility to make sure you follow all the requirements to be employed onboard a cruise ship successfully.
Once you have gone through this procedure once or twice, it becomes much easier over time as you start to become much more familiar with the proceedings.
Make sure you always check your passports
Dont forget your passport before you travel
In a situation like this, you would keep the full passport and travel with it but you will have to apply for a new passport. You will need to travel with your new passport to the cruise ship and use your old passport to show immigration. When you get on board you will have to hand in the old and the new passport to HR. If you by some chance have a lot of time before you sign on (which I doubt) you could take your new passport to the visa country you applied with and request for it to be placed in your new one. This is not necessary if you have no time, you can always do this when you return home from your contract.
It is a lengthy procedure and a long way to travel to join a cruise ship. You will go through a couple of checkpoints depending on what airport you are flying. When you get to the customs or immigration area, make sure to listen to them and answer all their questions. When entering the U.S.A, your passport will be scanned and then checked in their systems for any red flags or any priors. Once they have done, and they are satisfied immigration will ask you to provide your fingerprints on a scanner and take a photo.
Customs will question you so it will help customs/immigration to decide if you are a crew member joining a cruise ship. Some U.S ports have already a list of all the names joining vessels that day and will send all crewmembers into a separate room for verification. Typically it’s just a matter of waiting as they will call confirm then stamp your passport and send you off to baggage collections.