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Medical representatives for various cruise lines have supplied current address information and special conditions or preferences for medical staff. Other lines that wish to be listed should contact the staff liaison.

Please note that some of the consultants listed below are representatives for several cruise lines.

This listing is a service for section members. ACEP in no way endorses these companies over other cruise lines and ACEP is not affiliated with these companies in any way.


 

Azamara Cruises

Benjamin M. Shore, DO, FAAP, FACEP 
Chief Medical Officer
Royal Caribbean Ltd. 
1080 Caribbean Way
Miami, FL 33132-2096
Email: bshore@rccl.com

Ruben D. Parejo, MD
Director, Medical Operations
Email: rparejo@rccl.com

Career Opportunities | Azamara Club Cruises
azamaracareersatsea.com

Azamara Club Cruises consists of two intimate ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. Each can carry 694 guests to discover corners of the world that larger cruise ships cannot reach.

Physicians must have at least three years of postgraduate training in general practice, internal medicine, emergency medicine or critical care, or board certification or similar international certification or equivalent training and experience in any of the following areas: emergency medicine, family practice, or internal medicine. Nurses must have a minimum of three years recent emergency or ICU experience. 

Applicants must hold a medical or nursing degree from a recognized university, a valid medical (physician or nursing) license and advanced cardiac life support and basic life support certifications. Physicians and nurses must be fully conversant in English.


 

Carnival Cruise Line

Adriana Yates, MD
Fleet Medical Director

Carnival Cruise Line
3655 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Phone: (305) 599-2600 ext. 18037
Fax: (305) 406.5632
Email: MedRecruiting@carnival.com

Carnival Cruise Line operates a fleet of 25 vessels sailing mainly from United States ports, but also have ships operating on Australian itineraries. Our medical centers are staffed by full time doctors and nurses, who generally sign on for contracts of 4 months duration, followed by 2 months off duty. The medical teams vary depending on the size of the ship and the itinerary, but mostly consist of one or two doctors and three to four nurses.

Our shipboard facilities meet or exceed health care guidelines for cruise ship medical facilities issued by ACEP.

Recruitment:
Doctors must have a current license to practice and at least three years postgraduate experience in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Critical / Intensive Care, and should be in possession of valid basic and advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advance life support and preferably advanced trauma life support certificates or advanced diplomas in emergency medicine.

Nurses must have a current license to practice and at least three years postgraduate experience in emergency medicine, or acute care. Must hold a valid accredited BLS/ALS / ACLS certificate, prior to joining a vessel.

Medical personnel must be proficient in English language.

Applicants should send their detailed resume outlining all qualifications, experience and skills to CCL Medical Recruiting. Email: medrecruiting@carnival.com.

For general information about Carnival Cruise Line visit www.carnival.com


 

Celebrity Cruises

Benjamin M. Shore, DO, FAAP, FACEP 
Chief Medical Officer
Royal Caribbean Ltd. 
1080 Caribbean Way
Miami, FL 33132-2096
Email: bshore@rccl.com

Ruben D. Parejo, MD
Director, Medical Operations
Email: rparejo@rccl.com

Celebrity Cruises Shipboard Careers
celebritycareersatsea.com

Celebrity Cruises succeeds in setting a worldwide standard for cruising, with a distinctive expression of superior quality, grand style, attentive service, spacious accommodations, and exceptional dining.

Physicians must have at least three years of postgraduate training in general practice, internal medicine, emergency medicine or critical care, or board certification or similar international certification or equivalent training and experience in any of the following areas: emergency medicine, family practice, or internal medicine. Nurses must have a minimum of three years recent emergency or ICU experience. 

Applicants must hold a medical or nursing degree from a recognized university, a valid medical (physician or nursing) license and advanced cardiac life support and basic life support certifications. Physicians and nurses must be fully conversant in English.


 

Clipper Cruise Line

Pierre Guibor, MD, PA
Cruise Medicine & Surgery Consultant
Office: 201-392-3438
www.intrav.com
E- mail: Pguibor@aol.com

Clipper Cruise Line specializes in small cruise ship expedition-type experiences in remote areas of Alaska, Russia, Japan, Asia, and South Pacific aboard the Clipper Odyssey. The ship doctor must be able to handle a multitude of general medical problems and consider a number of solutions, with limited alternatives/supplies available.

