Work On Board Cruise Ships

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WANTED: People interested in traveling all over the world while watching their bank account grow every month.

If you want to take advantage of such a life-changing opportunity, you owe it to yourself to consider working on board cruise ships. We can honestly say that working on board ships has changed our lives in incredible ways, most importantly giving me the freedom to live life on my own terms.

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Once you walk up the gangway of your first ship, your life will never be the same.

Why? Your life will instantly be full of…

Travel, Money & Social Life
WORLD TRAVEL – Explore (yes, almost every position offers a good amount of free time off the ship) every corner of the globe, from Alaska to the Caribbean, Europe to the Middle East, the South Pacific to Southeast Asia!

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! – Earn up to $6000+ USD per month, depending on position. And with almost ZERO expenses (room and meals are provided) it’s possible to save $6,000 – $20,000+ in a few short months!

AMAZING SOCIAL LIFE – Live the good life with access to crew bars, crew lounges, internet cafes, hot tubs, swimming pools, a crew gym, crew-only sunbathing decks and endless crew parties and other events!

SPECIAL PRIVILEGES – Spend your evenings socializing in passenger bars, and lounges, receive discounted tours in each port, attend the theater performances, dine in passenger restaurants…it’s all possible. Many positions offer these extra benefits!

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIPS – Build friendships with crew members from dozens of countries around the world, and when you’re on vacation, you’ll have plenty of money to visit your new friends overseas!

LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES – Network with crew members, local residents in every port of call and thousands of passengers and you’ll discover opportunities you simply never imagined! (Through networking on ships, I’ve been offered jobs in Greece and Costa Rica and a business partnership on the stunning Caribbean island of St. Kitts.)

2-4 MONTHS OF VACATION! – Enjoy up to 4 months of vacation per year, which you can spend anywhere in the world you wish. You’ll actually work less and save more money than if you were working on land!

Friendship, Opportunity & Vacation


Applying for a cruise ship job is not the same as applying for a job on land. The rules are different, the process can be complicated and without any guidance, it’s nearly impossible to do on your own. Without knowing how to navigate the specific steps involved, cruise lines will never even notice your application. In fact, you’ll have trouble simply trying to get an application in the first place.


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“Thank you for a great guide! I had to laugh because you wrote ‘right when you least expect it, you’ll receive an email informing you that you have been selected for an interview.’ That’s exactly what happened! They offered me the job on the spot and said I looked very good on paper (thanks to you!). So instead of freezing over the holidays, I’ll be working on Holland America Line visiting Mexico, Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala.”

- Katie Hart, North Carolina, USA


“I always say that working on cruise ships as an Entertainment Host was the ultimate job. Who else would pay me to hang out with passengers all day, travel the world and meet amazing people? BEST EXPERIENCE EVER… and I was able to pay off all my debt in a couple of contracts and then purchase my first home!”

- Leah Bolton, Vancouver, Canada


“I would like to personally thank Earl for helping me to acquire a cruise ship job. I followed his guide precisely and in less than two weeks I have landed a job on board a major cruise line! I’m headed to Alaska and I’m so excited to begin this journey. To those of you who want to work on board a cruise ship, GET THE GUIDE!!! It helped me tremendously and I know it will help you!”

- Santana Mackline, USA


“I thought I’d update you about my cruise interviews. I had three interviews just a couple weeks after applying and I was offered all three jobs! I went with Carnival Cruise Lines in the end and I can’t wait to begin. Just want to say a big thank you, the guide was really helpful, as were your emails.”

- Xander McGrouther, USA


“I went for an interview last Tuesday in Vancouver and the next day I heard back that Cunard Cruise Lines wanted to talk with me. Four hours after my chat with Cunard, they offered me a position on the Queen Victoria as an International Host. I will board the ship in six days! Once again, thank you for everything!”

- Jan Kerekes, Vancouver, Canada


The low, one-time cost for this detailed 175-page guide is only:

$25 USD

(April 2014 Edition)

That’s all you’ll ever need to spend in order to land a cruise ship job that will allow you to save $2000, $3000 or even as much as $5000 per month.

When that first pay check comes in, we guarantee you’ll consider this one of the best investments you’ve made!

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Works For Everyone: The information in this guide works for EVERYONE, no matter what country you live in. Cruise lines hire people of all nationalities and the only standard requirement to apply is that you are at least 21 years of age and not a convicted felon.

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60-Day Money Back Guarantee: If you don’t believe the information you receive will help you find a rewarding job on board a cruise ship, you have a full 60 days to ask for a refund. Just send us a quick email and we’ll refund the full amount without any questions asked.


