Frequently Asked Cruise Questions - Know Before You Go (2023)

Immigration Questionnaire & Online Check-In: Each individual guest is required to complete the questionnaire in Online Check-In to obtain Express Docs. Please go to our website at hollandamerica.comand complete the Online Check-In process prior to your sail date. After you complete the Online Check-In, your Express Docs including your Boarding Pass will be issued. Please do not forget to print them out prior to leaving home.

Please Note:

  • Guests arriving at embarkation without complete and accurate documentation may not join the voyage and will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Please complete the Online Check-In process athollandamerica.com72 hoursprior to your sail date. Guests who wait to check in at the terminal risk being unable to sail even if they arrive at the terminal before the vessel leaves. You will be responsible for all costs you incur to join the vessel at the next port.
  • If for some reason you have not completed your Online Check-in process at least 3 days prior to departure, you will still be able to print your Express Docs, including the boarding pass, up to the departure date. Guests who have not completed the required check-in prior to departure time are subject to denied boarding.

U.S. government security regulations require us to submit certain guest information to law enforcement authorities at least 60 minutes prior to departure. To meet this requirement, we must have the necessary information in our records at least 90 minutes prior to departure. If we do not have your information by this deadline, you will be unable to sail. Guests are urged to complete the Online Check-in process before leaving home. Guests who wait to checkin at the terminal risk being unable to sail even if they arrive at the terminal before the vessel leaves. You will be responsible for all costs you incur to join the vessel at the next port.

PERSONAL TRAVEL IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Holland America Line highly recommends that all guests carry a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the completion date of your travel. Having a passport will enable you to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event you miss your scheduled embarkation or to fly back to the U.S. if you need to disembark the ship mid-cruise due to an emergency.

Immigration and administrative rules may require the vessel to collect and safeguard guest passports and guests to complete landing cards prior to some ports of call. Further information will be provided on board.

PLEASE NOTE: It is your sole responsibility to obtain and have available the proper travel documents that are necessary for your travel, including all costs related to arrangements to obtain entry to countries you visit and re-entry to your destination country.

Boarding may be denied or fines may be levied against those guests without proper documentation. Payment of any fines levied is the responsibility of the individual guest.

For U.S. and Canadian Citizens Travel by Land or Sea:

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Travel document requirements vary based on cruise itinerary and whether international flights are required. For voyages that are scheduled to end outside the U.S., a passport that is valid for six months beyond the completion date of your travel is required.

Passports or Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant documents are required for cruises to Alaska, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico and the Panama Canal. U.S. and Canadian citizens ages 16 and above may present one of the following valid WHTI-compliant documents:

  • Passport (recommended travel document) (valid for travel by air, land and sea)
  • Passport Card (valid for land and sea border crossings only)
  • State Issued Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) – (valid for land and sea border crossings only, not valid on Yukon Cruisetours due to air travel included in the Journey)
  • Other documents approved by the Department of Homeland Security

For a list of approved documents visit:

travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/checklist.html

The EDL driver’s license, or non-driver photo identification, is offered in the U.S. states of Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington and in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, to applicants that can prove identity and citizenship. Please note the EDL is not the same as an Enhanced (or Endorsed) Commercial Driver’s License.

U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises: U.S. citizens on cruises in the Western Hemisphere that originate and terminate in the same U.S. port are required to have proof of citizenship such as a valid U.S. passport or a government issued birth certificate combined with a government issued photo I.D. Other approved proof of citizenship documents such as a passport card, an enhanced driver’s license (EDL) or certificate of naturalization along with a government-issued photo ID are also acceptable. A passport is still the preferred document. PLEASE NOTE –WHTI-compliant documents are acceptable for entry or re-entry into the United States. You may be required to present additional or different travel documents when entering foreign countries, including some countries in the Western Hemisphere.

Birth certificates from Puerto Rico issued prior to July 1, 2010 are not valid forms of proof of citizenship that is accepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Guests from Puerto Rico either need to present a WHTI-compliant document or a government- issued photo identification with a validated birth certificate issued after July 1, 2010.

