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How To Get A Cruise Ship Job
Step by step guide.


Is Your English Good Enough?
Perhaps you have the experience, but how do you know if your English is good enough?


What The Cruise Lines Are Looking For
The top four traits you must have to be considered for shipboard employment.


Cruise Line Versus Recruitment Agent
Who should you apply to?


Do's and Don'ts
What you should and should not do when you want a cruise ship job.


Your Chance of Getting Hired

If the idea of working on a cruise ship puts a big smile on your face, then you will be very happy to know that the cruise lines are always hiring and there is a cruise job for just about anyone.  And even though the majority of cruise ships operate in North America,  cruise lines hire applicants from almost every country in the world.  So how are you going to be successful in securing a shipboard job? 

The competition for jobs onboard cruise ships is high, but the good news is that the cruise industry is the fastest growing travel sector in the world.  In 2011, a record 16.3 million passengers worldwide went on a cruise.  If you consider that the average is one crew member for every three passengers, that translates into a lot of jobs (and that does not even take into consideration that many ships are sailing at less than full capacity).  For example:


Number of Passengers

Number of Crew

Disney Magic



Golden Princess



Cunard Queen Mary 2



Carnival Dream



RCCL Allure of the Seas




The average contract for a crewmember is 6 months, and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) reports that as many as 20% do not return to the ship.  The reason is because most people donít work on a ship a lifelong career. This is why the cruise lines have to continually hire new crew. 

In addition, new cruise ships are steadily being built. According to CLIA, 14 new ships are expected this year (2012) that carry a total of 17,000 passengers.  That's an average of 5,600 more jobs this year! 

So how are you going to get one of these jobs?  That's easy, you have to have the basic qualifications plus the four traits the cruise lines are looking for. 


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