Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s Your Ultimate Guide To Get Quickly Hired

Who wouldn’t love to sail with these fantastic floating behemoths?

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©Royal Carribean

Who wouldn’t like a successful cruise career? 🙂

Princess Cruises, a leading cruise company, says that working in a cruise ship is a guaranteed way for someone to travel in style! 

Related Reading: Ten true-to-life experiences of the ‘luckiest’ Pinoy cruiser alive which can change your life today

If given a golden chance, I bet you’ll hit the ground running like Mr. Routh Gar Flogio. Way back 2015, Routh was just 23 years old then when he started to work as a restaurant utility trainee in a cruise ship.

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©RG Flogio

In Facebook, Routh shares his personal shipboard experiences and as well as guide and initial tips on how to apply for a cruise ship job.

My sincere appreciation by the way to Routh. He’s a gentleman worthy of emulation.

We collaborated to make this blog post. To make the long story short, here’s what we would like to share if you would like to work in cruise ships soon!

First step: Secure travel documents and a Basic training (BT) Certificate.

If you don’t have any shipboard experience yet, your chance to get hired would be likely 0-5% only.

” 5% is more like chambahan or kung may backer ka na sinasabi eh, di goodluck pero kung wala, you should work harder,” Routh said.

Increase your chance to get hired by being travel-ready. Secure two important travel documents a sea-based worker needs – a passport and seaman’s book.

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For passport application, read my other blog posts:

PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for First Timers

PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for Renewal

PH Passport: A Complete Application Guide for Lost, Retrieved, or Mutilated Passports

On the other hand, please be informed that a Basic Training (BT) Certificate is a prerequisite when applying for a seaman’s book.

I suggest you read ‘BT, SDSD & CROWD: 3 trainings to jump-start your cruise career‘ and ‘BT: A fun and memorable training‘ to gain more insights about Basic Training.

I’m a BT instructor, so I hope you believe me when I say BT is just the ticket you need to start working at sea.

There’s a lot of accredited Maritime Training Centers (MTCs) which offer quality and affordable Basic Training (former but still widely called SOLAS Training) like Magsaysay Training Center, TMTCP, Far East Maritime and PNTC , among others, in Manila.

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Moreover, Routh suggested that you enroll on a training center nearby your aimed employer –

“Marami nagkalat sa kalaw or search na lang kay pareng Google ( ang training center) but for me convenient yung malapit sa mga agency na target mong applyan.”

BT usually takes 7-8 days of combined theoretical and practical training to be completed. The practicum is usually set on the last day and depending which training center you chose, you’ll be travelling to places like Cavite, Laguna or Batangas. Most usually, a bus trip departs from Manila as early as 0500H to avoid congested roads.

After completion of BT, claim your course completion certificate, official receipt and Training Certificate and Records of Assessment (TCROA) from the training center. You need these documents to process your BT Certificate of Proficiency (COP) in MARINA later on and of course, to apply for a Seafarers Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or seaman’s book.

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These are must-to-read guidelines when you want to apply for a seaman’s book, whether online or walk-in.

Five (5) reminders walk-in seaman’s book applicants should not ignore

No need to wait and fall in-line, get your seaman’s book online

For a  handy guide, download Seaman’s Book Application Guide  – a pdf guide I got from MARINA website and I’m sharing it thru this blog for free.

And here’s another tip. Once you claimed your seaman’s book, take good care of it and you may now get a Seafarer’s Registration Number (SRN).

To help you understand what is the purpose of SRN and how to have one, I wrote ‘What is SRN and how to get it for FREE?‘ . Read it know the answer.

Ooohrayttt. Now that you’re trained and document-ready, time to move to the next level.

Second Step: Apply, apply and apply

Applying for cruise job by walk-in or online are booth ad rem.

Apply, apply, and apply – never say die until you’re accepted!

Submit your resume and other documents (if required so) to these legit recruitment agencies in Manila.

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Most usually, once you submit a CV, a hiring agency will tell you, ‘We will contact you for interview. Unfortunately, some will ‘seenzone’ you as early as this stage. I hope not.

