Many of the major cruise lines work with a global network of hiring partners to assist them in meeting their recruitment goals. Their authorized recruitment partners are third party service providers and are not employees of the cruise lines.
The hiring partner’s responsibilities include pre-screening and presenting qualified applicants for final approval by a cruise line recruiter. These hiring agencies do not have the authority to hire applicants or decide on an assignment for approved applicants. They are acting on instruction from a cruise line’s HR teams.
Once an applicant receives a ship assignment, the hiring partner will issue a Letter of Employment as instructed by the cruise line. The hiring partner will assist new hires with their visa applications, and provide guidance for medical and travel arrangements. They also provide company orientation and information about shipboard life.
The cruise lines pay their hiring partners for their services. Cruise lines DO NOT allow the collection of administrative fees, agency fees, or processing fees from job applicants.
Once approved by a Recruiter, there are costs involved with joining the ship (passport, seaman’s books, national identification documents, medicals, airlines tickets, certifications and license as required for the position) but there is no fee associated with obtaining an interview, position or ship assignment with a cruise line.
Click here for a List of Authorized Cruise Line Hiring Partners. Only contact the hiring partner closest to your permanent address. Consider that some hiring partners work with multiple cruise lines.