Children: U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 traveling on a closed-loop cruise (a cruise in the Western Hemisphere which originates and ends in the same U.S. port) will be able to present their government issued birth certificate or other proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card to sail. Birth certificates can be an original or certified copy.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT WHEN MINORS TRAVEL WITH ONE ADULT ON VOYAGES GOVERNED BY U.S. WESTERNHEMISPHERE TRAVEL INITIATIVE (“WHTI”) (includes travel within BERMUDA, CANADA, CARIBBEAN, MEXICO, UNITED STATES)

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When minors are traveling with only one adult 21 years of age or older, Holland America Line requires that all guests must be in possession of a valid passport. Holland America Line has implemented this requirement so that you all remain together should an emergency arise that requires one or more in yourparty to be disembarked in a non-U.S. port. Holland America Line cannot guarantee that all members of your party will be allowed to disembark with only a WHTI-compliant document or birth certificate.

NOTE: If you are not the parent or Legal Guardian of any minor child traveling with you, you must present an original letter signed by at least one of the child’s parents. The letter from the child’s parent must provide contact information and authorize the traveling adult to take the child on the specific cruise.

For more information regarding passports and WHTI compliant documents, please visit travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/checklist.html or call the National Passport Information Center toll free at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TYY at 1-888-874-7793.

Travel by Air: Passports are required for all international air travel to and from the United States, regardless of age or citizenship. This includes air travel to and from Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Mexico.

For Non-U.S./Non-Canadian Citizens:For Non-U.S./Non-Canadian Citizens: You must have and carry a passport valid for six months beyond the duration of your travel. Please carefully verify the existing identification requirements for your particular travel situation, including all destinations. In addition, non-U.S. citizens who have previously been admitted to the United States for permanent residence must carry their Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551), commonly known as a Green Card. Resident aliens not in possession of this must obtain one at the nearest office of the U.S. Immigration Service. Note that while a passport for a Green Card holder is not required to return to the U.S., your destination country requirements may be different. Please verify your documentation requirements prior to sailing, but we highly recommend Green Card holders travel with their passport as an extra precaution.

Please Note: To allow us to expedite immigration clearances in the various countries you will be asked to surrender your passport to our staff upon check-in. Some clearances will require face to face inspections, details will be communicated to you onboard.

Rest assured that your passport will be fully secured by our staff. Regardless, it is always good practice, when traveling, to make copies of your passport pages before departing.

VISAS

Certain countries require that you obtain official authorization(called a visa) before entering the country, and some countries require that you obtain a visa regardless of whether you plan to go ashore in that particular port or not. Usually there is a fee required.

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Guests are responsible for verifying and obtaining any necessary travel documents for entry and exit to the countries visited, as these requirements vary depending on the specific port and nationality of the traveler. This includes payment of all costs related to arrangements to obtain entry to the countries you visit. Boarding may be denied or fines levied against those guests arriving at the pier without the proper documentation, and those guests will not be eligible for a refund. Payment of any fines levied is the responsibility of the individual guest. Please note that fees and visa requirements are subject to change without notice.Tourist/visa requirements are determined by passport nationality, not by country of residence.

Visa Service Information:

Don’t put your travel plans at risk; Holland America Line recommends guests utilize a visa service to secure your required documentation. We have partnered with CIBTvisas as a service to assist with the collection of necessary documents. CIBTvisas also provides a concierge service should you wish to have a dedicated Concierge Specialist manage the entire process from start to finish while providing the expertise necessary to ensure your request is approved as quickly as possible. Our dedicated section on the CIBTvisas website can be found at www.cibtvisas.com/hollandamericaline.

You may reach CIBTvisasby phone at:

  • U.S. and Canadian residents: 866 935 8472
  • Netherlands residents: 0800-2524632
  • Germany residents: 8003202233
  • Australia residents: 1300964164
  • United Kingdom residents: 0800 1218239
  • Belgium residents: 0902 150 45
  • Singapore residents: 6603 1096
  • Spain residents: 902 113 829
  • Switzerland residents: 41 (0) 22 884 18 70
  • France residents:0144107272

Residents of all other countries should contact the nearest representative embassy or consulate for proper information.

