How to use this site
Applying for jobs is easy! Apply for your dream position and you will get access to some of the best jobs available in the industry.

The process is clearly defined within the site and the step by step style of the application makes it easy to use and even easier to understand. Once you get to the interview stage we can work via skype or you can come into the office and meet your consultant.

Once you consultant has been assigned, you will be able to contact them via email or telephone for assistance or to answer any questions you may have.

We are here to help you every step of the way. After the application has been successful, we will assist with Visas, Medicals and Criminal Background Checks. We make it easy so you can get that job you always wanted.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Cruise Jobs

The below mentioned FAQs are generic in nature and may change between various cruise lines. For more information have a look at our Shipboard life page here or have a look at our facebook page  CruiseStaff on Facebook

Who does Cruisestaff work with?
We have contracts with Princess Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Lines, P&O Australia, Starboard, Steiner and we also place crew with NCL.

What makes cruise ship employment so unique?
Working on a ship means you live and work onboard a floating resort. This also means it is a 7-day work week with 10+ combined hours per day.

Is this a full time job?
Employment on a cruise ship is DEFINITELY a full time position. However, due to the intensity of shipboard work & life, it is on an assignment basis.

How long is the assignment?
Assignments vary depending on the position and brand. It can be anywhere between 4 months to 10 months.

Can my partner and I travel together?
Generally, no. Candidates are assessed individually based on their skills and experience. If both of you are successful we can put a request in for you to be assigned to the same ship but there are no guarantees.

What about time off?
That’s the best part. Although you work 7-days a week while on assignment, crew members get a BULK time off upon completion of the assignment period. It’s like banking your days off and taking it all at once.

Which ship do I work for?
Crew members are assigned to a position, not necessarily a ship. Although preference is given to bring back returning assignments on the same vessel, there’s a chance that you’ll be moved to where the role is needed.

What if I have commitments during my assignment?
When you’re interviewing, it’s important that you share any pending commitment information. We can look into an assignment that works for both our new hire and the department. 

How do I get to the ship?
For some assignments, the Cruise liner will provide full transportation from your home to the ship and back for the full assignment period. But mostly, the initial cost of transportation would have to be borne by the crew. Again, this may differ from Company policy on Job Position, Category, etc.

What else do I have to arrange prior to my departure?
Most cruise lines require a C1/D visa, a criminal background check and a company assigned medical. We will let you know more about these requirements as you progress through your application. However, you do NOT need to apply for visas, medicals or criminal background checks until after you have been hired.

If successful when will I start?
Anytime between now and 6 months time. (subject to position availability and own personal availability).

Do I need travel documents?
Valid passports are needed for all new crew members. New hires that are not US citizens, US Permanent Residents or Canadian will need to obtain a C1/D visa.

What is a C1/D visa?
It is a special visa for non-US & Canadian nationals to work onboard as crew of a cruise ship or airline crew. This can be obtained at the US Embassy in your respective countries.

Where do I sleep and what will it look like?
Living space can vary based on ship and the position. While the management level position will have a single room, non-management will be sharing with roommates. Although the room is small, you will have a comfy bed, a shared TV, personal closet space and full bathroom. You’ll have clean sheets and fresh towels!

Is there a place to relax?
Yes. There is a common room where employees can gather to play games, share experiences and even to watch a movie. On most ships, an internet café is available just for the crew to check in with what’s going on back at home.

Can you drink alcohol onboard?
Yes. When you’re not scheduled to work and off duty you can drink a certain amount but it is generally a limited quantity. Just remember that cruise ships have a zero tolerance policy for certain positions and alcohol limitations. And no matter what, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for being on time for your shift and SOBER I Reporting to work under the influence or hung over is cause for immediate termination. You must also consider that safety is the most important aspect when working on a ship and too much alcohol may impair your ability to carry out your safety obligations.

Can I bring a friend, family, maybe a pet?
Space onboard is very limited. Any offer is for employee only.

What should I pack?
We recommend that you pack for a 1-week trip and consider bringing items that are on the suggested packing list. The cruise line will provide you with the proper uniforms so you only need off-duty clothes. There are times you may be called on to participate in a formal event, so one dressy outfit is worth packing. There are shops onboard that the crew can shop from, at a discounted rate. And some of the best bargains can be found at some of the ports you’ll visit. 

Do I need to wear a uniform?
your uniform is designed and issued by the cruise line for your partiular role. Uniforms are cleaned and maintained for crew members. Most cruise lines have very strict guidelines regarding uniforms, so hair must be of a natural colour, Piercings must be removed, other than one in each ear for females and tattoos must not be visible whilst in uniform.

What about medical care?
While you’re onboard, the medical doctor onboard will provide you medical care. 

Can I use the guest pool and the gym?
Guest facilities are for guests only. Employees are provided with employee only facilities. We have a well equipped gym onboard for you to keep in shape ! However, we just don’t have the space for an employee only pool. But, many itineraries offer a port of call with some of the most beautiful beaches and resorts that you can visit if you’re off duty and headed a shore.

What’s the chain of command?
The ultimate final word is the Captain, Master of the vessel. There is a clear chain of command that should be followed in seeking advice, assistance, resolutions, etc.

Who pays for the air ticket?
This mainly depends on the airline policy of the cruise line. For most positions the employee will have to pay for the ticket the first time to join the ship. The company will pay for your return trip on completion of your contract. However this varies greatly amongst the cruise lines. Some companies like P&O princess, Disney and NCL will pay for your airline ticket. 

Who pays for the pre employment medical and visa’s expenses?
In most cases, the employee will pay for the pre employment medical and visa expenses. However, this would depend on the policy of the cruise liner hiring you.

What happens at the end of my assignment?
Each assignment concludes with a performance review. Based on the evaluation, you will be asked to return. In some cases, you will be provided a return assignment before you even leave the ship.