Work On Board Cruise Ships

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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


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480 Responses to Work On Board Cruise Ships

  1. Sasha says:

    Hi Earl,

    I was wondering if it is easy to get a job in another department for your next contract once you are on the ship. I have been hired for a retail position but would love to work in either the entertainment/front desk/excursion department! Is it easier for me to cross over to another department once I have been hired?



    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Sasha – Once you complete a full contract, it is easier to transfer to a different position. You just need to make friends with the right people on board and show them that you are really interested in that position.

  2. jeison camilo says:

    hola Wandering Earl soy de colombia me gustaria saber mas sobre el tema estudie hoteleria y turismo realmente me emocionaria mucho trabajar en un crucero ya que mis aspiraciones son viajar por el mundo sea como sea lei esto y me encanto trabajo en el aeropuerto y me gustaria ampliar mi experiencia en viajes en un CRUCERO

  3. Mohsin says:

    Hi earl,
    Good Post, Share your knowledge with us is really appreciated.
    I want to know few things.
    I am from Pakistan and have college degree in commerce my age is 36. And had no experience in any of the cruise line jobs.
    I am planning to download your guide. But do you still think that it will be useful to me to get hired on board.
    By the I love to travel and want to explore new places.
    I want to know your opinion about it.

  4. Doug says:

    Hey Earl, I am only 18 but i’m ready to start a life full of travels, do you think i’d be able to get hired on a cruise ship?

  5. Ella says:

    Hi Earl, I’m just wondering if people who works on a cruise ship get a 1-2 days off per week? Also, how often is the internet access available for the staff?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Ella – You don’t get any days off during your contract. The way it works is that you get periods of the day off…so a few hours here and a few hours there. It might not sound like a good setup but it works quite well with the environment on a ship. As for internet, there is always an internet cafe on the ship for crew as well as wifi in the crew areas on most ships (you do have to pay for it as it is a satellite connection). And it’s generally available whenever you want it.

  6. demi pradolin says:

    Hi Earl,

    During your years on board the cruise ships, did they ever mention to you exactly why they require a degree for work? Im 22 years old, and being from Australia, i have been working in hospitality and customer service since i was 18 years old, including multiple large international hostels ect.

    Is it just so they know your not just an idiot that can’t get a job elsewhere? Did they ask you any specific questions about your degree when you applied? As in technically, if i put down on my CV that i had a general Arts degree, would they take it further and check it and ask me about it? Obviously, my aim is not to lie, but as i know i am MORE than qualified to work long hours in customer service and hospo roles, if i was to stretch the truth, do you think they would find out?

    Strange question i know, but thanks for all your info!


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Demi – The main reason is because they want people who have had that university experience, as that, in their minds, just gives the impression that a candidate is more prepared for the kind of environment that is found a ship. They didn’t ask me any specific questions as far as I remember but I do know that those without a degree are typically informed that their applications can’t proceed because they don’t have the degree. I’m not sure what kind of research they do…I’m sure some cruise lines will research it and/or ask for proof. Others might not of course. As for whether they will find out, that’s hard for me to answer as I really don’t know.

  7. Nitish Dhaulakhandi says:

    I am just about to complete my civil engineering. I am from India and love to travel. I know english and hindi. How about my future in working on cruise ships?
    Are there any positions like maintenance engineers on cruise ships or any other posts which suits my profile?

  8. Bruce Fullenlove says:

    Hey Earl, great site & information. I am interested in the possibility of working in the cruise industry. I have been on many cruises during my lifetime and now I am getting ready to retire, I will be 55 this summer, and thought that might be a good retirement job. I have a spent the last 30+ years in the fire service, Assistant Fire Chief for 13 years, and have a BS in Fire Administration. Do you think this would be a good endeavor or not and why and what area could I get a position? Stay safe

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Bruce – It’s a bit tough to say…at 55, you’d basically be a little bit over the age limit of what cruise lines would hire generally. You could still get in if your experience matches a specific position on the ship but there really isn’t a specific fire-related position. There are fire teams on board but these are made up of other crew members who are trained for that purpose as there isn’t any need to have a full time fire team. In the case of a fire, this team is summoned and they take care of it.

