A cruise ship is a floating resort with a focus on providing fun and entertainment while traveling from place to place.
Unlike in a hotel, the cruise ship is a destination in itself; ship passengers spend most of their time onboard, so while visiting ports in different countries are interesting, it is the entire holiday experience onboard which is what makes the experience special. And it is up to the officers and crew on a cruise ship to provide this vacation experience.
There are many cruise companies operating out of USA alone, such as Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Cunard Cruises, P & O Cruises (UK), P & O Cruises (Australia), Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Europe based companies such as Crystal Cruises, Seadream Yacht Club, Tui Cruises, Hapag Lloyd, Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, Aida Cruises and many others.Cruise lines typically hire crew on short 6-9 month renewable contracts.
This means that there is a very large crew movement every week. This continuous personnel movement means that there is a continuous requirement for the crew, and also very good chances of getting promoted in-house to fill vacancies.
With almost 50 nationalities working side by side, cruise lines offer a challenging and fantastic work environment where crew members get to have life-changing experiences working on huge operations and with people of different cultures in closely-knit teams.
Highlights of a cruise job:
- Attractive tax-free dollar earnings
- Free stay, unlimited free meals, exciting free travel, free uniform & laundry, free medical expenses – in short, almost a free ride!
- Regular assessments, training programs, and promotions
- Short contracts ensure you are back home on vacation every 7-10 months
- Fantastic international work environment
- Visit exotic destinations
- Opportunity to learn new cultures, meet new people