How to Apply as a Cruise Ship Security Officer or Security Guard

Cruise Ship Security Jobs

Having the qualifications and skills to be hired as a cruise ship Security Officer or Security Guard is definitely necessary. But, understanding how to apply for these types of cruise ship jobs will get your resume to the right recruiters quicker. Here’s some information about cruise ship security jobs.

Responsibilities of Cruise Ship Security Jobs

A cruise ship security team is comprised of Security Guards (Security Patrolman) and Security Supervisors that are managed by the onboard Security Officer. Typically, the Security Department falls under the Deck Department which means the Staff Captain is the Head of Department.

Members of the Security Team onboard a cruise ship are responsible for implementing and enforcing the ship’s security policies throughout all areas including the decks, gangway, public areas, and crew areas. They are also responsible for preventing security incidents and quickly responding to all security related issues. Some duties include screening operation at the gangways, video security monitoring, security investigations, security patrols, safety rounds, and more.

How to Get Hired for Security Jobs on a Cruise Ship

To be hired as a Security Officer, Security Supervisor, or Security Guard, candidates should have operational security experience, the appropriate skills, credentials and training depending on the role, as well as a high level of discipline and integrity.

Most cruise lines recruit their security personnel through their approved network of employment agencies or hiring partners. These agencies help locate, screen and interview potential crew members. Some cruise lines may list their current job openings on their employment website and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online. If you don’t see a job posting for a position that matches your qualifications, you can apply through an authorized hiring partner.

Agencies that Hire for Cruise Ship Security Jobs

These are some agencies that specifically recruit for security jobs on cruise ships. Each agency listed below details the cruise line that they are partnered with.

Located in India, APAC is the supplier of Indian nationals for all their security personnel onboard Crystal Cruises’ ships.

British Gurkhas Overseas
British Gurkha Overseas is based in Hong Kong but recruits in Nepal for both Disney Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Carnival Support Services India
Located in Mumbai, Carnival Support Services India (CSSI) is the official hiring partner in India for eight of the Carnival Corporation brands. CSSI administers over 21,000 Indian crew on nearly 100 cruise ships operated by Carnival Corporation including Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America, P&O Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, and Seabourn.

Good Alliance Overseas
Located in Nepal, Good Alliance Overseas is a recruitment partner for Star Cruises.

HR Maritime Security (HR-MARSEC) is a full-service Maritime Security Company that provides third party management services to Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruises and TUI Cruises. 

MS Security and Personnel
MS Security and Personnel is an accredited Crewing Agent specializing in recruiting on behalf of third-party ship managers and/or owners for security personnel. They are an authorized recruiter for MSC Cruises.

SEM Maritime Security Group
Located in Israel, SEM Maritime Security Group recruit security personnel for Royal Caribbean Group, including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Cruises, Silversea Cruises, and TUI Cruises.

Wilhelmsen Ship Management
Wilhelmsen supplies ship management and deck/engine/technical personnel. They are experienced in the technical management of cruise vessels, ranging from mega-yachts and modern tall ships to large cruise vessels, including Viking Cruises’ ocean-going cruise ships. They have manning offices throughout the world including Brazil, Croatia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.

Updated: August 3, 2020