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Old February 27th, 2004, 04:50 AM
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How to get a job on a ship:

First of all, it depends on what position you want. Many positions on ships are handled by concessionaires. Most spas are handled by the British Company "Steiner Leisure" for example (http://www.steinerleisure.com).

First decide what position you want, and then figure out who actually does the hiring for that job, whether it is a concessionaire or the cruise line. I recommend asking people on board how they got their job. Always try to get the exact name and contact information.

Prepare a resume. You should know exactly what job you want and what the job entails. That way they will know you understand what the job requires. List your experience and your qualifications for the job. Understand that they get hundreds of applications every week, they are not looking for anyone who does not have experience. They are also not interested in people with limited availability ("I can only work for two weeks out of every month").

I recommend sending the resume by certified mail - so you know they see it. Include a cover letter that says you want to WORK hard. Cruise lines don't need more partiers. You will get fired if you don't show up. You will also have to pass a physical.

The best applicant is ready NOW, can work for any duration of contract, and is sober and serious about the job (not looking for a party). If your age and physical appearance are an asset, it does not hurt to include a picture.

I hope this thread spurs more commenst from past crewmembers about how they got their jobs. For the record, I worked for 3 different cruise lines on 5 different ships. I was a stage manager. HAL, NCL, Royal Viking Line.



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Hi Paul

I am graduating this May from University in Marketing and want to apply as a group coordinator for cruise lines . I have a big background in Event Management.
Will cruise lines acknowledge the fact that I am currently a graduating student and May would be the time I would be available or are they only for the "moment". I want to send my resu,e out now but don't know if i am wasting my time. ANy help would be wonderful, thanks!
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Old March 28th, 2004, 07:53 PM
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I would like some information about your experience working/living on a ship. I am an American sf that has just been hired to go aboard with NCL. Please tell me what to expect. The good and the bad.
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Sir,
Kindly answer my querries:
I am looking for a job as Stewardess and I am Married.
I do not have EU passport.
What if my Husband wants to join the same Cruise ship as employee.
How long does the procidure take to get a job.

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To all "would be" applicants,

First and foremost, shiplife isn't all fun and excitement. Why? You rarely have "Dayoffs" from work onboard. What you did yesterday...you shall do today....tomorrow and for the rest of your contract. Of course, it depends on the position. For some, they may have to work a total of 10...12...14...or even 16 hours in a day, if need be. Yes, the ship gets to visit various places depending on how long the duration of the cruise would be. But, if you are always on duty whilst the ship is in Port, you may never get to appreciate the place itself. Another thing, all ships have so many rules and regulations...you might not like it. Also, all ships are very strict with all sorts of sexual harassment, whether verbal, oral or what have you. Not to mention the weekly Pax / Crew Safety Drill which is mandatory. The "NO ALCOHOL IN CREW CABIN" rule in some ships. These are but a few things of what to expect should you decide to work onboard ships. Please do not get me wrong. I am NOT discouraging you from working onboard ships. I am merely laying down the facts on "SHIPLIFE".

I have worked in various positions (7), onboard 9 ships of 6 Cruise Lines since 1990 and have visited only 87 countries. I have learned so much onboard that I would not have learned in the university. My 14 years of shiplife was a combination of loneliness, sacrifices, patience, perseverance and fun. Although FUN was only 20% of the entire thing.

Now, if you are really bent on pushing thru with your plans...well and good! I wish you ALL THE BEST!!! Happy Sailing!



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I AM LOKING FOR A JOB AS COOK BUS BOY ONLY EUROPEAN CRUISE LINE 4 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN USA PRESENT TIME VALABIL FOR 2005 APRIL
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Elektra...

I'm sorry I haven't checked in here for awhile...

I am not sure that "group coordinator" is a job that cruise lines hire. I have never heard of one. I think you are thinking more along the travel agent side of the business.

Now that May is here you have nothing to lose. Why don't you consider a job as a hostess or cruise staff. Or shore excursion operator.


I am graduating this May from University in Marketing and want to apply as a group coordinator for cruise lines . I have a big background in Event Management.
Will cruise lines acknowledge the fact that I am currently a graduating student and May would be the time I would be available or are they only for the "moment". I want to send my resu,e out now but don't know if i am wasting my time. ANy help would be wonderful, thanks!

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"I would like some information about your experience working/living on a ship. I am an American sf that has just been hired to go aboard with NCL. Please tell me what to expect. The good and the bad."

See my other posts - one on Carnival, Please report in and tell us how it is going!

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"Sir, Kindly answer my querries: I am looking for a job as Stewardess and I am Married. I do not have EU passport. What if my Husband wants to join the same Cruise ship as employee. How long does the procidure take to get a job."

First - you need some kind of passport - doesn't have to be EU, though.

Chances are they will not accomodate your husband. They just don't have the time and resources to worry about keeping couples together, I'm sorry. They find it easier to hire single people.

