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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.

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  • Adaptability 10
  • Clinical skills 9
  • Customer service 9
  • Team dynamics 8
  • Communication 8
  • Multitasking 7

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  • Single cabin with private bathroom

  • Stewarding services

  • Access to ships’ amenities and entertainment

  • Discounted prices onboard shops and SPA

  • Free Gym access and crew welfare program

  • Cruise benefits

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Job Details

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 crew members, 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
  • PALS certification may be required before completing the first year of employment
  • 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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"I knew I wanted to do something different, but I never expected just how much opportunity I could find working with Carnival. It’s more than an adventure – it's the best career move I’ve ever made."
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"All of my past nursing experiences including working in intensive care and emergency settings were the foundation for success in this job. I love the variety of patient care opportunities that it affords, meanwhile traveling the world and interacting with fellow crew members from many countries"
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"I never realized how broad my skillset was until I experienced working onboard cruise ships. Here I can go from a general practice consultation for someone with an UTI to intubating and sedating a patient, or administering thrombolysis to a patient, in just a single workday"
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"When I was working in the back of the ambulance, I gained the confidence and proficiency to care for my patients. Since working onboard, I developed my team dynamics skills, working along with the nurses and the physicians. They appreciate my skillset and I do value the multidisciplinary environment as a new way of improving my knowledge and skills"

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