Working on a cruise ship is one of those jobs that come with the perks of travelling and spending a lot time in the ocean. Cruise ship jobs entail working on maintenance, ship management, floor staff such as waitresses and hosts and even musicians and performers.
Working on a cruise ship is a great way to save money, meet interesting people and see the world at the same time.
Is a Cruise Ship Job the right career choice for you?
- If you suffer from seasickness and feel claustrophobic in small spaces then you ought to reconsider; the crew and staff usually sleep at the bottom of the ship and these space can be quite tight
- Depending on your contract you may end up working 7 days a week, you can get up to 2-4 months of vacation in between contracts and you can expect to work up to 14 hours a day
- It’s best to apply for this work if you are a young person who is single because you spend months away from home with limited access to the internet
What to consider whilst applying
- Cultivating an understanding of how a cruise ship work and how the hierarchy works; cruise ships and hotels have a lot in common and many differences separate the from normal days jobs and industries
- Create a resume tailored to the position you are applying to, don’t send the same resume for each position, go over each position’s requirement and if you have the relevant skills be sure to list them
- Remember the recruiter will look at your for less than 20 seconds, ensure that your resume is no longer than 2 pages and ensure that spelling and grammar is perfect
- Apply for positions at big companies and small companies, if you’re experienced in working with young people and in the hospitality industry then your chances of getting a positive response are higher
- Focus on the amazing skills you have acquired at your previous jobs, even if they are not in the hospitality industry but skills such as interacting with people, training people and communications are universal skills that can be applied across positions
- Apply early and often!
- Expect a last minute response to your application, it’s common for cruise lines to require new staff a week before the ship departs