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 cruise ships. I can honestly say that working on ships changed my life in incredible ways, most importantly giving me the freedom to live 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 involve…

Travel, Money & Social Life
WORLD TRAVEL – Explore all kinds of destinations (yes, almost every position offers a good amount of free time off the ship), from Alaska to the Caribbean, Europe to South America, the South Pacific to Southeast Asia.

MONEY! – Earn up to $6000+ USD per month, depending on position. And with very few 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, 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 often 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

(May 2016 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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Also, every order of this guide comes with my personal guarantee…

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 me a quick email and I’ll refund the full amount without any questions asked.


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

Bon Voyage!


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608 Responses to Work On Board Cruise Ships

  1. Jill says:

    Hi Earl,

    I love to hear how you’ve been able to travel the world for so long. I’m very interested in how you got started on those cruise ships and if it’s really that easy to sign on.

    I’ve been working at sea for most of my life. I’ve worked in every position in the deck department, also time in the galley and engine room. I’ve earned a master mariners license, but can’t find work even as a deckhand.

    I’ve worked on shore at various times as dishwasher, waitress, bartender, housekeeper, etc. Do you think it would be easier to find a position in something like that, or in the marine department? I’ve heard cruise companies don’t like to hire Americans, what are your thoughts?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Jill… Cruise lines have no problem hiring Americans, it’s just that not many apply and also, cruise lines tend to put Americans in more front of the house positions. So positions like dishwashing, housekeeper, etc are usually filled with crew members from other parts of the world. But there are also cruise lines that hire only American crew and then you could apply for any of the positions you have experience in.

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  3. Erin Mok says:

    Hi Wandering Earl. Im Erin here. Im having a degree of interior design. Love to make people happy. Any job will love to do maybe in restaurant or any job that can suit for me….Im 23 this year. May i know how is this things start? Will get paid monthly is it? and why we need to give some money first as a deposite? Are you the manager to handle this? How to start all this? Wait for your reply. Thank You 🙂

  4. salah kassab says:

    Hey Earl,

    Thank you for this a;azing blog. I’am from Morocco currently in Malaysia and I hold a Master in Chenical Engineering but i want really to change to travel the world and work so i was wandering for the cruise ships job. Do i have any opportunities on board as i work sometimes as IT freelancer.
    And i really need your advice since i just started my journey toward the permanent nomad life. Thank you 🙂

  5. Miranda says:

    Hello Earl!

    I have just one question for you.

    I was looking into jobs on cruise ships, but many require previous experience on ships or in hotels – neither of which I have. I’m almost 21, and basically all I have is 1.5 years experience in assembly work & a year experience in the food service/hospitality industry, with 6 months of that as being in management. I have made a point to acquire various skills by taking classes in things I’m interested in, but I do not hold a college degree.

    So, the question is – do you know if there are good jobs available for people with my situation?

    Thanks! Travelers like yourself inspire me SO much!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Miranda… It is difficult unfortunately to get a job on ships without a college degree. It’s pretty much required for almost every position and the only way around that is to have many years of work experience in a job that is very similar to a job on a ship.

  6. Carmen says:

    Hi Earl,

    My name is Carmen, I’m a retired nurse but I’m “only” 46. I have lots of years left in me to work and my passion is travel. I do have a 45 year old male friend who works on cruise ships and he keeps telling me to apply. It’s a dream for sure but it’s true what they say…”it gets a little harder when you’re older to start over”. I’m open to doing most jobs though. Any thoughts? Thanks 🙂

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Carmen – If you’re interested in doing it, go for it! The nursing positions are great on the ships – good pay, great privileges, time off in ports, etc. Not a bad set up.

  7. Iuliana Bucurescu says:

    Hey Derek, I started to think more seriously about this cruise job. But I still have many questions about it. I am in my forties now. I graduated architecture, I am also a local tourist guide in my country, I write travel articles, I also organize trips with people abroad. Do you think I could find something that fits me on a cruise ship?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Iuliana – With that kind of background, you could apply for the Shore Excursion/Tour Office department on ships as they do look for people with a tourism background. That would be the approach I would take with your experience.

