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Time on and off ship as an ETO

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  • Time on and off ship as an ETO

    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.

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    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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