Originally Posted by psk691
And you would be basing that broad assumption on what ? I am a US citizen.
I am also a US citizen - one of the very few who has worked on cruise ships (including the American ones) - for the past 35 years.
The American ships MUST legally hire a certain number of Americans.
The others can do what they like.
Most foreign flag lines - like RCCL - will take your CV and talk to you.
They don't want negative publicity or lawsuits stemming from any statements that they don't generally hire Americans.
But in the end - unless you are trying to get one of the very few jobs they do hire Americans for (dancers, singers, comedians, baby-sitters) - your CV will sit in a pile with many other American CVs and then get filed away after a few years.
I don't know how many cruises you have taken, but if you have, did you not notice the distinct lack of American crewmembers? One would think that with the majority of cruisers being Americans, it would be an advantage to have American crew onboard, who can better understand and better communicate with the passengers. But that is not the case.
It is not just a coincidence that most international cruise ships have few or no American crewmembers.
There is an extremely slim chance that you will actually be considered for the job. If you have incredibly relevant prior experience (as I did), or know somebody who has clout within the company (as I did), you may have a chance.
If you do get the job, I would be willing to bet a great deal of money that you - like the few other Americans who came before you- would not last more than a month.