  8. Lina Contreras says:

    Hola Earl
    Me encanta viajar y conocer el mundo y esta idea que propones me parece genial. Sin embargo no se si mi experiencia sea útil en este tipo de trabajos, Soy Psicóloga he trabajado a nivel social y clínico, antes de esto trabaje como asesora de ventas y cajera en un almacén de cadena. Puede ser útil mi experiencia para trabajar en un crucero?
    Agradezco tu respuesta.

  9. John H. says:

    Hey Earl, I’m a 20 year old without a college degree and I feel pulled to live a life of travel. What other kind of work do you recommend me checking out to live nomadically and fund my travels that doesn’t require a degree?

  10. Alessia says:

    Hi Earl,

    How much do you think the industry has changed since you wrote the book?

    I follow Nomadic Matt, you, Adventurous Kate, The Blog Abroad, Legal Nomad and so many other travel bloggers. Ive taken a ton of trips in the past year and am now really looking for a way to do it longer term. I was so inspired when Gloria from The Blog Abroad told me she only had $100 to her name when she decided to just pick up and leave to go to Europe! I dont have much savings since I decided to just pay off my student loan this year (yay?). I have a food tour company in NJ and work FT at a tourism office but Im pretty miserable there. By winter next year, after Ive streamlined my business, Im looking for a new adventure and your book really intrigues me.
    I came across the page when reading Matt’s article that was featured on ThoughCatalog.
    Anyway, this is definitely something I am considering! But Im scared of the ocean haha Not sure if thats an issue!
    Any other advice on being able to make some money while traveling would be great!


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Alessia – As the industry changes, the book changes 🙂 I’m constantly updating the material to reflect the current situation of working on board cruise ships!

  11. Carmen says:

    Hi Earl,

    My name is Carmen, 26 years old, who works as a Restaurant Receptionist in Hong Kong now. I have a strong background in food and beverage industry and a hospitality management higher diploma from Switzerland.

    I wonder if it is possible for an Asian to apply for a cruise job in Australia.

    Many thanks in advance for your advice.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Carmen – Yes, you can definitely apply for a cruise job. You would simply want to apply to as many cruise lines as possible in order to have the best chance of getting hired!

  12. Sabrina says:

    Hi Earl,
    I’m curious about the differences between the monthly versions of your cruise ship guide. If I’m looking at purchasing this, would it be beneficial to wait until the beginning of the month so I have the most up to date information?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Sabrina – I’m simply updating the links each month because cruise lines and agencies tend to change around their links relatively often. Whenever you purchase the guide, if a particular link isn’t working for some reason, just let me know and I’ll forward you the new one.

  13. Philipp says:

    Hello Earl

    I am 30years old boatbuilder from germany with english speaking experiences and my dream is to work on sea.
    I also worked at bars and kitchens but not so long that I can call me a good barkeeper or something like that. I am sporty and open-minded and sociable person who likes to be in society. But how I can handle it to get a job on a cruise ship without some certificates for animating, fitness, bar and many more… At this time I look for work and dont have money for make trainings…

    Best regards

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Philipp – Thanks for writing and the thing is, to get a job on ships, it’s all about taking your previous experiences (education, work, volunteer, hobby, etc.) and showing how those experiences have prepared you for a particular job at sea and for the environment of a cruise ship. In my guide, you’ll find all the information and detailed advice you would need to make this happen and to give you the best chance possible of landing a job!

  14. James Rao says:

    Hi Earl

    We have been doing a bit of research about cruise line jobs. We (my partner) have recently returned to home in New Zealand from a 7 week holiday around SE Asia and now have the travel bug 🙂

    I’m an Account Manager (Customer Service) in the IT industry, mostly relationship management and order fulfillment (procurement). Clientele are; Corporate, Schools, Tertiary and the Government Departments. My partner is an Anaesthetic Technician at a Private Hospital and Locum at a Public Hospital.

    What kind of jobs can we get, we’re not picky and just want to explore the world.

    Thanking you in advance.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey James – Thanks for the comment and the thing is, it’s hard to say which specific jobs you can get with your experience. It’s more about taking your experiences and showing how they have prepared you for life at sea and for a particular job or jobs at sea. And the way to do that is to fully understand what the cruise lines are actually looking for in terms of crew members, the qualities they are seeking and what kind of information they want to know about you to help convince them that you are perfect for a job on a ship. So there will be options once you take a closer look at all your education, skills, work history, hobbies and more. Hope that makes sense!

