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