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Employment Afloat

Estimated 8.000 Indonesians Employed in International Cruise Industry.

(8/23/2004) According to Mr. Hughes Lamy, a Director of Cruise Management Consulting based in Monaco and quoted in Bisnis Indonesia, more than 8.000 Indonesians are employed on foreign flagged cruise ships around the world.

Of that total, nearly 60% or 4,800 are employed on board ships operated by Holland America Lines; followed by 1,200 working with Costa Cruise Lines; 1,000 with Carnival Cruise Lines; 800 with Star Cruises; 235 on board Princess Cruises; and 140 with Windstar Cruises. Another 2,841 Indonesians are reportedly employed in shore jobs provided by foreign cruise line operators.

Mr. Lamy went on to describe that wages on board these ships range from US$ 564 per month for a cleaner, to US$ 1,079 for a waiter, to US$ 1,198 per month for a cook, and US$ 1,548 for a section chief.

According to many cruise managers, Indonesia crew are popular because of their friendly personalities, work discipline and reputation for minimal complaining.

A number of foreign cruise operators maintain offices in Jakarta and Bali involved in the recruitment and training of ship's crews.