There are plenty of cruise industry job opportunities down under! If you reside in that part of the world, jobs can be obtained directly through cruise lines or the cruise recruitment agencies and cruise line concessionaires that help fill open positions seasonally and year round. Australians are highly sought after to work on cruise ships, and those who know of the opportunities flock to the industry. Australia’s cruise industry is steadily growing with between 465,000 and 470,000 people taking ship holiday every year. With rising demand comes more and more job opportunities in Australia.
No matter where you are in Australia, you will find a harbor where cruise ships – big and small – frequently berth. Look for jobs in these areas, towns, and cities:
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Cid Harbor (Great Barrier Reef)
Hobart in Tasmania
Cruise Companies Departing from Australia
Carnival Australia is the largest ship company in the region comprised of 5 well known brands, including Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Seaborne. Carnival forms part of the worldwide Carnival PLC and is in the process of establishing 2 more brands in Australia, namely Holland America and Carnival Cruise Lines.
P&O Cruises offers 3 ships (Pacific Dawn, Pacific Pearl, and the Pacific Jewel) that one can work on departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle, and Perth (Fremantle). Each ship has between 600 and 700 crew members, and to become one of them, you must know how and when to apply. We describe the process in detail in our Members Section.
Princess Cruises operates several of its fleet out of Australia including the Diamond Princess, Dawn Princess, Sea Princess, Ocean Princess, Sun Princess and more. The main embarkation ports for Princess Cruises are Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.
Silversea Cruises offers Australian and New Zealand cruises aboard the Silver Shadow.
Royal Caribbean’s high class, elegant ships, the Radiance of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas, depart from Perth and Sydney, with Rhapsody of the Seas also departing from Sydney.
Regent Seven Seas and MSC Cruises also operate out of Australia.
Aside from the huge luxury liners, there are also plenty of job opportunities on smaller cruise vessels that operate around the Australian Coast taking visitors to the Great Barrier Reef and other tourist hotspots. These companies include Coral Princess Cruises, which is the longest running small cruise line in Australia, offering tours of the Kimberley Coast and Great Barrier Reef among other coastal trips around the country as well as tours to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. They have 2 ships in their fleet – the Coral Princess and the Ocean Discoverer.
River cruising is popular in Australia, so don’t overlook applying for jobs with companies working within this cruise niche. People are needed for shipboard and land-based positions throughout the year.
Plenty of cruise jobs are available on either the huge luxury liners or on the smaller cruise ships. Depending on the itinerary, you can get to know the entire Australian coastline, or travel internationally. So how do you go about getting a Ship line job?
Good question! When you become a member, you will gain access to all the latest job postings, profiles of small and large cruise lines in Australia, Australian recruitment agencies, and concessionaires. You also gain access to in-depth interviews with directors and CEO’s of top recruitment companies and both current and former employees, who share tips and advice for job seekers.