Flexibility, availability, and affability, with a teamwork attitude, are important factors of this position. Daily sick-call hours and emergency availability to passengers and crew members.

Ship doctor applicants should have a current US state licensure and CV; copy of their photo page passport; ACLS or equivalent; good general health/positive attitude; and be available for 3 to 6 weeks tour of duty. Preference given to past ship physician experience and/or military service. Computer skills essential. Board Certified/Eligible. EM, FM, IM, or Surgery preferred. No labs, X-ray, or nurse available.

Contracts provide medical liability insurance, air/land travel to and from ship, and cruise itinerary for doctor and comp cruise for companion.


 

Costa Crociere

Prof. Alberto Origone
Chief Surgeon Emeritus
President of National Ship's Doctor Association
Director of Medical Department for Costa Crociere
E-mail: alberto.origone@costa.it

Physicians employed by Costa Cruise Lines are qualified ship's physicians, having a license issued by the Italian Health Ministry after an examination on medicine, surgery, gynecology, naval hygiene, and two foreign languages (English compulsory, second language to be chosen by the candidate). The examination takes place every five years. All our physicians have a license in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support. Their contracts usually last from one to four months. Medical liability coverage is provided. All nurses are qualified as professional nurses and their contracts usually last seven months, after which they may take a two-month vacation.


 

Crystal Cruises

Sol Edelstein, MD, FACEP
Medical Consultant,
Vanter Cruise Health Services

Patricia McAllister
Vanter Cruise Health Services
703-236-2690
703-548-0220 fax
E-mail: pmcallister@vanterventures.com

Two ships - Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity - each have 940 to 1080 passenger capacity, and 545 and 655 crew members, offering worldwide luxury cruising. Each ship has one physician and three nurses. Preferred medical team members: English-speaking licensed physicians and nurses with broad general, emergency and shipboard experience. Contract duration: two to four months for physicians, and three to four months for nurses.


 

Discovery Cruise Line

Carlos J. Gonzalez, MD
E-mail: carlosgonzalezmd@yahoo.com

One cruise ship sailing daily to the Bahamas. One Physician will practice four to six-month contracts onboard. No nurse post available.

Physicians must have at least three years of postgraduate experience in general practice plus emergency medicine or critical care, or board certification or similar international certification or equivalent experience in any of the following areas: emergency medicine, family practice, or internal medicine.


 

Disney Cruise Line

Sol Edelstein, MD, FACEP
Medical Director,
Vanter Cruise Health Services

Patricia McAllister
Vanter Cruise Health Services
E-mail: pmcallister@vanterventures.com

The Disney Cruise Line operates 3 ships with a fourth ship scheduled in 2012. Physicians are independent contractors and are experienced in emergency medicine, internal medicine or family practice. Contracts are 16 weeks. Liability coverage is provided.

Interested parties can apply online at www.vanterventures.com.


 

Holland America Line Inc.

www.hollandamerica.com

Brenda Barnetson, MD, MMed(EM), FCEM(SA)
Director of Clinical Services
Health Services
24305 Town Center Drive Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Email: Medical_Resume@HollandAmerica.com  

Holland America Line operates 15 ships on worldwide itineraries. Medical teams consisting of full time licensed doctors and nurses work in facilities comprising consulting rooms, exam and treatment rooms, inpatient beds including ICUs, X-ray, laboratory, and dispensary.  Tours of duty are approximately four months duration followed by a six-week vacation. The medical teams vary depending on the size of the ship and the itinerary but mostly consist of two doctors (one senior who is head of department) and a team of two to three nurses.

Recruitment:
Doctors must have a current license to practice and at least three years postgraduate experience in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Critical / Intensive Care, Cardiology/Anesthetics or Remote medicine and should be in possession of valid advanced cardiac life support certificates (and preferably advanced trauma life support certificates or advanced diplomas in anesthetics / emergency care etc.).  
Nurses must have a current license to practice and at least three years postgraduate experience in emergency medicine, or acute care.   Must hold a valid accredited ALS / ACLS certificate, prior to joining a vessel.

Applicants should send their detailed resume outlining all qualifications, experience and skills.


