The memorandum of understanding signed with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) to offer jobs on their vessels (see related story) is obviously most welcome. This regards a regional recruitment drive, mind you, as similar agreements were made with other destinations including Barbados and Trinidad.
It’s not the first such initiative locally either. In October 2015 Port St. Maarten announced pursuing opportunities to work aboard ships. RCCL and Carnival Cruise Line were mentioned at the time. Also noteworthy is the local Voodoo Dance Group as well as others providing entertainment on various cruises in the past.
Nevertheless, the current structural approach should lead to a more comprehensive effort. Especially for young people able to leave home a while it could be an attractive way to not only learn a trade and earn some money, but also visit other ports of call and gain valuable experience.
Considering the island’s significant youth unemployment this seems like a good option for those willing to face the challenge and take meaningful action to improve their own prospects in life. Sitting under the proverbial tree crying over a perceived lack of opportunity is easy, but a chance has now come to do something about it for themselves.