If you have been away from the cruise line company workplace for too long (years), and wish to get back, you will need to send an email to your company hiring department, and here’s how the response may read:
Thank you for contacting Crew Assistance.
As you have been away from Carnival since 2009 it is necessary that you reapply as a new applicant.
You must contact the nearest Carnival approved recruitment agency to reapply & please remember to include your previous crew ID number in the “Former Employer” section of application.
We hope you understand that being a former employee does not guarantee reemployment. All the best, XXXX, Human Resources Coordinator
We are in receipt of your correspondence requesting re-employment with Carnival Cruise Lines.
Because you have not been employed with the company in over three years, it is necessary that you reapply as a new applicant to Carnival Cruise Lines.
Please be advised that no priority will be assigned to your application.
You should contact your local agent asap for an interview and in order to fill out an application, do not forget to include your crew ID # on your application in the “Former Employer” section.
Do note: Being re interviewed is not a guarantee of a new position.
However, if you have been away for a couple of months, just enough to get off their schedule, you might be lucky to be eligible for rehire process.
In the case of Carnival Cruise Line, follow instructions explained here: Carnival Cruise Line Rehire Process
For Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, use the same process, but with email address CrewAssist@rccl.com
Due to the high number of applicants, very very few cruise lines even publicize information about rehire process. They prefer new-hires.
In fact, I found only one – NCL America.
Here what they say on their website:
Previously worked onboard Norwegian Cruise Line and interested in returning?
Please attach your resume in an email along with a cover letter to email@example.com. Please include the position you worked, a brief statement as to why you discontinued employment with Norwegian Cruise Line and why you would like to return. Your information will be reviewed, and you will receive an emailed response regarding your rehire status.
This, however, might be a unique offer, because it’s available for U.S. Flagged ship crew only, and US citizens are a rare thing onboard any cruise line.
International crew is, unfortunately, much more … expendable.
NCL also claims to respond to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have specific information on how it works with other cruise lines, let me know or post under this text, for others to know.
If you have trouble trying to get rehired, let us know that too …