For commercial mariners and others who earn a living aboard
ships, their legal rights can be governed by maritime laws that are
different from land-based civil laws. Maritime workers, whether
aboard a cruise ship or aboard a ferry boat, generally face more
perils than land-based employees.

Going to sea can mean enduring the hardships of separation from
family, friends and a home setting. It might also mean contending
with traditional perils of the sea, depending on the line of work.
Working on cruise ships can involve working in industrial settings
such as engine rooms, refrigeration spaces, and other machinery
areas. This can mean wearing hard hats, hearing protection and
safety shoes. Just the same, working on a cruise ship can also
mean dressing in a tuxedo and playing a Yamaha keyboard in the
ship’s lounge for three hours every night. Or it can involve working
with equipment no more hazardous than a cash register in the ship’
s gift shop.

As a cruise ship employee, a person’s legal rights can depend
upon the flag of registry of the vessel. Some of the cruise ships that
operate on the high seas are U.S. flag vessels. That would mean
that a seaman who is injured in the course of his or her duties is
protected under U.S. maritime law. That means that the Jones Act
would apply as a means of providing a legal remedy for an injured
crew member as well as offering a monetary reimbursement for
living expenses and medical expenses, known as maintenance and
cure, respectively. To read more about the Jones Act, click
Jones Act
Information.

The majority of cruise ships operate under the flags of different
nations. These include ship’s registry under the Bahamas, Panama
and other flags. A person working on a non-U.S. flag vessel who is
injured on the course of employment is not covered under U.S.
maritime law. It doesn’t matter that the person might be a U.S.
citizen and boarded the ship in Florida, New York, Washington State
or other location in the United States. In such cases, law other than
U.S. maritime law could apply. In addition, provisions in a seaman’s
contract with a cruise line can apply. Sometimes if the crew member
signed up for the job through a crewing agency in the Phillipines or
Greece, the employment contract might stipulate that in the case of
an injury, the seaman agrees to submit to the jurisdiction of the
country named in the contract, for instance, the Phillipines. The
contract might also stipulate that the seaman agrees to submit to
binding arbitration in the event of injury. This is in contrast to the
right to bring a lawsuit in federal district court for U.S. vessels.

Each company and crewing agency can have different
arrangements and agreements that are too numerous to cover
here. However, every seaman should read the terms of their
employment contract for provisions that address their legal rights in
the event of injury.

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In addition to the deck and
engineering positions, cruise
lines seek candidates for
culinary, hotel, security, bar,
purser and other
departments. These
positions can include:

Information Technology
Manager
Information Technology
Technician
Executive Chef
Sous Chef
Assistant Chef
Chef
Baker
Baker Assistant
Food and Beverage Manager
Maitre’D
Waiter
Waitress
Steward
Stewardess
Dishwasher
Storekeeper
Bar Manager
Bartender
Bartender Assistant
Wine Steward
Cashier
Dealer
Slot Technician
Surveillance Personnel
Accountant
Bookkeeper
Purser
Administrative Assistant
Payroll Clerk
Hair Stylist
Beautician
Nail Specialist
Gift Shop Manager
Gift Shop Cashier
Massage Therapist
Spa Employee
Lifeguard
Physician, Doctor
Nurse
Physician’s Assistant
Aerobics Instructor
Fitness Instructor
Personal Trainer
Housekeeper
Janitor
Linen Keeper
Bell Boy
Laundry Worker
Reception
Although you'd expect jobs
aboard cruise ships to be
subject to the same legal
issues, some distinctions
can arise in terms of cruise
ship employees whose
salaries consist of tips as
well as weekly or monthly
salaries. Click
cruise ship
wage legal issues to learn
more about how people like
waiters, waitresses,
bartenders and other
tip-earning employees
could be in a different
situation.