On a positive note, if good news strikes, get ready for next step!

Step three: Nail the job interview & company specific exams

Routh said, “Kapag tinawagan ka for interview eto na, its your show. Time mo nang magpasikat,”

To pass the interview, he personally reminds applicants to:

    • Wear a formal or semi-formal dress to look proper.
    • Don’t forget to smile always
    • Act confidently and professional
    • Bring all the necessary documents
    • Humbly showcase yourself and express clearly why you’re the most qualified candidate for that position who had applied for, and lastly,
    • Be on time.

Finally, be positive and learn to wait for the right time.

A completed job interview does not guarantee you the job but if you’re the kind of employee a particular recruiter is looking for, you’ll be notified immediately.

 “In God nothing is impossible, so pray for His guidance,” Routh reminds us.

Congratulations in advance for landing a career in a cruise ship! I’m sure you became the best version of yourself when you’re applying for your dream job.

However, when not given the chance yet, never lose hope and be patient to start all over again.

“Maging matiyaga sa paghihintay. Trust in God’s given timing for it’s better to wait a while and have things fall into places than to rush but have these things fell apart. In God nothing is impossible, so pray for His guidance.” Routh said.

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35 thoughts on “Dreaming to work in cruise ships? Here’s Your Ultimate Guide To Get Quickly Hired

  1. John Kim B. Deluta

    Many thanks po sa mga advices, it really encouraged me to continue my dreams even though im still on the process, i have no experience yet,next year pa ako gagraduate(2017) but i will work harder, in order to achieve my dreams to become successful.

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  2. Mero Lagaran Penaroyo

    What a inspiring words.To all aspiring seafearers patience is a vertue..someday somehow God will answer our Dreams and prayer.thank you.for this advice.

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  4. Monica dicdiquin

    Salamat po sa info…in dis way u could help people dreaming to work on board…

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  5. Joshua Calanda

    Just wanna thanks to the people behind this blog , to the people who give me more inspiration to keep dreaming and work hard to achieve my goals in life ..

    I am a high school graduate but working in an italian restaurant in riyadh for since 2014 up to this day and planning to work on cruise 🚢 in the near future..by god’s willing i know he is alwaya there for me. I know 50% is my chances due to my educational background but i still believe that i can make it..

    AIM HIGH AND HIT THE MARK.. keep dreaming because dreams do come true ..

    Thanks again for motivating me ..

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  7. This is very true >>> Travel docs ready + safety training certifications + work experience and don’t forget to have the right attitude = bigger chances of getting hired 🙂

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  8. brian

    Thank you for the great encouragement…
    I plan or push my dream soon after my contract here in saudi as a cook.

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  9. Im mr.milkey im dreaming also to work on board someday if i finish my experience here in abroad this my firstime to work as a dishwasher befor and now promoted tobe a bartender…life is harder wat i expect but all i accept….because of dreming to work on board someday….

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  10. aljun francis Carreon

    Grabi nakaka inspired lahat bg nabasa ko dito talagang totoong mang yayare. Isa po ako sa umaasa na maka sampa ng barko someday. Salamat po sa blog nyo at nabigyan ako ng idea at naliwanagan ang pag iisip ko. Goodbless po sainyo!👆

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  11. Cherry Mae Capilitan

    Thank you for that inspiring messages to all people who dreams to be in a Cruise Ship, and Yes I really feel motivated since I decided to apply in some Agencies. I am still waiting for a Principal Interview in Star Cruises which I applied as a Massages Therapist, But I feel unlucky not to be called for the Principal since I was applied. And I decided to change the position but they need the experience where is different my past job. And while I’m waiting for a call from my position as Massage Therapist, I am now working now at Sofitel Philippine Plaza as Public Attendant. I do anything, any job for me to be in Cruise Ship oneday! I hope this would be better to get me in or hired!

