How cool would it be to work for Celebration Cruise Line? Working for them you'll be traveling to the Bahamas from Florida just about every week? Learn what Celebration is looking for and how their hiring process works in this exclusive CruiseJobFinder interview.
Describe a typical 'cruise' if there is such a thing.
We offer 2 and 3 night cruises. Employees can expect a great working environment that is busy and where professionalism and attention to detail are revered.
What are some of the common job titles you advertise for?
We look for all kinds of employees, some of them include jobs in the Deck and Engine Departments such as: Safety Officer, Second Safety Officer, Chief Security Officer, Security Officer, 1st Engineer, 2nd Engineer, 3rd Engineer, Chief A/C Engineer, Assistant A/C Engineer, Chief Electrician, and Assistant Electrician among others.
In the Cruise Department we look for: Cruise Staff, Youth Counselor, Shore Excursion Manager, Sound and Light Manager, Hostess, and Disk Jockey among others.
And then we also recruit for the Housekeeping Department.
What are some of the selling points you use to get people onboard to work with your company?
We offer a fun filled, magical experience that will benefit employees tremendously, whether you are just looking for a part time job, or want to make cruise line work your full time career.
Do you only hire people from the immediate area or do you occasionally hire people from other areas or even other countries?
We do look at different areas as long as they have the relevant visas and legal documents, but generally most of our staff are sourced from the Florida and surrounding areas.
Do you have a 'season' or 'seasons' where you're busiest?
Holiday periods are obviously busiest, so Christmas time and New Year are popular. Otherwise summer months are also popular, between April and August.
Do you have a lot of college students working for you?
We do, and I think it has a lot to do with the flexible hours. Many also love the experience of getting out and about, working on board a cruise ship, and getting paid for enjoyable work.
What advice can you offer about resumes?
Make sure that you follow the correct procedure and send through your application to the correct place. Many people just send their resume anywhere and hope that we get it. We are a large company, so it could get lost if you just email it to anyone.
Other than that, just ensure that your resume is up to date, laid out in an easy to read manner and that you have some contactable references that we can chat to.
What are the typical terms of employment offered?
Our cruises are 2 days, but you will need to also take guests on shore excursions, so some trips can be a week or so. Employees are usually contracted for 3 months and then have some time off.
What are some common misperceptions people have about working on cruise ships?
That cruise ships are just a whole lot of fun and games. For the guests - yes, of course! For the crew, not so much. You will be busy and working really hard, although obviously there is fun to be had as well. You must remember that this is not a vacation - it is a job. That is the main thing that many employees forget!