TESTIMONIALS



Hear it from the (sea)horse's mouth

Scroll through our testimonial page and see how others have successfully applied and is now enjoying their new careers at sea. 

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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.

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Dr Bronwyn Ball

What I am about to say may seem like an exact repetition of all of the other revues or recommendations made previously but I'm going to still go ahead and repeat it because everything is true!
If anybody reading this is still considering a career at sea you have found the right person in Russell.
I have just returned one month ago from my first contract. I have been left in awe and consider myself truly blessed.

Not only was I able to travel to new unheard of destinations and allowed the opportunity to discover and explore, I more importantly was fortunate to have met and worked with some of the most incredible and kind hearted people.

From a clinical perspective I was able to gain exposure to a broad range of complaints and conditions within the fields of family and emergency medicine.
Opportunities like this are unmatched and anyone would be crazy to miss out on something like this! There are simply no words available to describe what I have gained from this venture.

I would like to thank Russell for all of his assistance, patience and support he provided me with during the application process... I would definitely recommend Atlantic Medical Recruitment to anybody.

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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 4thyear 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 Com-Serve 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 a lot about myself as a person and as a doctor. I truly love being a ship’s doctor and I am very grateful for all the guidance and assistance Russel gave me.

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Dr Micheal 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.

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Dr Londeka Mphanga

Currently on my second contract in the world of medicine at sea... I had seen a couple of my colleagues posting pics of their daily lives on cruise ships , and I got curious. One of the colleagues got me Dr Russell’s number. A very patient guy. He took the time to explain everything to me. The good, the bad the mysterious. After helping me with the application process, and I mean the whole thing.... he still followed up after I joined the ship. He followed up after my first contract... he even followed up when I was due to return again for my current contract. Anybody looking to know more about this wonderful adventure, I would recommend Atlantic Medical Recruitment over and over again.

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Deon Pillay RN

If 6 months ago you had asked me where I would be today, I probably would have said running around in a busy ED as I would every holiday period but thanks to AMR Dr Russell I've been able to enjoy a well deserved December/January vacation. Having completed my first contract, I imagined the application process to be painstakingly long but with Dr Russell's guidance, calls and reassurance it was a breeze and shortly after I was away cruising the Caribbean(a working cruise of course 📷) Having always worked in a hospital ED id never imagine working outside my comfort zone let alone in the middle of the ocean on a cruise vessel but there I was underneath the Caribbean sun in the middle of the Atlantic doing what I love the most.

Having friends already working in maritime medicine whom having gone through AMR , I was taken aback by their amazing stories of life at sea which led me to Dr Russell. The process from start to finish was nothing short of simplicity with his expert advice and mentoring. A professional individual who gives you the utmost respect and guidance, he always took the time to text or call during and after my first contract. I've had a number of friends asking about my experience on board but more especially regarding the recruiting process and all I do is laud AMR Dr Russell.

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Tatenda Mugano RN

My testimonial is all about the careful preparation Dr Russell Thomson provided throughout the application process and into the start of my career on the ship. He’s still following up to find out if I am doing well in my new endeavour.

Now that I am all settled in I have already been entrusted with some responsibilities within a short period of time, becoming a productive part of the team. Because of AMR, I knew what to expect from life at see and was well prepared for it.

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Dr Sean Armstrong

I would like to thank you for the GREAT opportunity to work on the Royal Carribean cruise liners.

I have been able to do training for self-improvement with courses at no charge in the value of thousands of dollars, I have been able to see many exotic places and beaches in destinations that airlines cannot go. When I wake up it feels like a dream cruising and I have to pinch myself to realise it is for real.

The work environment is very well balanced between work and play. They encourage you to work hard and play hard. If you would like to explore, they make you a usher on the tours in case there is a need for medical assistance, so passenger tours are free.

The Medical team is very supportive and the ship is well equipped with technology and systems that make your work very easy. There are also unlimited resources to expand your knowledge in professional advancement.

