Working Pinoy on Cruise Ships

Onboard an expedition ship: Free Jacuzzi, WiFi & TFC


Images from Facebook account of Mike Macaraeg.

Mike often meets the penguins up close and personal, and finger holds icebergs in the ‘frozen’ continents of Antarctic and Arctic. His job gave him this rare opportunity.

In an online interview, the Pinoy assistant waiter who just disembarked MS Spitsbergen, an expedition cruise ship of Hurtigruten, happily shared what kind of life they enjoy at sea.

According to him, Filipino crew chill out by having fun & games onboard. They enjoy the free WiFi, and watch current Pinoy TV shows too.

“Well kaming mga Pinoy onboard Hurtigruten, we do make fun.

“We have meetings, karaoke, fun games and raffles.

“We can even use the Jacuzzi after work.

“This Jacuzzi is the same as what our guests enjoy.

“‘Di ba san ka pa?

“We have free WiFi and may TFC din kami onboard.

“So hindi ka ma hohomesick.

The Filipino Channel (TFC) is an online platform of ABS-CBN, a giant media network in the Philippines. Subscribed clients may enjoy watching ABS-CBN’s latest teleseryes, Pinoy blockbuster films, and can be updated of the latest news in the region.

On other hand, Mike has revealed that their Norwegian shipmates trust them.

“Well mababait ang mga Norwegian.

“Malaki tiwala nila sa mga Pinoy.

“Maluwag sila sa work – parang we work like friends and family lang kami.

If you like to explore the North and South Poles of the earth like Mike, apply for a job at OSM.

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“Wag mawawalan ng pag-asa. Patience lang talaga at mararating din ang pangarap mo na makapagbarko,” Michael ‘Mike’ Macaraeg advises cruise ship job seekers.


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OFW Lane: Fast walk-in Passport renewal at Rob Galleria



The DFA Main and DFA NCR Central offices offer exclusive lanes for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), particularly for seafarers who have to renew their passports at ease.



Last week, I went to Robinsons Galleria, a big mall just across POEA Main office in Ortigas to renew my passport. Thanks to DFA NCR-Central’s ‘OFW priority lane’, the task didn’t require me an online appointment, and wasn’t that time consuming too!

Wondering how to renew your passport fast and easy? Here’s how:



1.) Upon entrance, you’ll be advised by the guard on duty to log-in your name. He asks you then if you’re a land-based or a sea-based OFW. If you’re a seafarer, present your seaman’s book. Ready to present your current passport when asked so.

2.) Proceed to RELEASING section to get the passport application form with an attached queue number.

3.) Fill-up the form, and ready the documentary requirements (see below list).

4. If your turn comes, stand-up and fall in-line to enter PROCESSING section. Inside, present your documents to be verified, and your passport to be renewed for cancellation. If you correctly filled-up the form, and have complied with all the documentary requirements, the next counter is the cashier.

5. Pay the cashier and sit down again according to your queue number.

6. Finally, the photo capture and encoding of personal details are in the ENCODING section. Check the encoded data thoroughly since once printed, rectifying an erroneous passport is costly. Here you’ll be informed of the release date of your new passport too.




  • The photocopy service is available inside the office. Ask any guard on duty and he will help you find its location.
  • Receive your passport at home, avail the courier service ( Php 160.00 only). Pass by at the courrier service desk right beside Encoding section’s exit door.
  • When personally claiming your passport, don’t forget to bring the previously cancelled one. I’m just not so sure if they’ll release the new one if you forget to bring it so follow what I advised here to avoid trouble.
  • You may want to connect with DFA NCR – Central in Facebook and inquire about the status of your passport. Go to and send a message with your Full Name, Original Receipt (OR No.), and Release Date.


Submit original & photocopy of each document:

  • current passport
  • Valid Seaman’s Book
  • Seafarer’s Registration Certificate (SRC) ID or C2/C3
  • Latest Immigration Arrival Stamp (Application for renewal should be filed  within one year from the last arrival date in Philippines.)

* Additional document will be required if necessary.

PASSPORT RENEWAL FEES, as of this writing.

Php 1,200.00 – 10 working days

Php 950.00  – 20 working days

Source: DFA


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LOOK: MAGSAYSAY is hiring cruise ship workers!



Name of Agency:

Magsaysay Maritime Corporation.

