As part of our cruise liner application process, we have established partnerships with approved agents worldwide who can assist both cruise liners and prospective staff members. Whether you are looking to work onboard or need help with administrative tasks related to your application, finding a local agent in your country is highly beneficial. These experienced agents have been in the industry for a long time and can provide valuable support, including interview preparation, assistance with paperwork, and guidance on matters like hausarbeit schreiben lassen kosten (the cost of writing academic papers) if needed.
Depending on the agent, some of them are very good, and I’m afraid some aren’t. If you have an agent, they will require many documents from you to process and store your data on their system for review.
Mostly, cruise line recruiters will come to your country to do recruiting, and they will contact their approved agency and let them know the dates and locations. This is the time when the agent will contact everyone on their system on their shortlist and inform all to be ready for this day at this location for a face to face interview. Once this day is over, you will be contacted by your agent within a couple of weeks or so with your result and what’s next if you were successful.
Working with third party agents can be very dangerous as most of them are not approved agents but recruiters trying to start or become part of the recruitment business. Applying online through Gumtree, ads, certain apps and search engines are very skeptical and not guaranteed.
From my experience and others, I have noticed most of them are scams and just bad people trying to lure you into their evil way to try and take your money and offer you back nothing in return.
Another positive way to get an opportunity is to join as many cruise liners and get notifications of when they will be in your country doing recruitment events and recruiting for all types of job descriptions. Here, they will travel around the globe going from one country to another getting hold of all their approved agents telling them when and where they will be in order to start their interviewing process.
Most of the time if you are with an agency from your country, they will be in contact with you and call to inform you of a face to face interview with the cruise line recruiters.
If you notice they have an event like this outside your area or maybe in a country nearby and you’re desperately dying to work on a cruise line, and it’s also your dream, I suggest you do whatever it takes and travel to that event and introduce yourself accordingly…
I can’t stress this enough always, and I mean always follow up if you can or whenever you can. You have to remember that these guys are so busy, be it an agent or a cruise liner or even a good lead from a friend, follow up.
They have so many CVs to look through, so many people they have interviewed, so many job description to look at, it’s just a lot of information and most of the time, it sometimes slips their mind, and they forget about you. Once you send that short reminder email, it activates in their brain again about what had been discussed or agreed or whatever it may be, following up is a huge key. Most of the time a follow up email sent to someone actually puts them in a position to have to reply whether it is good or bad.
The fact that if you apply and just forget about it and wait for it is to be afraid of a loose situation in most cases, you have to push and push to get answers and especially in the cruise industry as it is growing rapidly. Try to have a little notebook or something and write every email you send to or agent plus a date and after a couple of days or a week whatever you decide, follow up and mark it on your notebook and continue until you get answers.
Remember one thing, for example if you trying to sell cookies, say door to door and you’re always getting people saying no, no, no, you will want to give up but that’s when you say no and continue, knock on 100 doors if you have to and I promise you, you’ll sell your cookies.
So this is one of the most important things I find too. If your CV is not up to standards, they will look at it and in 6 seconds put you in the no list; they won’t even have to continue to read further as they have thousands of Cv’s to go through. They know what they are looking for and if you don’t get professional help to fix your CV and make you stand out, you will lose that opportunity nowadays.
It’s a tough world out there, and you have to be better than the rest to get that shot….
I would recommend spending some time and effort to get your CV professionally done. We have a service that provides free reviews on your CV, and then we have a small, easy fee to rewrite and redesign your CV to make it look more appealing to the cruise industry. If you would like to read more about this, go to www.crewlifeatsea/cvservice…
You will have to do a STCW 95 training course before you can actually join. What is the STCW course all about?
The Basic STCW Courses consist of the following:
Competence in Security Awareness, Elementary or Medical First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, Personal Survival Techniques and Marine Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention.
This training is given in accordance with STCW 95, Tables A-VI/1-3, A-VI/1 and 4 of the STCW code. (Five separate STCW certificates) This course is compulsory and you have to do this in order to work at sea. Always Be advised this is not a cheap course and the cruise companies do not reimburse you this money back at all in any way possible.
The certificates only expire after 5 years and then when you renew it after 5 years you only have to do the refresher course but be advised this may differ in other countries and its not easy but the renewal one is easier. .
