What are the requirements to work on a cruise ship?
While specific position requirements depend on the job you are interested in, there are some essential requirements that all crew must meet to work onboard:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Be able to pass a criminal background check.
- Hold a valid passport.
- Have a US C1/D visa (if you are not a Canadian or US citizen/resident)
Do cruise ship employees get free food?
“In addition to their salary, crew members typically receive free medical care, room and board, meals, and many other benefits that are often unavailable in their home countries,” said a representative for the Cruise Lines International Association, a trade association for the cruise industry.
Is it hard to get a job on a cruise ship?
Yes, working on a cruise ship, big or small, has its perks. But opportunities don’t come without research and planning on your part. Even with the thousands of new jobs added each year and the rapid expansion of the industry, you’ll have to work hard to get a job – there’s plenty of competition.
How much do you make working on a cruise ship?
So what can you expect to make? The majority of positions are based on an hourly wage and most employment opportunities on a cruise ship earn $1,200-$1,500 a month. There are though, a large number of positions that can make as much as $2,500 a month equating to $13 an hour.