Hotel managers or chief pursers are responsible for the hotel staff. Hotel staff members include food & beverage employees, the cruise department, entertainers, housekeeping, bursars, medical staff, retail personnel, casino staff, photographers, fitness staff, and spa staff. In addition to managing a staff of hundreds, hotel managers and chief pursers must be pleasant social hosts for special events such as cocktail parties and gala dinners.
Most cruise lines prefer candidates with a bachelor degree or higher in hotel management, hospitality or business. A bachelor’s degree or higher and 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.
If hired, you will enjoy free travel to exciting destinations and free accommodations and meals. You will also receive health insurance, free air travel to and from the ship, and a competitive salary. Cruise line hotel managers and chief pursers currently earn anywhere from $4,300 per month up to $5,800 per month.
Applying for Hotel/Chief Purser Positions on Cruise Ships
When you are ready to apply for a hotel manager/chief purser 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.