  9. fae says:

    hi earl
    I currently have 4 years retail experience and have completed courses in retail skills and knowledge and also retail management. The only thing is I don’t turn 21 until November, I am just wondering would it be too early to start applying for jobs now?

  10. Sam says:

    Hi Earl,
    i am seriously considering starting an employment agency for a cruise line. In my East African Country we have many young adults with degrees but no jobs. Please advice which Cruise line I should contact, and the process i need to follow to establish an legal agency.

  11. Julio says:

    HI Erl.
    I dont think I have much chance landing a job on a cruise ship though it would be sweet. But I just wanted to drop you a line and say that I am very impressed with your website and the fact that you have taken the time to answer all these posts. Most websites will only answer the first few questions and ignore the rest but you have actually taken the time to answer most if not all the questions posted here.

    Good job.

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  13. Nathalie says:

    Hello Earl! I have a little problem trying to buy the guide, Yesterday i tried with a credit card and i couldnt. today i tried with a debit card, of course has money in, but i couldnt neather. This both were not registred in paypal but i did following the requirements of your website but not even with this. Could you tell me pls why happens this and if theres another option to buy it? Anyway, Tomorrow im going to the bank also to ask, but both cards are from different banks

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Nathalie – This happens only if there is an issue with your bank or if your country is not supported by Paypal. Which country are the cards from?

      • Nathalie says:

        The cards are from Peru
        I went to the bank and they told me that is not common buy on Internet with a debit card. And about the credit card, the problema is with paypal, they dont autorize it so i cant finish to complete my profile there, but withput paypal i can buy on internet

  14. Wouter says:

    Hello Earl,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and found myself interested in working on cruise ships like you did. I read that they generally require a degree. I’m 22 and while I don’t have a degree, I dropped out after 3 years studying for my bachelors degree in social works so I have proof that I can work at a certain level.

    Now that I’ve dropped out I’m looking for something new and adventurous. I’ve got 6.5 years of experience in retail, working with customers and providing general customer service where I frequently get compliments from customers for my positiveness and going just that step further to make them happy. Long days generally don’t bother me as long as I can interact with people for my job. I’m mainly looking for a great experience and putting in hard work to save some money on the side.

    Do you think cruise ship work might be for me and do I have a chance seeing as I don’t have a degree. Also, how would you describe the first time you step on board a cruise ship? Does it take long to get into the groove?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Wouter – It’s tough to say as they usually do require a degree. If you don’t have one, then you really just need to work hard to create the kind of CV that will really stand out and highlight every aspect of your work experience that will prove useful on the ship. As for getting in the groove, as soon as you step on board you’re in the flow of it all and within a few days you start to adjust because you don’t have any other choice!

  15. Wooi Lee Khor says:

    Hi Earl, I am a recent graduate and have a Bsc in Audio Production and I have recently completed a course in Live Sound, therefore I have skills in stage set ups and Live sound engineering, and if you have a performance or entertainment crew on board that would be perfect for me. Although that would be my preferred choice of work, I am not opposed to other areas, as working on a cruise ship is great experience. Please do let me know the details, such as location etc as I am Malaysian, but am very keen. Look forward to your reply!

  16. Joseph says:

    Hi Earl

    I’m Joseph, 28 years old from UK in England but i have lived in France for 11 years.
    I have a equivalent to bachelor Degree in cooking, i have been working in the kitchen for nearly 7 years and i have been thinking working on a cruise as it seem very interesting!i always dreams to travail around the worlds! i have a hearing problem with two hearing aids and i also do French Sign language. i also play a few instrument but self taught.

    I have a question :

    Will they take me on if i have a hearing problems?

    I wanted to know about apart time working like if i work 4 or 6 month working and take 6 week off will i still get pays by taking 6 week off then back on the cruise again? im just not sure how it all work.

    I also have a house to pay the bills.

