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Internet Cafe's and computer centers are becoming increasingly more popular onboard cruise ships worldwide. The way in which they operate varies according to the cruise line or concessionaire running the facilities. The computer labs are overseen by a computer officer or Internet cafe manager and in some cases have as many as 5 lecturers helping out. Internet service onboard a cruise ship is transmitted via satellite, resulting in a much higher cost involved in collecting regular e-mail. The computer centers do however offer a lot more than just Internet services. Basic computer skills are taught, classes are given and equipment is freely used by passengers. A thorough knowledge of computers, computer & Internet services and major software applications is required.
Shipboard Systems Manager (responsible for the day to day operations of AS/400/Windows NT/POS platforms while living onboard a passenger cruise ship). The position requires a motivated self-starter with 1-2 years AS/400 and Win/NT experience. POS knowledge a plus. The position requires living onboard a passenger cruise ship for four consecutive months, fluent English Language skills required. Salary range: $6000-6800 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line.
Computer Systems Hardware Technician - installs, maintains, troubleshoots and upgrades computer hardware, software, personal computer networks, peripheral equipment and electronic mail systems; assesses user training needs and trains users in effective use of applications. Qualifications: Equivalent to completion of two years of college-level coursework in computer science, information technology or a related field and two years of general computer installation, maintenance and repair experience. Fluent English Language skills required. Salary range: $5000-5700 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line.
Internet Manager. Position requires basic computer knowledge, proficiency in Microsoft office, sales and managerial experience and excellent customer service skills. Must be creative, self motivated, multi-task oriented and possess excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills. Energetic and outgoing personality is a plus. Internet Savvy a must. Fluent English Language skills required. Salary range: $2100-2400 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line.
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Other Job Titles: Computer Officer (Princess Cruises), Systems Officer (Royal Caribbean), Information Systems Manager (Carnival Cruise Lines), Systems Manager (NCL, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises), Data Systems Manager (Celebrity Cruises)
Job Description: Responsible for maintenance and repair of onboard computer networks, systems, and hardware; Works closely with all other shipboard departments; Provides 24 hour computer support to onboard users.
Experience and Skills Required: Experience in specific shipboard network systems (may vary between cruise lines); Experience in systems such as POS (point of sale), guest security systems, electronic door lock systems, and PC networks; Knowledge of common software such as Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes, Cruise Fidelio, AMOS are an asset; Post secondary education in Computer Science is required. Shipboard experience is preferred.
Typical Rank: 2-striped Officer
Average Salary: $2,500 to $4,000 per month
Assistant Computer Officer
Other Job Titles: Assistant Computer Officer (Princess Cruises), Assistant Systems Officer (Royal Caribbean), Assistant Info Systems Manager (Carnival Cruise Lines), Assistant Systems Manager (NCL, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises), Assistant Data Systems Manager (Celebrity Cruises)
Job Description: Depending on the size of a ship will determine the need for an assistant computer officer; Assists the Computer Officer as directed.
Experience and Skills Required: Experience in specific shipboard network systems (may vary between cruise lines); Types of systems include POS (point of sale), guest security systems, electronic door lock systems, and PC networks; Knowledge of common software such as Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes, Cruise Fidelio, AMOS are an asset; Post secondary education in Computer Science is required.
Typical Rank: 1-striped officer
Average Salary: $2,000 to $3,000 per month
Other Job Titles: The iLounge Macologist is a cruise job specific to Celebrity Cruises and select Royal Caribbean ships that have an iLounge.
Job Description: Maximizes revenue on the Apple products sold onboard; Manages the onboard internet cafe; Offers computer instructor on Apple/Mac products.
Experience and Skills Required: Applicants must have a minimum of three years experience working in an Apple/Mac environment. Candidates should also have guest service experience.
Average Salary: $1,500 to $2,500 per month
Other Job Titles: Online Manager (Celebrity Cruises)
Job Description: Oversees the operation of the shipboard Internet Cafe for guests. Provides support for internet cafe users; Trouble shoots hardware or internet problems in the internet cafe; Assists guests with questions in the internet cafe;
Experience and Skills Required: Candidate must have experience working with computers, internet access, and popular software applications; Minimum of one year experience working in a computer help desk environment preferred; Accounting and point of sale experience is an asset. Post secondary education in Information Technology is also preferred.
Average Salary: $1,500 to $2,500
Other Job Titles: Techspert (HAL)
Job Description: Teaches engaging computer training classes to guests.
Experience and Skills Required: Teaching experience preferred; Excellent public speaking skills are required; Proficient in using PowerPoint as a teaching tool.
Average Salary: $0 to $2,000 per month. With some cruise lines the Computer Instructor is hired as a Guest Lecturer and may not be a paid position. Other contracts may pay the instructor based on how many guests attend their workshops. In the case of HAL’s Techspert, that position is actually part of the Entertainment Department and is a paid cruise job.
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Set sail on a new career with Carnival, and help us bring the FUN to life aboard one of our fantastic vessels! We’re looking for dedicated individuals to join us as Assistant IT Officers!
The Assistant IT Officer provides technical support for shipboard users in cooperation with the lead IT Officer on their vessel. This individual works closely with the ship’s lead IT Officer as a technician and assistant manager, interacting with crew, staff and officers from all departments onboard the ship.
This position provides on site IT support for all aspects of the ship environment: server and network infrastructure, end user computing devices, IT security, application deployments and upgrades, and advanced troubleshooting. Standard tasks involve interacting with Active Directory, SCCM, EPO, MDM enrolment and support, CCTV setup and maintenance, Wifi and VoIP troubleshooting and IT documentation. They will also interact with shoreside support teams through Incident, Change and Service Request tickets using email, chat and phone support.
· Experience with networked device management using Cisco routers, switches, and wireless access points.
· Troubleshooting in Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office software
· Maintenance and administration of network equipment, PCs, POS Terminals and other end user computer equipment
· Knowledge of IT industry standards for security and anti-virus best practices
· Understanding of satellite communications technology, VSAT, Stabilized antennas. Ability to troubleshoot with assistance issues on large 2.4 M stabilized antennas and their associated equipment.
· Assist with project roll-outs and conduct quality control checks of new technology or enhancements to existing systems to ensure desired operability
· Maintain the inventory for IT equipment
· Assist the Lead IT Officer with shipboard tasks as requested
· Maintain a positive working relationship with shipboard officers and crew
· Support compliance with fleet standards
· Continuously improve the onboard IT team’s technical and customer service skills
· Follow all environmental and ECP policies and procedures.
