The U.S. merchant marine, including cruise ships that sail under
the U.S. flag, is governed by the Jones Act. The Jones Act covers
many of the issues involved in building, operating and manning
vessels that operate between U.S. ports. The Jones Act covers the
legal remedies of injured seamen. The Jones Act is based upon the
Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). However, It is important that
readers appreciate that in many cases, the Jones Act will not apply
to them. This is because the Jones Act and U.S. maritime law apply
to U.S. flag vessels. As indicated on the page that outlines legal
rights, the legal claims of non-U.S. flag vessel crews are governed
by different laws, depending on other jurisdictional factors such as
the flag of the vessel and whatever agreements were entered into
with the cruise line or employment agency.

For U.S. flag vessels, the Jones Act requires that commerce
between U.S. ports on the inland and intracoastal waterways be
reserved for vessels that are U.S. built, U.S. owned, U.S. registered
and U.S. manned. The idea was to foster the growth of the American
merchant marine.

To be covered under the Jones Act, a seaman (that’s man and
woman alike… the term seaman is used in maritime law but does
not differentiate between gender) must satisfy a simple test. Their
duties must contribute to the function of the vessel, and they must
have a connection with the vessel in navigation. The duration of the
person’s connection and nature of the person’s activities with the
vessel must show that he or she is a member of the crew.

The Jones Act and U.S. maritime law cover an injured seaman’s
damages for lost wages, medical expenses, living expenses, pain,
suffering and mental anguish. In U.S. maritime law, an injured
seaman can also bring an action based upon unseaworthiness
against the vessel’s owner if the vessel was unseaworthy. A
seaworthy vessel is one that is reasonably fit for its intended use.

In U.S. maritime law, even if the seaman cannot prove that the
employer was negligent, he or she is still entitled to maintance and
cure. Maintenance is the seamen’s expenses for food and shelter.
Cure is the cost of medical care, hospitalization, prescription drugs
and other medical expenses.

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Cruise Ship Jobs - Cruiseship Jobs - Work on Cruise Ships - Cruise Industry Employment - Jobs on
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In addition to the deck and
engineering positions, cruise
lines seek candidates for
culinary, hotel, security, bar,
purser and other
departments. These
positions can include:

Information Technology
Manager
Information Technology
Technician
Executive Chef
Sous Chef
Assistant Chef
Chef
Baker
Baker Assistant
Food and Beverage Manager
Maitre’D
Waiter
Waitress
Steward
Stewardess
Dishwasher
Storekeeper
Bar Manager
Bartender
Bartender Assistant
Wine Steward
Cashier
Dealer
Slot Technician
Surveillance Personnel
Accountant
Bookkeeper
Purser
Administrative Assistant
Payroll Clerk
Hair Stylist
Beautician
Nail Specialist
Gift Shop Manager
Gift Shop Cashier
Massage Therapist
Spa Employee
Lifeguard
Physician, Doctor
Nurse
Physician’s Assistant
Aerobics Instructor
Fitness Instructor
Personal Trainer
Housekeeper
Janitor
Linen Keeper
Bell Boy
Laundry Worker
Reception
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