Filipino workers who aspire to land jobs at a large luxury cruise company like Royal Caribbean International (RCI) should have reason to be proud and optimistic.
Richard Fain, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Royal Caribbean International said the feeling was mutual. In an interview at ANC’s The Boss with Cathy Yang, Fain said luxury cruise guests seem to love the Filipino crew on board the cruise liners. Also, Filipino workers seem to love working for RCI that they recruit friends and family members to apply for jobs at the company.
Fain said RCI employs more Filipino seafarers than any other nationality. And coming to the Philippines, RCI established a partnership with PTC to in hiring more Filipinos to join their employee headcount. Fain added that the company is looking at 11,000 initial hires and target 30,000 by 2020 in its aggressive hiring spree. More than just interacting with guests as waiters and attendants, Filipinos are needed in many other areas in the cruise operation, Fain said. Marine, hospitality, hotel and other areas are also expected to include Filipino staff.
RCI maintains 44 ships on its fleet, and will soon be joined by Ovation of the Seas which is scheduled to enter service in spring of 2016.
For the sake of convenience of Filipino applicants, RCI has established its training center in Manila to efficiently manage the hiring and training process of new employees, cutting down unnecessary delays in processing of paperworks.
As more Filipinos are eager to find jobs abroad, RCI becomes an attractive option especially with the happy Filipino workers in its fold.