Thank you once again Dr Russell.

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Dr Jessica Joseph

I am three months down and two months to go on my first contract as a cruise ship doctor. I am loving the cruise ship life so far, and I have Russell and Atlantic Medical Recruitment to thank for helping me get this dream job.

From the very beginning of the whole process Russell was there, offering support and guidance and answering my many questions. He was very informative, from a job and application related aspect, but also when it came to questions about life on board in general.

The whole process has potential to be very daunting, especially with all the admin, but Russell really made it all so easy and before I knew it I was boarding the Carnival Victory. He even followed up with me after a few weeks to see how I was getting along. If you want to work on a cruise ship, I can't recommend Atlantic Medical Recruitment more.

Thank you, Russell.

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Dr Meron Berhe

I just want to say that I am forever grateful for your support, advice, mentor ship and guidance through out the process. Really, words can't explain enough how thankful I am. You are an awesome professional to work with. I appreciate your follow-up and I will sure be in touch, Cheers!

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Devan Moodley RN

I am almost home after completing my first contract as Ship Nurse onboard the amazing Holland America Lines, and it has been a great first one. Dr Thomson has been amazing throughout the whole recruitment process.

I have never met such a professional and deicated recruitment person. I cannot thank you enough for your full support, for beleiving in me and for helping me start a new chapter of my professional career. Dr Thomson you are brilliant at what you do.

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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.

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Bertha Ndiyamba RN

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 still 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.

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Dr Saranya Moodliar

You see a picture of a Caribbean beach and think, "I want to be there!"

It has always been my dream to combine my passion for medicine and travel. But the process always seemed so daunting and time consuming, this made more so, as a busy Emergency Department Physician.

Thankfully, I had Dr Russel and AMR on my side when I embarked on the journey of becoming a ship physician.
Dr Russel was always professional, making the application effortless and exciting. I was always kept abreast with new developments and any changes. He and his team were very kind and caring during the entire process, even after the fact.

He prepared me for what would turn out to be an awesome adventure. I had the privilege of working with different doctors on my contract and each one taught me invaluable lessons. I was well prepared and able to settle into life on board easily thanks to Dr Russel. I will always be grateful for his help in changing my life for the better.
I look forward to working with him in the future and will happily recommend him to any medical professionals I meet. Thanks again Dr Russel for your all effort in helping me fulfil my dream!

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Thabang Bogopa RN

As a first time contract to sea, it was very helpful to have Dr Russell Thomson to help prepare me for the life at sea. Preparation on both personal and work related issues came in fruitful when I need it the most.

-Pre-informing me about the journey we would take to finally get me at sea. The process and journey we took together to get me ready for the ship and reassuring me throughout, whenever I had doubt or fear. Keeping me up to date with each step we took. Time taken to ensure I had the right knowledge, experience, education to make it successful as a nurse at sea. Time taken to understand my personal need to archive the goal of getting to sea. Time and energy taken to find me a cruise line that would accommodate me personally.

Your Knowledge and experience that you shared with me about what to expect. -All the best information provided to me about what I need to know before going to see and what to expect on a work and personal level.
It's with great thanks and appreciation to write this testimony.

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Ernest Letsoalo RN

I woke up one morning from a dream. As I couldn't fall asleep I decided to browse the internet for nurse jobs and I came across Atlantic Medical Recruitment. I decided to sent an email with the no hopes of getting anywhere with my application as I didn't see myself travelling the world one day... Impossible! I told myself.

But Dr Russell changed that for me, because today I'm traveling the world and meeting people of all kinds of different nationalities. That morning I woke up from a dream, but today I'm living the dream, all thanks to Dr Russell and his team at Atlantic Medical Recruitment. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Dr Anthony Nya

I was somewhat anxious when that call came through for me to get prepared for my selection interview for work as a ship doctor. However my anxiety was apparently misplaced because Russell and AMR were on hand to make the process smooth sailing.

