The administrative staff on cruise ships does not actually work on cruise ships. Most office jobs are onshore. The administrative staff typically works in the main office performing administrative tasks, arranging cruises, or performing general office tasks. Administrative staff works in the accounting department, in air operations, in marketing and public relations, and in sales and reservations.
Depending on the department, administrative personnel must have excellent computer skills, the ability to multi-task, and strong typing skills. They must also be familiar with office equipment such as copy machines, fax machines, postage meters, and other support tools.
Administrative personnel earn anywhere from $2,400-$3,200 per month, depending on the position. In addition to a competitive salary, administrative personnel will also enjoy free travel to exciting destinations, and free accommodations and meals. They also receive a savings, retirement, and health insurance benefits, as well as free air travel to and from the ship.
When you are ready to apply for an administrative 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. Good Luck!