After a successful interview and your training certificates emailed back to your agent your cruise recruiter will inform you that you need to get a medical exam done before you are officially hired to work on a cruise ship and the medical is a big part in the recruitment area.
Crew Life at sea know that all cruise ship crew must be medically, physically and mentally be fit for the job that they are employed to do. This includes being fit to perform emergency duties if required and able to deal effectively with isolation from friends and family.
The doctor must attest to the overall fitness of the potential employee and sign a certificate saying so. These medical exams are conducted to identify medical conditions, examine previous medical history, detail any injuries, identify substance abuse and overall make an assessment that the crew member is fit to work on a cruise ship. Doctors will also assess a crew member’s mobility, balance, strength, and endurance. There must not be any physical disability issues.
Some Cruise ships vary when it comes to medical exams, they have different procedures throughout. Most companies want you to do your medical exam at their approved clinic or doctor.
Some good advice is to bring your most common medication you take at home for basic illness and any that you specifically need for yourself but always be ready for anything.
Once you have completed all the requirements and sure to continue further, your agent needs from you they will send you your sign on documents, Letter of Employment, Flight details, Hotel info and Contract. You will have to review your contract and read it over a couple times and if satisfied sign it and send it back.
A lot of information will rush through your emails. Firstly, to be able to travel abroad, you will need a valid passport with at least 6 months expire date. Apart from the passport, it is recommended to have other ID documents with you all the time. Do you still want to work on a cruise ship?
Most staff on cruise ships do not come from the same country from where the ship is registered. Therefore many crew that have to or need a valid visa to work on a cruise ship. If your ship embarks from a port in the USA or you have a stopover in one of the US ports, you will need the appropriate visa.
Every port has All you need is your letter of employment and apply for C1/D visa at the US embassy in your country. These visas allow you to enter the USA for a limited time (usually 30 days) only when your ship calls to a US port. This will depend on your ship as it could be anywhere at the time and dependent on its location.
Please keep in mind U.S visa can take some time so book appointment online asap.Very important to apply when you receive your documents.
Once you have completed all the required requirements that your approved agent needs from you they will send you your sign on documents, Letter of Employment, Flight details, Hotel info and Contract. You will have to review your contract and if satisfied sign it and send it back.
Firstly, to be able to travel abroad, you will need a valid passport. Apart from the passport, it is recommended to have other ID documents with you all the time.
So read your ticket carefully and understand it and check the DATE and the TIME, you don’t want to get to the airport on the wrong day because you read your air ticket incorrect. Make sure to be there 3 hours before in case.
Once you ready check in your luggage and then say your good byes and you off through customs. When you have gone through customs and passport control you can go to your assigned gate and then relax till you board or shop, now it’s real …You going to some country you might have never been before too to work and travel the world so embrace it cause it is truly an experience never to be forgotten.
Flying has its up’s and down’s so be ready. Its a very long journey with loads hours and very tiring so have some snacks with you at all times during your journey.
Take along some exciting and fresh reading material, sleeping tablet whatever will help you get through the long flights. Crew life at Sea has seen some unfortunate things so stay safe. Working on a cruise ship and the traveling can be hard sometimes too, it’s a lot of energy drained out in short time.
During connection flights always make sure you know what gate to go to and what time flight leaves and don’t take your time, always know exactly whats going on.
If you miss a connecting flight you can surely turn your adventure into a nightmare. If so they should book you in to a hotel and re-book your flight for the next one but this just makes a ripple of problems for you the cruise liner and everyone connected to your hire process.
Don’t give-up , never give up
You may have come a long way in your quest to secure a cruise job and i’m sure it was not easy but the tides of bad luck swept you away from your port of success. No agency has scheduled you for an interview yet or you weren’t able to pass the screening process which could be the case on most times. For these reasons, you feel hopeless and about to quit but don’t.
Okay, take a break but keep your head above the water and always stay on top. As a line in one favorite poem of ours says, “Rest if you must, but don’t you quit!” So member this quote.
We knew a lot of people who failed at their first , second and even third attempts but they never gave-up. One of our friends told us that it took him ten years before he was finally accepted as a photographer. In ten years’ time, he annually submits his resume on the same agency which hired him. He did it while gaining work experience here and abroad.
If any storm delays your trip, patiently wait until it’s over. You can always sail again to reach your ultimate destination in life and continue your goal. Renew your hope, and learn how to bounce back every time you fall and never give up.