Depending the cruise ship, manifests may be handled by a customs officer, manifest officer, of first purser. On many cruise ships that are specifically for pleasure travel, manifests are typically handled by first purser’s.
First pursers’ responsibilities are a combination of administrative and passenger relations. Administrative duties include handling official documents such as manifests, and dealing with financial matters. First pursers have hospitality experience and a degree in hospitality or hotel management. They may also have finance experience and advanced computer skills. In addition to a bachelor’s degree or higher in hospitality, hotel management or other related field, operations managers also look for experience working with a financial institution. The reason for this is, purser’s handle a large amount of money on a daily basis.
Salaries for first pursers vary by cruise line and the size of the cruise ship. First pursers on family cruise ships can expect to earn anywhere from $1,400-$2,200+ per month. First purser’s on luxury cruise ships and yachts may earn anywhere from $4,500-$8,000 per month. In addition to a handsome salary, first purser’s receive free accommodations and meals as well as health insurance, retirement benefits, and free air travel to and from the ship.
If you would like to become a first purser, you can begin your job hunt by choosing several cruise lines you might be interested in. You may locate the cruise lines’ OFFICIAL website by visiting the Ships and Cruises Directory. Once you have located the cruise line websites, visit the site 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, examine the requirements carefully. If you fit the bill, 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.