Just signed on as Second cook for MSC, NEO date is August 15th

Anything I should know? Regarding NEO or the New Jersey training I hear others had to take. Even information about ships such as which jobs I should be looking for, how the pool works, any info at all is quite valuable at the moment. I hear MSC has its fair share of management issues, if anyone has any stories or experience with that, I’d love to hear that as well. First time mariner here.

Take swim lessons now. Make sure you are able to float for at least 60 sec. If you are totally afraid of the water, find a different career. You WILL have to get in the water to pass the personal survival class before thinking of a ship.

New hire training is now done in VA. The NJ location is closed down.