Janitorial Staff Positions on Cruise Ships

By Michelle - June 16, 2010 

There are several departments on cruise ships including the Activity/Entertainment Department, Deck & Engineering Department, Service & Hospitality Department, and Personal Care Department. There is also an Office Department, but most of these jobs are land-based. Janitorial staff positions are part of the Deck & Engineering Department. This is one of the most important departments on the vessel –without it the ship would never set sail. This department is responsible for maintaining and running the vessel.

Many of the positions in this department are not entry-level, especially on large cruise ships. In addition to janitorial staff, this department consists of deckhands, other maintenance workers, engineers, and officers. These positions help to motor or sail the ship, attend to the physical maintenance needs of the ship, and keep it in accordance with fleet regulations and international maritime laws. Officers are in charge of passenger safety as well.

Janitorial staff positions on cruise ships come in all shapes and sizes. Some require mostly housekeeping duties (these positions are in the housekeeping department), while others require maintenance duties. Housekeeping janitorial positions require a high school diploma plus experience. These positions typically pay around $19,000 per year. Maintenance janitor positions require a minimum high school diploma, but most cruise ships prefer a certificate or degree from a trade school or community college, plus several years experience. The average salary for maintenance janitors on cruise ships is around $25,000 per year.

Contrary to popular belief, there is room to grow in these positions. After working in the industry for anywhere from 3-5 years, janitors may be promoted to porter housekeeper janitor or janitor custodian porter. Porter housekeeper janitors earn around $31,000 per year and janitor custodian porters earn around $41,000 per year. These individuals assist management and maintenance managers with day to day activities.

When you are ready to apply for a janitorial staff position on cruise ships, 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, 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.

Cruise Ship Job Perks

In addition to competitive salaries, cruise ship employees enjoy free travel to exciting destinations, free accommodations and meals, health insurance, and free air travel to and from the ship.

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