Even when I thought his job was done, Russell sent a goodwill message after I finally boarded the ship.
Working as ship doctor itself is all I had hoped for as it is challenging to deal with the complex diverse patients, their illness and expectations as well as with all the fellow crew members from cultures all over the world. One needs clinical knowledge, skills, tact and a pleasant demeanor to get the job done on a cruise ship. One of the best aspects of this job though is the fact that one can travel the globe while earning good wages.

This is definitely one job I would recommend to any doctor who likes to work hard and travel wide while earning good wages. So if you really want to do this you must get it done the Atlantic Medical Recruitment way.

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Sheena Saunders RN

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 others 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 contact him.

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Augustine Mugwendere RN

I am grateful that I got in touch with Dr Russell Thomson (my Recruiting Agent) who made this whole process of applying for Ship’s Nurse seem very easy. He has a very good understanding of the whole system and he was always available for consultation as I was totally clueless of what to expect at sea.

He was very honest in all the areas I needed clarity. I have been at sea for a few months now and I’m so glad Dr Russell helped me mentally prepare for most of the challenges people face in their early days at sea.

I felt very respected each time I spoke to Russ, as he never treated me like a job seeker at all. I have seen so many different places in the world and have met many people from different parts of the world. I would never have been able to afford to visit all these places I have seen in such a short space of time. I feel very honoured to be working with people from diverse cultures, and all in harmony. I have found inner peace and Atlantic Medical Recruitment made all this possible, I am truly grateful.

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Dr Jero Massyn

Having previously dealt with another recruitment agency, I found AMR and Russell's approach to recruiting me onto the Ships as a Ship's Physician infinitely easier. Russell would regularly phone me and update me on the progress of my application as well as tell me if anything was outstanding or required.

With the above being said, however, the most gratifying part of my experience was transparency. Any problems with my application or concerns regarding time frames and starting dates were addressed with what I felt to be my best interests at heart. After I got a post with Carnival Cruise Lines, Russell was again honest with me with regards to what to expect as well as the minor differences between different cruise lines.

All in all, dealing with AMR and Russell in particular was helpful and clear. I never felt overwhelmed and there was always a timeline of expectations that felt thought out and personalised. Added to this, the personal touches like emails and phone calls to check on my progress made me feel like more than just a recruitment number. I would recommend AMR and Russell in particular for any Healthcare Worker looking to begin or continue their career as a maritime medicine practitioner.

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Tapiwa Chivaviro RN

I would like to express my gratitude to Russell for all the assistance in seeing me through this amazing opportunity. And what an amazing experience I had to be in two different itineraries in one contract. More importantly I am still so impressed by your efficiency and commitment that you showed. You made the the whole application process up to joining the ship easy sailing!

I can never thank enough.

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Dr Larissa Hemraj

I've just completed my first contract aboard the Royal Princess. The experience was one I'll never forget.

Maritime medicine is dynamic and exciting. Every day is a new adventure & challenge! It will keep you on your feet but never make you feel overwhelmed due to the amazing support of your medical team.

Socially, I've met so many wonderful people from different counties whom have helped me grow in so many ways!

Russell has been fantastic throughout this process- from start to end. Thank you for this once in a lifetime opportunity and for helping me with the preparations to get "ship ready".

I would recommend Maritime Medicine to anyone who's seeking adventure and whom loves to travel- you will not be disappointed!

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Dr Sunday Sofola

I just completed my first contract on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. It was a great opportunity to travel to so many different countries within a short period of time and meeting people from across the globe.
This wonderful opportunity couldn't have been possible without the support and guidance received from Dr Russell Thomson. He gave me the needed assistance from the beginning of the application process till the end. He encouraged me to hold on when it was looking impossible. He literally took my burden as his own. He was always available for discussions and clarifications. While at sea, he was always in touch.

