Worldwide recruiters for the cruise lines.

Direct links to cruise line hiring pages.

Shipboard businesses that contract to cruise lines.

7 Steps To Getting The Job

  1. Are You Qualified?  

    For more cruise lines, in order to be considered for shipboard employment, you must be 21 years of age or older.
  2. Is your English good enough?  

    You will need to have a good command and comprehension of the English language in order to work on a cruise ship.  For more information, please read Is Your English Good Enough?
  3. Do you have experience that relates to a cruise ship job?  

    There is no use applying for a cruise ship job that you have never done before on land. Cruise lines want people with experience, even if it is only 1 year.  Obviously the more experience you have, the better your chance of getting hired. 
  4. Decide what position to apply for. 

    If you have land-based experience in a hotel, casino, spa or as a photographer, for example, then these are the positions you should be applying for on a cruise ship.  Once again, if you do not have experience in a related position, there is no use in applying.  Cruise lines always want some experience. 
  5. Prepare a perfect resume.  

    This step is very important.  Every resume you send or online application you submit should be specific to the position you want to be hired for.  If you can fully understand what your prospective employer wants, you will know how to convincingly present yourself.  In addition, your resume should not have any spelling or grammar mistakes.  We cannot stress this enough.  If you want to show that your English is good enough, then don’t make any spelling or grammar mistakes! 
  6. Decide where to apply.  

    Many people will mistakenly only apply to the cruise line directly, but one of the best ways to get hired is through a recruitment agent. Agents can be a more direct path to the cruise lines because they have been prepped on the specific number and types of jobs and positions available for the cruise line they represent.  For more information, read Where to Apply and visit our directory of Worldwide Recruitment Agents.
  7. Apply for the job!  

    When you are ready to apply for the position, send your application in the exact way that the recruitment agent wants it.  If you’re not sure how they want it (email, submitted online, and so on), then contact them to find out.