Visa Waiver Program Requirements: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. withouta visa for stays of 90 days or less, when they meet all requirements. ALL VWP travelers to the U.S. will be required to have an approved electronic travel authorization via Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA should expect to be denied boarding on any air carrier bound for the U.S. If you reside in the UK please visit cibtvisas.co.uk/hollandamerica.

Countries participating in the VWP are: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, SanMarino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

For more details please go to the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program page.

Schengen Visa Holders: New requirements pertaining to proof of medical insurance coverage have been adopted for all Schengen visa holders. This requirement does not apply to U.S. or Canadian citizens. All guests should keep themselves advised of changes in government requirements. If you have questions about visa requirements, call CIBTvisas at 1-866-935-8472. You may also choose to send an email message to: hollandamerica@cibtvisas.com or visit their website at https://cibtvisas.com/hollandamericaline.

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Preparing for your Holland America Line cruise is now easier, faster and more convenient than ever. With Express Docs, your cruise documents are available up to 50 days before your cruise departure date, and you can print part – or all – of your Express Docs whenit’s most convenient for you, 24/7. This includes your boarding pass, itinerary, any applicable vouchers, and if you booked air with Holland America Line, air travel information. Your information is encrypted, secure, easily updated and ready to email or print for yourself, family and friends as often as you wish. No more waiting for printed cruise documents.

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Visit hollandamerica.com for more information.

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VACCINATIONS

Vaccination requirements change frequently. These requirements are established by the countries you are visiting and not by Holland America Line. For this reason, you should contact your local physician, Health Department and/or travel medicine clinic to discuss vaccination requirements for all countries on your itinerary.

Mosquito-borne Illnesses: Malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and Chikungunya are found in many tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Guests should always travel with appropriate clothing and mosquito repellent with DEET or Picaridin to reduce the risk of mosquito bites. In addition, please check with your primarycare provider or local travel medicine clinic to see what, if any, vaccinations or other measures are recommended for your specific itinerary. Be certain to bring along a record of all your vaccinations. Check with your health care provider at least six to eight weeks prior to departure, as vaccination requirements and recommendations may change.

Yellow Fever: Many Yellow Fever immunization requirements are based on traveling from one “infected” or “endemic” country to another. It is also a good idea to bring along a record of your immunizations, as requirements for immunizations may change.

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FAQs

What questions should I ask before booking a cruise? ›

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  • What's the best cabin in my category? ...
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  • What are my options for dinner seatings?

What should you prepare prior to travel in cruise? ›

How to Prepare for Your First Cruise
  1. Make Sure Your Travel Documents Are In Order.
  2. Contact Banks & Get Local Currency.
  3. Create Your Packing List.
  4. Start Planning Your Excursions & Adventures.
  5. Get To Know Your Ship.
  6. Make Specialty Restaurant Reservations.
  7. Pencil In Your Spa Appointment.
  8. Stock Up On Medication.

What are the questions asked in cruise interview? ›

Common interview questions might include 'Can you tell us a bit about yourself? ' or 'Why do you want this job? ' Meanwhile, job-specific questions could include: 'What skills can you bring to this cruise line?

What do first time cruisers need to know? ›

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  • Pace yourself. ...
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  • Watch the clock.
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What are the top 10 cruise questions first time cruisers are shy to ask? ›

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  • How do I get a chair by the pool? ...
  • Do I have to tip everyone?
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What do you know about the cruise industry answer? ›

What is the Cruise Industry? The cruise industry refers to all businesses that are involved with facilitating pleasure voyages via the use of cruise ships. This would include cruise operators and cruise lines, as well as businesses that are involved with the manufacture of cruise ships.

How do I prepare for a cruise 2022? ›

  1. 8 Tips For Preparing to Cruise in 2022. By Orlando Martinez. ...
  2. Know the cancellation policies before you book. ...
  3. Buy travel insurance. ...
  4. Plan to get a COVID-19 test before your cruise. ...
  5. Begin the check-in process for your cruise ASAP. ...
  6. Stay informed. ...
  7. Boost your family's health. ...
  8. Bring whatever you need to feel safe and healthy.

How early can you check bags for a cruise? ›

The earliest some airlines will check baggage is two to three hours before your scheduled departure. You may experience longer than normal check-in lines, especially with morning departures. Contact your airline for check-in times.

