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Embark your medical career on a new international voyage of discovery. Join our team of skilled Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics working on any of our 70 ships across our five fleets: Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and P&O Australia. Our staff are passionate about providing quality healthcare to our guests and crew while they sail the world creating lasting memories.

Cruise Ship Medicine

Our medical teams provide high quality, evidence-based medical care to guests and crew within our modern, well-equipped Medical Centers. We deliver outpatient and inpatient care, as well as a 24/7 on board emergency response service.

The medical cases include minor illnesses and injuries, major trauma and acute surgical or medical emergencies requiring resuscitation. Inpatient care includes medical, surgical or critical care for a diverse patient population.

Medical cases include illnesses such as pneumonias, arrhythmias, acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarcts that may require thrombolysis where indicated, the management of ventilated cases, sepsis, pediatric emergencies, infectious diseases and end of life care.

Where necessary, patients may require medical evacuation by boat, helicopter or air ambulance. Due to the remoteness of some itineraries, inpatient care may be required for extended periods.

Medical Staff & Facilities

The typical shipboard medical team consists of two doctors and two to four nurses. Larger ships may also have two paramedics. All medical staff have officer ranks. Medical Centers consist of reception and triage areas, doctors’ consultation rooms, and pharmacies

Procedures are performed in a dedicated treatment room, equipped with what one would find in a typical land-based Emergency Room. Most inpatient areas have a nursing station with central monitoring, several wards and ICU’s as well as a laboratory with capabilities to perform a wide array of rapid tests such as chemistry, complete blood counts, liver function tests, cardiac enzymes and more.

Our ships have capabilities for cardiac monitoring, central line placement, infusion pumps, syringe drivers, ECG, and defibrillators with transcutaneous pacing. Advanced airway management capabilities include both adult and pediatric intubation equipment, videolaryngoscopy, cricothyroidotomy capabilities, CPAP, end-tidal CO2 and mechanical ventilation.

Imaging capabilities include X-rays with 24/7 specialist teleradiology read services and ultrasound on a growing number of ships.

Why Choose Us

We are the largest and most diverse health services group in the cruise industry. We manage the medical services for five fleets of the Carnival Corporation – the world’s largest leisure travel company. Our North American offices are located across Miami, Los Angeles and Seattle. We pride ourselves in attracting a diverse group of highly qualified and skilled medical staff from multiple nationalities. When you join us, you become part of the team that helps deliver the highest quality, evidence-based healthcare to our guests and team members.

We serve our people, and our ships through a shoreside Emergency Medicine Specialist clinical lead and rapid 24 hour a day access to over 20 clinical sub-specialties through a US-based telemedicine service. We pride ourselves on operating a medical service based on best-practice shipboard protocols and procedures which form the core quality standards for our international healthcare accreditation program. We serve a travelling population of over 8 million guests a year and 90,000 employees.

Our large scale and scope allows us to be the employer of choice in the cruise industry and offer exciting career opportunities, and worldwide travel benefits to talented medical staff.

  • 70 ships across 5 fleets
  • Sail to more than 500 ports worldwide
  • 800+ Medical Staff
  • 400,000+ patient visits a year

Join our medical team and sail worldwide onboard our fleet of 70 ships.

Recruitment Process

Our hiring process is a little different than one you might encounter for working on land. While different ships require a few different things, the general process is the same.

  1. Start an
    Application
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    Start an Application

    • Use our online application tool and set the pace of your application
    • Review and acknowledge position requirements
    • Complete your personal profile, educational background and work experience
    • Submit supporting documents, such as
      • A Cover Letter and Resume
      • Certified copies of your professional qualifications and certificates
      • Proof of professional registration and license
      • Details of specific clinical skills
      • Professional and personal disclosures
  2. Interviews Learn More

    Interviews

    • Allow us to share more detail through pre-recorded virtual introductions to our shore-side and shipboard teams
    • Participate in an online screening interview, in your own time
    • Listening, comprehension, English language skills for the position will be assessed
    • Applicants that pass the screening interview, are invited to a Clinical assessment
    • Successful applicants will receive a provisional offer, subject to review and validation of references, licenses etc.
  3. References Learn More

    References

    Your current and recent employers (in supervising capacities) will be contacted for references.

  4. Employment
    Offer
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    Employment Offer

    Accepting an offer of employment, and all terms of and conditions, will allow us to start the onboarding process. As these next steps typically take place locally in your country of residence, your application may be handled by one of our local offices.