 

Lindblad Special Expeditions

David B. Lobber, MD, FCCP
Consulting Physician
Email: Davidl@expeditions.com
Phone: 480-316-9450 

Lindblad Expeditions
Bo Howell
1415 Western Avenue, Ste 700
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-403-1565
Fax: 206-403-1501
E-mail: BoH@expeditions.com

Lindblad uses US-licensed physicians for natural history-focused voyages. Must be boarded in emergency/family practice/internal medicine, with current ACLS certification, and at least three year's post-residency experience. Physicians interested in serving on our vessels can apply on line at Expeditions.com. The application can be found under employment, expedition team members.


 

Norwegian Cruise Line

7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126
E-mail (applicant resumes): shipboardresumes@ncl.com

Norwegian Cruise Lines staffs 11 ships worldwide, with two physicians, and two to three nurses. All medical staff crewmembers are full-time professionals who generally sign on for contracts of 14 weeks of duty, followed by 7 weeks of vacation.

Physicians are expected to be conversant in English, hold a medical degree from a recognized college or university and a current valid medical license (international or US), and maintain certification in advanced cardiac life support. They must hold board certification or similar international certification in emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, or general practice. The Ship's Physician must have at least three years of postgraduate experience.

Nurses are expected to be conversant in English; hold a bachelor's degree in nursing from a recognized college or university and a current valid nursing license in their country, state or province of origin, and maintain certification in advanced cardiac life support. The nurse must have a minimum of three years of postgraduate clinical experience, with practical experience in advanced cardiac life support.

Norwegian Cruise Line prefers applicants with backgrounds in emergency medicine, intensive care or coronary care.


 

Oceania Cruises

Carlos J. Gonzalez, MD
E-mail: carlosgonzalezmd@yahoo.com

Four luxury cruise ships sailing exotic itineraries in the Mediterranean, Baltic, Alaska, Hawaii, Caribbean, South America, Far East, and Australia.

Physicians and nurses will practice four to six-month contracts in state-of-the-art medical facilities onboard.

Physicians and nurses must have at least three years of postgraduate experience in general practice plus emergency medicine or critical care, or board certification or similar international certification or equivalent experience in any of the following areas: emergency medicine, family practice, or internal medicine.


 

P&O Cruises Australia

www.pocruises.com.au

Brenda Barnetson, MD, MMed(EM), FCEM(SA)
Director of Clinical Services
 Health Services
24305 Town Center Drive
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
 E-mail: careersatsea@princesscruises.com

P&O Cruises Australia operates 5 ships on Australasian and Asian itineraries. All of our medical facilities are accredited to international health care standards and are also certified to ISO9001:2008. Medical teams consisting of full time licensed doctors and nurses work in facilities comprising consulting rooms, exam and treatment rooms, inpatient beds including ICUs, X-ray, laboratory, and dispensary. Tours of duty are approximately four months duration followed by a six-week vacation. The medical teams vary depending on the size of the ship and the itinerary but mostly consist of two doctors (one senior who is head of department) and a team of three nurses.

Recruitment: Doctors must have a current license to practice and at least three years postgraduate experience in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Critical / Intensive Care, Cardiology/Anesthetics or Remote medicine and should be in possession of valid advanced cardiac life support certificates (and preferably advanced trauma life support certificates or advanced diplomas in anesthetics / emergency care etc.). Nurses must have a current license to practice and at least three years postgraduate experience in emergency medicine, or acute care. Must hold a valid accredited ALS / ACLS certificate, prior to joining a vessel.

Applicants should send their detailed resume outlining all qualifications, experience and skills.

Pearl Sea Cruises William C. Heymann, MD, FACEP
Vikand Medical Management
Fort Lauderdale, FL
E-mail: medicalteam@vikand.com 

The Pearl Mist is a luxury cruise ship sailing to Canada, New England, Great Lakes, and the Caribbean.

Opportunities for physicians and nurses with qualifications as outlined in the ACEP “Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities.”  Prior cruise ship experience preferred. Contract lengths vary.