    I hope you could come up with a ideas about my experience.


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Joseph – With the hearing problem, it depends on how much that limits you. Every candidate for a position has to take a maritime physical exam and based on that exam, they will determine if you are able to work on a ship. With the schedule, most positions require you to work 4 or 6 month contracts and then, during your time off, you don’t get paid. Then, once you come back to the ship for your next contract, you naturally start getting paid again.

  17. Melissa Khor says:

    Hi Earl,

    I am doing my final year in BSc Business Studies and will be done with my degree by the summer. I am currently based in London and have no job experience except for a one month internship with a small audit firm back in my hometown. How difficult and possible is it for me to land this job? Also, what job positions are available?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Melissa – There are over 100 positions available on cruise ships so the chances are good that you can find a decent match for your education and skills. It depends on more than your degree though…if you don’t have any job experience yet, you would still be able to get hired if you have a good amount of other experience – travel, volunteer, etc. It really depends on the complete picture of your education/skills/background/experience!

  18. Hadie says:

    Hello, I am 19 years old, graduated from high school 2 years ago. I do not have a degree and I do not go to college but I have 4+ years as a waitress/ bartender. Do you think a cruise ship would hire me for either of those positions with th experience that I have?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Hadie – It’s a tough call. In general, most cruise lines prefer a degree and if you don’t have a degree, they usually prefer you to be a bit older. You can always apply and you never know but in general, it will be a little bit of a challenge.

  19. Antoni says:

    Hi Earl,
    I’m Antoni from Croatia, 25years old. I have degree of sport management and at the moment I’m going at master of project management. I was professional football player in Belgium and Spain, so I can speak English and Spanish very well. I’m interested to work on cruise ships and to travel all over the world, so I’m wondering in which positions can I apply with my qualities?
    Can you also tell me where can I apply for a job place?

    Best regards


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Antoni – Well, I worked on board a cruise ship and I had a sports management degree as well. And given your experiences living in different countries, you shouldn’t have much of a problem.

      As for applying, my recommendation is to look at my popular eGuide – How to Work on a Cruise Ship – which shows you exactly how to apply for just about every position with every major cruise line around the world.

      Hope that helps!

  20. jULIANA says:

    hey Earl,

    Your article is really interesting and made me quite curious :)

    I am studying tourism management at the moment and do have working experience in this branch already as I spent 6 month in Australia working at the reception of a big hostel chain for an internship. I am 26 years old and was thinking about taking a break of my studies to make and safe some money for my travels. Do you reckon I could get a job, and what kind of position ?

    Looking forward to hear from you soon,


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Juliana – That’s a hard question for me to answer…it requires much more knowledge about you and a lot of research about opportunities that might be a good match!

  21. shankar says:

    Hi Earl!

    Hope you are doing fine!!

    I came across your article and website and must say that it indeed is well written & narrated.

    I seek your opinion and suggestion for my current situation. I am from India , 28 Yrs old Male, and a Human Resource Professional.(Post Graduate Degree in HR) (Around 3 Yrs + work-ex with an MNC)
    I recently took an interview for the Shipboard Human Resources Team on a Cruise Ship and was told that my starting salary would be approx. $1500/Month.
    Now, Considering my current pay here in India, which is approx $850/Month (On Land) .
    With regards to the above, i have a few questions:
    1) Is the Shipboard Human Resource Team an integral/strategic team to be a part of?
    2) The position offered is with regards to the Administration related activities of Crew members & Staff, will i be considered a part of the HR Team?
    3) Is the offered salary commensurate with Industry benchmarks? (I have tried looking up Glassdoor/Indeed & other sites to get the latest benchmark, but in vain)
    4) Am i too old to be considered for this position? (28 Yrs)

    Your opinion will count a lot in me making my decision to step on-board.
    And yes, in case i have confused you, you must know that i love to travel, but at the same time would love to see myself make a living by using my Human Resource skills which i have learnt and gained through my studies & work-experience.

