It could be the ultimate cruise job...working on an intimate eco cruise ship in a remote region of Australia! Who gets these crew positions, and how can you become a crewmember, as well? CruiseJobFinder's staff interviewed a rep from North Star Cruises and here's the expert advice you need!
North Star Cruises is an award winning cruise operator in Australia offering 1 and 2 week adventure and eco cruises along the Kimberley coast.
How many vessels does your company operate?
We have one vessel, the True North.
Describe a typical 'cruise' if there is such a thing. What would the shipboard experience be like for a typical employee?
The life on True North is a fun one, and we encourage our employees to interact with the guests, making it different from your usual cruise.
What are some of the common job titles you advertise for?
We often need sales and marketing staff, but on board we advertise for cruise attendants, who have the responsibility of keeping the guests entertained, doing housekeeping, serving tables, assisting with the bar tending and in the galley, so really they are hands on and work all over the ship.
Do you have a lot of college kids/students working for you? If yes, then what attracts them to your jobs?
Yes, they love the fact that they can come and earn some money during their study breaks or during the holidays.
Describe your perfect candidate. How can someone best make a great first impression with you?
You need to impress us with your excellent customer service skills, attention to detail, energy and friendly nature. The perfect candidate is someone who is well rounded, and who works well as part of a team.
Are there any common traits people should have in order to get hired, and then to succeed in the cruise industry?
Well since the cruise industry is all about the guests, you must be a good communicator and good with people. Your personality is the main thing that will be looked at to see whether you are capable for this type of work. Another trait you should have is being well organized and motivated as well as not being afraid of long hours and hard work, in fairly small living quarters.
What advice would you give people to help them prepare for interviews with your company?
Be yourself! There are so many interviews where I have seen candidates who are so nervous that it affects their ability to answer questions and we cannot really see their true personalities. On the other end of the scale, we see so much "acting," trying to be the part, that it is totally off putting. Just be yourself and try to remain as natural and calm as possible.
What type of person gravitates towards companies like yours?
Usually young men and women, who are outgoing and are good with people come to us, who are also looking for fun and adventure.