Seasonal Hiring Patterns on Cruise Ships

So, you say you want to work on a cruise ship, but you can only commit for the summer. If so, the ball is in your court! The summer season is the busiest time of the year for cruise lines, of course, so this means cruise lines offer more opportunities to travel to more destinations within this short period of time.

Because of the dramatic increases in sailings and the number of guests for the summer, cruise lines have their hands full — much in the same way that retail stores are overloaded during the holiday season. Retail stores’ double their workforce during the holiday season while cruise lines add a substantial number of employees to their workforce during the busy summer months. So, whether you are a college student looking to make some extra cash or you are an aspiring cruise line professional, summertime is the best time to get your foot in the door – especially when it comes to overseas cruise jobs.

According to Mary Fallon Miller’s How to Get a Job With a Cruise Line, if you are a student traveling abroad for the semester, or if you are traveling for summer or on holiday, the best approach is to simply visit a cruise office while you are in town. Ms. Miller states that many cruise lines do their hiring from offices in London, Piraeus, and Greece. In the U.S., you can waltz right into a cruise office in Orlando or Miami. But remember, this is a good approach for seasonal jobs and for those interested in increasing their chances of securing a permanent position after the season ends. Again, this is the best approach for the summer months only. Otherwise, you should follow standard application procedures as outlined on the cruise lines website. During other times of the year, cruise lines do not accept telephone inquiries, nor do they embrace unannounced in-person visits.

If you are not spending the summer overseas, you can still apply for a seasonal position. However, there is one catch. Cruise lines do not pay the travel expenses of prospective employees, so it’s best to apply only if you are planning to visit the area in the near future or if you are willing to fly in for an interview. In the end, a former manager of public relations offers the same advice as mentioned above: “If you plan to visit the area, stop in at the cruise line headquarters, complete the application, and request an interview.”

If you would like to locate cruise line headquarters and websites, visit the Ships and Cruises Directory for official listings. If you happen to come across a cruise line that does not list job openings, all you have to do is send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is typically located at the cruise line’s headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in. This way, it will reach the appropriate department manager.

Where Are The Cruise Lines?

If you are vacationing in England in the summer, stop by Cunard Line in Southampton England (Southwestern House, Southampton, England S09 1VA, 1.703.716.500M). Visiting Honolulu Hawaii? Try American Hawaii Cruises (2100 N. Nimtz Hwy, Honolulu, HI, 96818, 808.847.3172). If you’re lucky enough to vacation in Paris, stop by Paquet Cruises at 5, Boulevard Malesherves. 75008, Paris, France (sailing 2010 from Marseilles thru November 15, 2010). In the U.S. head over to Miami Florida to Carnival Cruise Lines, 3655 N.W. 87th Avenue, 33178, 305.599.2600.

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