  5. Onboarding Learn More

    Onboarding

    Our local administration offices will contact you with guidance on the next steps. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Credentialing (review of your professional license to practice, educational background, certifications, employment history etc.)
    • Pass a Regulatory Seafarer Medical Fitness examination
    • Verifying specific Health Screening requirements for medical staff
    • Obtain the necessary travel documents and visas (including C1D Visas for non-USA or Canadian applicants)
    • Criminal background checks or Police Clearance
    • Your start date availability
    • Additional requirements may be imposed by certain countries, Flag states or regulatory bodies, dependent on your nationality and country of residence
  6. Joining
    a Ship
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    Joining a Ship

    • The onboarding process may take several months and once completed and you sign a legal contract, you will be ready to join your first ship
    • Provisional assignment details may be shared during times of critical need to help you plan and prepare
    • Always wait for instructions before engaging in any professional or personal arrangements in anticipation of joining a ship
    • Depending on our operational staffing needs, you may need to wait several weeks or months for an assignment to be available

Now For The Details

Across all our positions, we are looking for medical professionals who are highly motivated, outgoing and engaged, and ready to embrace being part of small dynamic shipboard teams that thrive in a unique service-oriented medical environment. Teamwork and a focus on patient safety and patient satisfaction are a core part of what we do every day.

For a few more specifics about the roles, requirements and skills that are needed, check out our job descriptions:

Doctors

As a shipboard Doctor you will have the opportunity to travel the world and practice your medical profession at sea in an exciting, challenging and unique environment. The shipboard medical department prides itself in delivering high quality, patient-centered, evidence based healthcare to guests and crew. Within this diverse and welcoming environment, Doctors perform a broad range of medical care, supported by a skilled medical team in a modern, well-equipped shipboard medical center.

Doctors are primarily responsible for providing individualized outpatient, inpatient and ICU care for guests and crew. Doctors consult both crew and guests, providing timely, safe and evidence-based assessments, formulating differential diagnoses and treatment plans, performing clinical interventions and procedures, and coordinating logistics of referrals and evacuations. Doctors manage the preventative health and wellness programs for crew, and are also responsible for adhering to public health practices.

Doctors will also perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center. Additional duties include participation in drills, audits, inspections and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board, such as X-rays acquisition, and performing a wide-array of laboratory tests and other procedures. Doctors work closely with shipboard nurses and paramedics, and report to the ship’s Senior Doctor.

All medical staff provide high level of customer service, maintaining a professional, dignified, friendly, assertive, and polite manner at all times, towards both guests and fellow crewmembers, and demonstrate performance consistent with the Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan of the organization.

Application requirements

Doctor applicants must hold a Medical Degree and current registration and licensing with an appropriate governmental or national regulatory body. Applicants must have at least three years post graduate clinical experience in emergency medicine, acute care or ICU, and most recent work experience should be in a clinical setting. Experience and certification in point of care ultrasound is preferred. Additional requirements include:

  • A valid accredited ALS/ACLS certificate prior to joining a vessel
  • A Valid passport
  • Eligibility to be issued a United States C1/D Visa (Not applicable for US and Canadian citizens)
  • Fluency in English, both conversational and technical
  • Computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Windows 7 (or higher) and MS Office programs
  • Experience with use of electronic health records is preferred
  • Outstanding interpersonal, customer services and communication skills
  • A commitment to completing at least two four-month contracts within a twelve-month period

Additional training in advanced airway management, ICU, Primary Emergency Care, Immediate Medical Care, ECG, Advanced Trauma Life Support and Advanced Pediatric Life Support is highly recommended, and experience working in private healthcare settings is preferred. .

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Nurses

As a shipboard Nurse you will have the opportunity to travel the world and practice your nursing profession at sea in an exciting, challenging and unique environment. The shipboard medical department prides itself in delivering high quality, patient-centered, evidence based healthcare to guests and crew. Within this diverse and welcoming environment, Nurses perform a broad range of nursing care, supported by a skilled medical team in a modern, well-equipped shipboard medical center.

Nurses are primarily responsible for providing individualized outpatient, inpatient and ICU care for guests and crew. Nurses also act as a first responders, triaging emergency calls, assessing and treating on scene, and transferring patients to the shipboard medical center for definitive care. Through the use of specific patient group directives, nurses are able to practice autonomously under the authority of doctors, assessing patients and providing treatment and advice for specific conditions. In additional to first response duties, Nurses work closely with shipboard doctors to attend to patients attending daily walk-in clinics.

Nurses also perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center under the direction and supervision of the Senior Nurse. Additional duties include equipment checks, medicines and inventory management, participation in drills, audits, inspections and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board, such as X-rays acquisition, and performing a wide-array of laboratory tests and other procedures.

