You must be between 21 and 67 years old to be considered for any of our shipboard vacancies, unless you are applying for a deck/engine cadet role, in which case you must be at least 18 years old. 
Most cruise lines operate on a ‘rolling contract’ system, meaning that your next contract will be renewed automatically upon successful completion of the current one.

Contract lengths can vary from 3 to 10 months depending on the position you’re applying for.

Officers and Senior Management generally work from 3 to 6 months consecutively, while other staff and service crew average 6-10 months.

Holidays (otherwise known as 'shore-leave' or 'vacation') average 6-8 weeks for most positions and the majority of cruise line employees are only paid while working onboard the ship.
Couples/siblings/friends are welcome to apply, but applications will be considered on their own merit and we are unable to guarantee matching schedules/ships in the event that both parties are successful.
You can expect to undergo a multi-stage interview process.

All applicants are required to complete a preliminary one-way screening interview, which will be followed by a minimum of two video interviews and/or telephone calls.

The selection process can take 2-8 weeks depending on the role you are applying for.  
Successful candidates are expected to undergo different types of pre-employment checks and will be required to obtain certain documents before they can join a ship.

Some of this paperwork will be company specific, but a lot will be determined by the requirements of national and international labour laws.

All cruise ship employees, without exception, must be able to obtain medical clearance, regulatory training certificates and seafarer’s travel documents before they can start work. You will also be expected to produce a satisfactory certificate of character (criminal background check) and other job specific paperwork, such as academic certificates, licences and professional references.
There are several regulatory training courses pertaining to ships’ safety and security that all seafarers are obliged to undertake, regardless of the job they are applying for.

A small number of companies make provisions for new joiners to do some of this training during their first week on board, while many others require their employees to complete it prior to joining the vessel.

Furthermore, certain governments require their nationals to undergo this training in their home country, regardless of the cruise line's policies.

The first course is known as Basic Safety Training, which consists of several programs that can be delivered together over five days, or taken separately if needed. Topics including First Aid, Fire Fighting & Prevention, Security Awareness, Personal Safety and Personal Survival make up the minimum basic safety training requirements.

Employees who are required to assist and guide passengers in the event of an emergency, (almost everybody working on-board a cruise ship) must also be trained and certified in Crowd Management and Crisis Management and Human Behaviour.

 If you are required to complete this training prior to joining a ship, it will be at your own cost. 
The medical certificate proves that the seafarer:

  • has the physical capability to fulfil all of the requirements of the aforementioned basic training
  • possesses adequate hearing and speech to communicate effectively and detect any audible alarms, codes and signals 
  • has no medical condition, disorder or impairment that will prevent the effective and safe conduct of the seafarer’s routine and emergency duties 
  • is not suffering from any medical condition likely to be aggravated by service at sea, or to render the seafarer unfit for service, or to endanger the health and safety of other personnel on board 
  • is not taking medication that has side effects that could impair judgment, balance or any other requirements for effective and safe performance of routine and emergency duties on board
The majority of seafarers are able to obtain their medical certificate at any facility that has been approved by the ship owner, but as with the training, some seafarers will be required to undergo the examination at a specific facility in their home country.

Medical tests can include chest x-rays, extensive blood work, drug screening and tests for sexually transmitted infections and diseases, electrocardiograms and vision & hearing assessments. This list is not exhaustive and medical exams can be very costly (depending on the cruise line, job role and country you are living in).

While some ship owners cover the cost of their employees’ medicals, many do not, and those that do, may only offer reimbursement for select positions once the person is onboard.

If you are unable to achieve medical clearance, your offer of employment will be rescinded and you will not be able to recoup the costs. Consequently, it's imperative that applicants are open and honest about their medical history at the start of the recruitment process so that they can be guided accordingly.  
Most seafarers will be required to obtain a visa/s prior to embarking on their new adventure; one of the most common being the C1-D visa.

If your assigned ship sails in or through the United States and you are not from the USA or Canada, you will need a visa to work onboard. Once you have received your medical clearance, we will supply you with an official letter of employment (LOE) which will enable you to schedule a visa appointment at the US Embassy in your home country.

It’s important to note that all ship operators are legally obliged to bear the cost of any visa that you are required to obtain for work purposes. The C1-D visa is currently set at $160 USD (circa £120 GBP). The cost of any work related visa is usually reimbursed once you have joined your scheduled ship.

If you are unable to obtain a visa, your offer of employment will be rescinded and you will remain responsible for any associated fees.