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  12. Cherry Mae Capilitan

    Thank you for that inspiring messages to all people who dreams to be in a Cruise Ship, and Yes I really feel motivated since I decided to apply in some Agencies. I am still waiting for a Principal Interview in Star Cruises which I applied as a Massages Therapist, But I feel unlucky not to be called for the Principal since I was applied. And I decided to change the position but they need the experience where is different my past job. And while I’m waiting for a call from my position as Massage Therapist, I am now working now at Sofitel Philippine Plaza as Public Attendant. I do anything, any job for me to be in Cruise Ship oneday! I hope this would be better to get me in or hired! I have all the documents, Passport, Seamansbook, BT, COP. That’s why it’s my dream to be!

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  14. Charles bryan

    Baka po needed parin referral po. Peru thanks anyways for the info. 2015 pa aku grad peru wala parin akung experience. Bsmt grad po ako. Any shipping companies po na tumatangap ng walk.in with no experience po?

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  15. barbara r castaneda

    good day sana nmn po may mag reply. nag start po akong mag apply last year eh hanggang ngayon po nirereject nila ako may experience nmn po ako sa mga 5star hotels sa uae. nag resign ako sa uae 2015 ng dec. sa tingin ko po ang nang yayari dito ay kakaiba iba ang tinitingnan sa tinititigan.discrimination po b tau sa pinas.halos yata pinasahan ko ng cv. sabe daw tatawgan. but till now nag iintay ata ako sa wla. hanggang ilang taon po b ang ang edad ng mga nkakasampa sa barko. at kinakailangan po b n mag trabaho ulit ako para mag ka experienve ako its was so confusing.may chance pa po ba ako oh wla na? matagal ko nang pangangarap mkapag barko. sana po may responce po kau maraming salamt po. godbless po.

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  16. danjohn

    i want to apply as a fitter welder

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  17. JOSE SANYURAN JR D.

    thank u very much for this kind gifts of information to us as a aspiring seafarer who wants to fullfil of our dreams to come true in gods grace

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  18. Anonymous

    thank you for positivity vibes you shared.. it really means a lot to us especially for those who lose hope in applying..

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  19. jhet

    Nakita ko na tong post na to before, nung nag a apply palang ako, and now waiting nako for medical ko then us visa. May joining date nden. Malaking tulong to para sa mga aspiring seafarer gaya ko.

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  20. John Christian Rue

    thank you poh sa page na ito sobrang lalo poh akong ginaganagahan para makamot ang pangarap ko marame poh akong natutunan sa page na ito at salamat sa WPCS nmen n grouo s ptuloy n ngbbgay ng pagasa sameng mga newbie or first timer sna kung my pagkakataon s paguwe q sna makilala
    ko in person ang iba dito..s naun poh nandito p aq s dubai pauwe n din poh ako naung JUN..maraming slamat poh ulit s page na ito

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  21. Lylanie Grace Perez

    Never say die. Try lang ng try… kaya to💪

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  22. eric nicolas

    Pwede po kya ako mag apply kht nand2 ako s abroad..? Tnx po im hir in uae

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  23. Elsa Rosario Causon

    Salamat po,malaking tulong sa aming mga nangangarap mgbarko ang mga impormasyon na naibigay nyo po.Always think positive.

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  24. edwin bacayao

    hi sir ask ko ang work ko dati sales coordinator for 20 years sa SM, Puregold company ko dati foodsphere inc at 42years old na ako pwedi ba sa sampa sa barko may BT na rin ako at Seamans book thanks po sa magrereply..

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    • Ma.Noreen A.Fernandez

      hello admin..thank you for some information..we learned a lot from your column..im noreen presently work here in saudi arabia as janitress/housekeeping and also willing and to enhance my skills.one of my dream is to work in cruiseship and im very happy that you are our way how to apply,to learn and to pursue our dreams…thank you and have a nice day!!!

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  25. Saludos,

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  27. Ruby Jane Bendaño Obtina

    To the creator of this blog,I have learned a lot.so thank you so much.now I am willing to pursue my dreams,to rich the goal of success. Now I just started to collect all the requirements needed to apply.I hope that God will be beside me all the time to guide.and I hope when I apply i’m Hopping to be hired.God bless us all.

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