DR NICOLE DU PLESSIS
“Since I finished medical school in 2012 I have wanted to work on cruise ships as a cruise ship doctor, however, the timing just never seemed right as I was always involved in academic or work related ventures in order to improve my career. I got in touch with Dr Russel Thomson in early 2016 to begin discussing a potential career at sea. He was very helpful in answering all of my questions and addressing my concerns. Every step of the process was explained and he did a great job of communicating with me via email, text and phone. He always answered my calls! It took about 9 months for me to prepare myself emotionally, mentally and academically for the task ahead but Dr Thomson was very supportive along the way and did not push me until I felt I was ready to take the leap – after completing my academic goals at home.
I am now 2 months on board the Pacific Eden (P&O Australia) and enjoying every moment. It is an amazing opportunity to travel, meet new people and experience new adventures. It is also interesting to witness how medicine is practiced and perceived in other parts of the world. I am growing as a clinician and as an individual and this experience has guaranteed lifelong learning opportunities I could never forget. Dr Thomson still keeps in touch as available if any problems occur or if advice is needed. I highly recommend Atlantic Medical Recruitment for new to sea joiners – they provide a professional service second to none.”
DR VANESSA SCHEEPERS
Hi all, my name is Vanessa Scheepers and I have been a RN for 20 years and have worked in ICU, NICU and Trauma and was very burned out and needed a break from working in hospitals.
So I decided to give the “Ships” ago. After some internet searches I decided on Royal Caribbean and was forwarded Atlantic Medical Recruitment details……
I have never looked back. Russell answered my email almost immediately by phoning me and encouraging me to apply for the job. Russell was with me every step of the way, He knows all the ins and outs of the application process and I never felt lost or anxious. Russell was always available for any questions. He was the first person to phone me after my interview to find out how it went. I got the job so fast it made my head spin.
I am just finishing my first contract in RCCL and I’m Loving the ship life. I can’t imagine doing any other job, and I can’t wait to see more of the world!
I highly recommend Russell and Atlantic Medical Recruitment…..he will change your life!
Thank you so much for your hard work Russell
DR NINA CARELSE
Just finished my first contract at sea as “ships doctor” on the Holland America line- it has been an amazing experience with lots to learn! Russell really helped in getting me “sea ready” and was always happy to help.
Getting to see so many different places and working with people from all over the world has been the best part about the job.
I would recommend this to any doctor who is potentially unsure about which career path they would like to take or anyone who loves to travel.
RN BERTHA MAPFUMO
I have always toyed with the idea of nursing at Sea as most of my friends have been doing it. I was referred to Dr Russell by a colleague and from the start he was supportive and guided me through all the steps and was always available throughout the whole process.
He prepared me for what to expect, but I was never prepared for the adventures and experiences I had. I have travelled to so many countries that I never dreamt I would. I have met and worked with so many wonderful people from all over the world and my life has been enriched for it.
The whole experience is wonderful and the rewards have been mind- blowing. I feel grateful to Dr Russell for helping me achieve my dreams and guiding me through it all.
RN JAFTA BALOYI
I really don’t know where to start, working as a Trauma nurse my entire career I knew for sure that my destiny was far beyond bed side nursing. I was introduced to AMR (DR Russell Thomson) by a friend whom is now working in Ireland. With his experience he guided me through the process of what to expect.
At first, it seemed impossible for an ordinary nurse like me to work on the cruise ships, but he believed
in me as if he knew yet was just a stranger. Very humble, professional and I felt that I was never alone. May God grand him strength and life in abundance so he can continue creating more opportunities for South African nurses.
RN EMMANUEL AZUBUIKE
RN ERNEST LETSOALO
RN CHANTALL GRIMBEEK
I became interested in life at the sea in August 2018. Within two weeks after consulting Dr Russell Thomson my application was processed. I recieved a wonderful job offer from Princess Cruise line Ltd in October 2018.
Dr Russell prepared me every step of the way with all the necessary information. I never felt left in the dark or uncertain. Dr Russell made the application process for me effertless. He prepared me for each interview emotionally, physically and mentally.
I fully recomend Dr Russell Thomson at Atlantic medical recruitment to anyone who is intersted at working on Cruise lines.
Thank you Dr Russell Thomson for this wonderful opportunity and for making this exciting new chapter in my life possible.
DR ROELIEN GROENEWALD
“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page” St Augustine.
