If you are employed by a cruise company to work oboard one of their ships, then there will be a new legislation that will come into force on August 20, 2013. This will mean that if you are looking for new cruise ship jobs for Carnival, Royal Caribbean or any of the other top companies then you can rest assured that you will not be taken advantage of.
The International Labour Organization will bring in the new Maritime Labour Convention rights for those employed or who have any involvement onboard a ship. However, this will impact those who provide entrainment on ships, such as musicians, again this will impact the larger cruise lines, as they look for more ways to bring entertainment to their ships.
Over the past few years cruise ship jobs in entertainment has grown at an alarming rate, and so there were occasions when these employees were not given the rights that many of us take for granted back on dry land. This will now mean that if you wish to perform on a cruise ship you will have to enter into the Seafarer’s Employment Agreements.
More details can be found here, as there is a lot to the new agreement. However, we can tell you that the new legislation will dictate how many hours a musician can work, which will be 14 hours in a 24 hour period or 72 hours in a week.
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