How to Become a Hotel Controller on Cruise Ships

Hotel controllers on cruise ships supervise the auditing and accounting of the ship’s supplies, inventory, and cash flow. They also supervise and train accounting staff. This position is a top level position and it requires a bachelor’s degree or higher in accounting, finance or business along with management experience, and advanced computer skills. The typical contract for a hotel controller on cruise ships is 4-6 months, with 2-5 weeks vacation. The salary range and benefits include $3,000-$4,000 US per month, free room and board, health insurance, single stateroom, and dining with officers.

If this sounds like a career you may be qualified for and interested in, you can get started with the application process by selecting several cruise ships of interest. You may locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website by visiting the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. Once you have located the site, visit the website and select the jobs tabs, human resources tabs, or positions tab. Most cruise line websites will have a tab that will send you directly to job postings. Once you have located job postings, read the submission guidelines carefully. You must follow the application procedures to the letter. Applicants that do not follow directions will have a tough time getting a foot in the door.

If the cruise line does not list job openings on its site (very rare), simply 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 also apply for a cruise ship job on your own — free of charge, or sign up with a placement agency.

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