Originally Posted by prospectiveapplicant
Hope all is well!
I'm currently finishing my last year in Emergency Room Residency here in the United States. I'm a fully trained and board certified physician. I'm planning on applying to a few different cruise lines after graduation, as being a doctor on board a cruise ship has interested me for a while!
1) Are all doctors (not only the senior doctor) given officer status?
2) If so, what are the perks of officer status, vs. regular crew status?
3) Cabins: Do doctors have to share a cabin? What kind of cabin do they get with what amenities?
4) Do doctors have any access to passenger areas (pools, etc.)
5) Any other info?
Your questions are good ones, but some are difficult to answer.
Medical positions on cruise lines vary greatly due to the legal issues that always accompany medical care on ships.
Most Doctors - and many nurses - are given officer status.
Perks vary dramatically by cruise line.
Doctors typically have single cabins, which are standard officer cabins.
Most of the medical staff have access to passenger areas. How much access and which passenger areas vary by cruise line.
Some cruise lines give pool access to some medical staff; others do not.
Some cruise lines employ medical staff as regular employees; other cruise lines employ medical staff as outside contractors (to avoid liability).
Some cruise lines hire doctors for short term contracts, paying them very little, but allowing family to cruise with them - and sometinmes covering their bar bills.
Some cruise lines pay for your airfare to and from the ship; others do not.
Some cruise lines split the medical fees with you; others do not.