Bridge instructors are common on luxury cruise lines such as Crystal Cruises, Costa Cruises, Silversea, and Oceania Cruises. Although it is not impossible for singles to obtain bridge instructor jobs on cruise ships, most cruise lines prefer to hire friendly and outgoing couples certified to instruct. While this is not a paid position, bridge instructors receive free cruises and they have all of the same privileges as other passengers on the ship. Some cruise lines even give bridge instructors a bar allowance for beverages.
Bridge instructor jobs are can be found in the activity and entertainment department. These positions are considered some of the most glamorous jobs aboard the ship. These positions deal with anything related to passenger entertainment. This department includes: DJs, Production Managers, Photographers, Managers, Casino Staff, Host/Hostess, Cruise Consultant, and of course, Bridge Instructor. Those best suited for jobs in this department are typically enthusiastic and extroverted.
To become a bridge instructor on cruise ships, you may send a resume directly to the Human Resources Department or your favorite cruise line or you may visit the cruise lines website to look for job postings. You may locate the official website for the cruise line you are interested in by visiting www.shipsandcruises.com. This cruise line directory lists official websites for cruise ships around the world.
Once you have located the official website for the cruise line you are interested in, visit the website and click the career center tab, employment tab, or jobs tab. If the cruise line lists radio officer positions, simply follow the application procedure. If the cruise line does not have any listings for bridge instructors on its website, 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.
If you would prefer to have someone do the legwork for you, try signing up with a placement agency. You may also visit Cruise Ship Jobs — a website that claims to help individuals find work on cruise ships. To use Cruise Ship Jobs service online, click here. Once you are at the Cruise Ship Jobs website, 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. Remember, you can apply for a job on your own, free of charge, or sign up with a placement agency – also free or charge.