Working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

By Michelle - September 18, 2008 

Working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines offers some of the most exciting career opportunities available for those looking to enter the cruise travel industry. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, like all other cruise lines, has a large number of positions and departments to fill and the RCL makes it easy to check out current openings.

While working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is very appealing and the need for employees of all ages and backgrounds is at an all-time high, the competition is fierce, the application process is lengthy, and the requirements are firm. The good news is, once you make the cut, the benefits to working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines are endless.

Before you begin your search for employment with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines there are a few things you should know about the types of positions that may be available, where to find them, and how to apply for a position. Once you have a good idea about how to go about searching for a position with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and securing an interview, you are well on your way to working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Job openings with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will fall into one of the following departments: Activity/Entertainment Department, Deck & Engineering Department, Service & Hospitality Department, Personal Care Department and Office Positions. One of the nicest perks, no matter what department you plan to work in, is in most cases, all standard living expenses are covered including room, food, health coverage, etc., which means the majority of your earnings can be saved. Compensation varies depending on position, the cruise line, etc.

Cruise ship jobs in the Activity/Entertainment department are considered some of the most glamorous jobs aboard the ship. These positions deal with anything relating to passenger entertainment and are often synonymous with “cruise staff.� This department includes: DJ’s, Production Managers, Photographers, Managers, Casino Staff, Host/Hostess and Cruise Consultant, to name a few. Those best suited for jobs in this department are typically enthusiastic and extroverted.

The Deck & Engineering Department 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. Please note that the positions in this department are not typically entry-level positions, especially on large ships. The department consists of deckhands, 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.

Considered the “Hotel Management� Department, staff members in the Service/Hospitality Department have the responsibility of managing the bars & restaurants and passenger cabins, as well as shipboard retail concessions like gift shops. Just a few Service/Hospitality positions include: Hotel Manager, Cabin Stewards/Stewardesses, Accountant, Executive Chef, Wine Steward, Chief Purser, Purser Staff, Chief Purser, Bellman, Pastry Chef and the list goes on and on. Most service positions such as bartenders, waiters and cocktail servers can earn a good amount of extra money from tips.

No cruise would be complete without a department devoted to helping passengers pamper themselves. The Personal Care Department includes spa, fitness, beauty and medical services. It helps manage hair stylists, manicurists, massage therapists, fitness instructors, beauty therapists, spa attendants, nurses and physicians all dedicated to the well-being of passengers.

Most office positions are onshore — employees typically work in the main office performing administrative tasks, arranging cruises or performing general office tasks. Office positions generally fall under the following categories: Accounting, Administrative/Clerical, Air Operations, Marketing/PR and Reservations/Sales.

You can register with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Human Resources Department online (please click here to register) or you can send a cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department, which is typically at the cruise lines headquarters. It is important that you include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager. As of May 2008, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines listed career opportunities in the following areas: Corporate Offices, Shipboard Hotel Operations, Shipboard Technical & Nautical Marine, and Shipboard Entertainment & Guest Activities.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Headquarters is located at:

Royal Caribbean International
1050 Caribbean Way
Miami, FL 33132-2096
Phone: 305.539.6000
Fax: 305.374.7354

For more information about job openings at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines or any other cruise line, visit Cruise Ship Jobs online. Here, you can download the 2008 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!

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