POEA License:



Manila: Ground Floor G.E. Antonino Bldg. T.M. Kalaw St. corner J. Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila

Cebu: 2nd Floor ATC 2 Building, 128 F. Ramos St. Cebu City

Davao: Unit No. 1, Ground Floor GIMS Building, Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, Davao City

Iloilo: Capitol Drive, Iznart St. Iloilo City


Hello, dreamer! Here are Magsaysay’s latest sea-based job openings, as posted on its official,

The minimum working experience required is 1 year and such related work experience should not be more than 2 years ago!

( For more details on how to apply, click the job title.)

14 Sept 2017

04 Sept 2017

  2. NURSE

30 August 2017


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Cruise priests, seaman’s club car services are now one click away. THANKS TO THIS AWESOME APP!


‘’If you are planning to go on a cruise, you can find out if a Catholic priest will be onboard.’’ posts Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) – Manila on its official Facebook Page Wednesday, August 23.

The schedule of visit can now be viewed online, in your mobile phones or tablets, through AOS’s official mobile application, ‘Stella Maris’.

Ryan Kreager created the Stella Maris app. It can be downloaded in Google Play Store and iOS Store for free.

Additionally, the new app has the following useful features:

  1. Stella Maris Directories (sorted by port or country)
  2. Daily Reflections
  3. Recent news and social media feeds
  4. Daily prayers
  5. Some useful links

AOS, an apostolic work of the Catholic Church to serve, protect and advance the welfare of seafarers and fishermen around the globe, is committed on its mission to be the beloved church among sailors. Its latest innovation, an app named in Latin which means Our Lady, Star of the Sea, is truly app-laudable! Isn’t it?

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Mga Pinoy cruise ship workers, ginulantang ang Estonia!


Naipakita ng mga Pinoy cruise ship workers ang kanilang pagkakaisa at galing sa pagsayaw noong Lunes, June 26, nang mag flash mob dance ang grupo sa isang cruise terminal ng Tallinn, capital city ng bansang Estonia.

Base sa mga larawan at impormasyon na ibinahagi ni Floor Supervisor Edelin Otayde Dela Cruz, napatigil pa nga raw ng kanilang sayaw ang maulang panahon.

“Umuulan nga n’yan pero habang sumayaw kami, nakisama naman ang panahon,”

At dahil chained to the rhythm talaga sa pagperform ay inulan din naman ng mga papuri sa social media ang kanilang espesyal na presentasyon.

“Every two weeks, nagmemeet ang [mga cruise ships na] Aida Mar at Aida Cara sa Estonia. Noong 26 halos magkatapat lang yung 2 [na] barko.

“Nagkaroon ng barbecue lunch noon ang lahat ng crew ng Aida Mar at Aida Cara.

“Para maiba naman, nagflash mob kami buong HK (housekeeping) team.

“Pinaghandaan talaga namin yon, practice, practice after duty,” ang masayang pahayag ni Edelin.

Tinanong ko rin si Edelin kung sino ang lead organizer ng event at nakilala ko si Menchie Acuna, ang kauna-unahang executive housekeeper sa Aida fleet.

“Idea yan [flash mob dance] ng executive housekeeper namin.

“Siya ang kauna-unahang executive na Pilipino sa Aida fleet.

“Yung nasa unahan ko, siya yung executive namin.

“[Siya] si Mommy Menchie. Kilalang-kilala siya sa lahat ng Aida [dahil] napakagaling magmotivate ng tao.

“Lahat kami sa housekeeping napasayaw niya. Hehehe.” ang dagdag pa ni Edelin.



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Mabuhay, Aida HK Team!!!


Photos (c) Edelin Dela Cruz


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Ten powerful cruisers’ shots which would remind you that it’s more fun to be Filipino

Masayang ibinahagi ng ilang Pinoy na nagtatrabaho sa mga malalaking cruise ships ang kanilang naging espesyal na karanasan sa pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Kalayaan.

Mula sa pagluluto ng mga masasarap na pagkain hanggang sa pagsabit ng mga palamuti sa barko ay juan for all, all for juan ang ating mga kabayan!

Tingnan natin sa mga sumusunod na larawan kung paano nila ipinakita ang pagiging true-blooded Filipino.

1. Pak na pak na kakayahan, kitang-kita sa pakwan.


Ang larawang ito ay ibinahagi ng isang talentadong chef artist. Katulad ni Sir Ritz Pedroso Madhay, kaya mo rin ba maipamalas through fruit carving ang iyong pagka-Pilipino?