I have never truly understood the value of this statement until I started working on ships. I always loved to travel and to visit new and exciting places but my destinations were limited to places I’ve read about. Working on ships has opened my world to places I didn’t know existed. I realized how much there is to discover when I entered a world where the people around me have spent years traveling and working at sea, discovering new horizons.
The dream to work at sea has been one of mine since around my 4th year of medical school when I first heard about it from a friend. Getting myself to a point where I qualified to apply was not an easy task but with the help of Russel Thomson from AMR the whole process seemed less daunting and more manageable.
I contacted Russel during my Comserve year and he advised me on the requirements (which at that stage I did not yet meet) He proceeded to stay in touch with me throughout the time it took me to get the necessary diploma and then helped to make my interview process quick and smooth. He went above and beyond assisting me with any other questions and concerns I had regarding life at sea and what I should expect. He was easy to reach and always willing to advise. I would not have known where to start if it was not for his guidance.
Being a doctor at sea is definitely challenging and familiarizing yourself with the protocols and administrative challenges is daunting but I have learned allot about myself as a person and as a doctor. I truly love being a ship doctor and I am very grateful for all the guidance and assistance Russel gave me.
DR MOSES MLEKELELI GAMBU
In less than 24 hours I will be signing off after almost 5 months aboard the beautiful Carnival Horizon, one of carnival cruise lines newest and biggest ship. My experience on board has been nothing short of amazing. Practicing medicine on board a cruise ship is different to practicing on land in many ways. One has to rely on a smaller team to render medical services and this teaches one or at least improves ones ability to work efficiently as a committed team member. Contrary to the common belief that cruise ship medicine involves attending to patients with only colds and flu, I must say this has not been my experience. I have seen multiple emergencies and attended to patient from all over the world with different medical conditions and this has not only improved my clinical skills, but has also increased my knowledge and exposure to a number of interesting pathologies.
While I have enjoyed practicing state of the art medicine aboard a beautiful vessel my most memorable experience will be that of the people I have met on this journey. This is a rare opportunity that I have been afforded to live and work with people from at least 70 different nationalities. Not only have I seen many and beautiful parts of the world, I have also seen the world through them. The people you meet while on board do not only make life interesting, they give it meaning.
I became interested in a life at sea in 2016, and had enquired about this before, but it was in April of this year that I finally made a decision to give it a try. A friend suggested I contact Dr Russel Thomson again. That was easy as I had previously made contact with him. He processed my application and within 2 weeks I had an interview and got my job offer in less than a month. Working on board a cruise ship as a doctor requires one to be mentally, physically and emotionally prepared. There is no better man than Dr Russel Thomson to help you with that. He makes everything easy, from the interview process to life at sea preparedness. If anyone is interested in experiencing this incredible opportunity, look no further, Dr Thomson is your best guide.
I will forever be grateful for your assistance Russel. This has been by far the most exciting and adventurous experience of my Life.
DR MICHAEL FORNER
I’ve tried many times to think of a way to describe my time at sea with none having the effect I’ve wanted to convey, however the word discovery seems to fill these shoes.
Before joining the Sapphire Princess I prepared diligently, asking anyone with experience of ship life what it will be like and how to go about adjusting. The truth is, you will never know what it is like until you experience it; and it’s so worth it!
The part I have enjoyed most about ship life is discovering people. It won’t take you long to discover the plethora of personalities and cultures aboard. I have made friends from all walks of life from 20+ different countries each bringing their own unique flair to your time onboard.
The thing most people are excited about is discovering places. I have relished the opportunity to experience and to be a part of different nations at every port. From the rush of Italy to the subtle beauty of the Norwegian Fjords, time ashore has been special. If for nothing else, I would gladly take up a position for this privilege.
Finally, ship life is an opportunity to discover yourself, your goals and your plans for the future. With unlimited access to the world, there’s no career quite like working aboard a cruise ship.
RN SHEENA SAUNDERS
I have always wanted to work on Cruise ships and a colleague recommended that I contact Dr Russell from Atlantic Medical Recruitment, the colleague had just secured a position on a Cruise Ship. So when I first contacted Dr Russell I was worried that I would not exactly meet the criteria for Ships as I had heard many stories of other colleagues who were turned down but he was extremely friendly and helpful. He gave me plenty of advice and took me through each step of the application. He was just an email away and always replied within the day. I am very grateful to him and Atlantic Medical Recruitment. I recommend all my friends to contact him.
DR STHEMBELE MALGAS
“I don’t know where to begin…
Firstly thank you for EVERYTHING!!! This is truly my dream job.
I made it on time and I had a full day to explore miami before I had to travel to Port Canavarel.
