Life Onboard



A Community Like No Other

The community that exists on a Mercy Ship is one of the most rewarding aspects of life onboard, where we support and care for one another in celebration and challenge. Serving with people from all over the world in all sorts of different jobs makes our community unique, building friendships and memories that last a lifetime.


Your Personal Space

Our cabins are small, but cozy. Most of our Crew will share a cabin and a bathroom with multiple ‘cabin-mates’, with a bunk and a small closet to call their own. Each cabin is equipped with WiFi and A/C, with magnetic wall space to put up pictures of your loved ones.

Couples and families have their own cabins, and single cabins for our Maritime Officers.


Tasty & Healthy Fare

Our Food Services department serves delicious and nutritious meals three times a day in the onboard dining room. There’s a snack bar and even a Starbucks Café on board. When the occasional craving for a homemade dish strikes, cook up whatever you like in the crew galley. Limited groceries can be purchased at local markets or from Pier 99, our onboard convenience store.


The Comforts of Home

Each ship is like a small city and includes anything you might need. There’s a laundry room, hair salon, bank, post office, weight room, internet café/WiFi, a lending library with movies and board games, a swimming pool, and even a clinic for crew medical and dental care.


Work Hard, Play Hard


The unique experience of serving with Mercy Ships includes the adventure of discovering new places. Each country we serve in has its own culture and beauty. Our crew are encouraged to engage with the people we have come to serve, and even learn new languages! You can explore the local markets, attractions, and restaurants, or attend a local church.

We will teach you how to get around safely, and will also provide opportunities for you to spend some time with those in need ashore.

Join the Community

Have more questions about life and work onboard?
Join our online volunteer community, myMercy, to connect with current crew and alumni.

“I see compassion demonstrated throughout all the crew when it comes to our patients. From the moment they arrive on the dock, until they go home, every part of their  journey is greeted with compassion.”

Nico Havinga, Netherlands

Galley Staff

“There are a lot of computer systems that we provide support for, and that’s been an enjoyable and rewarding challenge. You have a sense of being part of something that’s bigger than yourself.“

Stuart Clear, UK

IS Manager

“My favorite part about teaching in the Africa Mercy Academy is of course the students! They bring so many interesting cultures, views, and languages to the table. I love hearing their perspectives.“

Lisa Benner, Canada

Academy Teacher