Q1. Do you employ couples?

You will be treated as individuals throughout the application process. If both successful we will try our best to schedule you to the same ship. However this will not be possible for the first contract.

Q2. If I am successful how quickly can I join a ship?

This is a combination of how quickly you obtain your seafarers documentation and the number of vacancies that are available that would be suitable for you. The scheduling team will notify you once they have found a suitable assignment that matches your retail experience.

Q3. What happens if I fail my enhanced Disclosure check and C1/D Visa interview?

Unfortunately without a C1/D visa you are unable to embark on a ship with Harding Retail.

Q4. Why do I need a Seafarers Medical?

This is a Maritime standard requirement. If you fail your Medical we are unable to continue with your training as you will be unable to work on-board without a valid Seafarers Medical.

Q5. Who pays for a uniform, food and accommodation during the contract?

We supply a uniform to you free of charge & we pay the cruise line for your food and accommodation whilst you are on-board.

Q6. Can I choose which ship I work on?

The recruitment team decides which ship you will work on for your first contract. You can request three ships for your second contract onwards. Our scheduling team will do their best to accommodate all requests.

Q7. Will I be able to get off the ship when it is in port?

During port times the shops will be closed. You will be able to disembark in port on average at two out of three port stops as there will be replenishment, floor moves and cycle counts to complete.

Q8. How long will I be away from home?

A contract is for a period of 6 months.

Q9. Can I do more than one contract?

Yes. If you successfully complete your contract, you can do as many contracts as you like as long as you have a 4 week break in between each 6 month contract.

Q10. Are there opportunities to progress within the company?

Harding Retail strongly believes in career development and promoting from within whenever possible. We advertise all Central Support positions on-board our ships and encourage progression into the teams at Bristol.

Q11. How many hours a week will I be required to work?

You will be required to work every day. On a sea day you will work a maximum of 14 hours. On a port day when the shops are closed it is likely you will work less hours.

Q12. How will I be paid?

If you hold a UK bank account you will be paid directly into your account. If you do not you will be paid cash on board and there is a facility on board for you to transfer your salary back home to your bank account.