Once you order your guide, you’ll be able to contact us directly with any questions you may have along the way. You’ll find our direct email address on the last page of the guide and we encourage you to use it! We guarantee you that we’ll do our very best to help get you working on board a cruise ship as quickly as possible.

Bon Voyage!

Earl & Liz

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340 Responses to Work On Board Cruise Ships

  1. Kit says:

    Hi Earl! This is extremely exciting news. I live in the Philippines and there’s a tremendous number of organized third party cruise ship recruitment agencies here. Will your guidebook help me put in a resume that will cut through the noise? Been looking for a career change from the corporate world, and I have a lot of customer service background to offer.

  2. Michelle says:

    Hi Earl,

    I would like to know if the guide applies to South East Asian?
    Is there any different in landing a cruise job for an Asian. In terms of the port location, would there be a limitation?
    I would love to be able to work and travel at the same time but my qualifications may be lower than the average people.

    Please advise. l

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Michelle – Yes, the guide does apply for all nationalities and regions of the world. There really isn’t much of a difference…you’ll see in the guide that there are different ways for everyone to apply depending on where you live but all of that information is provided to make it quite easy.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Pam says:

    Hi Earl!
    Purchased your book and it was SO helpful. Great info!

    One thing I am still confused about. Some Cruise Lines accept online applications AND have approved hiring partners. If you have Guest Service experience but not with a cruise line, are you likely to be more successful applying to a Hiring Partner or applying directly to the cruise ship online?

    Thanks so much!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Pam – Either way works and to be honest, it makes sense to apply to both the cruise line itself and the hiring partner in those cases. This will cover everything and give you the highest chance that someone will notice your resume and call you for an interview!

  4. Chintan says:

    Hi Earl,

    This is a wonderful website you have up here. I have a Master’s degree in Marine Biology and I take people for nature camps for a living. I have 2 years’ work experience in McDonald’s and a couple of months as a call centre operator for university. Do you think my profile would fit in?

    Thanks once again for such a wonderful and useful website.

  5. Vierka says:

    Hi Earl! This is an amazing website, you’re doing a great job! I’d like to ask you if language skills are so important to get low paid jobs. I mean do I need very high english level skills? Or do I need some english certificate like TOEFL etc.? Thank you so much :) Vierka

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Vierka – You don’t need to be completely fluent at all. You most likely will be given a simple test but from my experience, as long as you speak a good amount of English (which I think you do), you’ll be fine!

  6. Monica says:

    Just found your blog and am very interrested in working on board a ship. I hqvave a lot of experienced in events, travel and administration. I notice a lot of people are young. I am 53, will that limit my chances of getting a job on board a cruise ship?

    Thanks in anticipation
    P.s most peopl3 think I am in my mid forties :-)

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Monica – I’ve worked with crew members up to 75 years of age but in general, I would say that cruise lines typically hire first time crew members who are about 45 or younger. With that said, it’s definitely not impossible to get a job at 53…if you have what it takes to be a successful crew member in one of the positions on board, there’s no reason why the cruise lines wouldn’t want you on their team!

  7. Ciara Lee says:

    Hi Earl,
    I am European and I was wondering if your guide is directed towards cruise ships in general or does it only cater to people from the US and Canada?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Ciara – The guide will help anyone from any country get into the cruise industry as, depending on where you’re from, you’ll find specific information to guide you in the right direction!

  8. Daniel DeLozier says:

    Hey Earl I have bought the ebook and given it a read, it has lots of helpful advice in it so thank you for that. However, I was wondering if I’m a junior in college and was looking to take sometime off from school and travel but didn’t know if I would even be considered without a college degree? I do have past travel experience and a pretty good past working history. Any chance I could be considered for any position?

    Thanks, Daniel

  9. Morgan says:

    Hi Earl,
    I love your page! Thanks for sharing!!
    I’m a junior in college and currently an Inclusive Special Ed. major /psychology minor. Recently I’ve been feeling that special ed. is not the right path for me though. I’m a total people-person and I’m attracted to diversity (I’m an RA and have had a variety of past jobs working with all different kinds of people – I’d say I have a pretty wholesome resume). I’m a very friendly and caring person with an energetic and optimistic attitude, and I am able to get along with almost every type of person in one way or another. I have a deep passion for traveling, though I can’t say I’ve done an extraordinary amount of it. I can totally picture myself working on a cruise ship, yet I’m not exactly sure if I would be considered for a position based on my schooling experience, thus far. If I decide to switch my major (even though it’s a little late in the game for me at this point), do you have suggestions for majors that would better guide me in the direction to working with people in the way that one would on a cruise ship? What do cruise ships these days look for when hiring new staff members regarding their schooling experiences? I can’t think of a more exciting and perfectly matched experience for my personality/interests than working on a cruise ship!!
    Hope to hear from you very soon! :)

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Morgan – My advice would be to study something that you love and not worry about its usefulness in getting a cruise ship job. Cruise lines just want to see a well-rounded resume, a university degree (most degrees are suitable), some work experience and other activities that show you are a positive person who enjoys working in diverse, challenging situations.

