How to Get a Job on a Cruise Ship

How to Get a Job on a Cruise Ship


Cruise ship jobs are becoming for available and more popular, with new ships being put into service each year with a predicted 30 new ships to be launched between 2010-2013. An increase in new ships means increase in jobs, with each ship recruiting between 500-1500 employees.


Cruise ship job roles vary from cleaners to chefs, from disc jockeys to ship captain. The required entry qualifications required depends on the job you apply for, with many cruise ships recruiting both skilled and unskilled workers.


Cruise ships job can include:

  • Beauticians and Massage Therapists
  • Fitness Instructors
  • Bar and bedroom Stewards
  • Deckhands
  • Sales and Marketing Positions
  • Engineering Department Crew
  • Hosts and Hostesses
  • Medical Staff
  • Gift Shop Positions
  • Photographers
  • Information Technology Staff
  • Administration Assistants
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Entertainers
  • Lifeguards


Benefits for Cruise Ship Employees



There are many benefits from working on a cruise ship, these can include living expenses, and medical insurance covered by the cruise line.

  • Free room on the cruise ship
  • Free meals
  • Free medical insurance (which is required by maritime law)
  • Discounts in stores, bars and restaurants
  • Reduced cruise rates for family and friends

Additional Information


  • Average work contract generally ranges from 3 to 9 months
  • Any nationality can work on a cruise ship
  • You will require a valid passport
  • Cruise Ship experience not always required

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8 thoughts on “How to Get a Job on a Cruise Ship

  1. A friend of mine had a job on a cruise ship a while ago. Although he did not make much money, he enjoyed it quite a bit. Visiting exotic places, meeting new people. It can be a great job opportunity and a great life experience.

  2. Hi Richard, great comment it just shows that many people get into this line of work for the life style as well as the wage

  3. Please can you tel me how old you have to be to get a job on a cruiseship… As i am 17yrs old at present. Do i have to 18yrs old… Thank you…

  4. Hello

    Thank you for your question

    The minimum age on average to work on a cruise ship is usually either 18 or 21 years old, depending on the cruise line, cruise ship and position you are applying for.

  5. Cunard River Cruise Line
    Carnival House,
    100 Harbour
    Parade, Southampton SO15 1ST
    United Kingdom

    Cunard River Cruise Line want to use this medium to announce to
    general public that vacancies is now on for all applicants.We are
    seeking qualified candidates with the knowledge, skills and attitude,
    passion for excellence and quality service,who will fill the following
    vacant position below:
    *Mate Engineer
    *First Mate
    *2nd Engineer
    *2nd/3rd Officer
    *Customer Care Representatives
    *Guest Room Attendants
    *Head Housekeepers

    Company Remuneration range from 5,000.00 Great British Pounds to
    10,000.00 Great British Pounds Monthly.

    If you are qualified with experience as crew on Sailing yachts, fluent
    in English, another language is a plus. Please reply with your updated
    CV, passport photograph and current remunerations to the contact
    details below

    Successful applicants will be contacted directly.

    Recruiting Department of Cunard Cruises Lines

  6. Hey, I would just like to ask is there any cruises or something that would take on a 17 year old? I am 17 just now and I would absolutely love to work on a cruise ship, even if the pay isn’t good! I would definitely love it x

  7. Hi Danielle

    Yes some cruise ship companies offer apprenticeship or cadet schemes. You will need to search on the company website or Google “cruise ship apprenticeship”

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