What is the advantage of doing a course with Indus?
Indus imparts the necessary and advanced skills required for the job on board a cruise ship. These skills also help you to grow, through faster promotions on board or any other job opportunity you decide to take.
After the course can we join the cruise line directly?
You require 6-8 months’ work experience with a reputed brand in the hospitality Industry where you can acquire hands-on skills.
What is the course fee?
Please contact your nearest Indus office, the details of which are under the ‘Contact us ‘tab on the website.
Is the course compulsory to go on a cruise line?
No, it is not compulsory. You can get the relevant and required experience in the hospitality industry and can then be recruited directly by us,at no cost (free). However the course empowers you to be cruise-ready by providing the necessary skills.
Are there any medical criteria?
Yes. If you are aiming for the cruise line job, medical fitness is important. In fact a medical fitness certificate needs to be provided at admission for the course.
What should be the Minimum Height for getting admitted to the course?
5 feet and above.
What is the level of English communication required?
It should be average and above.
Is there any additional money required other than the Indus course fee?
This will depend on you and your day to day expenses. For those taking up cruise jobs, please refer to the FAQ’s under ‘Cruise Jobs’ below .
Is the Course fee is inclusive of food and accommodation?
The course fee includes GST @ 18%, lunch & tea with snacks on working days, toolkit, some elements of the uniforms, locker facilities, books, project file and some stationery. Accommodation and off-day meals are to be arranged by the student.
Do you provide 100% job guarantee?
We assure you a job. If you are 100% sure of acquiring provided skills through training, then you will be placed for cruise line Interviews.
After the course completion will you help in getting internship with hotels?
Based on your preference of city and brand, we encourage you to find the internship yourself, we will assist if opportunities are available.
Do you conduct exams at the end of the course?
Assessments are done during the course as well as towards the end of the course.
What should be the attendance percentage?
80% and above is necessary to appear for final exams.
Which course is suitable for a fresher?
We have multiple short and long term courses for a fresher. Please contact your nearest Indus office for them to advise you, based on your educational level.
What are the basic criteria to join Indus institute?
The criteria for any hospitality course are : Above average communication skills in English; Desire and ability to work hard; Minimum 10th std. pass; Aged between 18-28 years; Medically fit; disciplined; interest towards the profession and a positive attitude.
Are you providing degree courses?
No, we have only Diploma and Certificate (short terms) courses available.
Which university are you affiliated to?
We are associated with City & Guilds, Beauty and Wellness Skill Sector Council (BWSSC) and Bharat Sevak Samaj (BSS), depending on the course taken.
Can any of the Courses be done part-time?
No, all the courses are full time only.
1. What courses canboys apply for in beauty and Spa?
Boys can apply for Hair and Nail courses. Spa & beauty are for females only.
2. Do you provide employment after completing the Nail course?
Yes we provide employment in professional nail spa’s, but if it is not up to your expectation of pay or location, you can find yourself one.
3. What are the prospects after the nail course?
Many! You can start your own Nail Spa, or work as a freelancer. If you are aspiring for a cruise job, you have to work and gain experience with a professional Nail Spa.
4. What is the age limit to join wellness courses?
5. Is there any other training required if I get selected by Cruiseline for Beauty and wellness positions?
Yes there will be a training of six to eight weeks by the employer, either in London or India depending on the position you get selected for.
1. Is Indus a recruiting agent between candidates and cruise companies?
Yes, Indus is a recruiting and placement company that matches cruise requirements with appropriate candidates. It is a company approved by the Directorate General of Shipping India
2. Does Indus hold valid registration under Protector General of Emigrants (PGE) as required under Emigration Act, 1983?
This is not required by us as we follow Directorate General of Shipping, India and have a valid recruitment and placement licence
3. After selection by a cruise company; before I join the cruise, what are the fund requirements (money) that I should have, including all expenses?
Indus complies all the rules and regulations of MLC 2006 and depending on the cruise line that has hired you. Indus’s processes are transparent and related costs will be advised to you as and when they are likely to occur and an official receipt will be issued for all payments.
4. Is it a fact that Indus students are given preference for cruise jobs?
That is not so, deserving candidates get maximum opportunity.
5. Is it possible to undergo medical test as a first step before spending on Visa and other formalities?
Yes, that is the correct way and possible to do.
6. How are the salaries earned on the cruise tax free when brought to India?
The employee opens an NRE/NRO bank account in India. Salary can be transferred to this account by the employee himself.
7. How do I chose between a land-based job abroad and a cruise line job?
Nowadays, many Indians are getting jobs offers to work in hotels and restaurants abroad, sometimes at fairly high salaries compared to the offer from cruise companies. The main things you have to consider are:
• What are the actual working conditions compared to what they have told you?
• After paying taxes and living expenses, how much are you actually going to save?
• After how long can you come back home to meet your family?
And so on. You can then compare the total package with what a cruise line job means for you both financially and for your career growth potential.
8. If I am already a chef now, why do I have to join at the level of a cook?
The first thing to keep in mind is that the same designation can mean different things in different companies as they have their own individual hierarchies and designations. Then, the international standing of the cruise company and the scale of operations makes a difference to the same. So if you are a chef in a medium size 4-star hotel in a small city in India, you cannot compare it to the huge luxury liners where your Indian experience may not be enough to work at a management level on board. But do not worry, you will be able to rise fast, in hierarchy, if you are talented and hard-working, a quick learner, good at team work and show a positive attitude overall.
9. How do I apply for a job on board a cruise ship?
On this website itself, click on “Register Form” tab on the Home page and navigate to relevant pages , to register yourself. You will receive an automated email mentioning your registration ID number. After this you may contact the closest Indus office and they will guide you with the procedures. Details are mentioned in the Process/Application Process pages of this website.
