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International Cruise Services - Is it a scam?

We have recieved a number of emails from jobseekers who reported International Cruise Services (based in Glasgow, UK) as another cruise ship employment scam to us.

We approached them in February 2009 and here is a quote from their response:

We charge a one off fee of 35 GBP for the cruise ship career guide and also newsletters containing all the current ships, changes of addresses of companies and general information about where to obtain vacancies. Which is sent to people who register free of charge for two years. We have been in business since l989 and have been approved by the Department of Trade and Industry who have been in our offices and are perfectly happy with way we operate.

At no time do we say in any of our literature that they pay to get a job. If you look at our web site - click on International Cruise Services button you will see that we clearly explain our services.

After a brief investigation we came to the following conclusions:

International Cruise Services is not what we would class as employment scam. However, their website ( is misleading since they don't make it clear that they do not recruit staff but sell information packs and email newsletters.

International Cruise Services advertise a lot of jobs on various online job boards. However, they don't recruit staff for cruise lines and therefore these positions don't exist. It is illegal in the United Kingdom to advertise non-existing jobs.

We think some jobseekers might find their services useful. Having said that, most information that International Cruise Services sell for 35 GBP (approximatelly 50 USD) can be found elsewhere on the Internet for free.

Our Advice

Avoid International Cruise Services. Learn about cruise ship jobs on websites such as this one and apply for jobs with approved recruiters or directly employers.

You can find current jobs in cruise line industry on several job boards, such as