Last modified 01/25/2024

How to get a job on a Cruise Ship :

The most appealing aspect of working in a cruise ship is that there is a wide variety of jobs; it is a sort of very modern moving hotel. In a cruise ship there are multiple work positions and areas, thus it is not an exclusive sector or industry: it accepts both qualified and unqualified personnel.

In this article, we will tell you about what is required to work in a cruise ship; we actually must say there are not many restrictions, but a lot of will and dedication is needed.

Firstly, applicants to any job inside this kind of ships must be of age. In other words, they may apply when they are at least 18 or 21 years old.

Secondly, it is very important that those who want to work in a cruise ship are fluent in English, especially if they want better a job position and, therefore, a better pay. People who are fluent in several popular languages besides English, like German, French and Italian, have a better chance of getting a job in a cruise ship, even if they have no prior experience.

Thirdly, people who want better job positions in a cruise ship need experience, not necessarily in cruise ships, but definitely in tourism and hotels, or the corresponding sector; for instance: cooking, photograph, casinos, sales, customer service, among others.

Fourthly, candidates must be healthy people; thus they must pass a medical examination and the results must indicate that they are able to work in a ship. For instance, people who have vertigo cannot work in a cruise ship.

The fifth requisite is to have their documents in order, like a valid passport with at least six months before expiration date. In some cases, a C1-D visa is needed if the cruise ship will arrive into a port inside the United States. This is a visa for cruise ship crew members.

Lastly, we must mention other important requirements to demonstrate applicants are suitable to work in a cruise ship and serve demanding clients with different habits. These requirements refer to social and team work abilities. Workers will share cabins and bathrooms, as well as anecdotes with people from different countries. Thus, they must be nice and kind people, as the last thing a cruise ship company wants is conflicts among its workers.

Also, workers must have interpersonal skills, be friendly, respectful and willing to fulfill all their clients’ needs. But above all this, they must be prepared to work and work, as they will have no days off, nor eight hour days.

Most cruise ship workers must work at least 12 hours a day.
Finally, we must say working in a cruise ship is a great opportunity for thousands of young people who want to get experience in several fields, as work in these entertainment ships is quite hard and selfless.

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