Which Job?

A cruise ship is like a huge floating hotel with hundreds of employees who work and live onboard. There are many various positions available onboard cruise ship - from office administrators to chefs and seamen.

Here is a brief overview of different positions available on a typical cruise ship:

Office jobs

Office based positions within the cruise industry are mainly found in the following departments: bookings, administration, information technology, sales, human resources, customer services and marketing.


Entertainment jobs are the most sought-after positions on cruise ships: hosts and hostesses, cruise directors, cruise staff, disc jockeys, performers, shore excursion staff, etc.

Service and Hospitality

These are positions in the restaurants, bars, passenger cabins and retail: waiters and waitresses, bar tenders, cabin stewardesses, cooks, bakers, cleaners, gift-shop assistants etc.

Personal care

Employees in this department include beauticians, medical staff, massage therapists, fitness instructors, cosmetologists etc. Their main task is to contribute to the physical well-being of the passengers.

Deck & Engine Jobs

Employees in this department are responsible for the running and maintenance of the cruise ship. Positions in the deck department include deckhands, maintenance workers, engineers and officers.

Find more information about different cruise ship jobs and wages.

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