2. Dirty ice cream, now serving.


Naidisplay naman ang gawa-gawang sorbetes cart na ito sa loob ng Harmony of the Seas, ang world’s largest cruise ship as of press date. Salamat sa pagshare ng larawan Sir Leo Antipala, paorder narin po ng scoops of ube, cheese and mango? Hehe

3. Heads up high, Pinoys!


Sa larawang ito makikitang proud Pinoy ang ating mga kabayan. Yung may hawak ng watawat ay nakasuot ng salakot sa ulo. Isa ang salakot sa mga common symbols of Filipino identity. Samantala, yung isa naman na may mas makulay na kasuotan reminds us of our beautiful race. Yung lahi na confidently byutiful with a heart? 😀

4. Kumukuti-kutitap na backdrop


Patok ang mga Pinoy performers sa cruise ships. Kung ikaw ay nagpeperform sa stage na ang palamuti ay hango sa Philippine flag, siguro ang kantang ‘Shape of you’ ni Ed Sheeran ay maikanta mo sa tono ng ‘Lupang Hinirang’? Hehe Joke only!

5. Unli Rice.


Sa larawang ito ay agad kong napansin ang kanin dahil hindi maikakailang kanin lover tayong mga Pinoy. At kumakain ka na hindi gumagamit ng kutsara at tinidor, yung nagkakamay kalang? Tsaaarap nun! Kaya kain lang mga kabayan dahil ang rice sa barko, walang limit, walang kulang?? Hehe sana nga!

6. Bande-banderang banderitas.


Sa isang designated meal place o crew mess na ito ay nakasabit ang maraming banderitas na Philippine flag ang disenyo. Tuwing piyesta ay malimit sinasabit ang mga banderitas. Naalala mo pa ba kung kelan ka huling naglagay ng mga palamuting banderitas sa barangay?

7. Barkong Kongreso


Mula pa noong panahon ng mga Kastila ay barong na ang pormal na kasuotan ng mga Pilipino. Ang barong ay isang pormal na kasuotan na magaan lamang isuot at ang mga magagandang klase ay gawa sa pinya, abaka o seda ng saging. Kung makikita mo ang mga Pilipino na nakabarong sa barko, say ‘Hi’ sa mga hindi kurakot na pulitiko?

8. Beep Beep, sakay na sa dyip


Kung may forever daw na nagmamahal, isa na rito ang pamasahe sa dyip na aba naman, nagmamahal at walang sawang nagmamahal. Sa naalala ko mura pa dati ang regular fare pero ngayong mga araw, saan na lang nga ba makakaabot ang twenty pesos mo? Hehe.
Oh dahil babyahe na, eto na ang trivia ko! Farah ang pinakasikat na pangalan ng maton at tengang-kawali na jeepney driver. Kung ayaw mong maniwala, subukan mo once (o alam ko nasubukan mo na). Yung babang-baba ka na pero di ka pinapansin ni manong driver. Sigaw Ka. Lakasan mo.
Manong, Farah! Farah! Farah sabi eh!!! Pansinin kana nun, tinawag mo pangalan eh. Haha.
At next time, agahan mo konti dahil natrapik kana, lumagpas kapa. Farah-paraan naman ‘wag ma-late bes? 😛

9. Tribo Marino.

This photo reminds me of llo-ilo City’s Dinagyang Festival. Suot ang mga makukulay na head dress ay para silang mga mga dance warriors ng isang competing tribe.
Obviously, Hala Bira! at nag-enjoy sa pagperform ang grupo.
Proud na proud kami sa effort ninyo mga kabaro!
Viva! Viva! Viva! 😀

Curius ako kung takip nga ba ng kaserola o kaldero na binalot ng aluminium foil yung kalasag ninyo?

10. They make cake, it’s not fake.


Cakes to celebrate Independence Day are real. Una kong nakita ang cake ng Passenger ship Celebrity Millenium kaya naisulat ko ang blog post na entitled ‘LOOK: Watawat ng Pilipinas, nakain sa barko.’

Positive naman po ang response ng readers, isa nadun si Miss Kiss Aqui-no na nagcomment, “Bimb told me. You eat watawat pala no?..Nakakalokaaaa!”

Lol. Isang cake palang yun ha, naloka na ang queen of all midyeah. Hehe ano nalang kaya ang reaksyon ni madam kung makita pa niya ‘to?








Ang matamis na sorbetes, matibay na jeep o kahit pati ang masayahing si Kiss Aqui-no, among other major major Pinoy pride, are compelling reasons for one to believe that it’s more fun to be Filipino!

In the name of Philippines, the 3 stars and 1 sun, wear a happy heart, and be proud of who you are wherever part of the globe you go, kabayan!


