Cruise Ship Job Scams

We have already reported several cruise ship job scams on this website. Because we receive dozens of emails from victims of these fraudulent schemes every month, we've decided to summarise what we've learnt so far.

Spot a Scam

Employment scams tend to have the following features:

  • Jobs are advertised on free websites. Scammers don't like to pay to advertise jobs that don't exist.
  • Scammers send emails from free email accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail, ZZN, Hotmail, etc.
  • All correspodence from scammers is in poor English and very unprofessional (e.g. saying "God bless you" at the end, etc.)
  • Be extremely careful when dealing with someone pretending to be a recruiter from Ghana or Malaysia. There are known scam schemes operating from these countries. They change thier names on weekly basis.
  • Some scammers claim to have branches or headquarters in the "Western World", e.g. in the USA, Canada, or United Kingdom. However, addresses and telephone numbers they provide do not exist.
  • Most cruise ship job scammers don't charge admin fees. You get a job offer for free. You just need to pay for visa, lawyer fees, etc. Don't pay, the job offer is fake, you'll lose your money.
  • Remember, sending money via MoneyGram or Western Union isn't safe. Savings of too many good people ended up in fraudsters' pockets.

Getting a job on a cruise ship is a very difficult and lengthy process. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely isn't true!

Known Employment Scams

Following is a list of known fictitious companies that pretend to be legitimate agencies for employment on cruise ships:

