If you want to get a job on world cruises, there are several qualifications that might help get your foot in the door. Applicants that speak two or more languages are highly desirable as well as applicants with 5-7 years in the travel industry, preferably international travel. Depending on the position, a bachelor’s degree or higher may be preferred. For example, jobs in the engineering department will require a bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering or related field, while upper level positions in finance or management positions (on-shore) may require an MBA. Before we discuss how to apply for world cruises, here is a bit of information about the different departments on cruise ships and the types cruise jobs.
Jobs on cruise ships will fall under several categories: Activity/Entertainment Department, Deck & Engineering Department, Service & Hospitality Department, Personal Care Department and Office Positions.
Jobs on cruise ships in the Activity/Entertainment Department are considered some of the most glamorous jobs aboard the ship. These positions deal with anything relating to passenger entertainment. This department includes: DJs, Production Managers, Photographers, Managers, Casino Staff, Host/Hostess and Cruise Consultant, to name a few. Those best suited for jobs in this department are typically enthusiastic and extroverted.
The Deck & Engineering Department is one of the most important departments on the vessel –without it the ship would never set sail. This department is responsible for maintaining and running the vessel. Please note that the positions in this department are not typically entry-level positions, especially on large ships. The department consists of deckhands, maintenance workers, engineers, and officers. These positions help to motor or sail the ship, attend to the physical maintenance needs of the ship, and keep it in accordance with fleet regulations and international maritime laws. Officers are in charge of passenger safety as well.
Staff members in the Service/Hospitality Department or Hotel Management Department have the responsibility of managing the bars & restaurants and passenger cabins, as well as shipboard retail concessions like gift shops. Just a few 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. Most service positions such as bartenders, waiters and cocktail servers can earn a good amount of extra money from tips.
No cruise would be complete without a department devoted to helping passengers pamper themselves. The Personal Care Department includes spa, fitness, beauty and medical services. It helps manage hair stylists, manicurists, massage therapists, fitness instructors, beauty therapists, spa attendants, nurses and physicians all dedicated to the well-being of passengers.
Most office positions are onshore — employees typically work in the main office performing administrative tasks, arranging cruises or performing general office tasks. Office positions generally fall under the following categories: Accounting, Administrative/Clerical, Air Operations, Marketing/PR and Reservations/Sales.
When you are ready to apply, stick to luxury cruise lines. Luxury cruise lines are more likely to offer world cruises. Visit the Ships and Cruises Directory to locate official cruise listings, websites, and other contact information. 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. WHen you finally receive the call for an interview, dress to impress. Remember, luxury cruise lines look for more than just experience. A polished appearance is an absolute must in this unique travel sector.
What kind of perks can I look forward to?
In addition to free travel to exciting destinations, cruise line employees receive free accommodations and meals, competitive salaries, health insurance, savings, and retirement benefits, and free air travel to and from the ship.
Applying for World Cruises: Other Options
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 charges a fee. You can apply for cruise jobs on your own or sign up with a placement agency — for free.