While life at sea is completely different from that on land, the wisdom received from Russell was more than adequate to cope with some of the challenges.
I count it a great honour to have been associated with Russell and the team at Atlantic Medical Recruitment. I hold your professionalism and kind attributes in high esteem.

“Encourage, lift and Strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected, one and all.” - Deborah Day.
This statement described your attributes Russell. Your positive acts have been felt by many indeed. I was opportune to meet other staff onboard that spoke so high about your professionalism and assistance in getting them to work on ships.
I will also always recommend AMR to my colleagues who shows interest in working on cruise ships.

THANK YOU, RUSSELL! THANK YOU, AMR!!

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Augustine Mugwendere RN

The decision to work at sea is easy but the process involves many emails and a lot of paperwork!

I am grateful to have gotten in touch with Dr Russell Thomson (my Recruiting Agent) who made this whole process seem very easy. He has a very good understanding of the whole system and he was always available for consultation as I was totally clueless of what to expect at sea.

He was very honest in all the areas I needed clarity. I have been at sea for a few months and am glad Dr Russell helped me mentally prepare for most of the challenges people face in their early days at sea.
I felt very respected each time I spoke to Russ as he never treated me like a job seeker at all. I have seen so many different places in the world and have met many people from different parts of the world.I would never have been able to afford to visit all the places I have seen in such a short space of of time.

I feel very honoured to be working with people from diverse cultures, and all in harmony. I have found inner peace and Atlantic Medical Recruitment made all this possible, I am truly grateful.

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Dr Micheal 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!

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Dr Rhiannon Forley

Today, 24 June 2020, marked our 100th day of sailing without guests and a lot more days since I last walked on land. In a few days, I will be on board for 5 months... But I only really experienced about 6 weeks of true cruising (that is, the ship in full operation with guests on board). And I guess this is why I've been putting off writing this testimonial for Russ, as I'm not sure this was even a "normal" ship life experience. Anyway, here is a short summary of my not-so-normal new hire experience.
Throughout the process, Russ has always been very patient and supportive. When I just needed some time to focus on Dip PEC, he respected that.

As soon as I completed my exam in Sept 2019, it took less than 3 months for me to get my ship assignment and sign on date! There is definitely a lot of admin to complete, but don't let that deter you. It's really some easy sailing ;) once you've completed that check list...

On 29 January 2020, I officially joined the seafarer life with Royal Caribbean.

After this crazy first month, you've finally caught your breath and nicely in the swing of things. You won't know everything by this stage, but you at least have an idea of how the ship works and your important part to play. You're still learning new protocols everyday... but when are we ever not learning something new every day?
2 weeks after my first month on board, we went into a 'no sail order' and disembarked all our guests. And slowly repatriated about 1600 crew. Today, we have 194 crew left on board. So yes, a very different experience.

In summary, I have been lucky enough to have an amazing medical team on my ship (consisting of 1 senior doctor, myself the second doctor, 1 chief nurse, 2 nurses and 1 medical secretary) - Of course, making my experience a whole lot easier. I had an eventful 6 weeks of normal cruising: multiple medical emergencies, successful cardiac resus', and a couple of arrhythmias - one we successfully cardioverted on board!! I can guarantee that our South African medical background has prepared us for the worst and prepared us so well. Ship medicine is different, but we are definitely well equipped.
In between the medical side of things, you meet so many wonderful people from all walks of life; and sometimes you get to disembark the ship and explore the world :))

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Dr Michal Muller

If you’re thinking about it, then you probably should do it. You can read through all the testimonials and you can ask everyone who’s done it, but still you will have questions unanswered. We all have different motivations pushing us here, and whatever yours may be, whatever’s got you reading this, is worth pursuing. It just takes a bit of time, and like we say to all our new crew members struggling with motion sickness, “It gets better.”

I already made the decision to come and “take a break” with maritime medicine during my internship. So as soon as my community service contract expired I was looking for the first ship that will take me. Of course Russell helped a lot during this process, without him I would’ve had no idea where to start and even less of an idea about where I will end up.