      • Morgan says:

        Thanks Earl! So would that be reasonable for me to apply once I graduate from here but before I go to grad school?

        p.s. – I’m glad you said to study something that you love. I’ve been struggling with coming to terms with my real passions lately, and I think I just needed to hear someone tell me what you just said. I officially just changed my major to psych and I could not be happier! So thank you very much …even though you didn’t realize you were helping me… :)

  10. Theresa says:

    Hi there,
    Just a curious question, my fiancé and I are looking to save as much as possible. We’re both 21 and australian. I have an education degree and he has job experience in many areas but everybody has always said he should work in hospitality because he is an extremely bubbly people person.
    Just wondering what the odds are of us being able to get a cruise job together as we would not be at all keen on one doing it without the other? Also curious about the Australian cruise industry, is it any different from the rest of the world? I’m assuming it would be smaller an with less opportunities available, is that the case? Thanks :)

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Theresa – If you are from Australia, you just apply to all cruise lines, it doesn’t matter where they are located. I think there is only one cruise line based out of Australia, the rest are based out of the US or Europe, so you would apply to those cruise lines as well. And as for working as a couple…most of the bigger cruise lines will not accept couples but some of the smaller, luxury cruise lines will. They only have a few ships so they can ensure that you end up on the same ship together, while the larger cruise lines can’t. However, the only thing is that you would have to work in different departments. No cruise line would let you work in the same department on board.

  11. Joel says:

    I’m a 20 year old college student who can’t seem to find my place in the world. My Parents are about to toss me out. with little job experience and no degree, and potentially losing a permanent address, do I even stand a chance?

  12. Manish Singh says:

    I am a Mechanical Engg. by degree and IT professional (not related to mechanical) by my daily routine.
    What prospect do I have or the kind of work available on the cruise for I to take up.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Hi Earl! In your experience/knowledge, is it possible for married couples to find cruise ship jobs together? Thanks for all the great info!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Jennifer – It depends on the cruise line but yes, on the smaller cruise lines that only have a few ships, it is possible for couples to get hired. You would have to work in different departments though.

  14. Scott Taylor says:

    Hey earl, love your blog and website! I’m a musician and I have dreadlocks. Would cruise lines consider me? (wondering about their dress/appearance codes, etc.) And does your guide give any info on being a performer on cruises? Thanks!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Scott – The guide does have information on being a performer on a cruise ship and will show you exactly how to apply. As for the dreadlocks, it depends on the cruise line. If it is a larger cruise line with many ships, especially with ships that operate in the Caribbean, then yes, your hair wouldn’t be a problem at all. So this would mainly be Carnival Cruise Lines, NCL, MSC and Costa Cruises.

  15. Megan says:

    Hey Earl,

    I have two summers of experience working as a clerical aid. Would this be enough experience to get a position as a receptionist or something similar on a cruise line? Are there any positions on cruise lines that you do not need any experience for? If not, should I seek a job as a receptionist or assistant for another year or so and then begin applying to cruise lines?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Megan – That’s tough to say as work experience is only one part of the package when it comes to whether or not you would be a good candidate for a position on a cruise ship. The cruise lines look at other factors as well, including travel experience, ability to live/work in multi-cultural and challenging environments, education, etc. And also, it comes down to your resume and how well you can format it so that it truly highlights the aspects of your experiences/history that would be most beneficial for the cruise line.

  16. QuentinG says:

    Good news ! Thanks for the fast reply, all the best !

  17. QuentinG says:

    Hi Earl, first of all congratulation for you website, it’s really entertaining to read ! I am traveling myself right now, and would like to keep going, so I’m really interested in your e-book.

    Just one thing: once you apply and get an appointment with the line cruise, how does it go? Skype or Face to Face?

    I’d not have enough money to flight somewhere because I’m pretty broke, so I prefer asking first.

    All the best, enjoy Romania !

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Quentin – You don’t have to fly anywhere for the interview. These days they are almost always conducted via phone or skype.

