Royal Caribbean Hires 600 Gambian Crew

May 12, 2022

Royal Caribbean International announced that the company has hired around 600 crew at the recruiting fair in Gambia held on May 8, at the Coco Ocean Hotel in Bijilo. The company recruited professionals for the following positions restaurant staff, cooks, laundry personnel, security officers, bar waiters, and photographers among others.

Andrea Chessa, Recruiting Manager, Bulk & Hiring Partners Shipboard at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, said the company is hiring Gambian youth to ensure diversity.

"We would like to recruit people from all over the world so that we have diversity," he said. “Hiring Gambian youths would also help to scale down the unemployment rate in the country.”

Chessa called on qualified Gambian youth to visit Coco Ocean Hotel and apply for the open shipboard positions. Royal Caribbean plans to recruit additional one thousand Gambians in the following three months. The company said that the Gambian crew are intelligent, disciplined and hardworking and that's why they turn their attention to Gambia.

In order to fill up many shipboard positions due to crew shortages, Royal Caribbean International initiated a recruitment world tour in April.

The global recruitment was also advertised in the crew areas on its ships calling up the crew to spread out the word to all friends and family who are interested to apply for the job openings.

The recruitment process in April was organized thanks to RCG hiring partners in seven countries across the world including: 

  • • Macedonia and Serbia attended by Amadeo Fusco Traveling F&B Director
  • • South Africa attended by Catharina Maritz - Traveling F&B Director
  • • St Lucia attended by Naomi Celaire - Manager Hotel Operations
  • • Mexico City, Mexico - attended by Andrew Trabosh, Director Operational Excellence
  • • Mauritius - attended by Dominique Gamba, Fleet Director Restaurant Operations
  • • Mumbai, India  – attended by  Linken Dsouza, VP Food & Beverage