Always check and see what time crew has to be back onboard the ship. It is usually a minimum of an hour before the ship sails. DON’T MISS THE SHIP!! IT WILL NOT WAIT FOR YOU. You will then be responsible for paying your own way to meet the ship at the next port. In addition, this could be ground for termination.
Check with H&R once onboard as each line has different rules regarding family and friends deals for the crew.
US citizens must fill out and return a W-4 tax form. Non-US citizens have their own responsibility to claim their wages. The ships H&R team can provide you with more detailed information.
Traveling with all this gear is tricky. Call the airline you’re traveling on beforehand to make sure you know the baggage rules. Always arrive at the airport 3 hours ahead for international flights as you have to clear customs with all your musical equipment. It’s also a good idea to have photocopies of any receipts you may have for your gear to show where you purchased everything. Have your e-ticket, passport and LOE (if applicable) handy at all times. Try every packing trick you know to make it easier.
Musicians are usually required to perform 7 nights per week. Your actual set times will vary depending on your contract. Your BM will provide you with a weekly schedule listing your set times, dress code and venue. It is very wise to get a copy of the next days’ guest schedule every day to double check for any scheduling conflicts. These are usually available by the Guest Relations Desk or by your BM’s office or cabin.