How many outfits should I pack for a 7 day cruise? ›

Bottom Line: As a rough guide, for a 7-night cruise you will need to bring enough clothing for at least 4 formal or semi-formal nights, a couple of casual evenings, pool and loungewear, and practical clothing for excursions on dry land.

What is 3 bucket system in housekeeping? ›

The Three Bucket System. The 3 Bucket System. This is a procedure for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing where a different bucket and sponge or mop is used for each task.

What is your weakness best answer? ›

Answer “what is your greatest weakness” by choosing a skill that is not essential to the job you're applying to and by stressing exactly how you're practically addressing your weakness. Some skills that you can use as weaknesses include impatience, multitasking, self-criticism, and procrastination.

How should I dress for a cruise interview? ›

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Is there WIFI on cruise ships? ›

Yes, all cruise ships today offer an internet connection, but it might not be the seamless experience you've come to expect on land. For most of the many years I've been writing about cruising, the typical internet connection at sea hasn't just been slow.

What do you tip on a cruise? ›

How much should I tip? Most cruise lines suggest tipping $10 to $12 per day per passenger (not per couple), regardless of age. For a seven-day cruise, this means each cruiser should budget at least $70 for gratuities, or $140 per cabin for two people.

How many outfits do I need for a 5 day cruise? ›

Pack nice outfits for formal night, but something they can be comfortable in. Pack five or six outfits (a couple extra for babies), two swimsuits, a jacket, sweater or hoodie, and comfortable shoes!

What is Ship time on a cruise? ›

Contributor. One could argue that "cruise ship time" is a whimsical way of referring to freedom from time pressures while on a cruise. You may, however, find that the term specifically refers to the hour of the day on the ship, as opposed to the hour of the day in any specific port of call.

How do I request a server for Disney Cruise? ›

Deidra, you may request the same Server and Assistant Server for any upcoming Disney Cruise by calling the agents at Disney Cruise Line at (800) 951-3532! The Disney Cruise Line agent will add a note to your reservation with the names of the Serving Team you'd like to be matched with again.

How do I complain about a cruise line for results? ›

Try the Federal Maritime Commission's Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services (CADRS). CADRS staff offer a cruise passenger assistance program for consumers with cruise line complaints.

How do you speak on a cruise? ›

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What is a passenger ship called? ›

An ocean liner is a passenger ship primarily used as a form of transportation across seas or oceans. Ocean liners may also carry cargo or mail, and may sometimes be used for other purposes (such as for pleasure cruises or as hospital ships).

What do you call a person who works in a cruise ship? ›

Cabin attendants: Cruise ship cabins are cleaned and serviced by cabin attendants, also known as stewards and stewardesses. Some cabin categories also come with butler service.

What do I need to know about cruising 2022? ›

What to Expect from Summer 2022 Cruises
  • New Ships May Be Delayed.
  • Crew Shortages Could Lead to Changes or Canceled Sailings.
  • Not Everything You Want Might Be Onboard.
  • Requirements Might Change Overnight.
  • Ships Will Likely Still Be Under Capacity.
  • Full Fleets Will Be Back in Service.
  • Deals And Incentives Will Still Be Around.
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Should we go on a cruise in 2022? ›

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Do you need a watch on a cruise? ›

Watch. Even if you typically use your phone as a clock, bring a watch to keep a more accurate eye on the time throughout the day. You'll want to get to all of the ship's daily activities on time, and a watch can be extra helpful during your port stops to make sure you get back to the ship on time before it departs.

Do cruises check your purse? ›

As mentioned above, cruise lines do not charge extra to check bags. This is true of they're handing of your bags getting on the ship, as well as if you choose to check bags at the end of your cruise. If you're flying from the port of disembarkation, ask about the availability of Luggage Valet services.

Can I bring full size shampoo on a cruise? ›

Yes you can bring full sized toiletries on a cruise such as shampoo and conditioner. Cruise lines don't have limits on the sizes of liquid/gel toiletries like the airlines do for carry on. Keep in mind though that if you are flying to board your cruise ship, you will have to follow the stricter airline rules.

