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