Find the Perfect Job With a Cruise Line

2024 and 2025 look to be an outstanding years to find jobs on cruise ships!

The cruise line industry is on track for a record volume of cruise passengers in 2024. The projected cruise passenger total is 36 million passengers which tops the pre-pandemic record level of 29.7 million passengers in 2019. Even better for those looking to work on a cruise ship, experts are projecting a 22.2% increase in passengers from 2023 - 2027. That means THOUSANDS of additional cruise ship employees will need to be hired to serve this huge demand.

The cruise industry is also continuing to expand. There are fourteen ocean-going and river cruise ships set to make their debut in 2024. This will increase the cruise capacity by over 30,000 passenger per sailing. This is in addition to more than 230 cruise ships major cruise line companies have introduced since 2000. As this boom continues, 2024 - 2027+ will be an outstanding years for new cruise ships. This is excellent news for those looking for cruise ship employment and other cruise line employment. Each of these new ocean cruise ships provides an average of over 1,100 new jobs needed to staff the cruise ship and an additional 500+ jobs to provide the support services.Small Cruise Ship photo

What does all this mean to you? That's simple; there has never been a better time to be looking for work in the cruise line industry. Whether you are looking to work on a cruise ship for a short-term job change or a long-term career, the cruise industry has a place for you.

The average ratio between crew to guests is about one to two, meaning it takes about 1,000 crew members to man a cruise ship that carries 2,000 guests. In addition, even without the pandemic, turnover on the cruise ships is generally pretty high, so cruise lines need to fill an awful lot of positions every year and thus they are ALWAYS HIRING!

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Turnover is high because people get promoted, change ships, change cruise line companies, go on vacation, return to school, or just take their savings and settle down back on land. The average initial contract generally ranges from three to nine months. With all of your living expense and medical insurance covered by the cruise line, a high percentage of your earnings can be banked, thus giving you a nice little nest egg after each contract.

Cruise line employees also usually get excellent perks and benefits. These benefits often include:

  • Free room on the cruise ship. Usually either a single stateroom or a shared stateroom with another employee.
  • Free meals
  • Air travel en-route and homeward bound
  • Free laundry
  • Free medical insurance (which is required by maritime law)
  • Discounts at ship board and often land based stores, bars and restaurants
  • Reduced cruise rates for family and friends

CruiseJobFinder will provide you will all of the resources you need to land an exciting career in the cruise industry.


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