[Updated 01-09-2014] Even without a college degree, Filipino job-seekers can now work on board international cruise ships.
According to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, at least 47,000 overseas jobs will be available in the transportation industry this year.
New luxury cruise ships that are to set sail in the coming months will employ thousands of staff and crew members to fill various positions.
Fifteen newly-built international cruise vessels that will come into service this year will need Filipinos who are high school graduates, with working experience and proficient in spoken and written English.
Cruise ships are hiring people even without a college degree but with working experience in casinos, hotels and spas. They also prefer those with experience in the fields of health and beauty, security and information and technology.
Positions related to entertainment such as performers, disc jockeys swimming instructors, host and hostesses are in-demand in cruise vessels.
Other service-oriented positions like massage therapists, hair stylists, waiters, cooks, bar tenders and deck assistants will also be filled.
Usually, the salary range for service-oriented jobs like waiters is $1800-$2,400 a month and $2,800-$4,800 for hair stylists.
The Philippines, according to Baldoz, is one of the largest suppliers of workforce in the shipping industry.
Where to apply for cruise ship jobs:
• Dolphin Ship Management, Inc.
(Official recruiter for Disney Cruise Ships)
2nd Floor, Mary Bachrach Building,
25th corner A.C. Delgado Streets,
Port Area, Manila, Philippines P.O. Box 619
Tel: (02) 527-8888
• CTI Group Manila
(CTI Group is one of the world’s largest human resource providers for cruise lines, cargo ships, resorts and private clubs.)
1375 General Luna Street
Paco, 1007 Manila
Tel: (02) 522-7518 to 7520
• Singa Ship Management Phils.
(Provides Filipino hotel, deck & engine staff, spa, gym, beauticians, casino staff & musicisians for ships)
3671 Bautista St., Palanan
Tel: (02) 831-6759/834 1943
• BP International Shipping Corporation
Avena & Sons Bldg.
Tel: (02) 742-2931
• North Sea Marine Services
1535 M. Adriatico Street, Ermita
1000 Manila, Philippines
Tel : (02) 525-7739
• Magsaysay Maritime Corporation
Magsaysay Recruitment Center., Ground Floor G.E. Antonino Bldg., TM Kalaw St., Ermita (Across The National Library) Manila, Philippines
Tel: (02) 526-8888 local 9437 or 9441