· Experience with direct customer IT support (2 years min)
Proficiency with Cisco, Microsoft, and Linux
· An understanding of current VSAT technology, stabilized antenna systems
· Ability to work on a team and follow instructions
· Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
· Excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written.
· Ability to work calmly and efficiently under pressure and achieve targets
· Ability to take initiative
· Strong execution skills, ability to prioritize and take a structured approach
· Resourceful and adaptable/able to respond effectively and quickly to changing situations
· Must be able to remain in a stationary position at a desk and/or computer for extended periods of time.
· Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 pounds of equipment for short periods
· 6 to 8 months contract along with 6 to 8 weeks’ vacation and working 7 days a week. 8-12 hours per day.
Undergo assigned trainings to develop skills & knowledge for the future positions.
Report any equipment malfunction, difficulties & concerns to the supervisor on duty.
Follow additional duties, other than listed in the job description, assigned by management due to the operational needs/shortages/changes.
Ensure beverage stations are full at all times and cleaned daily.
Engage in light conversations with guests always greet them with a smile.
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- Senior IT Officer
The Senior IT Officer is responsible for the IT systems and IT operation onboard the ship, to ensure maximum system uptime.
They lead and mentor a high performing IT team onboard and partner with shoreside IT management on technology advancements and projects, delivering service excellence, and prompt service delivery, in line with the Company's Core Values.
- IT Networking Systems Integrity & Operations
- IT Equipment Handling and Maintenance
- IT Support & Training
- IT Compliance
- Staff Development & Management
- Shipboard Safety & Compliance
*Detailed job description provided upon application
- Able to lead IT training sessions and mentor IT staff
- Understands the importance of external and internal guest service & can provide support and assistance in keeping with Service Level Agreement expectations
- Motivated to excel
- Willing to embrace all Company Values and lead by example (operates with the highest standards of integrity)
- Is flexible and adaptable to change and shifting priorities
- Able to establish and maintain courteous and professional working relationships in an extremely diverse environment
- Able to take the lead and be at the forefront of high-impact issues
Education & Experience:
- Minimum of 10 years' professional experience in areas of user support with a medium sized LAN (non-negotiable)
- Thorough knowledge of computer systems, including but not limited to MS Office, Windows Client & Server editions (non-negotiable)
- 3 or more of the following certificates: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, Comp TIA Server+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco CCNA, VMWare Vsphere 7 (non negotiable)
- BSc Computer Science, MIS, or related field strongly preferred
- Previous shipboard or hotel/hospitality experience preferred
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IT Support Specialist
American Cruise Lines
IT SYSTEM SPECIALIST
American Cruise Lines, the largest cruise line in the United States, is offering an exciting opportunity to join our shipside team as an IT System Specialist. The IT System Specialist will be responsible for routine operation, level 1 support, maintenance, and troubleshooting of onboard IT systems and Guest technology. The position will work closely with shoreside IT to become IT SMEs for 1-4 ships in their territory.
- Monitor ship systems to ensure maximum uptime and seamless use by ship personnel.
- Perform data transfer between corporate and shipside systems.
- Proactively refresh devices as needed.
- Serve as lead response for all Ship officer needs.
- Act as the ship resource coordinating vendor support engagement.
- Manage high volume shipboard IT Help Desk needs, with a high degree of professionalism
- Track status to resolution.
- Provide remote and as-needed onsite technical overflow support to corporate staff.
- Four years of IT Help Desk experience and ticket system proficiency.
- Two years of technical Vendor interaction.
- A+, Network+ and Microsoft OS proficient
- Knowledge of Windows operating systems, computer and peripheral hardware and software
- Knowledge in help desk software methodology
- Experience with Windows 7-10. Windows Server
- Strong customer service orientation and ability to interact well with diverse end-users and technical staff are required.
- Individual must be detail-oriented and able to independently and successfully troubleshoot resolve technology problems for staff.
- Occasional “on-call” weekend and evening hours required in rolling schedule
- 50% travel required.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
American Cruise Lines is the largest U.S. cruise company and operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships around the country. Our people make the difference. We recognize that our employees have made, and will keep us America's leading river cruise specialist. Our philosophy for success is simple; hire talented people then provide training, support systems and motivation so you will thrive. Long established and deeply experienced in cruise travel, American Cruise Lines has been honored with multiple awards.
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Cruise Career Opportunities at Sea
Set sail on an exciting career course.
Explore our onboard cruise departments below to match your skills and interests to the perfect career! The majority of our career opportunities are entry level but offer excellent incentives and opportunities for career growth.
Cruise Staff Department
Our Cruise Staff make a dramatic impact on each guest’s cruise experience by conducting a variety of onboard activities for them to enjoy. Activities range from trivia games and contests to themed parties and dance lessons. This team is also responsible for hosting an array of special events onboard, including guest performers, group exercise classes, and even the occasional conga line.
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Junior Assistant Cruise Director
The Junior Assistant Cruise Director is an entry-level position on the Cruise Staff team. This team provides fun and exciting activities for guests, like trivia games, Zumba® classes, ice sculpture demonstrations, dance lessons, and arts and crafts. In this role your goal is to help the Cruise Staff provide a premium entertainment package and make our guests’ vacations memorable. You contribute to these memories by actively participating in all events with enthusiasm and dedication.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of two years’ experience in the entertainment and hospitality field, including direct experience hosting activities for large groups. Confident/strong microphone experience is required. Entertainment talents such as dancing, singing, stage performance, hosting sports events, and arts and crafts are a plus, but candidates must be willing to participate in any/all such activities onboard as part of a team environment.
Assistant Cruise Director
In addition to the regular Cruise Staff responsibilities, the Assistant Cruise Director-DJ provides entertaining, engaging, and memorable DJ and emcee services throughout various shipboard venues.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of two years' DJ experience at corporate parties, weddings, or similar events; experience hosting karaoke; and a thorough knowledge of a variety of musical genres from 50s classics to today’s popular music. Applicants must include a Web link to their demo reel for consideration.
