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1. Posted by bethy (Full Member 49 posts) 12y

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Hi All
I really want to get a job on a cruise ship to get my travels started and to be able to save for them at the same time.
I am curious for tips from anyone who has done this, mainly on how hard it was to get the work in the first place.
There are so many different groups out there selling their information on how to get a job on a cruise ship and there are so many different websites.
I am not 21 until July but apparently some companies you only need to be 18?
Any help on this topic would be very much appreciated! Thankyou!

Beth

2. Posted by moonflower (Full Member 39 posts) 12y

hi beth,
acutally, i don't think, i can give you any advice, but i'm very interested in working on a cruise ship aswell. i was looking for companies in europe (cause i live in europe) and it's quite hard - depending on the nationality you have and the kind of work you want to do - and, as you mentioned, the age and sometimes the experience you have.
generally, i guess for animators it's not too difficult to find something...
anyway, i wish you good luck and hope you can start your travel soon!;)
marina

3. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 12y

Hi guys,

I have been working on cruise ships for the past year, and I leave next week for my third contract! It is a great way to meet people, see places and do things that you never would never otherwise get the chance to. There are so many jobs out there on the ships it's hard to decide, but I would like to offer a bit of insight into some of the postions onboard. Cruise Staff (animators) is a great job, but it is one of the most difficult to get, most lines you do have to be 21 to work this position (since part of the job is socializing in the bars) It is lots of fun...you get to interact with the guests, play games with them, but keep in mind that activities run ALL day everyday, and even if you are out on deck during the evening you are expected to socialize, and it's possible to be working in the bars until very late at night. I work in the gift shop on the ships, when it comes to time off it is the best job onboard, and most other crew members can be jealous! The gift shops are only open while the ship is sailing, so anytime you are in port you are off work and free to go ashore and enjoy the sights. The money is decent, you just have to be dedicated to saving. Usually your first contract you save very little because you are so busy having fun and enjoying yourself. Other positions onboard, such as waiters, waitresses, bartenders, cabin stewards, etc, are usually reserved for Indonesians, Filipinos (because of their high standard of service), although some cruise lines hire a lot of Eastern Europeans as wait staff. It's easy to find a job once you start looking. I got my job through a recruiting agency in Quebec, www.cast-a-way.com and they helped me through it all. My suggestion is just to go directly to the company's site to apply for the jobs. To work in the shops, look for companies online called Starboard Cruise Services, Evoke International, Harding Brothers, and Harrods. Other jobs try going directly to the sites of Princess, Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, P&O, Holland America (take a look at www.HollandAmericaEntertainment.com), etc. You probably have a lot more lines in Europe that are not as mainstream as the ones here in North America. I have worked on Holland America Line and currently I am going for my second contract on the Norwegian Dawn. I hope some of this helped, any more questions just let me know and hopefully I can answer them for you!!

Brianne

4. Posted by Debie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

hi all,

I´m new here. I´m from Belgium and also trying to get a job on a cruiseship. Thanx already for the help I already got reading your messages to each other. And good luck to everybody.
Debie:)

5. Posted by ChrisC (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

Hi, my name is Chris. I'm from Holland but live in the US now. I would like to work on a cruiseship. Who can help me with some advice??

Chris

6. Posted by bethy (Full Member 49 posts) 12y

Thanks for your advice Brianne,
I have found it very useful, especially the insight of working as a shop assistant, I am now focusing on getting work in a gift shop. I have registered with that 'cast-a-way' company but does it matter that I am in Australia? Do they need to do a in person interview?
I have mainly registered with recruiters that offer a free service, as I don't trust in those charging. A tip to some other job searchers, just because recruitment companies offer a 'job guarantee' they will not refund without sometimes 5 rejection letters on a cruise line letterhead and as if cruse lines send rejection letters!
I'll let you know how it all goes
Beth

7. Posted by moonflower (Full Member 39 posts) 12y

hello everybody
thank you very much, brianne, for your advice - i will surely keep them in mind! as beth asked, do i/we have to be canadian to register on this "cast-a-way" site?
thank you for your answer,
marina

8. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 12y

I am more than willing to help. Cast-a-way does not charge anything....they only charge the company you work for once you finish a contraft. I am out here on the Norwegian Dawn, been back for almost a week! I love being at sea!! Oh, and most of the companies only require a phone interview...I have never had a face to face interview for my jobs on the ships!!

9. Posted by bethy (Full Member 49 posts) 12y

I am really jealous Brianne!
In a 'I am happy for you' sense!!!
I have not heard back from Cast a Way after registering and I emailed them a question too. I feel a bit isolated down here in Perth, Western Australia, actually the most isolated capital city in the world. (any body wish to dispute?)
I dont want to be someone who gives up...maybe a will have to do it later in my travels when I am in North America... :(
Hope your having a blast
Beth

10. Posted by bethy (Full Member 49 posts) 12y

I am really jealous Brianne!
In a 'I am happy for you' sense!!!
I have not heard back from Cast a Way after registering and I emailed them a question too. I feel a bit isolated down here in Perth, Western Australia, actually the most isolated capital city in the world. (any body wish to dispute?)
I dont want to be someone who gives up...maybe a will have to do it later in my travels when I am in North America... :(
Hope your having a blast
Beth