When you first start thinking about it, the decision you make is (in retrospect) essentially an uninformed one. All you know is that you want to come and “work on the ships.” Which, for most of your friends and family, strikes up images of scrubbing the deck and hoisting the sails; while many of your colleagues fear the job might be “too comfortable” and that you will suffer a decline in your clinical abilities. And to be honest, working here is not like working on the front-line in a South African emergency department (not many things are), but comfortable is not the right word. Given enough time you’ll eventually get comfortable in Tygerberg’s trauma unit as well.

What my brief exposure (so far) with maritime medicine has given me, is diversity of experience. It gives you the opportunity to work with, and for, a vast variety of people with different cultures, languages and expectations from you as a doctor. It also teaches you to help not only those who have to see you, but also people who want to see you. And it teaches you how to make those same people feel satisfied and content even when walking out the door without the antibiotic they were asking for. It teaches you to think. Diagnosing the acuity of illness we are used to at home is easy. Picking up a pneumothorax is (mostly) not difficult, nor is picking up a widow-maker ECG. Managing them is what forges you, and you will get the opportunity to keep those adrenaline pathways sharp, but what you learn here is that it’s not just the P1’s and 2’s who are sick - you’ve got to pick up the subtleties on the rest before they get there.

Besides all that, perhaps the single greatest thing about working onboard a contained environment, is the patient follow-up. All the smiles and thank-you’s in the hallway from the crew members who are better and seeing someone enjoying a walk on the beach when you treated them a few days ago with a peak expiratory flow of 150L/min gives you a little bit of faith in what you’re doing. However, that’s just my opinion and that’s just one part of it. Seeing the world and places you might otherwise never have known has never done anyone’s character or instagram feed any harm.

It is not just easy, and it is not just comfortable. You will learn a lot about management and leadership, and during the first week or two or three, even though you’re on a ship, you will feel like you’re swimming just to stay afloat. On top of that, at times you’ll be home-sick, sea-sick and still a little bit jet-lagged. You’ll start reading up on Ebola on Medscape and think it’s just a matter of hours before the haemorrhagic phase starts. But, it get’s better.

There will be a time when you emerge from all the training workshops and lists of unread emails, and find a time to go up to the open deck. It’s then when you see why they call it the Pacific. Wind-still and flat, it’s in almost completely undisturbed, except for the ship’s ceaseless forward motion breaking the water into an ever-cresting wake, seemingly frozen around the bow. You look back and see the sun setting over an increasingly distant New Caledonian isle as the ship gathers speed towards tomorrow’s port, and you think to yourself, “It can’t get any better than this.”

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Wilke de Beer PM

I, Wilke de Beer, along with my fiancée, Nicole Du Plessis, decided about a year ago that we wanted to broaden our horizons and work on cruise ships.

We went on the internet and found Dr. Thompson as the main entry point to fulfill our dream. As we all know joining a cruise liner is extremely long process with loads and loads of paper work, stress, and the personal doubt that you sit with in the back of your mind about if you are making the correct decision.
Russell guided us through the system, with a lot of patience and empathy, never adding additional stress or burden on us. He made our journey clear, and enjoyable. This wasn’t easy for Russell as well, as I failed my first interview, and that only increased our anxiety about the process. Russell went out of his way to qualm our fears.

Since joining the Princess cruise force I have been in regular contact with Russell, and I know for sure that if I need him he is only an email away.

If I can give any prospective seafarer nurse advice, is that look no further than Russell as your guide throughout your journey. If he is on board you can relax knowing that you are in safe hands.
I certainly know that I am.

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Dr Jenny Wickham

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 prepared for the application process, 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.

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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.

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Dr Micheal 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!

