Joining Requirements

Safety Trainings

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers – known as the STCW Convention require that all crew and officers on board passenger vessels has the Basic Safety and Crowd Management training certificate latest December 31, 2016.

Therefore, to be able to join one of our Crystal Ocean Liners and Yacht, you are required to complete the below trainings:

Basic Safety Training(2010):

  • A-VI/ 1-1. Personal Survival Training
  • A-VI/ 1-2. Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • A-VI/ 1-3. Elementary First Aid
  • A-VI/ 1-4. Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

Crowd Management Training:

  • A-V/ 2-1. Crowd Management Training

Visa Information

US Visa

The United States of America requires all none US citizens crew to obtain a C1D visa travelling to the US. Therefore Crystal Cruises require all crew which are none US citizens to obtain a C1D prior joining one of our Ocean Liners.

The process includes application forms and interviews as well as collection and cross-checking of names in a highly sophisticated inter-agency database. A visa application may take several weeks.

For obtaining the “DS 160 Nonimmigrant Visa”, kindly access and follow the instructions carefully.

In addition to the above, Crystal Cruises Manning will send you a Letter of Employment to bring to your interview with the US Embassy in order to support the application. Kindly check that your name is correctly spelled on the Letter of Employment submitted by Crystal Cruises Manning AS. If there are any discrepancies, notify us at your earliest convenience.

Medical Examination

When a candidate has agreed to join Crystal Cruises, he/she will be required to take a Pre-Employment Medical Exam. Crystal Cruises Manning will forward all necessary documents together with complete instructions.

Once approved by our Medical Advisors, he/she will receive permission to travel to the assigned ship.


In order to try and minimize the spread of illness among passengers and crew, all joining crew will be vaccinated for influenza upon boarding a Crystal Cruises ship.

The vaccination is free of charge and all crew are required to be vaccinated onboard, unless they have a valid medical reason duly documented from a doctor.

If you were vaccinated before joining your Crystal Cruises ship, please bring proof of vaccination with you.

Note that you will not be reimbursed for an influenza vaccination that you took prior to joining.

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