I heard through some friends and former colleagues of mine that several Cruise Lines are currently looking for Security Officers.
There is a posting up at the Canadian hiring agency that recruits for several of these cruise lines.
This onboard position prefers candidates with deck officer or security experience onboard. Candidates with a military or police background will also be considered. Please email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
The website is www.pmcmarine.com
I did this job for 3 years, was at sea for 5 years in total. It is a great job for a single guy, (not recommended for anyone in a serious relationship). I would have never quit but I met my wife onboard and we decided to settle down and start a family.
Do not be deceived by the job title, a Security Officer onboard manages a department of 10-20 Security Staff and is required to have a very broad skill set including screening, training, breath tests, counter-terrorism, anti-piracy, criminal investigations and crime scene management, even a little fire-fighting. This is not a cushy "coffee break all the time, feet on the desk"job. I was working 50-60 hours a week. There are no days off at sea, and you are always on call. Most cruise lines look for atleast ten years of police experience for this position.
(I was nowhere near this, I worked my way up the ranks, and let me tell you, my first year was a rough, rough ride. When I wasn't working, I was reading.)
Salary starts at about $4,000 US per month and tops out around $7,000 US. (excellent when the exchange rate is in our favour) Contracts are usually 3-5 months long. All expenses are included, and as officers "SECOs" have all passenger privileges. When I was making $5,000, I was saving around $4,500 a month.
Canadians are under represented on cruise ships, most of these jobs go to retired British cops, as many ships are flagged under Bermuda. I'd love to see more Canadians take to the high seas. If you are close to retirement or ready for a change, I highly recommend it.
If anyone would like any more information feel free to message me.