The procedure to get a job can happen very quickly, once you get to the right person. They could call and ask you to be ready in a week.

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Old May 25th, 2004, 01:51 PM
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Dear Paul

Im very interested in working on a cruise ship in the summer of 2005. When should I start applying? How would I go about this? Ive noticed there are a lot of agencies but have been told they are a waste of time and money. Where would I obtain addresses of the companies that employ people?
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Old May 25th, 2004, 08:20 PM
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Group coordinator is a position on any RCCL ship - handles any "group" - whether 5 or 500. Single cabin, officer status.

For me - about 3 years ago, I found a book online with all the addresses, fax numbers of lines ( for Vicki http://www.cruiseross.com/). One weekend I sent it all out - had a job offer Monday (from the now defunct Regal Empress). But I ended up with NCL for 2 contracts and am now with RCCL. It is a 7 day a week job - you have to be very adaptable, keep your sense of humor and be willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

I differ with the 'couples' advice. RCCL does try to keep couples together. I know of many . . . video/youth staff, stage manager/casino, staff captain/secretary, waiter/youth staff, spa salon/dancer. It helps to do the same type of job or be in the same department, then you can be 'berthed' or placed in the same cabin together. It's not totally impossible and if you're a competent worker that they would want to keep - they may work with you to keep you in the company. I recently worked with a lighting tech whose girlfriend was a casio dealer - both new hires - and the company was willing to place them on the same ship. I would not expect it for the first contract - unless you have the talents/experience that they need.

Depending upon what country you are applying from - some cruise lines may have hiring 'agents' that will screen all applicants, forward the info to the person hiring for the job and then aid them on joining their ship once they have the job.

In addition to cruise ross, this is another website with info and addresses
http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/...addresses.html

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Old May 29th, 2004, 09:45 AM
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The Ice Man's post about working on a ship is exactly the way it is!

I work in the Purser department, I love the job, its great experience but I wouldnt call the job as glamourous as people think it is.
I sign back on the ship this Monday, until christmas, and in that time I will not have a single day off. I will have parts of days off, like an afternoon or a morning.
Don't get me wrong, when the 20% fun does happen, it is FUN! I was onboard the Paradise for 6 months, we visited Belize every 2 week, and I only got to see the place once for 2 hours, and I never even got to see La Romana! Just never got the chance, was always working!
There are lots of rules regarding safely, from which electrical items you have in your cabin, to what bed sheets you have. There will be a cabin inspection by security every month and they will take anything from you if they don't agree with it!!!

This is just a bit of advice thats all, before I went to the ship, I was under the impression I'd be on the beach everyday, I was wrong, in 6 month I was on the beach twice!!!! On my 21st birthday I worked an 18 hour shift, from 6am to midnight!! best birthday ever!! But the next night they did throw a huge party in the crew bar for me!
Just think hard before you apply, your onboard to WORK HARD! not to party.. thats just something you'll do sometimes. Luckily I love the work I do, its always the type of thing I''ve wanted...but if you're just looking for the fun! Then book a vacation on the ship, don't go work there!!!

Other than that.....have a lovely cruise xxxxxxx
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Vicki Leedsuk!

I am also from the uk, and I had my interview in leeds. I went on a website called www.cti-usa.com. They were excellent.
Their offices are located in Princes Square just behind Leeds Train Station. I happened the ring them a day before the Carnival interview and they invited me straight down for an interview. Check it out!!! They recuit for lots of cruise lines

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Try this link : http://www.geocities.com/chrisrotlmacin/shiplink.html in my website . Full list directly to cruise ships employment . All free , no recruitment agencies , directly to cruise lines .
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Could you please give me some detailed information about purser department as a Junior Auditor role. What does Auditor do? Thank you.
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Old August 16th, 2004, 05:36 AM
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Dear, Paul,
We are two girls from Bulgaria, who want to get a job on ship as stewardess. But it appeared too difficult to find any hiring agency without fee. Can you advise us what to do,what agencies are legal and are worth. Thank you in advance.
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Dear Sir Motter ,

I was already working on ship one year together with my boyfriend . The name of the ship was MS Mona Lisa .Since 11.08. we are in vaccantion and we are looking for a new ship . We are prepare to work very hard. We were Wine Stewards on the ship , and we can do it one more time if you need good people like us. Sabine Trausner , which is my best friend , work on your ship and she asy me that people like us are allways wellkomme on board of Seaborn Legend.
I want to mention also that I have also Diplom from the College for International Tourism as entertainor and I can work also something in this department also .

I want to thank you forward for your attention and I hope that may be you would like to help us to get a job on your ship.

With best regards:
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I am sorry I cannot help people personally. I can tell you that each cruise line web site has a link where you can find employment information. The cruise lines are hiring a LOT of people from central Europe these days - Romanians, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Chezchs, Slovaks...

Cristian's site does have all the links (good job, Cristian):

http://www.geocities.com/chrisrotlmacin/shiplink.html

I am sure they get a LOT of enquiries every day. Follow my directions on how to get noticed!

