Working For Your Local Harbor Cruise Company

If you're looking for a way to break into the cruise ship industry, consider getting a job with a harbor cruise line. Harbor cruises are just about everywhere there's a nearby body of water, whether it's the ocean, a lake, or a river. These cruises are short, usually just a few hours, and they offer passengers a scenic tour of the area, along with dining and entertainment. They require many of the same employees as the other cruise lines, but a smaller number of them, and you won't be gone overnight or for days at a time. It's a great way to get your feet wet, pardon the pun. You can find positions as tour hosts or guides, in food service, entertainment, engineering, or as a deckhand.

Depending on where the cruise line is located, though, the work may be seasonal. For example, harbor tours of Boston and other cities in the north typically stop operating during the coldest winter months. Harbor cruise lines in warmer locations such as Florida, Mexico, and the Bahamas, may operate all year around. But if you're looking for a summer job with a cruise line, working for a harbor cruise may be right for you.

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All Kinds of Cruises to Interest Passengers and Employees

You might think that working for a harbor cruise line would be dull. After all, you're traveling the same area over and over again. Well, think again. Companies have developed unique and fun ideas for passenger cruises that entice the passengers to return for more than one trip. The variety and excitement will keep your job onboard the ship from becoming stale and routine. Here's a list of some of the most common types of harbor cruises you'll find today.

  • Dinner cruise: The basic dinner cruise will feature high quality food and entertainment, whether it's a live band or well-known celebrity.
  • Murder mystery cruises: While eating, guests will enjoy a Whodunit murder mystery and be invited to solve the crime.
  • Nature tours: In regions that are well known for their ecosystems and wildlife, nature tours are often offered. Wildlife experts provide interesting information about the wildlife seen on the tour.
  • Sightseeing tours: In tourist destinations like New York City and Seattle, passengers can see the sites from the comfort of the cruise ship.
  • Holiday cruises: Some harbor cruise lines create cruises just for special holidays, such as Independence Day and Christmas. Viewing fireworks from the ship while eating delicious food, is a popular way to spend the holiday.

Sample Harbor Cruise Locations

Here's a list of just a few of the places where harbor cruises are operating today.

  • Seattle, Washington
  • West Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Alaska, USA
  • New Jersey, USA
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Norfolk
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Washington D.C.
  • Madrid, Spain
  • San Diego, California
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Newport Beach
  • Sydney Harbor Cruises, Australia
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • Perth, Australia
  • Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • Yokohama, Japan
  • Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard
  • Tokyo Bay Harbor, Japan
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Cape Town, South Africa

From this small sample you can see that just about anywhere near a large harbor or coastline you can find a harbor cruise line. No matter where you're interested in working, whether it's in the warmer southern states, in Sydney, Australia, or the beautiful coasts of Oregon or Washington, there is sure to be a harbor cruise company, and job opportunities. Beautiful scenery, fun, and good food are perks of these jobs.

To get started, check out the CruiseJobFinder JobCenter. It includes company profiles for most of the world's leading harbor cruise companies, from Alaska and Australia to Chicago and San Diego (and beyond).


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