Jobs On Board

Types of job

There are two basic categories, Crew and Hotel.

Hotel staff run the gamut of customer services, entertainment, shore visits, shops, services and amenities, it's a pretty diverse field, including everything from masseurs to comedians. (this also includes 'concessionary companies' who operate businesses on board, like painting auctions, etc.)

Crew jobs, other than the actual sailors, include trades like carpentry, chefs, and waiters.

In the case of some of these jobs, luxury cruise ships can be pure gold for people's careers.

In the Hotel area, these ships are literally 5 star hotels. In the hotel industry, that's how they're rated. That sort of top level experience is very rare, and the 5 star hotels are usually as keen to maintain their standards as other hotels are keen to get people with that experience. (Four star hotels become five star because they acquire people who can provide that level of service. It's a murderously competitive industry.)

For Crew jobs, ship work is often quite a career plus. The technical knowledge required goes beyond standard electrician work, with various ship-based regulations and safety considerations. It's highly specialized in some cases. An electrician trying to make a point about understanding safety regulations could honestly say that he'd worked in a very demanding safety environment.

Accommodation and work environment

Ship cabins can take a bit of adaption. They're small by land-based standards, and they're shared, usually. It's an odd contrast that you literally have an ocean around you, and a relatively small space in which to live and work.

Compared to ships of 50 years ago, they're paradises. They're also very functional. Bunk beds, some storage, but not the sort of place you'd bring a lot of luggage. They're not 'staterooms', and that standard of accommodation shouldn't be expected.

Anyway, you're at work. The cabin is where you sleep, rather than where you live. There's a lot to do on a ship, on and off the job, so it's not a major issue. (That said, it's quite an adjustment from shore to sea. This is one of the big lifestyle differences. You will need to see if you can make that adjustment. Some people love life on board, others can't do it.)

Whatever your job, you do get use of the ship's amenities. These days that's a long list of services you'd have to pay for on land.

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry
  • Medical insurance for the term of your contract
  • Fee plane tickets home after qualifying contract periods.

That's a few thousand bucks, minimum, on shore-based services.

The quality of life on board is really pretty high, the food is normally excellent, and you're making a career for yourself while you're at it. Not all bad, is it?

Then there's the Fun element. You get to see the world, and get paid for it, instead of spending the normal tens of thousands of dollars doing that.

If you think you can force yourself to tolerate this sort of hardship, read on.

Search for a Cruise Ship Job :
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