    Thanking you in advance & waiting in anticipation :)

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hello Shankar – It’s difficult to answer because every cruise line operates in a different way. The Shipboard HR Team can be a good team to be a part of for sure but again, every cruise line is different and every ship within every cruise line can be different too in terms of the organization of the departments. As for the salary, that sounds about right. And you’re not too old at all…the average age of crew members is about 35 or so.

  22. Dan says:

    Hi Earl,
    I am 21 years old without a degree and without any job experience and I wondered if I could still get at job at a cruise?

    Kind regards

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Dan – Thanks for writing. It will be quite difficult to get a job without a degree…on occasion, you can get a job working in the kitchen on ships maybe, only on some ships, without a degree but that’s about it. They really do look for applicants with a degree.

  23. Anna says:

    First off all I’d like to wish you a happy new year!

    Ever since I can remember I wanted to see the world! And maybe working on a cruise would help me to make my wish come true.

    So, I’m able to speak and understand English and Spanish really well. My native language is German & since my parents are Polish – I’m able to speak that as well. :)
    Recently I completed my traineeship as a commercial assistant with an emphasis on modern languages (such as English & Spanish)

    Do you think they would need someone like me? I believe it could be a problem that I’m 19 years old or am I wrong?

    Annnnnnnd can I also get your Guide on Amazon?

    Thank you,
    Anna xx

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Anna – While your language skills and traineeship are great, cruise lines generally don’t hire people who don’t have a university degree. As others have said, some ships will hire people without a degree but only for the lower end positions in the kitchen perhaps. Apart from that, they look for those with a degree for almost all positions.

  24. Francis says:

    HI Iam 58 years of age and did humanitarian aid work in Africa all my working life. Now live in Australia NSW do i have any chance of getting a job on a cruise ship ..Thankyou

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Francis – It’s hard to say because it depends on how your complete CV looks and how it relates to certain positions on the ships. As for age, while I have worked with crew members up to 70+ years old, and it still is possible to get a job, it does get a bit more difficult once over 50 I’d say.

  25. Nathalie says:

    Hi Earl, Im sure this is what Ive been looking for. I just have a question, im 27 years old peruvian, studied International Trade but didnt finish the last course yet in order to get the degree, i just stop studying when i got my first job at Maersk Line. My question is, when i apply for the cruise ship, i have to present all my degrees?
    Thanksss in advanced!

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Nathalie – They don’t usually ask for proof of a degree but having the degree is a requirement. I guess if they aren’t convinced, they might ask you for proof… Not sure how often they do that though.

  26. Michael S.George says:

    Hi Earl,
    I came across your website and i found what i’ve been always looking for. I just need your opinion&advice. i’m an Egyptian aged 30 years and have a bachelor Degree. i have an experience of almost 8 years in my filed. My English language is good and i’ve been thinking for a while now of changing my career. Do i stand any chance in working on a cruise ship? Please consider my age, Nationality and work experience. thanks

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Michael – The main requirements are having a university degree and being over 21. If you have those, you can apply for positions on cruise ships. Your age is fine as the average age of crew members on most cruise lines is about 33+ or so.

  27. Mohamed says:

    Hey Earl,
    I`m Mohamed from Egypt. I just read about your blog on facebook then it took a couple of hours to decide to buy your e-book !. I didn`t travel abroad yet, the visa issues in egypt is very hard. So, there are some questions:
    1- I`d like to ask if it will be easy for me to work on a cruiseship as i`m 24 years old and didn`t travel abroad yet. Does they are making it (visa) easy or not.
    2- I`m a mechanical engineer, i`ve graduated in 2013 with a Bsc in an egyptian university. Do i need anything else to work on a cruise ship with a 8 months experience in the mechanical field.
    3- What is the kind of interviews and how they contact me? I checked the comments and i found that most of the candidates are US residents and from other countries. What is my opportunties to be accepted ?
    Would really appreciate you input.
    Thank you.