 

Princess Cruises


www.princess.com  

Brenda Barnetson, MD, MMed(EM), FCEM(SA)
Director of Clinical Services
Health Services
24305 Town Center Drive Santa Clarita, CA 91355
E-mail: careersatsea@princesscruises.com  

Princess Cruises operates 18 luxury cruise vessels sailing worldwide.  All of our medical facilities are accredited to international health care standards and are also certified to ISO9001:2008. Medical teams consisting of full time licensed doctors and nurses work in facilities comprising consulting rooms, exam and treatment rooms, inpatient beds including ICUs, X-ray, laboratory, and dispensary.  Tours of duty are approximately four months duration followed by a six-week vacation. The medical teams vary depending on the size of the ship and the itinerary but mostly consist of two doctors (one senior who is head of department) and a team of three nurses.  Paramedics are also part of the medical team on some of the larger ships.

Recruitment:
Doctors must have a current license to practice and at least three years postgraduate experience in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Critical / Intensive Care, Cardiology/Anesthetics or Remote medicine and should be in possession of valid advanced cardiac life support certificates (and preferably advanced trauma life support certificates or advanced diplomas in anesthetics / emergency care etc.).  
Nurses must have a current license to practice and at least three years postgraduate experience in emergency medicine, or acute care.   Must hold a valid accredited ALS / ACLS certificate, prior to joining a vessel.
Paramedics must have current certification and three year’s post-certification work experience as a paramedic. Hospital experience preferred, international or remote experience beneficial but not essential.  Must hold a valid accredited ALS / ACLS certificate, prior to joining a vessel.

Applicants should send their detailed resume outlining all qualifications, experience and skills.


 

Quark Expeditions

Dan Zak, MD
E-mail: zaknorway@hotmail.com
www.quarkexpeditions.com 

Quark Expeditions is strictly a bipolar company with expeditions aboard Russian Icebreakers to the Arctic and Antarctic. We seek emergency medicine physicians for tours of 10 days and longer. These are all small ships with 100 passengers and 20 western staff. There is only one health care provider aboard - YOU. There is no dressing up. These are true expeditions to very remote locations made possible with helicopters and zodiacs.


 

 Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Carlos J. Gonzalez, MD
E-mail: carlosgonzalezmd@yahoo.com

Three luxury cruise ships sailing exotic itineraries in the Mediterranean, Baltic, Alaska, Hawaii, Caribbean, South America, Far East and Australia.

Physicians and nurses will practice four to six-month contracts in state-of-the-art medical facilities onboard.

Physicians and nurses must have at least three years of postgraduate experience in general practice plus emergency medicine or critical care, or board certification or similar international certification or equivalent experience in any of the following areas: emergency medicine, family practice, or internal medicine.


 

ResidenSea Cruise Line

William C.  Heymann, MD, FACEP
Medical Director
E-mail:  bill.heymann@vikand.com

Luxury vessel, The World, sailing unique worldwide  itineraries with several day visits in each port  along the way. 

Opportunities for long term physicians and nurses for 10 week rotations.

Qualifications as outlined in the ACEP “Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities."


 

Royal Caribbean International

Benjamin M. Shore, DO, FAAP, FACEP 
Chief Medical Officer
Royal Caribbean Ltd. 
1080 Caribbean Way
Miami, FL 33132-2096
E-mail: bshore@rccl.com

Ruben D. Parejo, MD
Director, Medical Operations
E-mail: rparejo@rccl.com

Royal Caribbean Shipboard Careers
www.royalcareersatsea.com

Royal Caribbean International is known for driving innovation at sea. Throughout, guests sail on exciting itineraries to some of the world’s most popular destinations and enjoy Royal Caribbean’s friendly and engaging service.

Physicians must have at least three years of postgraduate training in general practice, internal medicine, emergency medicine or critical care, or board certification or similar international certification or equivalent training and experience in any of the following areas: emergency medicine, family practice, or internal medicine. Nurses must have a minimum of three years recent emergency or ICU experience.

Applicants must hold a medical or nursing degree from a recognized university, a valid medical (physician or nursing) license and advanced cardiac life support and basic life support certifications. Physicians and nurses must be fully conversant in English.