10. Do I have to pay any money at the time of applying for a cruise line job?
You will not have to pay anything for your registration and subsequent evaluation. Indus’s processes are transparent and related costs will be advised to you as and when they are likely to occur and an official receipt will be issued for all payments.
11. If I have been successful in my job interview, when should I resign from my present employer?
We advise you NOT to resign from your present job until after you have obtained your required visa and have received medical clearance by your new employer’s medical department. Sometimes, if either are not approved, then there is a delay in your departure, and you would surely want to continue working in India as long as you are here.
12. How long does the entire process take from getting selected to my departure?
A. Your joining date will be assigned to you by the cruise company depending on available vacancies and also going by the date indicated by you as ‘earliest joining date’. Then there are the visas and medical clearances to be obtained. All this could take anything from 3 to 6 months.
13. Is the job offered to me, guaranteed and will I join the ship?
A Letter of Employment is valid till you arrive at the port of embarkation. However, there are many people who do not understand what needs to be done if their visas are rejected or if they have a medical problem. You are allowed to keep trying for the visa and get fit medically and if you keep Indus informed about your intentions and in case the employer allows it, then the job can be held for you for a period of time.
14. What happens if I fall ill while on board? Will I get medical treatment out at sea?
A fully equipped medical centre on board will take care of all your medical requirements free of cost, as the medical insurance provided to you by your employer will cover all expenses. In case of serious cases, the company will arrange hospitalization in a port or even fly you back home and pay for your treatment in your home country, all at company expense. Your job will be kept for you till you return (unless you are declared medically unfit to continue.)
15. Do I have to pay for the airfare to join my ship?
A. Depending on the cruise line you are working for, their policy might require you to pay for the airfare the first time you join and then pay for all airfares after that (leaving and re-joining the ship), while another cruise line may pay for your return airfare right from the start.
16. What is your refund policy for payments I have made to Indus in case I am not able to join due to visa rejections or medical problems?
Indus will refund any advance paid, as long as we have not already made payment on your behalf for visas, medicals etc from this advance. If your air ticket has been booked, there will be a 10 % cancellation charge and the balance airfare will be returned to you. Note: Indus will not reimburse any other expenses like local transportation or for obtaining your passport or police clearance.
17. What are CDC and STCW certificates? Do I need to get them before I leave and if so then how do I get them?
CDC stands for Continuous Discharge Certificate and is commonly known as the Seaman’s Book, which keeps an account of the contracts that you have completed for cruise lines.
STCW certificates are basic safety training certificates that you get after doing a course. For some companies, you need one or the other or both in advance to be able to travel, in which case Indus will assist you in obtaining them. For others, you will get them on board after you join.
18. What are the tax laws regarding income earned on a cruise ship?
A. According to present Indian tax laws, if you work overseas for a period of 180 days in a year, then you are eligible for an NRI status, which allows you to get full income tax exemption on any income generated overseas. You do not pay any tax on your income in your employer’s country either, so potentially your salary is 100% tax free.
19. Do I get paid when I am on leave?
As you will be working on short renewable contracts ranging from 7 – 9 months, technically you are not ‘on leave’ between contracts, so you will not be paid for the time you are not on board. However, in some companies, you do receive a percentage of your vacation pay added in your monthly salary and also some senior ranks do enjoy a continuous pay policy.
20. Is the food and accommodation free on board the ship and will I like it?
Yes, this is what makes a cruise ship career financially rewarding. You do not incur any living expenses while on board for your food and board. There are special crew galleys and crew members of different nationalities, who often get to eat their own cuisines to break the monotony of continuously eating western food. Accommodation is small, compact and on a sharing basis.
21. Do I have to pay for my uniform on board?
A. It will depend on the policy of the cruise line that has hired you.
22. Will I be able to get off the ship when the ship is in port and visit different countries?
A. Yes, depending on your duty roster (some crew have to be on duty even when in port) you are free to visit the ports of call during your off-duty hours, subject to local immigration laws. However, do not expect to visit many places in a single visit as the hours allowed ashore are not very long for either the passengers or the crew.
23. Are there any recreational areas on a cruise ship for crew members?
Yes, cruise ships are equipped with a crew gym, a crew bar, a crew deck with swimming pool, Jacuzzis, and sometimes even mini cricket and football pitches.
24. Can I do shopping when the ship is in port?
Yes, you can shop to your heart’s content when you are ashore (all valuable goods need to be declared on the Customs Declaration Form). In addition, you enjoy great crew discounts when you by anything from the on board duty free shops. However, do remember that you may be liable to pay duty when you disembark with these goods at your home port or when you return to your own country, according to your country’s customs regulations.
25. We hear that the time spent on doing a cruise job is not considered or counted as experience?
That is not true. Infact, your experience is much more valuable as you have worked in an International environment with international guests, products, services and standards. Your exposure to other countries will be a big asset to Indian companies.
26. Is this a full time job?
Employment on a cruise ship is DEFINITELY a full time position. However, due to the intensity of shipboard work & life, it is a renewable contract of 7 – 8 months.
27. How many hours to you have to work per week on-board?
A: Maritime Labour Convention states that, number of ship working hours should be:
– Eight hours a day, under normal circumstances, with one day as rest day
– A maximum of 14 hours in any 24 hour period
– A maximum of 72 hours in any seven day period
– Provided with a minimum of 10 hours of rest in any 24 hours period
28. Do you have to be 21 to work on a cruise ship?
A: Most cruise ships are reluctant to hire anyone under 21. For work in areas such as bars or casinos you will certainly have to be over 21. Besides, the visa issuance authorities require you to be minimum 21 years of age.