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Cruise Ship Recruitment Scams

Many cruise ship applicants have become victims of cruise ship recruitment scams. Unknowingly, these job seekers respond to newspaper ads and online cruise ship job postings where scam artists promise fantastic jobs in return for payment. Just remember, if it seems to good to be true then it probably is!

So how do you spot a cruise ship recruitment scam and how do you know which cruise line hiring agents are legitimate?

How to spot a scam

  1. The first thing that usually gives a scam artist away (if you are paying attention) is poor grammar/spelling in their official communication, and no reflection of the company’s address and contact details.
  2. A legitimate company would never have to use a generic email account like hotmail, gmail or yahoo.
  3. Exorbitant salaries in excess of $4000.00 per month is a dead give away as most entry level salaries range between $1000.00 & $2000.00 per month.
  4. An offer of employment WITHOUT the company having conducted an interview with you. No legitimate company would offer to fly you halfway around the world without having met you first, be it via skype or in person.
  5. Any request for payment to validate your job offer. This is illegal!
  6. All legitimate marine agents should be MLC (Maritime Labour Convention 2006) certified. If the agent you deal with cannot provide you with their valid MLC certification details they are most likely trying to pull a fast one on you. This goes for any other providers within the marine industry too, including training companies and physicians.
  7. If you are still unsure, you may also contact SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) to verify any agents operating with/within South Africa on 012 366 2600, or with other consumer organisations such as the Better Business Bureau.

Legitimate Cruise Hiring Agencies VS Fake Cruise Hiring Agencies

In reality, the REAL cruise job (the one worth waiting for), is not bought by paying a fee. Instead, getting hired by a cruise line involves intensive and often lengthy admin preparation and consistent follow-up.

When dealing with a legitimate agent it is important to note that there may be fees involved for administrative & processing purposes such as the license code fee for Carnival’s compulsory English test requirement. These costs are disclosed to applicants upfront, and cruise ship companies are fully aware of them.

Always be vigilant

As quickly as scamming sites are being identified and dismantled, so too new ones pop up. Ultimately it is up to you to rely on your common sense when it comes to disclosing information to companies. Some “agencies” are out to solicit monies from you (and upon your payment, they disappear into thin air) whilst others pose more serious dangers such as human trafficking.

You are welcome to bring any suspicious operators to our attention and we will pass the information onto to the relevant parties for investigation.

Remember the golden rule: When in doubt, get out!


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