  15. Erin says:


    I am a 42 year old professional with a bachelor’s degree in business management. I have 10+ years in the corporate-side of the banking industry. A few years before that I worked at a resort and a retail store on Sanibel-Captiva Islands, Florida. I like what I currently do – building communication/implementation plans and then building the materials employees use to learn about the changes. But the politics of corporate America have taken its toll. When I think about the best times I had as a working adult – I think about working on Sanibel-Captiva and how much I loved helping people have the best vacation ever. Are my skills transferable for a cruise ship? What is the average age of the employees on a cruise ship?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Erin – The average age is about early 30s on most ships and as for your skills, they could get you a position in something like the Shore Excursion Department or Front Office perhaps. You would generally have to work your way up the ladder but options might include: Shore Excursion Staff, Financial Officer, Purser, Groups Coordinator.

      Hope that helps!

      • Carolann says:

        Hi Earl!

        Is there a maximum age requirement?


        • Wandering Earl says:

          Hey Carolann – While there’s isn’t an official maximum age, it does become harder to land a job after age 50 or so. It’s not impossible, and if you have work experience in a position on land that directly translates to a particular job on board a ship, your chances are much better over 50.

  16. K. says:

    Hello Earl,
    So I’ve been looking at a lot of sources the last week about cruise ship jobs. And now I only have one real concern.
    I’m wondering if you could offer some clarification on the drinking culture on cruise ships. Most sources refer fondly and frequently to the cheap and abundant supply of alcohol. And how after a work shift ends everyone often goes to the crew bar to hang out and drink. I don’t drink. I don’t care if others do. But I’m personally not into it.
    So knowing what you do of the industry is their a place for a person who doesn’t drink on a cruise ship? And will my future crew mates care if I don’t drink with them?
    I don’t have any problems with anything else. I would love to work hard, see great sights, meet wonderful people and make some awesome memories. But if all everyone really does is just get drunk in their off time, I don’t want to be the odd person out and potentially mess with group unity.
    Any insight you can offer would be great,

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey K – You won’t have any problems if you don’t drink. There are so many crew members that not everyone drinks. Some people still go to the crew bars to hang out but on most ships, there are other places to hang out too. On my first ship, I had a good group of friends and we would simply go sit in the crew dining hall in the evenings, drink some tea and have great conversations. So it’s nothing to worry about…you’ll find your ‘group’ on the ship and again, with so many crew members, there is much more than just a drinking culture!

  17. Domenica says:

    Hi Earl,

    Do you recommend a particular cruise line for an American who primarily wants to work in Europe? I can speak Italian, if that helps.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Domenica – These days, almost every cruise line has ships all over the world, or at least in both the Caribbean/Central America and in Europe and they often move their ships depending on the season. Also, once you get hired, there is no guarantee that you’ll end up in a particular region of the world as the cruise line that hires you will send you to whichever ship they need you on, which could be anywhere.

      With that said, you might want to focus on MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises, both of which are based in Europe and tend to have more ships in that region during parts of the year.

  18. Scott says:


    My name is Scott. I’m 26 and from rural Alabama and I know that you said that they generally accept people with a degree in the field. I have an associates degree in Liberal Arts but never continued on with a bachelors degree because I was not sure what I wanted to do. I’ve been working in mental health for two years and frankly, I have lost any love I had for it. Would there a place on a cruise line for someone with a background in mental health and retail? I am also good with computers. If I continue with college, I have thought about going down the path of IT. Would that be of any use for this industry? Thank you.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Scott – That’s a tough one. With an Associates Degree, you would also need some solid/extensive work experience in a position that would be very similar to a position on a ship. So if you have extensive retail experience, for example, that might be enough to get you a position working in the shops on board. The mental health experience isn’t too transferrable to any position I can think of though. As for IT, yes, there is an IT team on board ships and you would need to be highly trained in the systems that ships tend to use (a variety of hospitality and tourism related programs in addition to general IT knowledge). So if you went down that path, and learned the appropriate skills, that would be an option too.

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