Deck & Technical
The Deck department is overseen by the Staff Captain and is responsible for navigating the ship as well as managing all safety-related matters, including environment and public health. This team works closely with the Technical department to ensure that all equipment is well maintained and meets international laws and regulations. The Technical department includes a variety of positions that range from entry-level roles, such as Deck Clerk, Trainees, and Cadets; to highly qualified seafarer roles, such as Environmental Officer, Security officers, and navigating officers all the way through to the ship’s Captain.
The Technical department is responsible for the efficient and cost-effective operation and maintenance of all onboard machinery and equipment, covering a wide range of areas including power generation and propulsion; heating and air conditioning; and deck, hotel, and entertainment support systems. The Technical department’s mission is to provide a safe, secure, and environmentally sound operation at all times. It is a dynamic department with a wide variety of roles and career opportunities.
Deck Department Senior Watchkeeping Officers
Senior Watchkeepers are responsible for safe navigation of the ship, maintaining a 24-hour watch by working a four-hours-on/eight-hours-off rotation. Every ship employs three Senior Watchkeepers in the ranks of 1st Officer, Senior 2nd Officer, and 2nd Officer to cover the three watches. Each watch is supported by a Junior Watchkeeper in the rank of 3rd Officer.
Requirements Applicants must hold an unlimited Chief Mates Certificate of Competence recognized by the UK Marine & Coastguard Agency and Bermuda Maritime Authority.
The Environmental Officer is responsible for ensuring the highest possible levels of compliance by shipboard staff with all established environmental standards, in line with the company’s core values.
Requirements Applicants must be a licensed Deck or Engineer officer holding a minimum of either a 2nd Deck Officer or 2nd Engineer Certificate of Competence, or at least five years' experience with environmental management systems.
Security Officers are responsible for leading a team of security personnel in monitoring guest and crew activities, investigating security matters that arise, and promptly reporting and correcting security issues in order to maintain a safe and secure shipboard environment in line with the company’s core values.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience as a law enforcement officer or service in a maritime military/LE organization. Criminal Investigation experience is preferred as well as knowledge of ISPS code and experience with security surveillance and screening equipment.
Technical Department Senior Watchkeeping Officers
Senior Watchkeepers are responsible for maintaining a 24-hour watch in the ship’s Engine Room, by working a four-hours-on/eight-hours-off rotation. Depending on vessel size, each ship employs either three or four Senior Watchkeepers in the ranks of 1st Engineer and 2nd Engineer.
Requirements Applicants must hold an unlimited 2nd Engineer Certificate of Competence recognized by the UK Marine & Coastguard Agency and Bermuda Maritime Authority.
Hotel Services Engineer
The Hotel Services Engineer leads an onboard Hotel maintenance team in achieving the highest standards appearance for guests and crew area, prompting defect correction in a cost-efficient manner while in line with our company strategy and core values.
The Hotel Services Engineer is responsible for all aspects of Hotel maintenance utilizing the services of the tradesmen within his/her sub-department, as well as the electrical and ventilation departments. This position works closely with the Staff Electro-Technical Officer and the Ventilation Officer when required.
Requirements Applicants must have Technical qualification at OND or HND level or equivalent; a minimum of two years' experience in hotel or hospitality industry maintenance; the ability to read and understand technical drawings and manuals; and excellent technical knowledge to be able to manage, supervise, and guide officers and tradesmen of varying levels of expertise.
Second Plumbers are responsible for assisting in the maintenance and repair of the onboard water, sanitary, and heating systems in a cost-efficient manner that is in compliance with company safety standards.
Requirements Applicants must have experience with small repair, evacuation pumps, and welding. Prior experience in a hotel or shipboard environment is preferred.
Third Engineer Officers are responsible for operating, inspecting, and maintaining engines, machinery, and equipment in a safe, efficient, and cost-effective manner to the highest professional standards.
Requirements Applicants must hold an unlimited Engineers Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competence recognized by the UK Marine & Coastguard Agency and Bermuda Maritime Authority.
2nd Electro-Technical Officer
Second Electro-Technical Officers assist in leading a team of Electro-Technical staff in the safe, efficient, and cost-effective operation, inspection, and repair of all shipboard electrical systems in compliance with company safety standards to ensure the protection and safety of all guests and crew members.
Requirements Applicants must hold an HND qualification in the electro-technical field and have a minimum one year's sea-time experience.
Entertainment & Guest Programs
Our Cruise Entertainment and Guest Program departments are multifaceted and incorporate a variety of teams that work together to create a captivating entertainment experience. We offer everything from lavish production shows to organized activities, games shows, and informative presentations. We encourage high-quality entertainers, accomplished musicians, skilled production technicians, and knowledgeable lecturers to pursue opportunities to travel the world and delight our guests.
Food & Beverage Administration
The Food and Beverage Administration team (F&B) ensures an excellent guest experience through exceptional dining venues and fun and exotic drinks. As a member of the F&B team you are also responsible for identifying process improvements, reviewing operational concerns, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures in all bar and food service areas, and analyzing daily revenue and cost activities in accordance with overall performance, location, and outlet categories.
Food & Beverage Manager
The Food & Beverage Manager oversees the food and/or beverage operations onboard to achieve the highest level of customer service, maximize revenue opportunities, and control costs. This position supports a minimum of different restaurant and beverage outlets that contain exciting menus designed to match our numerous itineraries.
Requirements Applicants must have a degree from a recognized hotel/catering/culinary school; five years’ experience in a related senior management position with an extensive understanding of food production and restaurant service within the hotel or cruise ship industry; and a thorough knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, and the effective distribution of goods.
Assistant Food & Beverage Manager
The Assistant Food & Beverage Manager assists in the management and administration of all onboard Food & Beverage areas to achieve the highest levels of customer service, revenue generation, and cost control.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of three years’ experience in a related F&B management position with experience in beverage operations, food production, and restaurant service within the hotel or cruise ship industry. A degree from a recognized hotel/catering/culinary school is preferred.
Junior Assistant Food & Beverage Manager
The Junior Assistant Food & Beverage Manager provides operational assistance and administrative support to onboard F&B management to achieve the highest levels of customer service, revenue generation, and cost control.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of two years’ experience in a related F&B management position with experience in beverage operations, food production, and restaurant service within the hotel or cruise ship industry. A degree from a recognized hotel/catering/culinary school is preferred.
