Types of Positions on Cruise Ships

Operating as giant hotels on water, oceangoing megaliners employ hundreds of people to work a variety of positions. Typically you’ll find jobs similar to what you’d expect at a five-star resort. There are opportunities for:

  • Bartenders
  • Hairdressers
  • Massage Therapists
  • Disc Jockeys
  • Musicians
  • Childcare Workers
  • Gift Shop Workers
  • Hostesses
  • Entertainers
  • Lifeguards
  • Food & Beverage Servers, and
  • Activity Coordinators

And that’s just the beginning. The smaller cruise ships and boats hire deckhands who are responsible for any number of passenger service duties. They may unfurl the sails one minute and whip up a breakfast the next.

When considering employment within this industry, bear in mind that your choice of positions may vary depending on a ship’s size, where it’s registered, its itinerary, and to some extent, the type of passenger the cruise line attracts. Job hunters should explore all opportunities for employment onboard a cruise ship, but should also be aware of those cases in which opportunities are limited.

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