How many bags can I bring on a cruise? ›

The best news about packing is that there is no (reasonable) limit on how much you can bring on a cruise. Most cruise lines “encourage” each passenger to limit luggage to two suitcases, each one less than 50 pounds. In addition, you can also bring carry-on luggage (more on that in a moment).

Can you bring alcohol on a cruise ship? ›

Guests are allowed to bring, in carry-on, a maximum of two bottles (750ml) of wine or champagne per cabin. You are not allowed to bring your own beer or liquor. There is a $25 corkage fee if you consume your bottle in a dining room.

Do I need a passport on a cruise? ›

Do I need a passport? We recommend that everyone taking a cruise from the United States have a passport book. Though some “closed-loop” cruises may not require a U.S. passport, we recommend bringing yours in case of an emergency, such as an unexpected medical air evacuation or the ship docking at an alternate port.

What do I wear on an evening cruise? ›

Formal attire is tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits for men and evening gowns, cocktail dresses or elegant pantsuits for women. Smart casual attire includes pants and open-neck shirts for men and skirts or dresses, slacks and sweaters for women.

How do you mop with two buckets? ›

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What is galley utility for cruise ship? ›

The Galley Utility is responsible for the handling, transport and cleaning of food, food service equipment, utensils and areas in the galley and dish-wash area of the galley under the direction of the Executive Chef while maintaining proper galley sanitation and safety standards.

What are the different temperature of wash rinse and sanitize? ›

High-temperature, or heat-sanitizing, machines will show a minimum rinse temperature of 180°F and minimum wash temperatures of 150°F, 155°F or 160°F, depending on machine type and make and model.

How do you handle stress and pressure? ›

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  6. Talk to your supervisor. ...
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What really make you angry? ›

But there are things that make lots of us feel angry, including: being treated unfairly and feeling powerless to do anything about it. feeling threatened or attacked. other people not respecting your authority, feelings or property.

Why do u want to join cruise line answer? ›

One of the main reasons people choose to work on cruise ships is the chance to travel to many places they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see. Since they live on the ship, they receive room and board as part of their compensation. They travel the world without paying for expensive hotels and food.

What is Usph in cruise ship? ›

In discussing cruise ship health, we often use the following acronyms: USPH is United States Public Health, sometime referred to as “Port Health.” This relates to the port authorities that go on board a cruise ship to conduct inspections.

Why should we hire you answer best? ›

Show that you have skills and experience to do the job and deliver great results. You never know what other candidates offer to the company. But you know you: emphasize your key skills, strengths, talents, work experience, and professional achievements that are fundamental to getting great things done on this position.

Will my phone work on a cruise? ›

Do cell phones work on cruise ships? It's a common question with varying answers. Guests are free to utilize their cellular data or connect to our onboard Wi-Fi on any ship. But, please be aware that cellular data used on the ship or in certain ports of call will result in charges from your cell phone provider.

Will cell phones work on a cruise ship? ›

Yes, you can make calls, text, and even video chat from a cruise ship. In port, you can connect to local roaming networks. At sea, you can either make calls via a satellite connection or pay for the ship's Wi-Fi (also via satellite) and make Wi-Fi calls, text or video chat via the internet.

Can you text on a cruise? ›

It's possible to send and receive text messages at sea on a cellular signal, as long as you have a signal through your ship's roaming network. (Just make sure you turn on data roaming in your settings.) Texting costs a lot less than a voice call -- usually in line with standard, international "pay as you go" rates.

What happens if you don't tip on a cruise? ›

However, most cruise lines are based in the U.S., where the crew members' pay structure is based on tips. If you refuse to tip on principle, you are impacting the salaries of the people who have served you well onboard.

What happens if you don't pay gratuities on a cruise? ›

Technically cruise lines cannot force you to pay gratuities, especially if you have a complaint or issue about the service you received on board. Gratuities on a cruise are not mandatory, but instead heavily suggested and added automatically.

Do you tip waiters on a cruise? ›

Generally speaking, mainstream, U.S.-based cruise lines automatically add gratuities of about $14 to $15 per person, per day, to your onboard bill. These tips are divided among the dining staff (waiters, assistant waiters and head waiters) and housekeeping staff (such as cabin attendants).