Food & Beverage Operations
The Restaurant department is responsible for the operation of dining services in all Food & Beverage venues. Providing excellent customer service to our guests is a key function in this position and requires interaction with multiple departments and levels of management to ensure the operation functions smoothly. The Restaurant department includes a variety of positions that require differing skill sets, so applicants will be considered for positions suitable to their level of experience. The growth and training opportunities within this fast-paced and dynamic department are vast.
Requirements Applicants for entry-level positions must have a minimum of one year's experience in a restaurant, preferably in a fine dining establishment; good written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.
The Bar department looks after all front-of-house guest bars and supports back-of-house bar locations onboard all Princess vessels. This department is responsible for providing memorable experiences for our guests in terms of delivering high-quality beverages and warm, friendly, and professional service. This is an exciting department for individuals who enjoy customer interaction and have a "bubbly" personality. Entry-level positions within the Bar department include Bartender, Bar Steward, and Utility F&B Bars. The growth and training opportunities within this fast-paced and dynamic department are vast.
Requirements Applicants for entry-level positions must have a minimum of one year's experience in a Food & Beverage environment involving the service of beverages, a general knowledge of bar products and presentation, the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision, and good written and verbal communication skills.
The Culinary department prides itself in preparing fresh, flavorful cuisine cooked with passion and care. This department is responsible for all food operations onboard the ship and manages food production for not only our guests but also our crew members. It is a very large and active department with a wide representation of the culinary arts. This department includes a variety of positions that require differing skill sets, so applicants will be considered for positions suitable to their level of experience.
Requirements Applicants for entry-level positions must have a minimum of one year's culinary experience at a hotel restaurant or resort, a general understanding of HACCP regulations and safe food-handling procedures, the ability to perform physical work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision, and good written and verbal communication skills.
The Housekeeping department is responsible for maintaining the highest level of cleanliness and service in guest staterooms, public areas, and open decks as well as providing laundry services to both guests and crew members. This department is also responsible for the movement of baggage on and off the ship and making sure the ship is ready for new guests each and every cruise. Entry-level positions within this department include Utility Cleaner, Accommodations Attendant, and Laundry Steward.
Requirements Applicants must have prior experience within the hospitality industry, an understanding of public health and environmental requirements relating to cabin service, good verbal communication skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.
The shipboard Human Resources team works in conjunction with the shoreside Employee Relations team to implement and uphold all HR policies and initiatives in line with the company’s core values. Additional responsibilities include overseeing the Crew Welfare program, creating an optimal work environment to enhance the onboard employee experience, and supporting shipboard and shoreside management teams.
Human Resources Jobs
Requirements Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in human resources, adult education, or a related field from an accredited college or five years’ experience in shipboard operations, training, or employee relations. Knowledge of various international human resources standards in the areas of compensation, employee relations, general benefits, employment and staffing practices, and organizational development is preferred.
The onboard Information Technology team manages and supports all shipboard IT systems and operations while also providing maximum system use. The onboard team works closely with our shoreside IT department to continually improve our shipboard systems and technology. The focus is always on the guest experience and maintaining safe operations. We do this by keeping informed of the latest technological advancements, and providing service excellence in all aspects of technology.
The IT Officer is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and support of all onboard computer systems, mobile devices, physical and virtual servers, networks, point-of-sale terminals, network equipment, and peripherals. This consists primarily of level 1 and 2 support as well as system monitoring and troubleshooting. The IT Officer works closely with the shoreside IT group to ensure all onboard systems perform at optimum levels.
Requirements Applicants must have at least two years' related experience in areas of user support within a medium-sized LAN; a thorough knowledge of computer systems including but not limited to Linux, MS Office, Windows Client and Server editions; and experience troubleshooting PC hardware, software applications, and network connectivity. Additional requirements include the ability to meet deadlines and maintain an attention to detail and accuracy while working under pressure in a team environment, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to lift and carry IT equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. Management or supervisory experience and a BS or higher in computer science, MIS, or related field is strongly preferred.
Computer System Specialist
The Computer System Specialist is responsible for the level 1 support of all onboard computer systems. This includes installing and configuring new PC system hardware, upgrading existing hardware, and supporting mobile devices. The Computer System Specialist works closely with the IT Officer to ensure all onboard systems perform at optimum levels.
Requirements Applicants must have strong customer service skills with the ability to work on multiple tasks; proficiency in the use of computer business applications with working knowledge of PC / LAN systems, hardware and software applications; a minimum of two years’ experience in areas of user support and troubleshooting hardware and software issues; the ability to meet deadlines and maintain attention to detail and accuracy while working in a team environment; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to lift and carry IT equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. Current CompTIA A+ 220-801 Certification, technical school certification, or three or more years of equivalent work experience is strongly preferred.
As a member of the on board medical team, you will have the opportunity to travel the world and practice your medical profession at sea in an exciting, challenging and unique environment. The shipboard medical department prides itself in delivering high quality, patient-centered, evidence based healthcare to guests and crew. Within this diverse and welcoming environment, our medical staff perform a broad range of medical care, supported by a skilled medical team in a modern, well-equipped shipboard medical center. Visit our website for more information on cruise ship medicine , and working at sea as a doctor, nurse, paramedic or healthcare assistant.
Doctors are primarily responsible for providing individualized outpatient, inpatient and ICU care for guests and crew. Doctors consult both crew and guests, providing timely, safe and evidence-based assessments, formulating differential diagnoses and treatment plans, performing clinical interventions and procedures, and coordinating logistics of referrals and evacuations. Doctors manage the preventative health and wellness programs for crew, and are also responsible for adhering to public health practices.
Doctors will also perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center. Additional duties include participation in drills, audits, inspections and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board, such as X-rays acquisition, and performing a wide-array of laboratory tests and other procedures. Doctors work closely with shipboard nurses and paramedics, and report to the ship’s Senior Doctor.
Nurses are primarily responsible for providing individualized outpatient, inpatient and ICU care for guests and crew. Nurses also act as a first responders, triaging emergency calls, assessing and treating on scene, and transferring patients to the shipboard medical center for definitive care. Through the use of specific patient group directives, nurses are able to practice autonomously under the authority of doctors, assessing patients and providing treatment and advice for specific conditions. In additional to first response duties, nurses work closely with shipboard doctors to attend to patients attending daily walk-in clinics.
Nurses also perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center under the direction and supervision of the Senior Nurse. Additional duties include equipment checks, medicines and inventory management, participation in drills, audits, inspections and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board, such as X-rays acquisition, and performing a wide-array of laboratory tests and other procedures.
