About Us

Portside Consulting is a cruise ship hiring agency that provides contractual assignments to Officers and Crew of all ranks and positions to cruise lines and concessionaires worldwide. Our headquarters are based in Cape Town, South Africa and we have built up an excellent reputation in the recruitment industry due to our exceptional customer service, extensive industry knowledge and history of success.

As a management team our knowledge and experience in the Cruise Ship industry collectively extends over 25 years in hospitality, retail, and revenue departments on board. We are committed to establishing long-term relationships with our clients by understanding their recruitment needs, business practices, policies, and procedures as well as their working environments. Portside provides a dedicated one to one approach, helping you find the right team members for your business. The cruise ship industry is a personality-based industry dealing with cruise ship guests from around the world therefore we recognize that how well someone fits into your company is equally important as to whether they have the right skills for the role. We take the time to get to know our clients and understand their business and culture, so that we’re matching them with candidates who will enjoy working with them and therefore work successfully within their organization.

With a database of over 500 candidates and growing, our candidates are shown the same level of commitment through our recruitment process which is designed to select candidates who demonstrate a professional approach to their potential employment through understanding their skills, career history, personal requirements, and aspirations. 

It is our aim to provide quality candidates that are seeking the best available positions to reflect their career aspirations and needs. As a hiring agency we committed to make the right partnership to satisfy both elements of our business. Where possible our new recruits are taken through a comprehensive induction procedure to ensure that they are fully prepared for their new placement and will be of maximum benefit to their new employer. So, whether you are looking for experienced cruise staff, chief officers, graduates, exceptional salespeople, or hospitality staff, we can find the perfect candidates for you. We recruit candidates globally to provide our clients with a diverse group of candidates representing the multiple nationalities found onboard cruise ships.

Please Note:  Portside Consulting does not charge any application, recruitment, or placement fees in compliance with Maritime Law Convention (MLC).