There are a lot of systems I need to learn and ship medicine is different in terms of processes than land medicine but that’s what I wanted, I wanted exposure to something new. Something I could add to my resume’. I’m slowly getting introduced to the ship socially although at this moment my focus is to be a safe and functional clinician.
I’m very happy here to sum it up and there is no one I owe it to than you so thank you again, I truly can’t say it enough!”
“It was a great pleasure working with Atlantic Medical Recruitment and the help from Dr Russell. The first email I sent him regarding any vacancies for paramedic and his response was very quick. Out of all the recruitment agencies Atlantic Medical recruitment was far the best and Dr Russell assisted me from day one with my application up and till I got my first contract and put my first step onto the ship. It was a big adjustment for me the first month especially when it comes to maritime medicine. I learned so much on my first contract and all because of Dr Russell and the Atlantic Medical recruitment team. Thx guy’s you all rock and I can’t wait to join my second contract on the 10 July in Southampton on the ROYAL PRINCESSES. Thank you again AMR for this opportunity God bless you all. ”
DR CHRISTOPH LOMBARD
“I’ve “doctored” all over the world, both on- and off-shore, and have had my fair share of locum agencies and recruitment companies.
Russ’s Atlantic Medical Recruitment is a breath of fresh air and quickly got me sorted.
If you qualify and follow his guidance then, before you know it, you’ll be a cruise doc / nurse too!”
DR MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK
“Ship Board Medicine encompasses an interesting and exciting aspect of Emergency- and Family Medicine which creates an environment for leadership development and growth with added benefits and incentives unlike any other positions within healthcare.
In my first contract I have come into contact with a wide variety of pathologies, have conversed and engaged with people from a vast number of Nationalities and have had the opportunities to see some of the most beautiful sights in the world – areas I would have unlikely ventured to in my own capacity.
I can truly attest to the absolutely professional, efficient and welcoming service provided by Russell Thomson of Atlantic Medical Recruitment through the entire process of application and preparation for life at sea as a doctor.
If you are looking for exposure in healthcare in a new environment with interesting and challenging medical cases with great support and excellent team dynamics, while seeing the world and being remunerated well – try life at sea!”
DR JENNY AHHEE
“I was doing community service at Khayelitsha District Hospital and have wanted to work on the ships for a while. If not sure what to do after Commserve or if travelling and meeting lots of people around the world interests you then Ship life is for you, and there are lots of other perks too
Russell Thomson, through Atlantic Recruitment, has been a pleasure to work with. The approach on how to start applications, what paper work is needed, and what ship life is like, Russell will have all the answers. He is willing to go the extra mile to ensure you are prepped for interviews, ready for your trip, enjoying ship life and is willing to provide any extra information that is needed
Anyone considering a career at sea or wanting to experience life at sea travelling, practicing medicine and earning a great salary, I have no hesitation recommending Russell and Atlantic Recruitment as your recruitment agency.”
DR SONJA HOFMANN
“It was great working with Atlantic Medical Recruitment and Russell in finding employment on board a cruise ship and getting all the preparation done. Russell answered my many questions patiently and made sure I didn’t miss any important communication or pre-departure organisation. He was very efficient in responding to any queries from me and organised an interview with my now current employer very quickly – an employer with whom I am very content. Thanks Atlantic Medical Recruitment for the guidance.”
RN LEIGH CLARKE
“… Picking up a pamphlet with Atlantic Medical Recruitment contact details just over a year ago at a ACLS course …
Who knew it would be life changing!
I did an online application and on the same day, they got back to me. I was privileged enough to have worked with Dr R Thomson. From the start Dr R Thomson has been so professional, friendly, helpful and supportive throughout the recruitment process. I was constantly kept up to date on the progress of my application. Atlantic Medical Recruitment went the extra mile to assist me Today I can proudly say that I am an employee of Princess Cruise and it’s all thanks to Atlantic Medical Recruitment and the team and a special thank you to Dr R Thomson for making it possible.
Thank you so much for the opportunity. I would definitely recommend Atlantic Medical Recruitment to any person that is interested in a new opportunity.”
“Words can hardly express just how amazing Dr Thomson (AMR) is. He helped me to get onto a cruise ship within 2 months, start to finish. His excellent guidance and advice was invaluable in the application process. He is always available, every step of the way, and I always knew what to expect. We all know time is of paramount importance and Dr Thomson is so efficient and friendly that you feel as though you have an advisor guiding you at all times. I would recommend him and AMR to anyone looking to become a cruise ship doctor!”