Paramedic / First Responders
Paramedics are responsible for providing high standards of individualized routine and emergency care to guests and crew. Paramedics act as a first responders, triaging emergency calls, assessing and treating on scene, and transferring patients to the shipboard medical center for definitive care. Through the use of specific patient group directives, paramedics are able to practice autonomously under the authority of doctors, assessing patients and providing treatment and advice for specific conditions. In additional to first response duties, paramedics work closely with shipboard nurses and doctors to attend to patients attending daily walk-in clinics.
Paramedics also perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center under the direction and supervision of the Senior Nurse. Additional duties include equipment checks, medicines and inventory management, participation in drills, audits, inspections and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board, such as X-rays acquisition, and performing a wide-array of laboratory tests and other procedures.
Healthcare Assistance: (HCA)
Healthcare Assistants are an essential part of the medical team onboard, effectively supporting the team with a broad range of clinical, laboratory and administrative tasks. Healthcare assistants conduct health screening, surveillance testing, vaccine campaigns, and work closely with onboard medical staff and admin assistants in attending to patients during daily clinics.
Healthcare Assistants perform various technical and non-clinical administrative tasks that support the efficient and safe operation of the medical center under the direction and supervision of the Senior Nurse. Primary responsibilities include laboratory specimen collection for COVID-19 surveillance testing, all associated administrative functions and onboard laboratory specimen processing procedures. Other duties include basic assessment and triage, assisting with patient care and activities of daily living, specimen collection for other tests and procedures, patient education and vaccination campaigns. Additional duties include equipment checks, medicines and consumables inventory management, participation in drills, audits, inspections, and training of other crew members. Technical skills are learned and practiced on board.
Public Health Officer
As a Public Health Officer you will monitor shipboard public health and infection control procedures and assist both shipboard Management and Corporate Public Health Director in overseeing the implementation and compliance with shipboard prevention and control activities at all response levels including for COVID-19, AGE, and other communicable diseases.
Additionally, you will participate as a key member of the shipboard Outbreak Management Team (OMT), coordinate the implementation and compliance with OMT decisions and oversee the correct and safe storage, par levels, condition, and use of all infection control related PPE, disinfectants, hand sanitizers, and other supplies and related equipment.
- Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, biological sciences, or closely related field preferred. Certification in CDC-VSP, Infection Control, and EU SHIPSAN preferred.
- Two years of shipboard experience or three years of full-time shoreside experience in implementing, overseeing, or auditing public health programs.
- Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Knowledge of infection control practices and Vessel Sanitation Standards. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced cruise ship environment, while prioritizing workloads. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate to culturally diverse teams. Self- sufficient and able to work independently.
- Critical Professional related Technical Skills: Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Experience with electronic health record platforms.
- Cruise industry experience is preferred.
Photography & Video Departments
Onboard photography is primarily centered on portrait and event photography, using both natural locations and onboard studio setups with backdrops and studio lighting. Our Videographers produce a souvenir DVD documenting the cruise experience from beginning to end, showing both onboard entertainment and port tours and destinations. The work is fast-paced, high-volume, and high-quality. Attention to detail, teamwork, and outstanding customer service are the most important elements of this job. You will be shooting photos and videos both ashore and on the ship, processing photos and editing video footage, selling the finished products and other retail items, and providing top-quality customer service to our guests.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of one year's photography work experience or two years of formal photography training. Strong computer skills and digital photography experience are preferred. We provide all digital equipment and a state-of-the-art onboard lab for use during work hours. Retail sales or customer service experience is also preferred.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of one year of videography work experience or two years of formal video production training. Strong shooting and editing skills are required and prior sales and customer service experience is preferred. All video and editing equipment is provided onboard.
Princess Cruises sets the standard for cruise line entertainment and offers exciting shipboard positions for knowledgeable and professional Technical Production staff. Our first-class theaters and entertainment venues are equipped with state-of-the-art, multi-million-dollar technical systems complete with elaborate sets, spectacular costumes, and fascinating pyrotechnic effects. Our lighting and audio systems consist of MA Lighting, High End, Vari-Lite, German Light Products, Martin Professional, Flying Pig Systems, Green Hippo, Digidesign Venue, and Midas. Our stages are equipped with intricate Tait Towers and Stage Technologies rigging systems consisting of lifts, revolves, serapid tracks, and overhead line-sets.
All of our production shows are showcased in magnificent theaters and are both conceptualized and produced in-house. We work with a talented and award-winning team of Directors, Scenic Designers, Lighting Designers, Choreographers, and Media Designers.
Senior Production Managers
Senior Production Managers oversee all production show elements including lighting, audio, video, automation/rigging, scenery, pyrotechnics, and show rehearsals.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of three years' professional work experience in stage management or production/technical direction, with an emphasis in musical theater productions. Strong organizational skills with excellent inter-personal skills are required.
Assistant Production Manager-Lighting
The Assistant Production Manager-Lighting is responsible for programming and operating lighting systems within multiple shipboard venues. This role safely delivers functioning and well-maintained lighting, pyrotechnic, and video systems in support of a dynamic, engaging, and memorable entertainment and activities program.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of three years' professional work experience operating, designing, and maintaining MA Lighting, Flying Pig Systems consoles; High End, Vari-Lite, GLP, Martin Professional fixtures; Green Hippo, Catalyst media servers; and familiarity with Pyrodigital console operation.
Assistant Production Manager-Audio
The Assistant Production Manager-Audio is responsible for the operation, maintenance, and programing of live audio within a variety of onboard venues as assigned by shipboard management. This role safely delivers functioning and well-maintained audio systems in support of a dynamic, engaging, and memorable entertainment and activities program.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of three years' professional work experience operating and maintaining large-format consoles and mixed media playback. Equipment operating specifics: Digidesign Venue Profile and SC48 consoles, iZ Corp RADAR playback system, LCS Matrix 3 automated surround-sound system, PeaveyMedia Matrix audio interface, QSC Q-SYS Integrated System, and Countryman/Shure UHF wireless microphones.
