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 on board passenger vessels need to have Basic Safety Training and Crowd Management Certificate .

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

Basic Safety Training:

  • 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

United States of America requires all none US citizens crew to obtain a C1/D visa for travelling to the US. Therefore Crystal Cruises requires that all non US crew must obtain a C1/D prior to 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 this 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. 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.