Custodial hosts/hostesses jobs on cruise ships are actually quite abundant on large cruise ships. Because of the sheer number of areas that need to be maintained aboard the ship around the clock, most cruise ships can never have too many custodial employees. The duties of a custodial host/hostess include:
·Assisting with delivery of amenity gifts to guest staterooms.
·Cleaning all public guest areas: vacuuming, dusting, polishing railings, cleaning public restrooms, cleaning back of house and crew areas including crew restrooms, hallways, landings, staircases, and crew/officer cabins.
·Handling and distributing guest luggage: anywhere from 60 – 75 pieces on 7-day cruises, on embarkation days and between 10 p.m. & 1 a.m. on the evening before debarkation.
In order to qualify for a custodial host/hostess job, applicants must meet a number of reqirements. You must be:
·21 years of age or older.
·Able to obtain a valid passport and United States C1/D visas.
·Able to work a 7-day, 70-hour week with limited time-off during your contract.
·Appreciative of diversity among guests and crew.
·Conversant in English.
·Eager to work in a high-volume, fast-paced Guest service environment
·Experienced in the job you are applying for, with at least 2 years recent and related job experience, but not necessarily with a cruise line.
·Flexible with your work schedule, job duties and job locations.
·Willing to commit to at least a 6-month contract.
·Willing to share a cabin.
Employment cotnracts for these positions vary, so contracts can be for 3, 4, 4 1/2, 6, or 8 months, depending on the position. At the end of each contract, employees receive a break averaging anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the position. Under the terms of all contracts, the custodial host/hostess will work every day. Employees are allowed some time off during the day, but time off is very limited. There are no days off while on contract.
Most custodial hosts/hostesses work a minimum of 70 hours each week. Anything over 70 hours a week is considered voluntary overtime on some cruise lines. Employees are compensated for those additional hours.
The average salary for a custodial host/hostess is $2,000-$2,200 per month. In addition to a competitive salary, custodial hosts/hostesses will receive free room and board, access to crew spaces/recreational activities, and access to medical services.
To apply for a custodial host/hostess job, you should create a list of cruise lines you would like to work for. Next, locate the cruise lines’ official website by visiting the Ships and Cruises Directory website for official listings. Once you have located the site, go to the career center or job postings page. If the cruise line lists job openings, simply follow the application procedure to the letter. 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 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.