Assistant Production Manager-Crew Chief
The Assistant Production Manager-Crew Chief is responsible for safely operating functioning and well-maintained rigging/automation systems and associated props and scenery in support of a dynamic, engaging, and memorable entertainment and activities program. In addition, this role assists in the general operation of the venue while managing assigned production staff.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of three years' professional work experience operating and maintaining Tait Towers Navigator systems and Stage Technologies Acrobat/Chameleon systems. A good understanding of rigging principles and practice is required. Strong organizational skills with excellent inter-personal skills are essential.
Stage Crew are responsible for assisting the Production team with the maintenance of all equipment, scenery, and props as well as show and event preparation pertaining to A/V equipment, scenic goods, props, lighting, and rigging.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of one year's professional work experience with a technical theater background and must possess a solid understanding of basic theater principles to effectively work with mechanized stage equipment, pyrotechnic product, lighting equipment, scenic items and props, rigging and audio equipment, as assigned.
The Pursers department is the center of Hotel operations onboard all Princess vessels. This dynamic department encompasses a variety of roles and is responsible for the management of hotel accounts, shore excursions, and shipboard personnel operations such as the Crew Office.
Junior Assistant Purser
Junior Assistant Purser is the entry-level position into the Pursers department. Most Junior Assistant Pursers initially begin their onboard career at the Front Desk where responsibilities include providing exceptional customer service to each guest, assisting guests with account inquires, resolving customer service issues, and answering telephone calls. This position offers excellent career development and promotion opportunities in hotel management.
Requirements Applicants must have a minimum of two years’ experience in the hotel/hospitality industry performing junior management duties and front desk responsibilities at a large hotel. Applicants must also be computer literate, have experience with large volume cash handling, possess mathematical and analytical skills, and have excellent customer service skills. Secretarial skills and foreign language fluency are also preferred.
The Stewarding department is responsible for maintaining meticulous sanitation and hygiene standards in all Galley areas, ensuring that operating procedures are upheld and adhered to at all times. This includes the proper cleaning, handling, and storage of tableware, cookware, silverware, and Galley equipment.
Requirements Applicants must have a basic knowledge of cleaning and sanitation procedures for the food service industry, good verbal communications skills, and the ability to perform physical labor in a fast-paced environment with minimum supervision.
Our team of Youth Staff offer an exciting program for kids and teens ages 3-17. The Princess Youth Program is offered on all vessels, year-round in state-of-the-art, dedicated facilities. Our centers are equipped with digital jukeboxes, foosball, air hockey, skeeball, DJ booths, video game stations and more. Our Youth Staff offer a variety of activities, including games, sports, science workshops, and educational programs. Individuals who are outgoing, enthusiastic, energetic and have an interest in entertaining kids of any age are encouraged to apply.
Youth Staff Jobs
Requirements Applicants for Youth Staff must have a minimum of two years’ work experience in a youth/child care-related or teaching field or previous employment in a recreational or educational setting such as camp counseling, coaching, and/or leading outdoor or community-center activities. Experience supervising kids in a group setting is also required. Experience with children of several ages is strongly preferred, as counselors must be willing to work with any age group to which they are assigned.
Other Cruise Departments
Applicants for positions in the Casino, including Dealers and Slot Technicians, are recruited through Carnival Corporation. For more information please Carnival Corporation's Ocean Casino Jobs web site .
Spa, fitness, and salon
Applicants interested in positions in the Lotus Spa and Fitness Center are recruited through Steiner Leisure. For more information please visit One Spa World^ .
Applicants for positions within the Fine Arts department are recruited through Park West Gallery. For more information please visit Park West Gallery Art Auctions^ .
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Onboard and Onshore Cruise Ship Positions
Whether you long for the sea breeze and ocean air, or you're strictly a landlubber with a passion for hospitality management, there are literally hundreds of positions available in the cruise industry that will meet your needs. But you'll need to know exactly what each position entails before you apply.
There are a large variety of jobs on cruise ships and at cruise line corporate offices.
Skim over the list of job titles below. You may recognize a number of the jobs, i.e., disc jockey, but some may be foreign to you. For example, few people know what a Gentleman Host does!
This page provides you with a list of common positions on luxury cruise liners as well as links to general job descriptions, which will give you a better idea of what each job is all about.
Furthermore, see how jobs are broken down into different departments below.
The only way to get a more detailed look at these jobs is to become a CruiseJobFinder member .
Commonly Available Positions on Cruise Ships:
- Cruise Directors
- Disc Jockeys
- Expedition Leaders
- Hosts and Hostesses
- Shore Excursion Managers
- Water Sports Instructors
- Youth Counselors
- Fitness Directors
- Medical Staff
- Air/Sea Reservation Agents
- Gift Shop Positions
- Junior Assistant Pursers
- Information Technology Staff
- Administration Assistants
- Customer Service Representatives
- Casino Staff
- Cruise Staff
- Gentleman Host
- Production Managers
- Shore Excursion Staff
- Massage Therapists
- Fitness Instructors
- Personal Trainers
- Bar Stewards
- Bedroom Stewards
- Hospitality or Hotel Managers
- Dance Instructors
- Booking Agents
- Sales and Marketing Positions
- Engeering Department Crew
Jobs Listed by Department
Activity and shipboard entertainment departments:.
These positions are all about keeping passengers busy and entertained, and they're the people who are top of mind when passengers hear the term "cruise staff." The activity leaders or instructors work with passengers in small groups, leading them in a specific activity, whether it's diving, dancing, or Yoga. Entertainers provide music (either playing it or as a disc jockey), sing, act, juggle, or other forms of entertainment, either poolside or in the ship's many clubs, casinos, or on stages. Cruise directors are responsible for all of these areas, and making sure that passengers are participating and enjoying each experience. For a more detailed overview of Activity/Entertainment positions and their job requirements, Click Here!
- Art Auctioneer
- Assistant Cruise Director
- Assistant Shore Excursions Manager
- Casino staff
- Cruise Consultant
- Cruise Director
- Dance Instructor
- Disc Jockey
- Dive Instructor
- Gentlemen Host
- Lecturer/ Special Guest Speaker
- Port Lecturer
- Shore Excursions Manager
- Social Host/Hostess
- Audio Visual Coordinator
- Production Manager
- Sound and Light Technician
Deck and Engineering Departments:
These are the people in charge of keeping the ship well maintained, running smoothly, and on course - all the while ensuring everyone's safety, keeping detailed records, and being knowledgeable of maritime laws and regulations. While the captain is usually very visible, you may not realize that there are many additional crew members, each with important duties. For most of these positions you'll need to have some experience onboard a ship and specialized training. However, there are some internships and/or apprenticeship programs that can launch your career in this department. For a more detailed overview of Deck Positions, Click Here!
