How to Get a Job on an Expedition Cruise Ship

Obtaining a position on an expedition cruise ship is not as easy as obtaining a position on a regular cruise ship. To work for either type of cruise ship, applicants must have a bubbly personality, enjoy working with people, and love travel. The similarities end there. Jobs on expedition cruise ships are different for several reasons. Expedition cruise ships are usually smaller than other cruise ships and the crewmembers, captain, and other staff members are typically extreme adventurists. Expedition cruises typically travel off-the-beaten-path and they explore exotic wildlife. They are extremely nature and environment oriented, and excursions are usually once in a lifetime experiences. This means that in addition to an adventurous spirit and applicants must be well-educated in the areas of geography, culture, and of course, nature. Some expedition cruise crewmembers are specialists in a variety of fields and regions. Some expedition crewmembers specialize in arctic regions such as Antarctica, while others may specialize in African expeditions or natural habitat adventures.

In addition to being experts in their fields, expedition cruise ship employees must be certified in first aid and CPR. Instructors should have a bachelor’s degree or higher in their chosen field, plus several years experience as an instructor. When applying for positions on expedition cruise ships, the job posts will list specific requirements. One of the top expedition cruise lines is Lindblad Expeditions. Lindblad Expedition cruises travels all over the world from Alaska to South America. To check out jobs at Lindblad Expeditions, visit the website at

You can locate other expedition cruise line websites by visiting Ships and Cruises Directory — a directory of all official cruise line website 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 you locate a position on the cruise line website, 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 expedition 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.

When you finally receive the call for an interview, be sure to remain professional and always bring a hard copy of your resume, references, and credentials.

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