Welcome! We hope this website serves you as valuable and free
resource for finding a cruise ship jobs ships and passenger
vessels. Cruise ship jobs seem to be associated with travel,
adventure and excitement. If you want to work in the cruise industry,
you should be aware of other aspects of jobs on cruise ships.
Cruise ship employees generally work very long hours. Twelve hour
days are not uncommon. Waiters and waitresses can find
themselves working most of the waking hours of the day, with some
breaks in between during the off-hours of the dining rooms. Small
gift shops or newsstands may also require shifts from opening in
the morning to closing in the evening. In addition to the long work
days, accommodations aboard a cruise ship will generally be
limited in size, since the lion’s share of the cabin space is devoted
to revenue generating guests. But those guests are the reason you
have a job.

You could find yourself sharing a small cabin with three other
crewmembers, deep down in the ship with one or two small
portholes (that’s what windows are called) for natural lighting.
Privacy may seem like a thing of the past. It may take adjusting to try
to sleep when others are getting up to start their shifts. Being a
good shipmate might mean doing little things like not clunking
around the cabin with noisy shoes. It can also include little
courtesies like using a small flashlight so as not to disturb
someone’s sleep, or using a headset for your radio. And hopefully,
such touches of thoughtfulness will be appreciated and returned.
They say attitude is everything. So while life on a cruise ship may
seem exciting for a college student, it could be stressful for
someone accustomed to the tranquility of a quiet family life.

The cruise industry has literally exploded in past years. Cruise
ships exceeding 100,000 tons are being launched so often, it’s
difficult to keep track of them. Before cruise ships, passenger
vessels were designed to carry passengers from point A to point B.
The purpose was utilitarian, although the luxury of old transatlantic
liners is legendary. There were many routes, but the famous ships
that were the objects of national pride sailed on the North Atlantic
run, between Southhampton, New York, LeHavre and other ports.
Although the sun set on this era of transatlantic travel, the sun hadn’
t set on ships that operated the cruise routes. As a matter of fact, the
sun was just beginning to rise.

It’s hard to say how the cruise industry started. Some say it started
by taking passenger ships on the chopping block and converting
them to cruise warm water routes in the Caribbean. Shipyards
installed air conditioning plants and other amenities that North
Atlantic ships never needed to consider. Others say the cruising
industry was already around in the 30’s when Cunard painted the
four stacked Aquitania tropical white and sent her to cruise the
warm water routes of the South Atlantic as a resourceful way to
make money during slow times.

It may be hard to pinpoint the start of the cruise industry, but the
1980’s TV show Loveboat must have had a part in making people
want to take cruises. Tuning in every week to watch Captain Merrill
Stubing, Cruise Director Julie McCoy and Dr. Adam Bricker deal with
the trials and tribulations of cruise passengers was a great way to
forget about life’s problems for an hour. Well, since that time, the
cruise has industry has exploded, both in the number of vessels
and tonnage of vessels. And the cruise industry shows no signs of
slowing down.

Cruise vacations are extraordinarily popular for families and singles
alike. They are inexpensive. They are self-contained. And they
provide high value for the money. And along with the tremendous
growth of the cruise industry, there has been a tremendous growth
in cruise jobs. And this is good for people looking to find work on
cruise ships.

Cruise ship jobs are more diverse than you’ll find on any vessel. A
cruise ship is unique in that she is essentially a floating hotel that
can move from one port to another. What other ships can you think
of that have shopping malls with rows and rows of shops, atriums,
food courts, neon lighting, dazzling decorations in so many different
themes. And a cruise ship’s crew is straight out of the pages of a
respectably sized mall. It includes hairdressers, jewelers, art and
antiques sales people, newsstand cashiers, candy shop cashiers,
fast food cooks, fancy food chefs, bartenders, manicurists,
chaplains, doctors, lecturers and more. And we haven’t even gotten
to the people who make these floating hotels go from one port to
another. We’re talking about ships’ officers and crew, the members
of the deck and engineering departments that hold the traditional
positions like captains, chief mates, chief engineers, first assistant
engineers, electricians, environmental officers, carpenters and
other people who play vital roles in the operation of these ships.

It is important to realize that as a cruise ship employee, you may be
working for an entity that has nothing to do with your home country,
other than the fact that it docks there to embark and disembark
passengers. This is because cruise ships are registered in
different countries. As an employee of a cruise ship registered
under the flag of say, the Bahamas or Panama, your employer’s
operation of the ship is governed by the laws of those countries or
republics. Although the cruise line may be headquartered in Miami,
Florida or other cities within the United States, terms of employment
and compensation for injuries are not governed by United States
law. While the ships are obligated to comply with Coast Guard
inspections by virtue of taking on passengers in a U.S. port, things
like OSHA, the Jones Act or other United States laws would not

Navigating this site is straightforward. Since you probably came to
this site searching for work on cruise ships, the sections most likely
to interest you are job descriptions and links to cruise ship lines.

Good luck!

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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
Information Technology
Executive Chef
Sous Chef
Assistant Chef
Baker Assistant
Food and Beverage Manager
Bar Manager
Bartender Assistant
Wine Steward
Slot Technician
Surveillance Personnel
Administrative Assistant
Payroll Clerk
Hair Stylist
Nail Specialist
Gift Shop Manager
Gift Shop Cashier
Massage Therapist
Spa Employee
Physician, Doctor
Physician’s Assistant
Aerobics Instructor
Fitness Instructor
Personal Trainer
Linen Keeper
Bell Boy
Laundry Worker
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Adventure of the Sea provides an
interesting contrast to the QE2 pictured at the top of the page. The
Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2 started her career in the waning days of the
North Atlantic passenger run. By the time the QE2 was steaming, most the
classic black hulled, red stacked icons of transatlantic travel had been put
out of business by the airlines. The QE2 started her career with steam
turbines and went through a conversion to diesels. Today, steam is
outmoded as a prime mover and diesels with azimuthing pods are state of
the art on the newest cruise ships.
Cunard's Queens Elizabeth 2 retired after a career that spanned four
decades. She might be the last remaining successful conversion from the
North Atlantic passenger run to cruising.