Shosholoza Ocean Academy is the exclusive Recruitment Manning and Training Agency for South African citizens working on the global MSC Cruises fleet. 

They are currently seeking applications for various positions available in the cruise line industry. These include positions such as deckhands, waiters, housekeeping crew, and more.

Join the Exciting and Rewarding World of MSC Cruises

Looking for a career that combines adventure and luxury? MSC Cruises is expanding its team and offering exciting job opportunities for enthusiastic individuals. Join the MSC family and embark on an exciting journey of global exploration, meeting new people, and gaining valuable experience.

1. Shore Excursions Staff

What’s a cruise without an exciting excursion? MSC Cruises is currently recruiting for Shore Excursions Staff within its Shorex Department. The role involves facilitating exciting excursion experiences for MSC Cruises guests.

Qualifications Required

  • Fluent in English
  • High School diploma.
  • At least 1 year of experience in the tourism industry or customer-facing roles.
  • Cruise industry experience is a big plus
  • Skills in complaint management and sales techniques
  • Computer savvy; familiarity with Publisher and Fidelio is a bonus
  • Mandatory STCW95 training (basic fire fighting, personal survival techniques, elementary first aid, personal security, and social responsibility)
  • A recognized medical certification is required before boarding.

Become a Bartender

MSC Cruises is seeking dynamic individuals to join the bar team and contribute to creating unforgettable experiences for guests from around the world.


  • 1 to 5 years of relevant experience or the same level and role in an upscale bar, hotel, resort, or cruise ship, (shipboard experience is an advantage)
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written
  • Willing to work onboard for at least 6 months
  • Your career development to the perfect pour starts here. Join the MSC team and enhance your bar skills while enjoying a panoramic ocean view with amazing international guests.

How to Apply

Join the MSC Cruises Team and enhance your bar skills with amazing international guests.

MSC Cruises provides excellent training and support, and no fees are charged to candidates. To see the updated job posts, visit the Shosholoza Academy’s website, or follow their Facebook page, which regularly posts new job vacancies and updates.

Discover the ocean state of mind and seize the opportunity to be a part of the prestigious MSC Cruises Team. Embark on a rewarding career that combines adventure, luxury, and unparalleled experiences by applying online. T

he opportunities available range from serving cocktails, and facilitating excursion experiences to providing impeccable services to guests on the MSC fleet. Join us today, and apply via

It is essential to note that to join a vessel as a seafarer, International Maritime Law requires candidates to obtain certain STCW 2010 certifications and Seafarer Medicals that can cost up to fifteen thousand rands. Shosholoza Ocean Academy will assist and guide successful applicants through these processes.

The firm strictly adheres to the principles of integrity, ethics, and quality, and applicants will never be charged a fee for applying for or receiving recruitment or training services.

To apply for these exciting opportunities, applicants must meet specific qualifications and experience requirements outlined in the job descriptions. For instance, candidates interested in the deckhand position must have a Grade 12 certificate, be proficient in English, and hold a Seafarer Discharge Book with endorsements. Similarly, those interested in working as part of the housekeeping crew must hold a minimum of one year of experience in the hospitality industry.

One of the vacancies available is for waitressing positions, where candidates must have a relevant diploma in hospitality or catering industry certification. They must also have at least six months of experience working in the same or related fields and have excellent communication skills.

After carefully reviewing the job description and ensuring they meet the outlined requirements, applicants must submit their CVs online. The recruitment team will carefully review all submissions, and if successful, applicants will be contacted for a remote interview. Successful candidates will be guided through the next steps needed to begin their journey onboard the global MSC Cruises fleet.

Embark on an Extraordinary Career with MSC Cruises

Shosholoza Ocean Academy is an organization committed to providing support and guidance throughout the application process and beyond. 

Candidates seeking exciting job opportunities in the cruise line industry should visit their website and apply for the available vacancies. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to embark on a rewarding career onboard.