- Able Seaman
- Chief Officer
- First Officer
- Quarter Master
- Safety Officer
- Security Officer
- Staff Captain
- Assistant Engineer
- Chief Engineer
- Chief Electrician
- Chief Radio Officer
- First Assistant Engineer
Service and Hospitality Departments :
These positions can also be called "hotel management" jobs. The common denominator with all of these jobs is that you are providing a direct service to passengers, whether it's cooking food, serving food or beverages, cleaning cabins, doing laundry, and a wide range of other duties. The purser also falls under this category. Pursers are in charge of all onboard accounting during each cruise. For a more detailed overview of Service/Hospitality Positions, Click Here !
Food and Beverage
- Bar Manager
- Buffet Server
- Chef de Partie
- Cocktail Server
- Dining Room Head Waiter
- Dining Room Manager
- Executive Chef
- Food and Beverages Manager
- General Cook
- Maitre d' Hotel
- Pastry Chef
- Wine Steward
- Chief Purser
- Purser Staff
- Cabin Steward/ess
- Chief Cabin Steward
- Chief Steward/Housekeeper
- Laundry Staff
- Computer Systems Manager/IT
- Gift Shop Manager
- Gift Shop Sales Assistant
- Hotel Manager
- Program Coordinator
Personal Care and Shipboard Medical Departments:
Workers in these jobs are also providing direct care to passengers, but services are in the form of massages, hair care, manicures, or even medical care. Of course you'll need to have the proper credentials or licenses before you can apply for any of these jobs. For a more detailed overview of Personal Care Positions, Click Here!
- Beauty Therapist
- Fitness Instructor
- Hair Stylist
- Spa Attendant
Nurses and Physicians
I'm a cruise ship officer. I love my job, but it's not the constant vacation that people assume.
- Cruise officers are in charge of the safety and navigation of massive ships carrying thousands of passengers.
- Third Officer Natalie Grillo said the position is extremely rewarding and requires a strong work ethic.
- The most challenging aspects are the erratic sleep schedule and work-life balance, she told Insider.
This as-told-to essay is based on conversations with Natalie Grillo, a 25-year-old third officer at a major US cruise line. She has chosen to exclude her employer's name due to the company's media policy, but her employment has been verified by Insider. Her words have been edited for length and clarity.
I think a lot of people have this misconception that it's easy to work on a cruise ship because they think we're vacationing and not actually working. They don't realize the amount of work that goes into making those vacations for other people.
Whether you're a dishwasher, housekeeper, or an officer like me, you're doing hours and hours of labor, all for the benefit of the guests, with rarely any days off. I've worked in the oil field, on research vessels, and on small boats, but working on a cruise ship is the most difficult job I've ever had.
As a Third Officer, my job is half safety and half navigation. I'm living and working onboard cruise ships anywhere from six to nine months of the year. My typical contract is two to three months with two months of vacation in between.
My favorite part of the job is how challenging it is. You're constantly working your way up to becoming the captain. Every day there's something new to learn and that's really important for me. As you learn more, you get a fuller understanding of everything that's happening on the vessel.
Working on a cruise ship has also allowed me to meet people that I would have never met otherwise. I've never been to South America or Indonesia, but I've met so many people from those locations and have gained a better understanding of what their lives and culture are like. It really gives you a better worldview.
I often have to choose between sleep and social life
My least favorite part of the job is the sleep schedule. I wouldn't give up my job for the world but I do wish that there were more hours in the day because the job legitimately never stops. You work seven days a week and there are no days off until your contract is over.
Cruise ship officers are divided into three different "watch groups" that are assigned two shifts that are four hours long. You either work from midnight to 4 a.m. and then noon to 4 p.m., 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and then 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., or 8 a.m. to noon and then 8 p.m. to midnight.
Getting enough rest is all a juggling act — do I want to sleep or do I want to go out? Do I want to go to the show or do I want to watch a movie? But you make those deals with yourself of how much am I willing to give to get.
I see my friends when I can but oftentimes my shift schedule is a lot different from theirs because most crew work during the day. Social life onboard really just depends on the job or the shifts that you have.
The crew bar opens at 10 p.m. and stays open until about two in the morning. If you want, you can have your friends over in your cabin, or you can hang out and watch a movie. There are also crew social events you can attend like parties in the crew bar. I personally don't really go out much because I prioritize my sleep, which I don't mind.
I'm in charge of the safety of thousands of passengers
During your watch, it's your responsibility to ensure that the ship is following the chartered course that has been approved by the navigation officer, the company, and the captain. You need to make sure that the ship is following safe navigation in accordance with all the local laws and traffic rules.
After my four-hour watch shift, I start the safety inspections of the equipment that I'm responsible for (like fire extinguishers) or go on my safety rounds, which is when each officer oversees a deck or two. During safety rounds, I take a look at all the safety equipment that's on those decks, make sure certain doors are locked properly, and check the fire stations and sprinkler heads — anything that could infringe on the safety of the vessel.
We're also trained to handle a number of emergency situations, including fires, collisions, grounding, piracy, man overboard, or an abandon ship order.
Working on a cruise ship has been the most difficult job I've had because the scope of responsibility is larger compared to other jobs in the maritime industry — you're not just dealing with your crew members anymore, you're also dealing with your guests. Having that responsibility of 3,000 people while you're navigating obviously makes it a little bit more intense.
We have special privileges like our own cabins, bar, and mess hall
One of the biggest benefits of being a cruise ship officer is that you get your own cabin and bathroom, while other crew members have to share bunk rooms with a roommate.
Because I have a single cabin, I can have a guest on board, something workers who share a cabin and bathroom can't.
For staff, there are two different places to eat: a mess hall for officers and a mess hall for general crew. The food is exactly the same. The officer mess hall is just smaller and sometimes there's a nicer tablecloth — that's really the only difference.
But officers have more privileges when it comes to dining in guest areas. General crew members may not have that opportunity and might get their requests denied. I probably wouldn't because of my position.
Officers also make more money than most crew members. But then again, you also have a lot more responsibility. I get paid around $1,700 a week (pre-tax) and that includes my vacation pay. It's a salaried position so I don't make any hourly overtime. Officers also get a merit-based percentage increase each year if the company does well.
