Candidates for cruise jobs sleep outside of NAPA


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Hopefuls line up at the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Sapin on Friday to apply for jobs offered by Royal Caribbean Group International cruise ships. – Photo by Ayanna Kinsale

GREVIC ALVARADO and NICHOLAS BAYLEY

Hundreds of people slept outside the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain on Thursday night in an attempt to deliver their documents early for one of the jobs available on Royal Caribbean cruise ships International Group.

Around 2,000 people are expected to be eligible for around 500 jobs in various categories such as food and beverage management, culinary arts, customer service and relations, hospitality management and entertainment.

Large numbers of police, umbrellas to protect against the sun and rain and chairs to withstand the long wait were noticeable on Friday, the last day of applications.

Casey Clement told Newsday that her two sisters arrived at 7 p.m. Thursday to try to be among the first to enter when NAPA’s doors opened. They came from the center of Trinidad.

“My sisters slept across from NAPA. It’s really a very good opportunity that Royal Caribbean offers to the people of TT,” said Clement.

His two sisters apply for jobs in cruise ship casinos.

“They’ve worked in casinos here for ten years, so they have the experience to get a better job and become better people. They delivered their documents; now they have to wait to be selected.”

“It’s good to have these opportunities right after the covid19 pandemic. We have to catch up and apply for these jobs,” Clement said.

Tonica Williams arrived in NAPA from Siparia. As she left, she said she was happy to try to fulfill her dream of working on a cruise ship.

“I arrived in NAPA in the middle of the night and managed to turn in my documents after 10am. Long wait time which I hope is worth it.

Clifton Rayli is a bartender from La Horquetta.

“I couldn’t miss this opportunity they are giving us Trinidadians to aspire to good work,” he said.

Dianne Bishop had been there since 5:45 a.m. Tuesday she had been there since 3 a.m. and spent all day waiting to be interviewed and hand in her CV, but couldn’t because of the crowds.

“More streams today, which kept me feeling much more encouraged, unlike Tuesday’s chaos,” she said.

A 20-year-old woman who would not give her name said she was also there on Tuesday and left disappointed with the arrangements.

“I thought it would be much more organized, since we had all our documents prepared and sent. Instead, I came here and couldn’t find any commands. It was difficult.”

Now all applicants have to wait for the call that can fulfill their dreams.

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