  28. Robert says:

    At 59 with years of experience as a teacher and ready to transition to a different phase of life, how likely would it be for me to find a fulfilling position working on a cruise ship a few months of the year? Thanks for your input! Aloha

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Robert – First, if you work on ships, it would be for more than a few months per year. You would be expected to do a contract (normally 4 months) and then have a 6 week break and then return for another 4 month contract. As for getting a position, it would depend on your specific experience. While cruise lines do hire crew members of all ages, the older you get, the more a cruise line will only hire you if you have specific and extensive work experience that translates directly to a position on the ship.

  29. Chai Ming Chen says:

    Hello, just found his website and going to but this ebook.

    Before that I have no idea at all about how to get a job on cruise and this will be useful to me.^^

    By the way I have some question to ask. I am a Chinese girl from Malaysia and currently I am taking Bachelor of Commerce(Hons). I going to graduate at 2016 but I too excited to plan my working holiday. I would like to ask.
    1. I knew that my education is not relate to those job on cruise. I going to work and travel 1 year in Australia and will this experience for me to get a job on cruise?
    2. I have no problem communication with other in English Language, Chinese Language, Cantonese, Bahasa Melayu and basis of Japanese Language. Are they looking for staff good in Chinese and Cantonese?
    3. I would like to ask for your opinion. If after graduating I direct go to Europe to apply cruise job, with these working experience (sales girl and cashier of baby product and mooncake, internship in PWC charted accounting firm) , are they going to employ me?

    Hope get your reply soon.
    Thank You

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Chai – Any experience can help you get a job on a cruise ship…it depends on what you learn from it and how you describe that experience on your CV. As for languages, there aren’t many cruise lines looking for Chinese or Cantonese speakers unless you work for one of the cruise lines based out of Singapore, such as Star Cruises. The main cruise lines are looking for mostly Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and of course English speakers.

      It’s hard to say if a cruise line will hire you based on your experiences. What I can say is that if you follow the instructions and advice in the eBook, you’ll definitely have the best chance possible of getting hired.

  30. Jaiman Andersen says:

    I have enjoyed reading you posts, I am excited that I found your sit. I would like to ask two questions. First question is how did you do when teaching English? Did you have a TEOFL?
    I lived in Quito South America for about a year and teaching English and Loved it, with no TEOFL. Second question is I have worked in the casino hospitality, customer service industry for 14 years and currently work for MGM Casinos in Las Vegas. I would like to join a ship but I have no degree, just a high school education.

    P.S. Let me know of affordable nomadic lifestyle places in the Philippines, I will soon vacation there and would like some of your great advice.

  31. Max says:

    Hi Earl, I saw it mentioned in a comment that a degree would be required. Would a college diploma count at all?

  32. Kristen says:

    Hello there,

    My partner just found your blog and sent the link to me. It has been a great read so far and is very inspiring!

    We have been planning on doing some major traveling ever since we got together 2 years ago. We’ve been saving and putting our money toward this goal, but my partner is currently attending college and can only work one day a week at his current hotel job. Since we have been primarily living off my income, we have been able to save very little and we are looking for other options. I have a degree in Sustainable Business and my partner is likely going to drop out of college after this semester is over.
    We want to travel and work together, but since he is without a degree I want to know if working for a cruise would be an option. He has 2 years of experience working for our college’s residence hall maintenance crew (basically janitorial work) and now several months as a hotel receptionist. I have experience in numerous jobs and a strong interest in hospitality (plans to own a hostel in the future).
    We would love to be able to just pick up and travel and live off of very little, but alas, our student loans prevent us from doing so. Working for chunks of time on a cruise ship could give us some great skills, allow us to save more than we can here in the US paying rent and such, and could really jumpstart the next stage of our lives.

    I am strongly considering purchasing your guide but I would like to know your thoughts on our situation first.