What kind of clothes should I bring on a cruise? ›

Items to pack include:
  • Slacks, jeans, or shorts depending on the destination.
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals to wear onboard the ship.
  • Appropriate swimwear, including extra swimwear to wear while one suit dries.
  • Swim covers if desired.
  • T-shirts, tank tops, or other comfortable, loose clothing.

How do you pack a formal dress in a carry on? ›

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Why do you want to work in cruise ship answer? ›

One of the main reasons people choose to work on cruise ships is the chance to travel to many places they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see. Since they live on the ship, they receive room and board as part of their compensation. They travel the world without paying for expensive hotels and food.

What are your best skills that you are bringing to this cruise job? ›

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  • Attention to detail. ...
  • Adaptability & flexibility. ...
  • Patience. ...
  • Time management.
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Why should we hire you answer best? ›

Show that you have skills and experience to do the job and deliver great results. You never know what other candidates offer to the company. But you know you: emphasize your key skills, strengths, talents, work experience, and professional achievements that are fundamental to getting great things done on this position.

What is your motivation to work in a cruise ship? ›

The study revealed employees were mainly motivated to work for the money saving opportunities, the desire to travel and meet new people, as well as learning aspirations and the attractive lifestyle the employment offered.

What is the best position on a cruise ship? ›

You want to be as close to the pivot point as possible to feel the least movement. Avoid cabins near the front (bow) or back (stern) and on decks higher than the middle deck of the ship. So, on a ship with fourteen passenger decks, your best options are below deck seven.

How can I introduce myself during interview? ›

Greet your interviewers and tell your name to start the formal introduction. It is always a good idea to prepare for this most expected question beforehand. Do not hesitate to include some informal, personal information, such as your hobbies, or what you do on weekends.

Do cruise ship workers get free food? ›

Yes, crew members receive free food for working onboard a ship, along with a cabin to sleep in (more on that later). Similar to the guests, crew members have their own buffet style restaurant to get their meals from throughout the day.

What are the greatest challenges in working in the cruise industry? ›

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  • Work 7 Days a Week. ...
  • Restricted Time Ashore. ...
  • Away from Family and Friends. ...
  • Limited Internet and Cell Phone Access. ...
  • Work with Different Nationalities and Cultures. ...
  • Cabin Sharing. ...
  • Work and Live with the Same People Every Day.
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What can you bring to this role? ›

Think about: your enthusiasm for the profession and the employer and your desire to make your mark. your personal qualities, such as your drive and willingness to learn. the skills the employer seeks and how you have demonstrated them in the past – your answer should show why you would be competent in the job.

What can you bring to this position? ›

Examples of qualities that you could bring to the job include:
  • Determination.
  • Friendliness.
  • Flexibility.
  • Dependability.
  • Honesty.
  • Sincerity.
  • Trustworthy.
  • Reasonable.

How do you handle stress and pressure? ›

Taking steps to manage stress
  1. Track your stressors. Keep a journal for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you respond to them. ...
  2. Develop healthy responses. ...
  3. Establish boundaries. ...
  4. Take time to recharge. ...
  5. Learn how to relax. ...
  6. Talk to your supervisor. ...
  7. Get some support.
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Why did you apply for this position? ›

'I see the role as a way of developing my career in a forward-thinking/well-established company/industry as…' 'I feel I will succeed in the role because I have experience in/softs skills that demonstrate/ I've taken this course…' 'I believe my skills are well-suited to this job because…”

Do cruise workers get days off? ›

We typically work eight to 12 hours per day, with no days off for seven months straight. However, it's easy to see that the crew who work onboard absolutely love the lifestyle and what they do. You won't make it otherwise.

How much does it pay to work on a cruise ship? ›

A cruise ship crew member for Carnival, Royal Caribbean, or Norwegian Cruise Line can earn an annual average between $16,000 to $20,000. For leadership staff onboard cruise ships, the annual salary can be much higher from $30,000 to $100,000.

What are some of the pros and cons of working on a cruise ship? ›

More than likely, if you're an American working on a cruise ship, you'll be a member of the hotel staff.
  • Pro: New People, Cultures. The hotel staff, of which you'll be a member, doesn't associate with the ship's passengers. ...
  • Pro: Cheap Adventure. ...
  • Con: Homesickness, Compensation. ...
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