How to get a Job on an International Crusie Ship
General Information and Steps for Getting a Job on an International Cruise Line
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Following is some general information that you should know carefully when you are applying for a job on an international cruise ship. There are many people who claim that they are agents for international cruise ship companies but in fact they are not! Be aware!!! Don't pay for things you don't have to. Only use reputable firms and follow the instructions below and you will be well on your way!
There are NO GUARANTEES!
Only the cruise company hires you.
It is very important to remember that a Hiring Partner is NOT an employer! They work on behalf of their Principals (the cruise line companies) only. They help the cruise line companies:
- Promote job vacancies,
- Advise people how to apply for a job with their Principal,
- Conduct initial presentations,
- Screen candidates to ensure they meet the Principal's requirements,
- Organize for the Principal to do a final interview, and
- Assist the Principal to process you after you are given a job offer.
The Hiring Partner DOES NOT:
- Take applications directly with their company (except for their own staff),
- Do the final interview,
- Accept the candidates for jobs or
- Give the job offer.
So in short: only the cruise line company can offer you the job and the Hiring Partner has absolutely NO capacity to influence that. The Hiring Partner should advise you what standard the Principal requires and ensure you meet that standard before you are put up for interview but they can never guarantee that you will be accepted.
All candidates who are accepted by the Principal will be given a job offer from the Principal. This may be given to them by the Hiring Partner but it will be an offer from them, on their letter head and it will clearly state their details on the offer. You should never be told you have a job offer - you should have the written proof! If you are ever unsure then check directly with the cruise line company themselves: after you are their employee at that point.
Do not do Cruise Training, Courses or Cruise Line Requirements unless the Hiring Partner tells you!
Most of them are an absolute waste of money!
When you apply to a reputable Hiring Partner they will assess you free of charge. If you are required by the Principal to do an English Test then you may have to pay for that test and it is usually best to do it with the Hiring Partner. If they assess you and find you need more training in English or your Work Skills then they can recommend the programs that will help you. You should never be obligated to take these courses with the Hiring Partner or with a company that is in partnership with the Hiring Partner! While the Hiring Partners recommended courses are probably reasonable and targeted to the job they should always be optional. Look around; maybe their is an English school that you would prefer to use for whatever reason. The choice should always be yours, and yours alone, who you do your training with and remember nobody can guarantee you a job offer - nobody.
Do NOT do:
- A "general cruise industry course" - cruise lines ONLY hire people with specific skills and experience!
- Any of the requirements like Medicals and Seaman Books until AFTER you have a job offer!
Doing medicals, seaman books and other things prior to getting a job offer will not help you get a job offer - ever! In fact, most of the time, you will have done it for nothing and wasted your money. Medicals, for example, are often specific to the brand you are going to work on. So if you do them before the job offer then you will probably have to do them again! Seaman Book requirements vary between companies and brands! So don't do thousands of dollars in Seaman course before you get a Job Offer - you probably will not need them and most of the course will be done again when you get to your ship! So please ... save your money and talk to a reputable Hiring Partner.
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Major Requirements for Cruise Line Jobs
Most of the international cruise ships have English as their common language. Some have other languages like German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin. So you should check what is the common language and ensure you have at least an Intermediate level of it before going to the Hiring Partner to apply for a position. Speedy Global generally only supplies companies where English is the common language. The level of English you need depends on your job. If you don't deal with customers much or don’t work at front of house, like working in the laundry or galley, then you need less English proficiency than if you are working as a Waiter or Housekeeper, who are required to communicate and entertain the customers regularly. The minimum level needed is enough to be able to carry out your job successfully and achieve all safety and training requirements on the ship.
Most jobs, though not all, on a ship require experience and qualifications! The experience and qualifications you need does vary depending upon the job and the level. For example, a Utility Cleaner in the Galley or a Hotel Cleaner in the Housekeeping will need less experience (say 03 to 06 months minimum) than a person applying for a Chief de Partie or a Stateroom Steward. But remember that there are no generalists on a ship! With very few exceptions, you will need experience and qualifications in the job you are applying for and preferably in a reasonable establishment: like a four or five star hotel. If you are not sure then contact a reputable hiring partner who will provide you with the Job Description for the position you desires to apply with the cruise line!
- You must be at least 18 international years old and for many jobs (especially those working with Alcohol or in Casinos), you must be from 21 international years old.
- There is NO maximum age so long as you are medically fit enough to achieve the job and complete other tasks onboard e.g. drills, training, etc.
Medically Fit for Duty
- You must physically fit. You will be required to do a general medical examination with approved doctors/ facilities that are allowed to conduct that kind of medical checkup per the cruise line’s requirement regardless of which company you are working for.
- If you have any major issues with your health that can cause you are unlikely to pass the medical and you are not sure, contact a reputable Hiring Partner who can give you some clues of who to contact and how to contact for an advice. You need to be able to lift and drag 20 kg of dead weight.
Tattoos and Piercing
- You can have tattoos but they CAN NOT be visible when you are wearing any ship uniform. So generally if they are on your hands or face then that would make it impossible for you to get a job with most companies. Mostly, tattoos on the lower arms and legs are also a problem but it does depend on the uniform and the company that you are applying for so if that is the case then it is worth asking your Hiring Partner.
- Any visible piercing/s (except one set of earrings for females) are to be removed.
Work Every Day
- Of course you will have time to see a lot of wonderful places that the ship visits. However almost everyone on a ship must be well prepared themselves to:
- work every day,
- work 10 to 12 hours a day, and
- work for 6 to 9 month at a time.
- This is not as "bad" as it may appear at first read. But it is a major consideration. Most reputable Hiring Partners provide free information sessions that completely explain what the conditions are like and what you should expect to work onboard.
- When you work on an international cruise, you will be working with up to 80 or 90 different nationalities. Most people will come from a different religion and ethnic background to yours. They will have different beliefs and culture understanding also. While you do not have to adopt anyone's beliefs, you do have to always be respectful of theirs as they must be respectful of yours.
- You will normally be sharing a small cabin with one other person and that person, while being the same gender as you, will most like be from a different country. So you must be prepared to work, recreate and live with others and respect them regardless of their race, color or creed. So if you are a person who is empathetic to others, enjoys meeting and making friends with people from all over the world then cruise lines are definitely a good place for you.
Good Moral Compass
Large international cruise ship can have up to 4,000 crew and over 5,000 passengers! So there are many sensible rules that are in place to ensure that everyone can work and play together. For example: fighting, bullying, sexist or racist comments, drinking alcohol to excess and other any social things that people with a poor moral compass might do are simply not tolerated. In fact most are grounds for instant dismissal. So if you have a good moral compass and you want to work in a safe and respectful environment then cruise ships are a good work place.
Fun, Travel and Money
Ultimately, working on a cruise ship can be a lot of fun. It is hard work for sure! But few seafarers will ever forget their time at sea and most of them look back on it with absolute fondness! While working on an international cruise ship, you will travel the world! You will see more than most "normal" people will see in a lifetime. Because food, accommodation and medical are all free on the ship, all the money you make is yours!