Questions about working on cruise ships

Hello, forum!

My name is Matias and I currently work as a mate onboard ships in Norway. I have always had a dream of working onboard a cruise ship and lately, I have thought more seriously about applying for a job. But after closer examination, I see that most ships operate with 3 months onboard and 3 months of system.

At the moment, this is a little too long for me.

So my question is if anyone is familiar with vessels / shipping companies that operate with something like a 1 month on / 1 month of system or similar


Kind regards Matias

Tags: navigator Job work mate

6 Answers

Maybe check with a cruise line specific recruiting agency.

Or you could try crewing on a luxury yacht charter. The charter seasons are about 6-8 weeks in a region and you wouldn't have a long term contract. Recruiters in Ft. Lauderdale area.

Thank you. I will give this a try right away! Happy

3 months on/3 months off is a lot different from my experience. Of course, this was 13 years ago. My contracts were 6 to 9 months on and a month, maybe 6 weeks, off

Thanks for reaching out. If you are interested in working for or our parent company World Travel Holdings, here is a link for open positions:

If you are interested in working on a cruise ship. You'll need to contact the lines directly for assistance with your inquiry.

You can find contact information for all the major cruise lines here:

Good luck with your job search! Thanks for being a Cruiseline Community member!

I will pass this on to a friend who wants to work in cruiseship. Man thanks for sharing.

* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.