Photos courtesy of Facebook users:
1. Ritz Madhay, Genting Dream Cruise
2. Leo Antipala, Harmony of the Seas
3. Kris Lloyd Balon, Aida Cara
4. Tann Gerine
5.  Edwin Pereña, MSC Preziosa
6. Jj Ryan, Anthem of the Seas
7. Ryan Sergio Duriman, Dawn Princess
8. Jeloy Turiano, Royal Princess
9.  Brian Alexander Palma, Dawn Princess
10. Various Pinoy Cruisers


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Pagdiriwang ng #Kalayaan2017, Rock ‘n Roll sa World’s Largest Cruise Ship


Ang Harmony of the Seas ay tinaguriang world’s largest sailing cruise ship. Kayang-kaya ng barkong ito magsakay ng mga pasahero hanggang 6,780 na katao at mag-employ ng halos 2,300 na mga crew. Sinimulan itong gawin noong May 9, 2014 at US$1.35 billion (2015) ang naiulat na halagang ginastos para magawa ang naturang klase ng barko.

Naging katangi-tangi ang pagdiriwang ng Philippine Independence Day ngayong taon sa Harmony of the Seas.

Sa mga larawan na ibinahagi ni Kabayan Leo Antipala sa Facebook ay damang-dama ang tamis ng pagiging Pilipino ng mga nakisaya sa event.

Rakrakan ang banda,


hiyawan at sayawan ang mga tao sa musika,


At higit sa lahat, piyestang-piyesta ang pagkaing handa!


Awww. Mother Philippines must have been weeping tears of joy now.

Salamat mga kabayan!

Proud po nating isigaw sa buong mundo na it’s truly more fun to be Filipino!


Trivia: Sa darating na Abril 2018, ayon sa Royal Carribean International, ay ang Symphony of the Seas na ang pinakamalaking cruise ship sa buong mundo. Kasalukuyan itong ginagawa at may capacity naman na makapag-accommodate ng maximum 6,870 na mga pasahero.


Kung pangarap mong makasakay sa isang cruise ship na katulad ng Harmony of the Seas, read this ultimate guide I wrote. It can give you helpful ideas how to secure a cruise job in the future.

Photos courtesy of Leo Antipala, a proud Working Pinoy: Cruise Ship member

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LOOK: Celebrity Millenium cruise ship Independence Day cake

Ang ilan sa atin ay sadya namang napaka-creative magpamalas ng kanilang pagmamahal sa Inang Bayan.

Tingnan n’yo nalang ang cake na ito;


Inspired by no other than but the Philippine flag ang design, di ba?

Makabayan na, masarap pa! Kaya naman ang mga tripulanteng Pinoy kasama narin ang ilang mga banyagang katrabaho sa luxury ship Celebrity Millenium ay nag-enjoy sa kanilang espesyal na salo-salo.


Pak na pak ang kanilang Independence Day celebration, ano? hehe


Salamat sa matamis n’yong paggunita sa araw ng kalayaan, mga kabayan! Ingat lagi saan mang sulok ng mundo ang biyahe inyo.

Ralated Reading: Pinoy seafarers onboard world’s No.1 ocean cruise ship



Photos courtesy of Benz Vizcaya, a proud Working Pinoy: Cruise Ship member.

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SeafarerHelp helps problematic seafarers for FREE

Depression, bullying, harassment and unpaid wages, among others, are common issues seafarers and their immediate family members commonly encounter.

If you’re likely having a heavy heart now and you have no one’s shoulder to cry on, don’t worry my friend for SeafarerHelp, a special program of International Seafarers Welfare and Network (ISWAN), can lift your sinking spirit.

I mean, it may not be the total solution you’re looking for but at least, you have someone trusted to talk your problem(s) with.

The support you can get from SeafarerHelp is confidential, multi-lingual, unlimited, 24/7 and most of all, everything’s FREE!



I personally availed SeafarerHelp once when I felt lonely and isolated while sailing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (and to test if it’s truly effective before writing this blogpost). I must say then that it’s the kind of support every aggrieved seafarer and his family members need.

I used Skype and the person on the other end of the line was well trained to counsel. He even gave me an option that time if I would like to talk to a Kabayan (a fellow Filipino who will converse in purely Tagalog) but since I understand and speak English well, I preferred to continue with my first choice. To make the long story short, my one-on-one online counselling was salutary!

When your life is being stormed by problems, summon for immediate help and save yourself from drowning.

Using your mobile phones and computer devices connected to the internet, reach out for SeafarerHelp today.





Skype: SeafarerHelp Skype

Facebook: SeafarerHelp Facebook Page

Callback: Seafarer Help Callback


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