 

Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud II

Klaus-Gerrit Gerdts, MD
Consultant Physician

Our two square-rigged, luxury sailing vessels – the legendary Sea Cloud (max. 60 passengers) and her modern sister, Sea Cloud II (max. 90 passengers) - are offering five-star cruises in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Baltic and North Sea and Transatlantic crossings under sail. Our ship's doctors must be board-certified in emergency medicine, hold current ACLS, APLS and ATLS licenses and be fluent in English. We prefer candidates with previous practical experience as ship's physicians. Short-term appointments are available. Interested parties should submit CV, evidence of their qualifications and recent credentials as .pdf attachments. Please visit www.seacloud.com for contact information.


 

Sea Dream Yacht Club

William C. Heymann, MD, FACEP
Vikand Medical Management
Fort Lauderdale, FL
E-mail: bill.heymann@vikand.com

Ultra-Luxury Yachting experience aboard two mega-yachts that sail exotic Amazon, Baltic, Caribbean, and European itineraries. 

Opportunities for physicians and nurses with qualifications as outlined in the ACEP “Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities.”  Prior cruise ship experience preferred. Contract lengths vary.


 

Seabourn Cruise Line http://www.seabourn.com

Brenda Barnetson, MD, MMed(EM), FCEM(SA)
Director of Clinical Services
Health Services
24305 Town Center Drive Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Email: Medical_Resume@HollandAmerica.com 

Seabourn Cruise Line operates 3 small luxury ships covering worldwide, exotic and remote itineraries. Medical teams consisting of full time licensed doctors and nurses work in facilities comprising consulting rooms, exam and treatment rooms, inpatient beds including ICUs, X-ray, laboratory, and dispensary.  Tours of duty are approximately four months duration followed by a six-week vacation. The medical teams vary depending on the size of the ship and the itinerary but mostly consist of one doctor and two nurses.  

Recruitment:
Doctors must have a current license to practice and at least three years postgraduate experience in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Critical / Intensive Care, Cardiology/Anesthetics or Remote medicine and should be in possession of valid advanced cardiac life support certificates (and preferably advanced trauma life support certificates or advanced diplomas in anesthetics / emergency care etc.).  
Nurses must have a current license to practice and at least five years postgraduate experience in emergency medicine, or acute care.   Must hold a valid accredited ALS / ACLS certificate, prior to joining a vessel. 

Applicants should send their detailed resume outlining all qualifications, experience and skills.


 

Silversea Cruise Line

William C. Heymann, MD, FACEP
Vikand Medical Management
Fort Lauderdale, FL
E-mail: bill.heymann@vikand.com

Eight luxury vessels sailing the Caribbean, Asian, Baltic, South Pacific, and European itineraries. Their newest ship Silver Muse will set sail in spring 2017.

Opportunities for physicians and nurses with qualifications as outlined in the ACEP “Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities.”  Prior cruise ship experience preferred. Contract lengths vary.


 

Viking Ocean Cruises William C. Heymann, MD, FACEP
Vikand Medical Management
Fort Lauderdale, FL
E-mail: bill.heymann@vikand.com

First vessel, the Viking Star, was launched in 2015 and is currently sailing European and Scandanavian itineraries. It will be joined by two additional vessels scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017.

Opportunities for physicians and nurses with qualifications as outlined in the ACEP “Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities.”  Prior cruise ship experience preferred. Contract lengths vary. Professional Liability Insurance provided.


 

Windstar Cruises William C. Heymann, MD, FACEP
Vikand Medical Management
Fort Lauderdale, FL
E-mail: bill.heymann@vikand.com 

Windstar operates a fleet of six luxury ships known for intimate yacht style experiences and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. 

Opportunities for physicians and nurses with qualifications as outlined in the ACEP “Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities.”  Prior cruise ship experience preferred. Contract lengths vary.


 

World Odyssey William C. Heymann, MD, FACEP
Vikand Medical Management
Fort Lauderdale, FL
E-mail: bill.heymann@vikand.com

Student ship sailing world itineraries in a Semester at Sea program.

Opportunities for physicians and nurses with qualifications as outlined in the ACEP “Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities.”  Prior cruise ship experience preferred. Contract lengths vary.


 

Universal Application Form

The Universal Application Form can be downloaded from the ACEP Web site. The form can be used to apply for a position at most cruise lines. It is recommended that interested physicians send the cruise line a letter of interest and CV in addition to the application form. Individual cruise lines may also require you to fill out their own application form and submit it with documentation of your credentials.

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