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    I have been offered a position as an ETO cadet for a cruise company and after reading up on the position I wondered what it was like in terms of your time on and off the ship. As I understand it as an ETO you work a 'normal' shift, say 8 till 6. What I am not understanding is whether you are working 7 days a week on a full days work or if you get days of in the middle of this. I understand that you will do a 3 on 1 off rotation on the ship but wondered if you get a chance to get off the ship at ports and such.

  • #2
    Well I spent a little time on a Carnival UK ship as a cadet and you can get ashore most days in the 2 hour lunch break as long as you dont want to go far from the ship but you are working 7 days a week daytime so theres a lot less shore leave than deck or engine. Arguably they should be sleeping instead of going ashore.

    The deal for qualified ETOs seemed to be an afternoon ashore per 14 day cruise.
    Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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    • #3
      That's good to know. Is it a standard policy that you get an afternoon off a fortnight or is it up to the discretion of your line manager and when it isn't busy?

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      • #4
        I should have added the qualified ETOs can of course go ashore in the lunch 2 hours. The afternoon ashore was discretionary. Carnival UK were also pretty good at getting cadets on guest shore excursions as tour escorts.
        Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PuttPutt View Post
          I understand that you will do a 3 on 1 off rotatation..
          Hijacking the the thread but what do you mean 3 on 1 off? Soon to be ETO cadet with cruise as well, and I'm prepared to work 8 - 6 seven days a week with no port time (cos I'll be that busy studying of course!)

          Do you mean there are days off, or it's a 3 shift rotation like continental shifts found on land?

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          • #6
            3 on 1 off means 3 months on board 1 month leave. Ive never heard of such a rotation though. 4 on 2 off or even 3 on 3 off is more normal.
            Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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            • #7
              As a a cadet I'd be surprised if you were only on board for 3 months. 4 or 5 is more normal.

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              • #8
                So nearly 2 years after I first posted here I am about half way into my cadetship. I ended up being on my ship for just over 5 months in the end which was long but lots of fun.

                What I found was if it's a sea day you would normally sleep over lunch but if it's port day I would go ashore. I was lucky that the 1ETO would let me take afternoons off fairly regularly 1-2 per week. Even the 3rd and 2nd ETOs were able to get quite a bit of time off. But then again, it all depends on the workload of that day.

                If anyone has any questions about being an ETO cadet feel free to send me a message.

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