I wish cruise corporations would listen more to crew members
I wish that the companies would listen to crew members' concerns more and take them more seriously. I think it would drastically improve workers' lives. All they're looking at is profit when the people who are making the profit for them aren't necessarily getting all of the benefits that I think they deserve.
Some people I know have worked 10 to 15 years on cruise ships. That's over a decade of their life that they've spent away from their life on land. They send money to their family back home and they're working hard hours and hard labor to do that.
If they made the ship a little bit more comfortable for the crew — even through little improvements like buying new sheets — it would improve their lives exponentially, to a point where it would help them give better service to the guests.
It can be hard to balance your life at sea with your life on land
Being away from your life on land for months at a time is definitely difficult. You really need to have people who support you and understand the job and the life that you've chosen. When you're away that long, it almost feels like the land side of your life disappears — whatever is happening on shore takes a backseat to your job.
When I'm away for my next contract, I'm going to be missing two weddings. It's not that these weddings aren't important to me, I want to be there, but my friends understand why I won't be there.
When I return home to New York, it can be a little difficult to transfer between work mode and home mode after working constantly seven days a week. On the ship, you're always constantly on task and then you come home and you've got nothing to do.
It's an amazing career if you understand what you're getting into
I think that people might underestimate the difficulties of working at sea.
I know some people that have worked in the industry for 20 to 40 years and they love it. Some people are just built like that. And then there are some people who quit after a year because they don't really understand what that work-life balance is actually like.
I think it's a great career and that it's an incredibly fulfilling career for myself. But it's really what you make of it. So if someone is to choose this as their career, they should go into it knowing that it's not like working an office job when you're at a computer all day — you really need to work hard and be aware at all times.
Do you work on a cruise ship? Have a story or tip to share? Email this reporter from a non-work address at [email protected]
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15 Incredible Cruise Ship Jobs (Get Paid To Travel!)
Posted: October 16, 2023 | Last updated: October 16, 2023
Traveling the world while getting paid to do it might sound like a dream, but it can be a reality if you take a job on a cruise ship.
Of course, this type of work isn’t for everyone — the hours can be long, and it may mean a lot of time away from home. But there are plenty of benefits as well.
If working for a cruise line sounds ideal, there are plenty of career opportunities on board. Here are 15 jobs that can help boost your bank account as you travel the world.
Editor's note: All salary figures are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
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Even short cruises are packed with activities for travelers to engage in. Among other things, you'll find games, happy hours and live music.
An activities coordinator is similar to an event planner. In this role, you oversee things like recreation on board and coordinating shore excursion activities. The BLS does not offer wage information for this position.
If you want to start traveling more — and get paid to do it — this can be a good role to consider.
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It’s no secret that people on cruises like to drink. Many cruise lines offer a food and alcohol package as part of the booking process.
The amount of money you can make working as a bartender on a cruise ship varies greatly, depending on whether guests are expected to tip. But the average salary for bartenders is $29,380 annually.
Working as a dealer at a cruise casino can be an exciting gig. These workers may oversee poker, blackjack, roulette, and more games.
Gambling service workers make $31,290 a year. However, as with tending bar, the actual wages for casino workers on a cruise can vary.
Many cruise ships have cafeterias and restaurants for when guests are in the mood for fine dining.
Cruise ship chefs may be involved in cooking and planning menus for guests and staff. Chefs or head cooks make $56,520 on average annually.
Deckhands help maintain the cruise ship. They may be involved in keeping these massive ships running, including cleaning and maintaining equipment, loading cargo, and getting passengers safely on board.
The experience required to work as a deckhand can vary greatly depending on the job description. The BLS does not offer salary information for this position.
Cruise lines hire all sorts of entertainers, from dancers to cover bands and magicians.
Working on a cruise ship can be a great way to hone and improve your craft or even take it in a different direction. The average wage for entertainers and performers is $29.67 an hour, which equates to about $61,713 annually.
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Cruise ships also need people to manage their entertainers, particularly if the ship has a lot of shows and performances scheduled.
Entertainment directors may be involved in scheduling staff, planning performances, and doing administrative work. The average salary for entertainment/recreation managers is $67,220 annually.
Many cruise ships also offer various fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, spin, and more.
For qualified instructors, this can be a great way to stay healthy, make money, and travel the world all at the same time. The average fitness instructor makes $45,380 annually.
On cruise ships, hair and makeup artists may work in spas, providing services to guests looking to get pampered while on board, and may be needed to work with the ship’s performers.
The BLS groups barbers, hairstyles, and cosmetologists together and states an average of $33,400 annual salary for these workers.
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Since a cruise ship is essentially a floating hotel, many employees with experience working in hospitality are needed.
Hotel directors ensure that guests are comfortable and enjoy their experience. They may also be involved in planning and coordinating cruise activities.
The average salary for lodging managers is $61,910 annually.
Some cruise ships also hire nurses to provide care to passengers and cruise staff.
The amount of money nurses make on average usually depends on the type of nurse. Registered nurses (RNs) make $81,220 annually. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) make $54,620 a year.
Many cruise passengers opt to take advantage of spa services. Massage therapists may work in a spa or travel to guests’ rooms with their equipment to provide massages.
Licensed massage therapists make just under $49,860 annually on average.
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Cruise ships also frequently employ security staff to ensure the safety of guests and crew members. These workers may patrol the ship regularly and respond to any issues that come up.
The average salary for security guards is $33,030 annually.
Eating often and well is a big draw for many cruise passengers. Ships often have several restaurants on board and employ experienced servers to staff them.
Pay for these workers can vary, depending on the cruise line’s tipping policy. The average salary for a server in the U.S. is $29,120 annually.
Part of the beauty of the typical cruise ship is that it’s kind of like a floating mall, filled with gift shops and retail stores galore. Ships often need many sales associates to staff these stores.
Again, depending on the cruise line and the job, the pay for these gigs may vary. However, BLS data puts the average salary for a retail sales worker at $30,750 annually.
That’s not huge money, but perhaps it's enough for students to get ahead financially during breaks between school years.
Working as a cruise crew member is certainly not for everyone — lodging for staff can be cramped, days can be long, and you might be away from home for weeks at a time.
But for those looking to tap into a new source of income as they travel, it just may be a win-win situation.
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