Restaurant jobs on cruise ships offer the opportunity to interact with passengers, stay active, and earn a hefty amount of tips. Catering assistant jobs can be found in the service/hospitality department or hotel management department. Member of this department have the responsibility of managing the bars & restaurants and passenger cabins. They also manage shipboard retail concessions like gift shops. In addition to catering assistants, service/hospitality positions include: hotel manager, cabin stewards/stewardesses, executive chef, wine steward, chief purser, purser staff, chief purser, bellman, and pastry chef.
Catering assistants have a number of duties on cruise ships. They help set up catered events onboard the ship and they help prepare meals. Catering assistants also help select ingredients and prepare menus. In many cases, assistants will also serve guests. It is not uncommon for cruise ships to use catering assistants to buffet-style restaurants onboard. They may be required to clear tables and replenish food supplies in restaurants.
If you are interested in becoming a catering assistant, a restaurant background is helpful as well as a certificate or culinary degree. There are plenty of opportunities to grow in this department, so experience and a degree will help move up the ladder faster. After several years, you may become an assistant manager or manager. You may also move into positions such as assistant chef.
Depending on your educational background and experience, you may earn anywhere from $30,00-$39,000 per year. In addition to a handsome salary, you will receive free accommodations and meals, health insurance, retirement benefits, and free air travel to and from the ship. Free travel to exciting destinations is also included, of course!
To begin your job hunt, choose a few cruise lines and locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website. You can do this by visiting the Ships and Cruises Directory at www.shipsandcruises.com. Once you have located the official website, 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, simply follow the application procedure. If the cruise line request an online application, do not send your resume via snail mail and vice versa. Applicants that do not follow directions usually do not receive a call for an interview.
If the cruise line does not list job openings on its site, you may 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.