  • Aftermath Shipping GH Ltd (Ghana)
  • Agora Global Holdings (Malaysia)
  • AIDA Cruises and Construction UK
  • Amble Boat Company (USA)
  • American Cruise Ship Corporation (Canada, www.americancruiseline.s5.com)
  • Apex Cruise (UK)
  • ApolloShips - International Cruise Services Inc
  • Arfha International (India)
  • Ausi Cruise Line (Malaysia)
  • Australia Cruise Line International Corporation
  • Australia Crystal Cruise (not to be mistaken with Crystal Cruises)
  • Australasian Cruise Line International (Malaysia)
  • Avalon Cruise Services (Canada)
  • Ballet Online Job Company (Russia)
  • Baltic Tourist Shipping Line (Ghana, United Kingdom)
  • Blue Sea Shipping Company (Ghana)
  • Canadian Cruise Shipping (Canada and Malaysia)
  • Capt. Dorris Morgan (dorrismorganfamily@googlemail.com) - pretending to be from Amble Boat Company (United Kingdom)
  • Capt. David Phillip (capt.davidphil@gmail.com) - pretending to be from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
  • Captains Shipping Line (Ghana)
  • Caribbean Princess Cruises (UK)
  • Carnival Seven Seas Cruise Line (Canada, Bermuda, Europe)
  • Celebrity.BS VIP Recluting (USA)
  • Centro Maritimo Panama (recruitmentcemapa@gmail.com)
  • Coaster Shipping Company London (UK, UAE, etc.)
  • Cool Jobs At Sea (Oceana International) (Canada)
  • Crown Cruise Liners, Crown Cruiseliners International (Malaysia)
  • Cruise Canadian Line (Malaysia)
  • Cruise Careers (Wyoming Canada)
  • Cruise Critic (tel. +44 703 596 7371, not to be mistaken with www.cruisecritic.co.uk)
  • Cruise Information Center UK Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Cruise International (New Brunswick Canada)
  • Cruise Line International (Malaysia)
  • Cruise Services International (United Kingdom)
  • Cruise Services Unlimited
  • Cruise Ship Centers International (San Francisco USA)
  • Cruise Ship Jobs London (United Kingdom)
  • Cruise Ship Jobs Online (www.cruisejob1.com, Canada)
  • Cruise Shipping Line (Canada)
  • Crystal Cruise Line (www.crystalcrline.com) - not to be mistaken for Crystal Cruises (www.crystalcruises.com)
  • Cruise Ship Service Line Canada (Canada, Malaysia)
  • All job offers on Crew File (www. crewfile .com)
  • Cruiseship Global Canada, Cruise Ship Global Canada (Canada, Malaysia)
  • CruiseQueenliner Cruise Queenliner (Malaysia)
  • CTG Group London, Capt Terry Smith (United Kingdom) - not to be mistaken for CTI Group
  • Cunard River Cruise Line, Cunnard Cruises Lines (not to be mistaken for Cunard Line, www.cunard.com)
  • Dimeo Shipping (Philippines, United Kingdom)
  • Dolphin Ship Management (San Marino)
  • Elite-Staffs.com, Expertassist, EUjobinvest, Fileassist, Careers-Peak.com (United Kingdom)
  • Express Cruise Tourist Shipping Lines (Canada, Malaysia)
  • Express Cruises and Shipping Company, M.V.Custavia (Ghana, United Kingdom, Australia)
  • Fleewing International (California USA)
  • Fresh Princess Cruise Lines
  • Fresh Princess Cruises UK Limited (United Kingdom)
  • Frontline Consulting London (Ghana, United Kingom)
  • Geoluxary Cruise Lines Int., Geoluxury Cruise Lines (Malaysia)
  • Getaway Abroad (Angola, South Africa, USA, United Kingdom)
  • Global Arrow Shipping Line (Ghana, United Kingdom)
  • Global Cruise Shipping Services (Canada, USA)
  • Global Cruise Lines International
  • Global Sea Shipping Line (Scotland, Ghana)
  • Globe Star Shipping pvt. ltd. (Australia)
  • Gold Coast Shiping Campany (United Kingdom)
  • Goldline Shipping Ltd Cruise Ship Agency
  • Goldline Shipping Cruise Ship Personnel
  • Greenline Consults (Roland Botson, Mark Kyle) (Ghana, United Kingdom)
  • Hawks Marine Cruises International (Canada)
  • Highsea Shipping Line (Scotland, Ghana)
  • HRD Norwegian Cruise Line (this is not the Norwegian Cruise Line - NCL)
  • Indonatics (India)
  • Infinity Cruise Lines International (Malaysia)
  • INIT Manpower (Malaysia)
  • Intercontinental Spirit Ship (Ghana)
  • Intercontinental Cruises Company London (Ghana, United Kingdom)
  • International Cruise Ship Recruiters
  • International Seamen Agency Services (UK, Nigeria)
  • International Transition Abroad - The New Era (South Africa, United Kingdom, USA)
  • IRG Recruitment Agency & Traveling Consultancy Inc. (USA)
  • IRG UK - The Independent Recruiting Group (United Kingdom)
    The Independent Recruiting Group