  33. Val says:

    Thank you! Already exporing your manual.
    I will let everybody know when I get my job-offer, I think it is just a matter of time in this case :)

  34. Val says:

    Hi Earl, you really inspire me! Before buying a book I’d like to ask few questions :)

    I am Ukrainian guy, bachelor in computer science, master in project management, have 2,5 years of programming exp., but currently I’ve totally changed my life, started trip around the world (1 year on a road, 14 countries), currently working in Vietnam as tour guide and as tour sales man. So now I am “into travel and tourism”. I also had social and working exp. in such programms as School exchange (Poland ~1month) Work and Travel (USA, twice ~8 month) and AIESEC internship (Norway ~10 month).

    So do I have good enough chance to work in tourism sector on board? I don’t want to work as programmer any more, maybe you can recommend proper position looking on my experience (maybe some tour, international or social related jobs), I would really appreciate that!


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Val – That’s definitely some great experience that would be related to working in the tour office / shore excursion department, more experience than most applicants would have. That, combined with a CV that is designed exactly how the cruise lines want (which I talk about in the book) would give you an excellent chance of getting hired for sure. You would want to apply for Shore Excursion Staff or Tour Staff when applying.

    • Johnny says:

      Hi Val,

      I think we’re on he same field. I am currently a Software Engineer in the Philippines. Like you, I want to travel. I want to start travelling now. It’s great to know that you follow your dreams.

  35. noopur says:

    Hey Earl! I am Noopur from India and i have a graduate degree in Journalism and a post graduate degree in Sociology. I don’t want to get stuck with 9-5 job culture and hence i want to apply for cruise ship opportunities. how will my degrees help? where can i get started?

  36. Daniel says:

    Hi Earl, how is it going, just wodnering if there is any age limit to apply for let say a staff member? thanks :)

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Daniel – There’s no official age limit but in general, it will be easier to get the position if you are 45 or younger I’d say.

  37. Carrie Spencer says:

    Hey Earl,

    I live in north Wisconsin and I’m looking for a change. It has always been a dream of mine to travel the world and still pay the bills at home. This seems like a really great way to do it! I’m no where close to a cruise line and wondering if getting hired would really be realistic? I have worked in the tourism field for years but no degree. Any tips?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Carrie – Thanks for commenting. First, it doesn’t matter where you live as you apply to the cruise lines wherever they are located in the world, you are generally interviewed on the phone or Skype and then they fly you to whatever port your ship is based out of. So that’s not a problem. As for the degree, usually, they require a degree. However, if you have extensive experience in tourism, that should be enough to get around that. Such experience in a directly related field is often just as good as a degree!

  38. Ellie says:

    Hi Earl,

    I have a degree in criminal justice–how do I use that to my benefit For a job on board a ship?


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Ellie – With that specific degree, there isn’t any direct connection to any particular position on the ship. So I would make a list of all the classes you took as well as any other knowledge you have, experiences (both travel and non), hobbies, etc and see how you can find an overall match for a certain position.

  39. Danielle says:

    I am thinking of this and wondering what university degree would be best to get my ‘foot in the door’ to work on a cruise ship. I was thinking double major in polital science and public administration. Is there a certain course that would help me?

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Danielle – There really isn’t a specific degree that would be best. Hospitality or tourism management would certainly help but in the end, you could have any degree and then use your free time to gain experience in other areas that would be helpful (travel = tour office; volunteer work in social settings = cruise staff;). I think the best way to go about it is to look at all the positions available on ships, find a few that interest you and then spend time doing things that would give you relevant experience. There are over 100 positions on ships so there really isn’t a general path to landing a job.

  40. Jessica Goto says:


    My husband and I love traveling and I was wondering if it was possible for both of us to get a job on the same ship or if that was something that has a very low probability of happening? We both are in our late 20s with university degrees. Thanks!


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Jessica – It depends. If you apply for the smaller cruise lines that only have a couple of ships, then it’s quite possible. But with the bigger cruise lines that have 10+ ships, the chances are very low since it’s just logistically difficult to schedule two people on the same ship, with the same contract starting/ending dates given all of the movement of crew members and changes.

  41. Arne says:

    Hey Earl,

    what kind of degree do you mean exactly? I just finished the school ( A-level/highschool). Isn’t it enough?

