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How to Get a Cruise Ship Job

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Traveling the world on a cruise ship while earning money would be a truly unforgettable experience. However, the desire to travel isn't enough to make you qualified to work on a cruise ship. If you have experience working with people, particularly in the hospitality industry, you may be well qualified for work on a cruise ship. A good command of the English language is also often required. Whether you are interested in keeping the ship in good working order, entertaining passengers, creating culinary feasts, organizing group fitness classes or helping passengers to look and feel their best, cruise ships offer a vast array of job opportunities.

Research cruise ship jobs and decide which jobs best fit your qualifications and experience. You will have better luck if you apply for a specific position rather than leaving it up to the cruise line to decide which job you are qualified for.

Tailor your resume to match the job you're interested in applying for, highlighting relevant work experience, education or training. Include a cover letter that describes your interest in working for the cruise line and how your experience qualifies you for the job.

Research the hiring practices of the cruise lines you're interested in working for. Keep in mind that most cruise lines work with recruitment agents to find applicants, so the agency is often the best place to start.

Send your resume and cover letter to a recruitment agent or cruise line company. If your resume is selected, you will receive application forms that you'll need to fill out to move on to the next step. Fill out the forms carefully, using clear and concise language.

Prepare for you interview by learning as much as you can about the cruise line and the position you're interviewing for. Also think about how your previous jobs may have prepared you for a job on a cruise ship, any special abilities you might have that can set you apart and what motivated you to seek a job on a cruise ship.


Many companies sell information about how to get a job on a cruise ship, but this information is typically erroneous. Never pay for information about cruise ship jobs.


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