  • Ivory Arrow Shipping (Ghana, United Kingdom)
  • Jdak Cruises and Shipping (Ghana)
  • JoJo Cruise UK
  • All job offers on Jobs on Luxury Yachts (www. jobsonluxuryyachts .com)
  • K-shipping, Kingdom Shipping GH Ltd (Ghana)
  • Kings of Oceans Cruiseliners
  • Kiwi-Ocean Shipping Line (Scotland, New Zealand, Taiwan)
  • LSC Cruises & Engineering (www. lsccruises. co.uk, United Kingdom)
  • Luxury Cruise Company (UK)
  • Malaysia Crystal Cruises (Malaysia, United Kingdom)
  • Malaysian Canadian Caribbean Line Cruises (Malaysia)
  • Mariposa Cruise Line (Malaysia), not to be mistaken with Mariposa Cruises (Canada) which is a legit company
  • Marks and Silogar Consulting (United Kingdom, Ghana)
  • Maydott Cruiseline International (Malaysia)
  • Midway Cruise Company
  • Mutus Cruises (Malaysia)
  • Natra Cruising Company (Ghana)
  • New World Cruise Ship Employment Agency (Canada)
  • Oax Rectruitment
  • Ocean International Cruises (United Kingdom)
  • Ocean Village Cruises (Malaysia)
  • Oceana International (Canada)
  • Oceania Cruise Line, Oceania Cruise Company (oceania-cruises.org, Malaysia, United Kingdom)
  • Oceania Cruise Line International (Australia)
  • Oceania-cruiseline.com (Australia)
  • Pacific Cruise Corporation (USA)
  • Pacific International Shipping Line (United Kingdom, Ghana)
  • Pacific West Liners (USA)
  • Pan American Cruise Corporation (Berverly Hills USA)
  • Pandayan Sevenseas Manpower Recruitment Services (India)
  • Pentagon Cruise (Malaysia)
  • Port Side (Canada)
  • Presidency Cruise (United Kingdom)
  • Princess Mariana Company
  • Prolific Partnerships Limited (United Kingdom)
  • Queens Cruise (United Kingdom)
  • Ramos Cruises Inc., Ramos Cruise Shipping Company Inc. (USA)
  • Recruiting Yacht Club (United Kingdom)
  • Rim Silver
  • Rocket Ship Cruiseline (United Kingdom)
  • Royal Atlantic Star Cruise Line (United Kingdom)
  • Royal Caribbean Global Hiring Network (globalrcclcrew@aol.com)
  • Royal Cruise Corporation of Canada
  • Royal Cruising Hospitality (India)
  • Royal Cruiseliner, Royal Cruise Liner, Royal Cruise Line Inc. (Malaysia, Canada)
  • Royal Festival Cruises International
  • Royal Ocean Village Cruise International (Malaysia, United Kingdom)
  • Royal Village Cruise London
  • Rubens Cruise (United Kingdom, Switzerland)
  • Salsa Cruise (Malaysia)
  • San Marino Shipping (San Marino)
  • Sea Cruise Enterprises (Canada, India)
  • Sea Dream Liner Yacht Club (United Kingdom)
  • Sea Wave Cruise Liner (Malaysia)
  • Sealife Crewing Recruitment & Traveling Consultancy Ltd (United Kingdom, USA)
  • Sealife Crewing Services
  • Sealink Shipping Company Limited (United Kingdom, Ghana)
  • Seamen Energy Contruction Company
  • Seek Work Consulting (United Kingdom, Ghana)
  • Sherri's Employment, Sherri's Tourist Shipping Line (Ghana, United Kingdom)
  • Shipping Planet (Malaysia)
  • Silver Coast Shipping Company (Malaysia)
  • Silver Crown Cruises (United Kingdom)
  • Sea 2 Sky - India Human Resource (India)
  • Skylines Cruise International (Malaysia)
  • Staff 4 Cruise (Australia, staff4cruise DOT com)
  • Starboard Crewing Manning & Recruitment Agency (starboardcrewing.inc@gmail.com)
  • Starboard Crewing Recruitment & Traveling Consultancy Inc
  • Starcruise (Malaysia)
  • Starline Cruises (Malaysia)
  • Sunborn Yacht Hotel (UK)
  • Sunset Cruise (www.sunset - cruise.net & sunset - cruise.uk.com)
  • The New Era - International Transition Abroad (South Africa, United Kingdom, USA)
  • Touchline Marine Cruises International (Canada, Malaysia)
  • Transways Logistics (Malaysia)
  • Velta Express Shipping Line (Ghana, United Kingdom)
  • Vigo Cruises (Malaysia)
  • Viking Maritime - Crewing, Recruitment & Traveling Consultancy Inc. (Guernsey, United Kingdom)
  • Wet Cruise Line, Wet Cruises (French Polynesia)
  • World Cruize (Malaysia, United Kingdom)
  • Xprex Shipping Company Limited UK (Bristol, United Kingdom)

Read more about International Cruise Services from Glasgow, United Kingdom.

All of the above scammers charge upfront fees or fees for visas and work permits. They have been repeatedly reported to fail to find any employment for their victims.

If you come accross any of the above names, please do not send them any money.

If you know of any other cruise ship job scams, please let us know. Thank you.