  42. Arne says:

    Hey Earl,

    is it possible for people under 21 (in case of a friend and me (bot 19)) to get a job?

  43. martha macias says:

    Me encantaría trabajar en un crucero yo cocino delicioso y ademas estudie medicina natural. y se de todo ademas tengo las ganas y el deseo; mi sueño es trabajar viajando.

  44. zach says:

    Hi Earl,

    Do most of the cruise lines have nurses on board? I’m an RN and looking for a different opportunity.


  45. zach says:

    Hi Earl,

    I am considering working on a cruise ship as a registered nurse, do you know if these types of jobs exist?

  46. Diane says:

    Hi Earl,
    I am very interested in working on a cruiseship.
    I am Canadian and have been living in Peru for the last five years, so being away from family is no problem.
    I am presently working 48 ++ hours a week (6 days a week) therefore I am used to the long hours. I get paid a whopping $320 a month for this.

    I am interested in buying your book but want information for my age category. I am 54 years old. Are cruise ships hiring people of my group age? If so, would your book be helpful to me? I am looking for information specifically for my age group.

    As I said, I am interested in your book but I need information that will help me.

    Thanks much,


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Diane – Thanks for the comment and while cruise ships do hire people of all ages (I’ve had staff members on my team ranging in age from 22 – 70), it is a bit more difficult the older you get. However, it’s definitely not impossible and if you have the experience that proves you are a great fit for a certain position and for ship life, then cruise lines will definitely consider you. So, I can’t guarantee anything of course, but again, if you have the right background and experience, there’s no reason why you can’t land a job. And yes, my book is helpful no matter what your age.

  47. John Benton says:

    Hi Earl.

    Just downloaded your ebook. Great Read! !

    I traveled for while 14 years ago but returned to the uk to forge a career in catering and have made a pretty good go at it. I looked into cruises hips many years ago but old never find the type of information you have provided. It’s an excellent bit of writing and a great source of information. Thank you for taking the time to put it together.

    May I ask one cheeky Question? How do you go about publishing your Ebook? I have a few in the desk drawer and always wanted to get them going.

    Many thanks again


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey John – Thanks for the comment and I actually don’t do much to publish my eBooks. I turn them into pdf files to make them available on my site and a couple of them are also available on Amazon as Kindle files (which I used a program to format them correctly for this). And that’s it!

  48. Kendall says:

    Hi Earl,

    I just purchased the eBook and read through it- lots of great information! After looking at several job postings online for different cruise ships, most, if not all, mention having at least 2 years shipboard experience (I am looking at Shore Ex Staff). I am about to graduate with my degree in Hospitality Management and have been working in the events / travel & tourism field as well for the last few years. I guess my question is the “2 years shipboard experience” required, or just more of a preferred quality?


    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Kendall – That’s not really a requirement at all as cruise lines know that it would be almost impossible to find people with 2 years experience on ships already. It’s just a way for them to weed out some of the applications that they would receive…so, just apply and ignore that part of the requirements, nothing to worry about at all!

  49. Julie says:

    Hi Earl,

    I have been thinking about applying for a retail position on a cruise ship & have over 14 years retail experience in a variety of retail industry’s… but no degree. Is that the be all & end all for them ?. I also have done some travelling with a working holiday visa on my own in Australia, so i have no problems about being away for long periods of time.

    Would really appreciate your input.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Julie – It’s not the be all end all, especially if you have that kind of experience but it is something they’ll ask about. So as long as you can prove that your experience in retail and your other life experiences makes you a perfect match for a retail position on a ship, in a tourism environment, then they’ll consider you.

  50. Sydney says:

    Hi earl, I’m Sydney from India .I’m a software engineer and I love travelling. I would like to get board in cruise ship jobs.I have work exp from IT industry. Do I eligible for this kind of jobs.moreover I’m an Indian will they consider my application.

    • Wandering Earl says:

      Hey Syndey – There are many Indians working on board cruise ships and if you have the necessary IT experience, you could possibly land a job in the IT department on board a ship. There are many other factors involved of course.

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