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Royal Caribbean Wants to Pay You to Travel the World

Feb. 11, 2019
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Royal Caribbean is hiring for your dream job.

The U.K. arm of the cruise line announced it is looking for someone for its new “Shore Explorer Apprentice-Ship.” The winner will get the opportunity to travel the world and capture photos of unique shore excursions.

Note that Americans aren’t eligible to enter. Entrants must be U.K. or Republic of Ireland residents 21 years or older.

The apprentice will have a packed itinerary, flying to six destinations around the world in three weeks. The schedule includes stops in Alaska, Portugal, Norway, the United Arab Emirates and Japan. Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay, is also part of the whirlwind trip. All travel expenses are covered, including hotel stays, meals, flights, Wi-Fi and a daily allowance. On top of that, the apprentice will earn £6,000 for the three weeks, which is about $7,700 in U.S. dollars.

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The apprentice will be chosen via Instagram. To enter, participants must post a travel story, image or video via Instagram stories, IGTV or an Instagram post and tag @RoyalCaribbeanUK and #ShoreExplorer. The entry period runs now through March 1, 2019.

The winner of a similar contest Royal Caribbean ran in 2017, Russ Francis, is now Royal Caribbean’s Instagrammer-in-Chief. He will help select the winner and travel with them during the apprenticeship. The Vamps’ guitarist James McVey and travel writer Nadia El Ferdaoussi are also part of the judging panel.

The 20 finalists will be announced March 15, 2019, and the winner will be announced April 5, 2019.

Although U.S. citizens aren’t eligible for this promotion, Americans looking for some free travel can check out Airbnb’s Italian Sabbatical, which is soliciting applications until Feb. 17, 2019, for an all-expenses-paid, three-month trip to Grottole, Italy.

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