Leona Guthrie of San Antonio, Texas, worked for Dolphin/Majesty as a teen director. She reports that the cruise line she worked for provided her with an excellent opportunity to combine travel while earning a living.
I became interested in working for a cruise line after I took a vacation aboard a another cruise ship. I noticed that everyone working seemed to be having a great deal of fun. At the same time, I needed to find something else to do with my life; my current job just wasn’t that much fun. So I purchased the Cruise and Travel Employment Program [ed. note: now CruiseJobFinder] and soon after sending out my resume and photo, I was contacted by several different cruise lines about employment.
I ended up taking a position as the teen director aboard the Dolphin/Majesty’s ship Seabreeze [ed. note: Dolphin/Majesty is no longer in business after being purchased by Princess Cruises]. I really enjoyed the experience. It was actually a position they created for me, as I have teaching experience, but I didn’t want to work with children as a youth director. Working with teenagers is both exhausting and exhilarating. I also worked as the karaoke host and other social duties as needed. The person who does the hiring for cruise staff positions called and interviewed me over the phone. I’d say that’s something prospective applicants should remember. You’ve got to be able to speak well on the phone.