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Dr Aimee Lifson

aI have just returned from my first contract on board the Diamond Princess and it exceeded all my expectations! Cruise ship medicine affords you the opportunity to see the world and enrich yourself culturally while still being able to grow and learn, and improve your skills and knowledge as a doctor. I have gained far more experience and independence than I ever thought possible. I have met people and formed special friendships with people from all walks of life, I visited places I would probably never have seen otherwise.

The application process and preparation for ship life was very smooth and easy thanks to Russell. You can never be fully prepared because the lifestyle is so completely foreign, but Russell was there every step of the way, always available to answer every question and eager to help, providing constant guidance and support. I would highly recommend applying to become a cruise ship medic if you are in search of a challenging, fun and enriching experience! I feel exceptionally lucky. 

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 prepared for the application process, 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.

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Dr Moses 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 ships. 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 one’s 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.

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Chantall Grimbeek RN

I became interested in life at the sea in August 2018. Within two weeks after consulting Dr Russell Thomson my application was processed. I received 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 effortless for me. He prepared me for each interview emotionally and mentally.

I fully recommend Dr Russell Thomson at Atlantic Medical Recruitment to anyone who is interested at working on cruise lines.

Thank you Dr Russell, for this wonderful opportunity and for making this exciting new chapter in my life possible.

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Emmanuel Azubuike RN

Life on the ship is a whole new experience! Dr Russell did his best to prepare me and I thank him for it, but above all, it is up to the individual to keep an open mind while on the job. The first few weeks (up to a month and half) were the hardest with all the training, password set ups, mastering new terminologies and locating areas on he ship, as well as figuring out how best to work with some "difficult" colleagues. Like every other work environment, the nebee has to prove himself and once that is done, you earn the approbation and trust of the team.

I am glad I have come to that point. Its all a joy ride from here, I love my team! I have traveled the world in 3 months & had great moments with my second family on board. We have made real friends and experienced diverse cultures and accents while developing my professional skills. I think its safe to say that I am living my dream. We deal with challenges as they arise - good thing is that the company has structures and resources to make things easier. I strongly recommend anyone hoping to pursue a career on a cruise ship to contact Atlantic Medical Recruitment. The guidance from Dr Russ and his team will make your transition a smooth one.

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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. 

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Vanessa Scheepers RN

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 in's and out's 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 Russel!

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Robin Brown PM

I have always dreamt about what is next for my career, and looked for things to challenge myself with. Then I saw an advert about working on a cruise ship as a Paramedic. I thought about it and told myself "I'm not qualified for this!" But I took the chance and behold somebody was listening.

That somebody was Dr Russell Thomson from Atlantic Medical Recruitment - he guided me step by step with absolutely everything. In 2 months I received my candidate approval and joined Princess cruises.

Hard word paid off and all I can say is WOW - and a BIG "Thank you Russell & AMR"

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Dr Michelle McNair

Working as a doctor on a cruise ship has been a dream of mine for a few years now. It combines the two things I love the most – medicine and travel. Thanks to Russell’s assistance this has now become a reality. I have just finished my first contract on board the Island Princess. This was an incredible experience and an opportunity to learn, meet new people and travel the world. I was lucky enough to work within an exceptional medical team and form friendships which I hope will last for many years to come. Russell was very helpful and knowledgeable. He guided me through the application process and helped me to get ship ready. I am very grateful to him for helping me to achieve my goals and would highly recommend Atlantic Medical Recruitment for medical professionals interested in working at sea.

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Dr Lara Anderson

I am currently coming to the end of my first contract aboard the Caribbean Princess and all I can say is that this has been an extraordinary journey!

I have come across the most amazing people and I have developed just as amazing friendships. Adapting to sea life was initially quite daunting, but it becomes second nature in almost no time at all! From a medical point of view I have learnt and experienced things I would never have without coming on this journey. Living and working aboard this ship has honestly been an experience of a lifetime.

I am eternally grateful for Russell and his assistance in helping me achieve this dream job. He was excellent from the beginning and throughout!