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The Very Best Time To Get A Job On A Cruise Ship! by Neil Maxwell Keys

You’re probably already aware of the fabulous benefits of working onboard a luxury cruise ship. After all thousands of people have already discovered that it’s a great way to get paid to travel the world for several months at a time – without the hassle, expense and danger of doing it alone. Not only that, you’ll get to meet new people and make amazing friends of all nationalities while enjoy possibly the most highly satisfying and life-changing experience you’ll ever have!

But did you know that there are actually certain times of the year when you have a better chance of getting a cruise ship job? Before I tell you when they are, let me let you into another, perhaps more important secret:

There is NEVER a ‘perfect’ time to apply for a cruise ship job!

What?! Am I contradicting myself?

Not really. You see, cruise liners operate all year round. That’s 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. And they recruit staff all year round too. So for this reason you can see that ANY time of the year is a good time to apply. The most important thing is to JUST GET STARTED!

You see if you wait around for the ‘perfect time’ it will never arrive. This is called procrastination and is the death of dream jobs! So do it now – even if you’re not quite ready to go right this moment, you can at least begin the simple application process, while getting a good ‘feel’ for the industry. When you are ready to ‘up and go’ you’ll have done all the hard work so that getting a cruise ship job at the right time will be a snap!

Just please don’t make any excuses about the time ‘not being quite right’. I’ve heard it all before from friends and colleagues who wanted to do it…but always had a *better* excuse for NOT doing it!

Right let’s get back to our discussion. The best times to apply for such a job are the months leading up to Christmas. Why?

For three main reasons:

1. It’s an extremely busy time of year. Most ships are fully booked during the winter months and they have to ensure that they are fully staffed in all departments.

2. A lot of experienced crew sign-off to be home with their family for Christmas. In fact many of them actually time their contracts to end just before Christmas!

3. The ‘world cruises’ begin in January through to the end of March, so it’s important for the ships to be fully staffed and prepared. And of course, this also gives you a good chance of getting on a world cruise for your first ship!

For these three reasons alone, a great time to start applying is from September onwards. But keep in mind my previous comments. If you’re reading this in January then don’t sit around waiting for Christmas to come! Start applying right now.

The second best time to apply are the months before the peak summer season (May to July). Not quite as many crew sign-off for the summer as they do for Christmas but the ships are often fully booked. And once you’ve worked on a cruise ship experiencing glorious weather most of the time, you tend to get a bit of a phobia for the cold and dread going home in the winter months.

It’s much better to arrive home during the mid-summer months when you can show off your nice golden suntan! And this is what many crew members do.

The most important thing for you to learn from this article is that cruise line companies operate ALL YEAR ROUND from January to December. Sure, there are certain periods of the year when they tend to hire MORE people MORE often – (e.g. Christmas and summer, as mentioned) – but in general, it’s always a constant steady stream of new people being hired: week in, week out.

So if you’re the type of person that aspires to a bit more in life…if you want travel, adventure and romance! And you want to meet people and make friends from all around the world…if you want to visit unique, exotic islands that few people ever get to see and enjoy amazing life experiences…but most importantly you’re someone who is prepared to work hard and play hard – then get started right NOW – you won’t regret it!

Copyright 2006 Neil Maxwell Keys

About The Author

Neil Maxwell Keys is an ex-crew member and regarded as THE cruise ship recruitment expert. He is also best-selling author of "Get a Cruise Ship Job: How to Get Paid to Travel the World having the BEST Time of Your Life!" He will take you by the hand and show you step-by-step how to quickly and easily get a job on a luxury cruise ship. Visit =>

Flying High by Robert Thatcher

Traveling can be a wondrous experience that has the capacity to broaden one’s perspective about life through numerous new experiences and discoveries along the course of a journey. It can also be very taxing and costly which is why there are quite a number of people who just dream continuously about dream vacation they will never take.

A lonely planet

While the earth is essentially a lonely planet in it’s galaxy being the single planet that hosts the most diverse life forms and unique biodiversity, one need not be lonely in this lonely planet. Go out and explore the only world you’ve got, making the most out of life by seeing the bigger picture through extensive travels.

The book called Lonely Planet has a version for each country in the world that will help you, the adventurous traveler, a new world to explore at every turn– inexpensively.

A lonely bank account

Although the lure of adventure and discovery is strong, the pull of the reality that you may not be able to afford destinations despite the help of travel guides such as the lonely planet tends to rain on one’s parade. One of the biggest spends in traveling is actually the price of an airline ticket. Not to mention that purchasing one may prove to be a hassle if you have to buy one on your own and not go through a travel agent to be able to cut costs.

Fortunately, this need not be the case. With a little prudence and some flexibility, you can finally reach that dreamed of destination without having to take out a second mortgage on your loan.

Be Alert

So you’ve researched extensively on your destination and found the proper accommodations and have all the off-beat trips written down. While doing that, you should’ve kept your eyes and ears peeled for airline ticket promotions and chances are, you have found them. There are usually limited-time promotions from airlines and they advertise these in the papers and send email blasts.

The wisdom of the bamboo

Learn to be as flexible as the bamboo and get that airline ticket dirt cheap because of it. Find out what are usually the cheapest days to fly and book your tickets then. Also consider taking late night or very early morning flights with at least one stop and you can be sure that these will be discounted.

Check the package

Sometimes airlines will have travel packages that include accommodations and transportation bundled into the air line ticket price and these allows you to be able to save up on other expenses so be sure to ask your air line for these promotions.

The early bird

In this case, the early bird will not catch the worm but will land a discounted air line ticket by booking early. There are advance ticket discounts available if you reserve twenty-one days in advance.


So you have everything in tow and have landed the best deals for your travel destination which includes a great bargain on your airline ticket. Don’t forget to make a checklist so as not to forget anything and avoid inconveniences. Remember that all you need to bring are the essentials: passport; airline tickets; traveler’s checks; a sense of fun and adventure. And if things don’t go as smoothly as planned during your trip, remember that it’s the journey, more than the destination that counts.

About The Author

Robert Thatcher is a freelance publisher based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles and reports in various ezines and provides airline ticket resources on

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