All medical staff provide high level of customer service, maintaining a professional, dignified, friendly, assertive, and polite manner at all times, towards both guests and fellow crewmembers, and demonstrate performance consistent with the Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan of the organization.

Application requirements

Nurse applicants must hold a Registered Nurse Qualification, and current registration and licensing with an appropriate governmental or national regulatory body. Applicants must have at least three years post graduate clinical experience in emergency medicine, acute care or ICU, and most recent work experience should be in a clinical setting. Additional requirements include:

  • A valid accredited ALS/ACLS certificate prior to joining a vessel
  • A Valid passport
  • Eligibility to be issued a United States C1/D Visa (Not applicable for US and Canadian citizens)
  • Fluency in English, both conversational and technical
  • Computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Windows 7 (or higher) and MS Office programs
  • Experience with use of electronic health records is preferred
  • Outstanding interpersonal, customer services and communication skills
  • A commitment to completing at least two four-month contracts within a twelve-month period
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Paramedics

As a shipboard paramedic you will have the opportunity to travel the world and practice your profession at sea in an exciting, challenging and unique environment. The shipboard medical department prides itself in delivering high quality patient-centered, evidence based healthcare to guests and crew. Within this diverse and welcoming environment, paramedics perform a broad range of paramedicine care, supported by a skilled medical team in a modern, well-equipped shipboard medical center.

Paramedics are responsible for providing high standards of individualized routine and emergency care to guests and crew. Paramedics act as a first responders, triaging emergency calls, assessing and treating on scene, and transferring patients to the shipboard medical center for definitive care. Through the use of specific patient group directives, paramedics are able to practice autonomously under the authority of doctors, assessing patients and providing treatment and advice for specific conditions. In additional to first response duties, Paramedics work closely with shipboard nurses and doctors to attend to patients attending daily walk-in clinics.

Paramedics also perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center under the direction and supervision of the Senior Nurse. Additional duties include equipment checks, medicines and inventory management, participation in drills, audits, inspections and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board, such as X-rays acquisition, and performing a wide-array of laboratory tests and other procedures.

All medical staff provide high level of customer service, maintaining a professional, dignified, friendly, assertive, and polite manner at all times, towards both guests and fellow crewmembers, and demonstrate performance consistent with the Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan of the organization.

Application Requirements

Paramedic applicants must hold an Advanced Life Support Paramedic Qualification (or equivalent) and current registration and licensing with an appropriate governmental or national regulatory body. Applicants must have at least three years post graduate clinical experience in paramedicine, emergency medicine or other acute care settings including remote medicine, and most recent work experience should be in a clinical setting. Additional requirements include:

  • A valid accredited ALS/ACLS certificate prior to joining a vessel
  • A Valid passport
  • Eligibility to be issued a United States C1/D Visa (Not applicable for US and Canadian citizens)
  • Fluency in English, both conversational and technical
  • Computer literacy and experience with Microsoft Windows 7 (or higher) and MS Office programs
  • Experience with use of electronic health records is preferred
  • Outstanding interpersonal, customer services and communication skills
  • A commitment to completing at least two four-month contracts within a twelve-month period
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Life at Sea

One of the greatest privileges of working at sea is travelling the world and meeting many different people from diverse backgrounds and different cultures, and making lifelong friends. Life at sea is exciting and filled with adventure. Many on board activities are arranged for our team members, and all ships have dedicated recreational areas and planned activities.

On port days, when not on duty and after clinics, you may spend your downtime ashore - cycling, hiking, swimming, or simply sightseeing or participating in organized shore excursions in many of the exotic places you will visit. Accommodation is a comfortable single cabin with your own bathroom and is serviced daily by dedicated housekeeping staff.

Staying in contact with loved ones is made possible through shipboard Wi-Fi and internet. Telephone calls from the ship can be made using phone cards, and if necessary, your family can contact you on board at any time, by calling the ship directly.

Benefits

Beyond taking your career to sea with a generous compensation package, other benefits include:

  • Officers have most of the privileges that are available to the guests including access to pools, the Spa, restaurants, bars, entertainment and shops
  • Travel to and from each ship is arranged and paid for by the Company
  • Continuous Professional Development activities and a robust familiarization and competency program including shipboard and shore-side training and education opportunities
  • You may request to take a local vacation before or after leaving a ship (with some exceptions)
  • Uniforms and scrubs are provided on board, and laundry services are free
  • Although privileges vary across the brands, most brands allow medical staff to bring their family on board

*Most privileges are only extended following successful completion of time spent at sea and always at the discretion and approval of the ship’s Senior Management and shore-side office.

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