How to Become a Personal Assistant on Cruise Ships

Personal assistants on cruise ships do not work for the passengers. Sorry folks! Personal assistants on cruise ships work for upper level officers and captains, of course. Because the captain and other upper level officers rarely have time for even the smallest of domestic or personal tasks, most cruise ships assign a personal assistant to help them manager their lives while onboard the ship.

Personal assistants work in the hotel department on cruise ships. The hotel department, also called “service/hospitality department” or “hotel management department” has the responsibility of managing the bars & restaurants and passenger cabins, as well as shipboard retail concessions like gift shops. Just a few other service/hospitality positions include: hotel manager, cabin stewards/stewardesses, accountant, executive chef, wine steward, chief purser, purser staff, chief purser, bellman, pastry chef and the list goes on and on.

Personal assistants are common on luxury cruise lines and large cruise lines such as Carnival and Norwegian. To get started on a career as a personal assistant, you must have anywhere from 3-5 years experience as a personal assistant, whether land based or on a cruise line. That said, cruise line experience is always a plus – even if you have worked in another department on a cruise ship. If you think you have the experience needed to secure a personal assistant position on cruise ships, you may begin your search for a job online. 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. 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 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.

Cruise Ship Job Perks

Cruise ship employees will enjoy more than free travel to exciting destinations. Cruise ship employees receive free accommodations and meals. They also receive a competitive salary, health insurance, and free air travel to and from the ship.

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