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What does it take to work on a cruise ship?


Every company has it's own set of rules and requirements, however there are some basic criteria you must meet to be able to work on a cruise ship.

Language:
Good command of the language that will be spoken on board of the ship you are hired for, for the most part that would be English.

Age:
You must be at least 21 years old. This is mainly due to the minimum age requirements in some countries to serve or drink alcoholic beverages and/or to work in a casino. Some companies will hire younger applicants but again, that depend on the company and the department you are applying for.

Police clearance:
Many cruise employers require the applicant to produce a police clearance that proves they don't have a criminal record. This criminal background is an official document that is issued by the police or government agency of the country that the applicant resides.

Medical certificate:
All cruise companies require a recent medical certificate. In some cases the cruise line you are applying for may accept such certificate only from a medical center that they have approved.

Passport:
Applicants must have a passport valid for at least one year from the date you join the ship. This is very important in order to get Visa if such is required.

Visa:
Depending on the country where you reside and the country where you would work, Visa may be required. In order to obtain Visa you will need certain documents:
- Passport
- Employment Letter(contract)
- Receipt of payment for visa
- Completed application form
- Additional photo

Certificates:
You would need to obtain some certificates in order to be eligible to work on a cruise ship - for example STCW10 among others. This is a world wide policy and has nothing to do with the Cruise line itself or your agency.