How to get a job on a ship:

First of all, it depends on what position you want. Many positions on ships are handled by concessionaires. Most spas are handled by the British Company "Steiner Leisure" for example (http://www.steinerleisure.com).

First decide what position you want, and then figure out who actually does the hiring for that job, whether it is a concessionaire or the cruise line. I recommend asking people on already working on ships how they got their job. Always try to get the exact name and contact information.

Prepare a resume. You should know exactly what job you want and what the job entails. That way they will know you understand what the job requires. List your experience and your qualifications for the job. Understand that they get hundreds of applications every week, they are not looking for anyone who does not have experience. They are also not interested in people with limited availability ("I can only work for two weeks out of every month").

I recommend sending the resume by certified mail - so you know they see it. Include a cover letter that says you want to WORK hard. Cruise lines don't need more partiers. You will get fired if you don't show up. You will also have to pass a physical.

The best applicant is ready NOW, can work for any duration of contract, and is sober and serious about the job (not looking for a party). If your age and physical appearance are an asset, it does not hurt to include a picture.

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Paul,
It's so nice to see that you're still at it - I mean, trying to help would-be applicants by enlightening each one in terms of what to expect onboard the Cruise Ship; where to search; etc. I myself am still ONLAND (not onboard) since 07 February 2004. If these guys have difficulties getting onboard for lack of experience...I'm encountering the same for a different reason - OVERQUALIFIED at times. Some Manning Agencies just seem to prefer applicants with "LESSER" experience. When they see my last salary, they tell me that they cannot afford my last rate. Life is sure a *****, aye?! Been a HOTEL STORES STEWARD; a FOODSTOREKEEPER; a HOTEL STORES ASST. MGR.; a PURSER; and a NIGHT AUDITOR in a short span of 14 years. Now, they tell me that I'm considered to be - "OVERQUALIFIED". What's the world getting into anyway? I really wonder. If you don't have the required qualifications...you don't get hired. On the other hand, if you have more than enough...you still don't get hired. What's the use of working your butt off to the bone to learn all these and acquire the expertise, then only to find out that you possess more than the qualifications and experience that "THEY" need. In the meantime, I'm sitting things out and waiting and maybe, just maybe...a miracle would come my way, probably even from someplace you would least expect. To you, I say - MORE POWER and ALL THE BEST !!! Cheers!

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ICE MAN...

what they are telling you is they are afraid they can't afford you - that you will work long hours for the pay that would make a third-world national happy.

If you put in your resume an expected salary of $xxxxxxxxx - as little as you are willing to accept, you might have a better chance.

I would also recommend NCLA to you right now.

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Paul, sometimes ... it makes me smile to observe that the interviewer knows little of what he's asking me. What pisses me off, is when in the course of our friendly interview, he wants to impress in you that he's an authority in it ... when in reality, he knows nothing. When he notices that I know more, he requires me to ellaborate. so, I do. After doing so, he realizes that I'm no push-over. And he begins to feel threatened. Afterall, while ellaborating ... I fortify my thoughts with explanations written on paper right infront of him. Its very ironic that some shipping companies send over their "CHOSEN" representatives of a very different field ... to interview applicants of another field. Get a hold of this: you're in the entertainment field and the guy to interview you is an Exec.Chef? Duh??????? What can I say?
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NCL has Group Services Coodinators (GSC) ... single cabin, officer status. Handles groups, weddings, meetings....pay is around $2000/mo? If you're American, you'll pay taxes on that wage...and you'll be working 7 days/week for 6 months. Good luck!
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Has any one seen many Australians on board cruise ships?... i am very interested in getting a job on board a cruise vessel but finding it hard to find anyone with past experiance on board from Australia. There are so many web sites that are set up to scam people...
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EnvE,

Disney Cruise Line has 2 ships at present and both has a couple of Aussies onboard (males and females). DCL is a very good and established company and they pay good money compared to other Cruise Lines. Why not send them your Resume thru their site and at the same time, why not find out what positions are available? Of course, this is merely my suggestion ... Good Luck, Mate!!!
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ENV u can apply for disney via DK AUSTRALIA. they handle all disneys contracts fo australia. unfortunatly you have missed the initial interviews and probably will not get a chance to apply untill next year around JUNE/JULY.

you can also apply via cordon blue in QLD, they handle everything for celebrity. but once agian. all interviews are finished for them.


hope that helps.

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thanks for the info paul and foodstorekeeper,
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i was also wondering if you have any information on operational jobs such as able seamen and deckhand, as i am more qualified in deck jobs rather then the usual hospitality jobs that most westerners apply for.

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EnvE,

The Deck Department on both: M/V DISNEY MAGIC and M/V DISNEY WONDER have the same set-up. The officers are all caucasians, while from the BOSUN, Asst. Bosun, Carpenters, down to A/B and O/S are all Filipinos.
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