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Old August 25th, 2008, 04:48 AM
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Default I need urgent help to decide between 2 job offers!!! Please!

heeelp!!!! Many months without being offered nothing, so many months looking for a job on board and now I have to decide NOW between two offers:

1. Costa Cruises. Role: International Hostess. Salary: 1500 Euros net a month. Duration of the contract: 5 months. Beginning of the contract: 3 october.

2. Celebrity Cruises. Role: Activity Staff. Salary: 1800 Dollars net a month (at the actual exchange rate, 1200 Euros). Length of the contract: 6 meses. Beginning of the contract: 8th september.

I sincerely don't know what to chose. It would be my first time on board and though I like more the International Hostess role, I find Celebrity a better company in general.

Finally, a question: does anyone know if the Activity Staff role is synonimous of Cruise Staff role?¿?

I would appreciate any responses as I have to decide TODAY!!

Thank you very much

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Old August 25th, 2008, 03:26 PM
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Go for the Celebrity contract as you have more opportunities there. as activity staff you may be promoted to international hostess or other positions and together with Azamara, Celebrity is a more prosperous company.
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Old August 25th, 2008, 04:23 PM
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Go for the Celebrity contract as you have more opportunities there. as activity staff you may be promoted to international hostess or other positions and together with Azamara, Celebrity is a more prosperous company.
true!

Also - most likely as cruise/activity staff, you'll be getting commissions on the ever present bingo games, which just might make up the salary difference. Even on "slow" cruises - I've seen these are usually $200-300 US per 15 day pay periods (for sister company RCI)

good luck!
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Old August 25th, 2008, 10:53 PM
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I would go with Celebrity. More exposure as a cruise line.

Just out of curiosity, did you apply on a cruise ship hiring site or something? I am curious because I just started to apply on cruise ships.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:47 AM
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Default Great... I chose Costa...

Wow, I didn't entered again the forum and now I see 3 responses and all of them chose Celebrity... thaaanks...

hahaha I've chosen Costa basically because of the job and what I thought could offer more to me in a professional way.

I don't want to stress myself now on thinking "god i've done the wrong choice!" because I think at last, one or the other would have been fine.

I hope to enjoy the job and to be happy there...

Any crew members in here from Costa? Any International Hostess?

I'm going on board on the 16th September leaving from Dover, England!

I'll try to be there online to get to tell you my impressions and experience.

So afraid but so excited to get on board!
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Old August 28th, 2008, 02:34 AM
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Default 3 months contract!

Hi there, it's me again doing a monologue!!

Now I'm even happier because yesterday I discovered that my contract is a 3 months lasting contract, which means I've been so lucky that I will be able to be home during Christmas time (I finish on the 14th December!) which is quite wonderful for me because at Christmas is when my family and boyfriend come back home to stay all together (my boyfriend is studying abroad and he comes back to Spain during holidays, and my younger sister too...)

So I think I've been above all so lucky...

Did you ever hear before of such short contracts? Is it a normal thing? It is a first contract, and I don't see it a bad thing because it's like a test to know if I like it or not and also if the company likes me. What do you think?

Any International Host/ess from Costa or any other company in here that could give any advice, or any other person that could happily speak about anything helpful?

Thanks a lot!!
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Old August 29th, 2008, 03:34 AM
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Hehe.. It's obvious that you're new to ship life.

If I were you, I would not count on being home for Christmas. Even though it might look like this right now, a lot of things can happen in between
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Old August 29th, 2008, 03:42 AM
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Hey Mr. Mate!

Why do you say that? Tell me more! It's not enough for me with that paragraph!

What could change or what could happen between? Don't you think it is quite good for a first contract to have 3 months to "test" if I like the ship life and then take the vacation period and decide if I'll go on (I take for granted I will, I imagine I'll like it!)

But don't leave me like this! If you are an expert crewmember, illustrate me with your knowledge! I'll appreciate it so much!!

Thanks and hope to hear from all of you soon...
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Old August 29th, 2008, 04:59 AM
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I don't think you'll be able to go on vacation aftert three months. Even though your contract says so, you'll probably be extended or transferred,or - if you do a godd job - promoted within that time. Especially close to christmas it may be hard to find relievers.

But it doesn't hurt to ask the company what their plans for you are - then you'll know for sure
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:22 AM
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Default Hmmm...

You're making me worry MrMate...!!

In fact they are supposed to fulfill the contract, and hopefully they'll do it.

It would not be fair not to do it because people make plans if they're supposed to get vacations, especially at Christmas...

I'll follow your advice to prevent later disappointments... thanks!!
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:29 AM
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My best advice for you is not to make too many plans if you want to work on a cruise ship. I've been called back and extended when I was about to enter the taxi to the airport, going home on vacation.

As I said before, things change in a split second and things are not working like on land.

Also: since it's your first contract you might want to be eager and wiiling to adopt to the cruise lines plans.
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Old September 1st, 2008, 09:31 PM
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make sure to check out facebook - I typed in costa crew and found a couple groups that you might be interested in. make sure to at least reach out to whoever created the group as they'd be most likely to respond to you ;-)
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 03:28 AM
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Thank you for your advice sz!

In less than a week my adventure will start... I'm sooooooo excited!

Advices or whatever else you can contribute with it is still very welcome!
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Hey Gemma84,

I just had a phone interview with Costa cruises for International hostess. I confirmed I will attend the 3 weeks training course. I would like to know as you had worked for them how it goes:
do we have tests?
how did you find your accommodation in Italy?
On board do we have some free time to enjoy the destination (3/5 hours)?
Is Costa taking charged of medical care?

waitting for your answer. Have a good day.
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Costa Int Hostess is going to be a classier more professional role. It will use your bilingual skills more and it may rank as a higher more respected position on board. I think you made the right choice based on what you've mentioned.

Activities staff is always messing around, having fun...need to be high energy all the time...

I think you're going to be extremly happy with your choice...Congrats!

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Old August 20th, 2012, 11:42 AM
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Hi Gemma,

I have been recenty selected to join the international hostess course for costa cruises this next September 2012. I was wondering how your experience was both with the training and after embarking in the ship. I would appreciate an urgent answer if possible.
Thank you.

If anyone is also aware of these, I would be happy to hear her/his comments.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 09:27 AM
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Hello,
I will do also the Training with costa this September.do you have accommodation already? Do you know if we finish the 29th?
I hope to hear from you.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 01:38 PM
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hi everyone, i will be having an international hostess interview on thursday with costa cruise and is wondering if there is anyone out there that can give me any infomation or tip on the interview. i am very nervous because i really want this job and if i got it it would be my first cruiseship job.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 05:20 PM
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Hi,
I sent you a message just now tell if you finally got it.
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Old September 12th, 2012, 07:19 PM
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Default int. hostess

Just finished my first contract as german speaking hostess on board of costa....had an amazing time....but its always depending as well on colleges, boss etc ...but I was lucky...now i am enjoying my holidays and looking forward to my next contract. will embark in november again.
wish you guys good luck for the course...which languages do you represent?
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Old September 25th, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Just finished my first contract as german speaking hostess on board of costa....had an amazing time....but its always depending as well on colleges, boss etc ...but I was lucky...now i am enjoying my holidays and looking forward to my next contract. will embark in november again.
wish you guys good luck for the course...which languages do you represent?
Hallo,
saw you are german speaking so....also ich bin eingeladen worden zum training...da hab ich noch ein paar fragen...hoffe du kannst mir helfen ich wollt dich fragen wies war...wie ist das mit dem Kurs training??...wie geht das leben unterkunft usw an bord vor sich=??
sorry wenn ich dich mit fragen lchere ))
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