In reviewing some cruise vacation options, noted that new upscale cruise line Oceania Cruises has all its ships registered in the Republic Of The Marshall Islands.
Oceania has new ships coming on line, including the Riveria, which will have its inaugural cruise in April 2012 with a crew of 800.
How about asking your Ship Registry, as part of its standard operating procedure, negotiating to establish a hiring and training program for Marshallese for entry level positions as Seamen and also in hotel services (housekeeping, waiters and bus help), etc. It would be advantageous for the cruise line, I believe, in being able to hire staff with no restrictions to entry into the US. This cruise line is growiing rapidly and thus will continue to add (probably) hundreds of jobs over next few years. If successful, could be a good incentive for other cruise lines to register their ships in the Marshall Islands (or maybe others already have?).
Worth the effort to attempt?
“I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
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