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Please describe what your company does?
Skyline Princess Cruises aims to offer outstanding service for breakfast, lunch and dinner cruises as well as offering a variety of themed cruises and events planning to suit any function that clients may request, from weddings to club functions, to high school reunions, birthday parties, anniversaries and more.
How many vessels does your company operate?
We just have the Skyline Princess which has recently been renovated. It is 120 feet long, 31 feet wide, and features an enclosable third deck which makes this perfect for all year round cruises.
Describe a typical 'cruise' if there is such a thing.
Our cruises are fun and entertaining offering plenty of opportunities for crew to excel and succeed in the long term. We have over 65 staff and on board, they get to experience the best of New York and surrounding areas, enjoy making people happy, whether it is just for an afternoon or for a wedding celebration. It is hard work, but fun work!
What are some of the common job titles you advertise for?
We frequently need service staff and general staff who help out around the Skyline Princess from serving guests, to helping set up and plan the various functions. We pride ourselves on top cuisine, so we also look for a high caliber of kitchen staff to help prepare the meals.
How many seasonal staff do you typically hire, and for which positions?
We have about 65 staff total, so around half of those are seasonal, and usually work in the kitchen or on deck serving the meals or attending to the guests.
Do you have a lot of college kids/students working for you? If yes, then what attracts them to your jobs?
We do get quite a few. I think the main attraction is the type of lifestyle this job offers. You get to work outside on the water all day. This is like a dream job for most.
Are there any common traits people should have in order to get hired, and then to succeed in the cruise industry?
Well, the main traits that will let you succeed in the cruise industry are to be good with people, have good management and organizational skills, have a strong personality, be team player, and have the ability to communicate well with staff, superiors, and guests.
What are some common misperceptions people have about working on cruise ships?
People tend to think that this is not a job, but more like a vacation.
People don't understand how hard and physically demanding it is.
People think that they will get to meet new people and have long chats, but you are on duty so you don't get to socialize with the guests.
What type of person gravitates towards these jobs?
People who love the outdoors, who love working during different times of the day, who have a great personality and who enjoy service types of jobs will be attracted to cruise jobs like those we offer. Most people I know do this kind of work full time, or who are seriously thinking about working on cruises long term as a permanent career.