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At Cruise Job Search we get a lot of questions about

How to Get Hired for a Cruise Ship Job?  

To get hired, you first need to know what positions or jobs are available that fit your qualifications, work experience. Then, you need to know the right places to send your resume / CV.

Popular frequently asked questions and information:

What is CruiseJobSearch.com website?

CruiseJobSearch.com is the world’s leading independent cruise job board and we are experts in recruitment. We take pride in hosting cruise jobs across all on board departments for the jobseekers, and supporting recruiters and employers with our quality services.

Why use CruiseJobSearch.com?

As one of the world’s leading cruise job boards, we are dedicated to helping candidates locate the jobs that match them. Our services have been tailored to ensure recruiters and employers are able to discover the ultimate candidates for their roles too.

CruiseJobSearch.com free to use for all candidates?

Yes its FREE, we will never ask candidate to pay any money.

Can I send my CV to CruiseJobSearch.com ?

The simple answer is no!

Our team have worked very hard to make sure our application process is as efficient as possible.  So please sign up on CruiseJobSearch.com and follow this easy steps:

  1. Complete your profile ( First, last name, upload profile image)
  2. Post your online CV
  3. Upload your CV (optional) or you can copy your CV and paste it in designated section.

I have completed my profile, now what do I do?

Once you have completed an online profile and posted your CV you can start apply for vacancies, send your professional cover letter  and job application to employer or recruiter.

What is Job alert? and how to use it?

Job Alerts on CruiseJobSearch.com notify candidates / job seekers of current job opportunities that they may be interested in. Users can create Job Alerts through the Jobs Alert section of their account, or by searching with job titles, keywords.

Note: Users may create a maximum of 10 (ten) job alerts per day.

Follow the steps below to create a Job Alert from your account:

  • Sign in to CruiseJobSearch.com.
  • Click the CruiseJobSearch.com  Profile Icon ( or image if you uploaded one).
  • Click Jobs Alert in the drop down menu.
  • Click Create new alert.

​Enter the following information:

  • Alert Name ( for your reference )
  • Job Title or Keyword
  • Department
  • Click Save.

What documentation do I need to work on cruise ships?

Depending on the role you are offered, every cruise line has slightly different requirements. When you are employed on a cruise ship you are required to have the following documentation  before to start work:

  • Valid travelling passport  ( To be valid for at least 1 year )
  • STCW Basic Safety Training Course
  • ENG1 Medical Exam
  • Seaman Service Book
  • Seaman transit visa (  if required )
  • Criminal background report/police clearance certificate

When should I apply to work on a cruise?

Cruise employer and recruitment agencies looking for crew all year round!  There are always opportunities for full-time and seasonal staff so, whatever your preference, it is never too soon to show an interest!

What is IMO regulatory training STCW ?

STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’. STCW came into force in 1978 as Governments agreed to standardise training around the world. STCW Basic Safety Training, as it is known today is required by all seafarers who are working onboard commercial ships or Superyachts

If you are employed on a commercial ship, ferry, cruise ship or super-yacht, you are required to complete a STCW Basic Safety Training Course. It is worth noting, all seafarers are required to complete an ENG1 medical.

To find your nearest STCW approved centre or academy please contact Maritime Academy in your city or ask your local authority.

What is ENG1 crew medical certificate?

The ENG1’s purpose is to establish whether you have any medical conditions that might cause you to be unable to perform your duties at sea. It will ensure that your sight, hearing, etc… are satisfactory and that you are suitably fit to perform your duties on board and don’t suffer from any condition, which could be aggravated by time at sea, or endanger the health of other people on board.

What is Seaman’s book or seaman’s discharge book?

A Seaman Record Book or Continuous Discharge Certificate is a continuous record of a seaman’s service.

This document certifies that the person holding is a seaman as per The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amendment 1995 and Manila Amendment 2010.

Every seafarer must carry this document while on board, which is also an official and legal record of his sea experience.

The master of the vessel signs the document each time a seaman is signed off from the vessel certifying his experience on board.

This is one of the most important documents while a seaman is travelling on board. Even if a person has just this document, they have been called ‘Seaman’.

Passport, STCW-95 certification and a Seaman Book are considered essential travel documents for applying for a shipping or cruise line job or career.

To join any port-of-entry around the world, a seafarer may require crew transit visa. Seaman Book is one of the compulsory document for applying such transit visas.

Do I need Seaman's transit visa?

To work on board a cruise ship, crew members must have a valid passport and applicable visas. Find out who requires what documents, such as the C1/D visa, and when you need to apply for them.

All Cruise Applicants Need a Valid Passport
Most cruise lines indicate on their website’s employment pages that crewmembers must have a passport that is valid for at least one year from the date they join the ship. If you are just starting the cruise job search, make sure that you are in the process of getting your passport if you haven’t done so already. Or, renew your passport if it is within six months of its expiry date.

If you have a valid passport that meets this requirement already, bring it to the recruiter’s attention on your resume or CV and cover letter. At the bottom of your cover letter you can add something like, “In possession of valid passport with expiry date of 20XX.”

C1 Visa – Permits the bearer to arrive in the US and request direct and immediate transit through the US. It permits non-immigrant crew members to arrive in the US (typically by air) and request direct and immediate transit to their cruise ship.

D Visa – Permits the crew member to remain in the US as long as their vessel (cruise ship) remains in the US, very limited days.

C1/D Visa – Dual purpose visa permits the bearer to arrive in the US in either the C1 or D classification.

There may be times when a crew member needs to join a ship in a country other than the United States. Depending on the nationality of the crew member will determine if they will need a visa or not. In most cases the crew member’s manning agent will assist with these additional visas. Here are a few links that help explain these other visas.

What is Police clearance certificate?

A police certificate is an official document issued as a result of a background check by the police or government agency of a country to enumerate any criminal records that the applicant may have. Criminal records may include arrest, conviction, and possibly criminal proceedings. A police certificate is also known as good citizen certificate , good conduct certificate, police clearance certificate, national police history check (in Australia) or judicial record extracts.

Applicants may have to submit fingerprints and certain personal information to request a criminal record check, and the police or government agency may charge a fee.

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