Housekeeping jobs on cruise ships are the same as housekeeping jobs in hotels and at resorts. The Housekeeping department is responsible for cleaning and maintaining cabins and washing towels, sheets, and other washables commonly used in cabins and staterooms. There are many housekeeping positions on cruise ships including chief housekeeper (supervisor), assistant chief housekeeper, floor supervisor, head room steward/stewardess, assistant cabin steward/stewardess, bell captain, room service attendant or bell boy, cleaner (cleans public areas), laundry supervisor, assistant laundry supervisor, laundry person/linen keeper, and pool attendant.
Salaries for housekeeping jobs on cruise ships range from $700 per month up to $3,800. Supervisor positions are at the high end of the pay scale, while support positions are at the low end of the pay scale. For example, pool attendants, laundry persons, cleaners, and room service attendants average $700-$1,000 while laundry supervisors and bell captains may average $1,200-$1,300 per month. Floor supervisors average $2,400-$3,200 per month, assistant chief housekeepers average $2,500-$3,400 per month, and chief housekeepers average $3,000-$3,800 per month.
Education and skills needed for housekeeping jobs will vary by position. For instance, chief housekeepers typically have excellent English language skills, 7-10 years experience in hotels, ship experience, and a certificate or associate degree in hospitality or other related field. Pool positions and laundry positions require basic English language skills and no experience is required. Entry-level workers will receive on-the-job training.
For all positions, ship employees will receive a salary, plus free accommodations, meal, free air travel to and from the ship, health benefits, and discounts on retail items aboard the ship.
After you have decided which position(s) you feel you are qualified for, it’s time to begin the job search, followed by the application process. If you have a specific cruise line in mind, locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website first. Visit the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. Once you have located the site, visit the website and search around for job postings. Most cruise line websites have a career center or job postings page. If the cruise line lists job openings, be sure to follow the application procedure to the letter. Applicants that do not follow directions are typically passed over in favor of those that do.
If the cruise line does not list job openings on its site (very rare), send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines’ Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is typically located at the cruise lines headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager.
For more information about jobs on cruise ships visit Cruise Ship Jobs online. Here, you can download the 2010 cruise ship employment guide; you can read through cruise line profiles; you can find out which ships are hiring and for what positions — and you can even apply for a cruise ship job right online. Please note that this website charges a fee. You can apply for a job on your own, free of charge, sign up with a placement agency, or use Cruise Ship Jobs’ service.