Joining Requirements

Crystal Cruises will coordinate and assist with all required joining arrangements prior to your departure such as Seaman’s Book, Yellow Fever vaccination, Medical Examination and Visa.

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers – known as the STCW Convention require that all crew onboard any ship need to have Basic Safety Training and Crowd Management Certificate. Therefore, to be able to join one of our Crystal Ocean ships or Expedition 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

You can find a certified center by contacting your National Maritime Authorities. Note that Crystal do not approve online training. The training is practical and done in classroom and it is important that the training center you attend is approved by the National Maritime Authorities. You will unfortunately not be able to do any of the above mentioned training onboard therefore all Safety Training needs to be completed prior joining. Length of the training is pending on what country your training center is located in.

It is important that you bring with you the original training certificate when you join. You cannot join without original training certificate.

Crystal will reimburse Basic Safety Training and Crowd Management training, end of successfully completed contract. Any individual who attends training which is paid for by the company is obligated to complete one full contract after receiving the training. If this condition is not met, the individual will be required to reimburse the company for all charges related to the training. Kindly note that you will only be reimbursed for the training and not additional costs such as travel, transport, meals, accommodations, etc. Please bring all original receipts onboard for reimbursement.

It is mandatory for all crew to hold a valid passport and that your passport is valid more than 6 months from the day you join one of our ships. In addition, you must have at least 2 empty pages. If your passport is valid less than a year we recommend you to renew it.




Crystal Cruises will advise you if a travel visa is required.

Schengen Visa
Some nationalities are required to obtain a Schengen visa in order to enter countries  that belongs to Schengen territory, in Europe. For more information regarding Schengen visa please click on this link


US Visa for Seaman
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 ships. Please be informed that a visa application may take several weeks.

In order to submit your C1/D Application you need to pay a fee to proceed. However, you will be reimbursed for the total Visa fee amount while onboard. Please bring all original receipts with you for reimbursement. Crystal Cruises does not cover transport to/from the embassy.

Make sure to inform Crystal Cruises that you are scheduled for an interview at the embassy, as Crystal Cruises will issue a Letter of Employment 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. You need to bring with you your passport and the Letter of Employment for the interview at the US Embassy.


Guidelines for C1D Visa process:

Step 1.

Please apply online

  • Choose the “Nonimmigrant option” and the option “DS-160 Online non immigration visa application”
  • Use drop down menu to select your country and city where you will apply for the Visa and “Start an application”
  • Choose a security question- Click continue
  • Application information– here you get your Application ID -please remember the number
  • Travel Information- Purpose of Trip to the U.S- Choose option “Alien in Transit” and “Crewmember in Transit (C1/D)”
  • Intended Date of Arrival- See U.S Visa letter received per e-mail
  • Intended Length of Stay in U.S- 2 Day(s)
  • Address Where You Will Stay in the U.S- 1501 Biscayne Blvd #501, Miami, FL 33132, USA
  • Person/Entity Paying for Your Trip- Present Employer
  • In transit address in U.S- 1501 Biscayne Blvd #501, Miami, FL 33132, USA
  • IMO number for your assigned ship- Please see Letter of Employment received per e-mail
  • When done print the Application

Step 2.

  • Schedule Your Visa appointment on your created account
  • You need Passport number, CGI reference number from your visa fee receipt
  • Ten digits bar code number from your DS-160 application form

Step 3.

Visit the US embassy on your scheduled time and date, bring passport, supporting US Visa letter received from Crystal Cruises. Some embassies require extra documents please make sure to check what your chosen embassy require.

Step 4.

After Visa approval, your passport with your new C1/D Visa will be sent to given home address.



A Seaman’s Book is a continuous record of a seaman’s service. It is not required by Crystal to obtain a Seaman’s book prior joining however if you already have a National Seaman’s Book or a Seaman’s Book from another company please make sure to bring it with you onboard.



It is mandatory for all new crew to obtain a Medical Examination test prior to joining. In order to work onboard, you need to be declared fit for duty.

Crystal Cruises will provide you with a Crystal Medical Examination form, which you need to bring with you to the doctor. Candidates with previous ship experience often have a medical that is still valid, however, since Crystal Cruises has its own medical examination form, a new new examination needs to be conducted.

Note that drug testing is a mandatory part of the Crystal Medical Examination.

Vaccinations as Yellow Fever, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Rubella, Measles and Mumps immunity verification is required for all crew.

Crystal Cruises will reimburse you for the Medical Examination test. Please bring all original receipts with you for reimbursement.

Influenza Vaccination

In order to try and minimize the spread of illness among guest 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.