To apply for a food & beverage director job on cruise ships, you must have a strong background in restaurant operations, purchasing, marketing and sales. Food & beverage directors or managers are responsible for purchasing all of the food served to both the passengers and the crew. He is also responsible for the ultimate delivery of food and services. These professionals work closely with the executive chef.
Food & beverage directors must also have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field. Depending on background and experience, food & beverage managers may earn a minimum of $4,200 per month plus free air travel to and from the ship, free accommodations, and free meals. You will also receive health insurance, paid vacation, and free travel to exciting destinations.
A strong background in the food & beverage industry (5+ years experience) can almost guarantee a call for an interview with some of the world’s top cruise lines for job opportunities. These include:
Royal Caribbean International
Carnival Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Also known as “The Big Four,” these cruise lines have the largest fleets in the industry with state-of-the art spas, salons and fitness centers and dozens of options for entertainment and dining. Several smaller, specialty cruise lines also offer plenty of job opportunities. These include: Delta Queen Steamboat Co. and Lindblad Expeditions.
Applying for Food & Beverage Director Jobs on Cruise
When you are ready to apply for a food & beverage director or manager position, 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 in plain view. 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. This will ensure that your resume makes it 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. It is important to note that this site might charge a fee.