Your Guide to Finding Cruise Line Employment

It's time to look for your dream job with a cruise line!

The cruise industry is booming! There are fourteen new ocean and river cruise ships schedule to launch in 2024. Seven of these are large cruise ships carrying over 1,000 passengers each. Three are mega cruise ships which each carry over 4,000 passengers. This is in addition to more than 230 cruise ships that major cruise line companies have introduced since 2000. As this boom continues, 2024 - 2025 will be outstanding years for new cruise ships. This is great news for those looking for cruise ship employment and other cruise line employment. Each of these new ocean cruise ships provides an average of over 1,100 new jobs needed to staff the cruise ship and an additional 500+ jobs to provide the support services.

This is all great news for you! There has never been a better time to be looking for work in the cruise line industry. Whether you are looking to work on for a cruise line for a short-term job change or a long term career, the cruise line industry has a place for you.

On average cruise lines employ one crew member for every two cruise ship guests.Cruise Ship Employees Photo This means it takes about 1,000 crew members to staff a cruise ship that carries 2,000 guests. In addition, for whatever reason, turnover on the cruise ships is generally pretty high, so cruise lines need to fill an awful lot of positions every year and thus they are ALWAYS HIRING!

What's Great About Working On Cruise Ships

The average initial contract generally ranges from 3 to 9 months. With all of your living expenses, medical insurance covered by the cruise line, a high percentage of your earnings can be banked, thus giving you a nice amount saved after each contract.

Cruise line employees also usually get excellent perks and benefits. These benefits often include:

  • Free room on the cruise ship. Usually either a single stateroom or a shared stateroom with another employee.
  • Free meals
  • Air travel en-route and homeward bound
  • Free laundry
  • Free medical insurance (which is required by maritime law)
  • Discounts at ship board and often land based stores, bars and restaurants
  • Reduced cruise rates for family and friends

CruiseJobFinder will provide you will all of the resources you need to land an exciting career in the cruise industry.

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Is a Cruise Ship Job for you?

After using CruiseJobFinder you will know whether working on a cruise ship is right for you! We answer all of your questions about the industry - especially how to get a job. Our staff have been researching the industry since 2002! Our knowledge is based on extensive interviews with current and former employees, hiring managers, and others who know the ins and outs of cruise line hiring practices.

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To find out more questions to commonly asked questions about working on a cruise ship, please read Cruise Line Employment FAQ.

Do I need to be a United States Citizen to work for a cruise line?

No! To work on most cruise lines you do not need to be an American citizen. This is because most cruise lines are foreign flagged and thus are not regulated by United States labor laws. So in many cases, cruise lines can hire people from any country they choose.

There are a handful of cruise ships that are flagged in the United States and hire almost all their crew from the United States. These cruise ship usually sail around Hawaii, Alaska, the Great Lakes or on US rivers. We cover all of the US flagged and foreign flagged cruise ships in the members section of CruiseJobFinder.


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