How to Apply as a Cruise Ship Doctor or Nurse

Cruise Ship Jobs as a Nurse or Doctor
Cruise Ship Jobs as a Nurse or Doctor

Today’s cruise ship medical centers are fully equipped to handle most everything from minor illnesses to major trauma. Of course, there are also the stereotypical seasickness and sunburn, but all in all, cruise ship nurses and doctors experience a varied and challenging clinical caseload.

The cruise ship medical officers provide and maintain high standards of individualized patient care for passengers and crew, responding to emergencies whenever they occur on the ship. Doctors and Nurses are expected to have a broad range of experience in acute care areas and clinical care skills.

Most cruise lines expect that candidates will have at least 3+ years of either Emergency or Intensive Care experience. Typically, current BLS certification and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) is preferred. Doctors should also have 3+ years post graduate training in areas that include Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine or Family Practice.

Here is an overview of how to apply to each of the cruise lines as a Nurse or Doctor.

Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International recruit for their on board medical departments through their employment website. If you don’t see a job posting for the position you’re interested in, check with your nearest RCCL hiring partner. Interested candidates must be a Registered Nurse or Physician in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa or European Union country.
Contact Name: Karen Adair RN (Manager, Medical Recruitment & Credentialing for RCCL)
Email: kadair@rccl.com

Carnival Cruise Lines – Carnival Cruise Lines’ medical team of ship Physicians and Nurses falls under the deck department (Marine and Technical jobs). Registered Nurses and Physicians must hold valid registration in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland or European Union country. For more details, read Carnival Fun Jobs – Shipboard Medical (www.carnival.com/cms/fun/fun_jobs/shipboard_medical.aspx).
Contact Name: John Bradberry MD, Medical Director
Email: medrecruiting@carnival.com

Celebrity Cruises – Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International recruit for their on board medical departments through their employment website. If you don’t see a job posting for the position you’re interested in, check with your nearest RCCL hiring partner. Interested candidates must be a Registered Nurse or Physician in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa or European Union country.
Contact Name: Karen Adair RN (Manager, Medical Recruitment & Credentialing for RCCL)
Email: kadair@rccl.com

Crystal Cruises – Crystal Cruises uses the concession, Vanter Cruise Health Services to recruit nurses and doctors for their on board medical department.

Cunard Line – Carnival UK is the UK operating company for P&O Cruises and Cunard. Fully qualified Doctors must have current registration with the United Kingdom GMC or appropriate Governmental regulatory body. And, Level 1 registered nurses must have current registration with the United Kingdom Nursing and Midwifery Council or appropriate Governmental regulatory body. For more information, visit Carnival UK Careers. Apply online through Carnival UK Careers website.
Contact: Kate Bunyan (Medical Director at Carnival UK)

Disney Cruise Line – Disney Cruise Line uses the concession, Vanter Cruise Health Services to recruit nurses and doctors for their on board medical department.

Holland America Line – Persons desiring employment with the Medical Staff on board may send a resume to the following address:

Holland America Line
Attn: Fleet Medical Operations
300 Elliott Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119
Contact Names: Brittany Holway or John Moss
Email: Medical_Resume@HollandAmerica.com
Telephone: (+1) 206 298 3071

Norwegian Cruise – Norwegian Cruise Line recruits Doctors and Nurses through their employment pages of their website (www.ncl.com/about/careers/shipboard-employment/positions-available). To apply, email resume to medicaljobs@ncl.com and enter NCL Nurse or DOCTOR in the subject line.
Contact Name: Benjamin Shore (Medical Director at Norwegian Cruise Line)

Oceania Cruises – Oceania Cruises recruits Doctors and Nurses through their employment pages of their website (www.oceaniacruises.com/corporate/employment.aspx).

P&O Cruises – Carnival UK is the UK operating company for P&O Cruises and Cunard. Fully qualified Doctors must have current registration with the United Kingdom GMC or appropriate Governmental regulatory body. And, Level 1 registered nurses must have current registration with the United Kingdom Nursing and Midwifery Council or appropriate Governmental regulatory body. For more information, visit Carnival UK Careers. Apply online through Carnival UK Careers website.
Contact: Kate Bunyan (Medical Director at Carnival UK)

Princess Cruises – Princess Cruises recruits Doctors and Nurses to work on board their cruise ships. Interested candidates should click on the site http://careers.princess.com and enter “paramedic” into keyword search, then complete the on-line profile and questionnaire.
Contact: Grant Tarling MD (Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer)
E-mail: careersatsea@princesscruises.com

Royal Caribbean International – Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International recruit for their on board medical departments through their employment website. If you don’t see a job posting for the position you’re interested in, check with your nearest RCCL hiring partner. Interested candidates must be a Registered Nurse or Physician in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zeeland, Ireland, South Africa or European Union country.
Contact Name: Karen Adair RN (Manager, Medical Recruitment & Credentialing for RCCL)
Email: kadair@rccl.com

For additional information on medical cruise ship jobs, visit, American College of Emergency Physicians.