Maitre d’ is a French term that means “master of the hotel” or “master of the establishment.” Maitre d’ is short for “maitre d’hotel.” The Maitre d’ is in charge of all waiters, seating customers, and he is in charge of making sure the kitchen and dining room connection is a smooth one. In addition to the tasks listed above, a maitre d’ may act as a sommelier, handle customer issues and complaints, and assist in the presentation of the final course of the meal — dessert.
Maitre d’s that wish to work with a luxury cruise line must have several years experience as a head waiter or waitress and/or several years experience as a Maitre d’. They must have experience in the hospitality or tourism industry, and in some cases, an associate degree or higher may be desirable. Other qualifications may include: polished appearance, physically fit (you will spend most of your shift standing or moving at a brisk pace through the restaurant), and outgoing personality.
Maitre d’ jobs on cruise ships have a number of benefits outside of being a top position with great responsibility. This highly visible position also pays a handsome salary. Maitre d’s earn around $2,309-$3,600+ per month. Because the salary does not have to go towards housing, food, and other expenses, maitre d’s, like most other cruise ship employees, can save most of their income.
Cruise ship employees free accommodations and meals as well as free air travel to and from the ship, and health insurance.
If you think you have what it takes to become a maitre d’, and you are ready to begin your search for a position, pick a cruise line. Next, locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website. Visit the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. Once you have located the website, 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.