The first and most important point to become a bartender on a cruise is to get your bartending certificate. But this is not enough. You need to start working in a local bar near your place to earn valuable experience because let’s face it; a cruise wouldn't want to hire a bartender with no experience. There are various institutes offering short bartending courses as well as several online courses.
Research is very important in any kind of job hunting and it is more important when it comes to bartending on a cruise. You need to do a lot research on different cruise companies. And before you apply somewhere, make sure that you are applying at the company which is more suitable for you. Of course you would like to be in a cruise which travels through your favourite areas and you wouldn’t want to sign up for a cruise which is going to Alaska region but you want to move to Caribbean region.
Pick the best cruise company who has a good reputation around. You want to be a part of a company which is well respected by tourists as it will allow you to meet a lot of new people while on board.
Stay in touch with what’s happening around you. Read newspapers and magazines on a regular basis to keep a check on the available jobs regarding bartending on a cruise. Often cruises do not advertise on local news paper so you need to read particular magazines which are about sailing and shipping to get to know about the available jobs.