Congrats! You got the job and are getting reading to start your new cruise ship career. What should you take with you? What should you leave behind? This isn’t a detailed check list of what to put in your suitcase. Packing is still pretty much a personal thing. Understand that men pack differently than women, […]
Since you’ll potentially be travelling all over the world in your new cruise ship job, you may require certain vaccinations to stay healthy. Vaccinations offer the possibility of avoiding dangerous diseases that may be encountered while travelling abroad. Immunized travellers will also be less likely to contaminate other travellers or local populations.
After deciding if a cruise ship job is right for you then it’s time to figure out if you are ready to work on a cruise ship. Do you have all the documents needed to get hired? Are you ready prepared to leave your land-based life behind for awhile? Get to know what you should be […]
It’s great when the first day of your cruise ship job contract is exactly what you expected. Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go as planned. From the moment you are supposed to fly to your embarkation port to the point when you join the ship, the first day of a new cruise ship job can […]
Before getting hired, cruise ship job applicants should understand some of the costs of working on a ship. Are you ready to leave your home life on hold for six or more months while you travel the world? Do you have enough in savings to pay for some incidentals required to join a ship? […]
Before you can start working on a cruise ship, must pass a standard cruise ship medical exam. Safety is vital to the cruise industry. When the cruise line sends you for your pre-employment medical exam, they expect that you will be fit for all your duties, including emergency duties. Unfortunately, some cruise ship job applicants (and returning crew […]
Once you’ve been offered a cruise ship job, the cruise line or agency will instruct you to get a cruise ship medical examination done. These medical examinations are the cruise lines way to protect the health and safety of other crewmembers and passengers onboard their ships. Contagious diseases can be transmitted to others while working and […]
The C1/D visa, also known as the Crew Member/Transit visa, is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States to crew members in the cruise industry. It is meant for crew joining a ship that travels in US waters yet in some cases crew members just need to fly through the US in order to […]
Cruise ship jobs require different training and qualifications than land-based jobs. Professional mariners are expected to have a number of STCW’95 certifications. This article explains STCW’95, the required training and courses.