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  19. Kiz says:

    Hi Earl,

    I have spent loads of time applying for jobs with all of the cruise lines around and have even chased them up by calling their head offices in Miami, England and wherever else, and I have had no luck at all. They seem to have the most unnecessary specific criteria, like having a level 3 in childcare to be a seasonal youth worker – wtf?!! I have lots of sales/ customer experience and a degree, and travel experience which I mention and they won’t consider me in any sales roles. I totally believe you have to know a HR contact in the companies to get in. Otherwise the roles are just passed along to inside staff members. So I’ve given up.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Kiz – Well, I can say that I receive emails every single week from people who have used the above guide and have landed a job on board cruise ships, in all kinds of positions and on ships all over the world. Having an HR contact is absolutely not necessary at all. Does this mean that everyone who applies to work on cruise ships will get hired? No. It just doesn’t happen for some people, like with any job opportunity, but again, the above guide does give you the best chance possible of getting hired.

  20. bowie says:

    me and my husband like travelling a lot!
    just not sure if it’s okay for a woman to work onboard..
    For your advice, please.
    Thanks in advance!

  21. Lynne says:

    Thank YOU Earl for your answers!
    Crew Trainer sounds like fun :-)

    I like fun & friendly atmospheres… Any suggestions?
    What are the different atmospheres which you speak of?
    I cannot imagine the differences, as I have never even been on a cruise ship for a vacation as of yet.

    Gracias !

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Lynne – With over 18 cruise lines, it’s hard to give a summary here but if you are serious about working on ships, I do recommend my guide as it goes through each cruise line and lets you know just what kind of atmosphere you can expect for each one.

  22. Lynne says:

    Hi Earl,

    Thank YOU for sharing your cruise ship knowledge!
    I was wondering if cruise ships offer positions for Life Coaches?
    In your opinion, what would correspond best onboard to that type of work?

    As a first experience, which Cruise Line would you recommend?

    I am very intrigued by cruise ship lifestyle :-)
    I am an international traveler as well.

    Thank YOU for your suggestions/ideas!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Lynne – There really aren’t any opportunities for Life Coaches on cruise ships. And with that kind of experience, I’m not too sure what would be the best position for you. Perhaps something like Crew Trainer, a position that trains crew members in a variety of topics such as Crowd Management, Customer Service, etc. that are required by international maritime law.

      And in terms of cruise line, it’s hard to say. Again, it depends on the position you end up in as well as the kind of atmosphere that you feel you would like best as every ship offers a completely different crew member experience.

  23. sebastian says:

    i found this while searching the web about cruise jobs this is really good content !! , i am a photographer and film school graduated would love to work as a videographer on a cruise. i also have 2 citizenships ans speak 3 languajes and i have two years of computer science aswell could any of this be helpfull ??? what wolud be the best way to apply for this job ? thanks .

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Sebastian – If you are interested in videography, and you have such experience, that’s definitely a possibility. The citizenships don’t matter but the languages definitely help, assuming they are common languages. To apply for a job, the best method is to use the details in the guide that I have put together above. It gives you step-by-step instructions on how to apply for just about every position with over 18 major cruise lines.

  24. Caroline says:

    Hi Earl,

    I just bought this ebook and I’ve had a read through, there is some excellent information in there, so thank you! I’m currently on a working holiday visa in Canada (orginally from the UK), and I’m planning on flying home in June…hopefuly to start working on a cruise ship in August this year. I’m just a little confused about when I should start applying and making queries. I have a wedding in Italy in July you see, that I cannot miss, so I can’t start working until after then. However I don’t want to hold off too long as it seems that recruitment can take anywhere between a few weeks and a few months. I was thinking of contacting a couple of the agencies at the beginning of June, and making it clear that I can’t work until August…do you think this would work against me?

    Any advice is always much appreciated!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Caroline – You should start applying about 2 months before you can actually start working, however, I would not tell them when you are available until they ask. It is much better idea to get them interested, have the interview and then get hired first because it is quite normal for new crew members to request 1-2 months before they can actually start on the ship. Cruise lines are aware that people need some time to adjust their lives before they can begin. With that said, you don’t want to tell them you can’t start for 3 or 4 or more months because that is too much…but 1-2 months is perfectly acceptable.

  25. Racheal A says:

    hi earl, i’m 21 going to earn a degree in politics & philosophy this june and I have 2 years experience in administration, 1 year in waiting. I am looking to apply on a cruise as a Purser or Receptionist or Cruise Consultant or Guest Relations. How realistic is this? Am I reaching to high and should aim lower as to get my foot in the door (then work my way up)? I really need to work on a cruise to travel with little expenses and save up money.
    thanks x

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Racheal – The receptionist position is realistic at this point as that is generally an entry-level position on the ship, but I’d say the Cruise Consultant and Guest Relations positions are something that would require you to have more ship experience before you can transfer to those jobs.

  26. Dee says:

    How much do HR Directors make on the ship for let’s say NCL?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Dee – The HR director probably makes around $4000 – $5000 per month, however, you would have to start off in a lower position and work your way to that one. So it might take a year working in an assistant position for less money first.

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