RIVER - Housekeeper

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Cabin Steward / Stewardess
September 23, 2022



To provide guests at all times with friendly, personalized housekeeping service. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining high standards and consistency of cleanliness of the guest staterooms and all public areas while providing our guests outstanding customer service.


  • This document is not a definite overview of the expected responsibilities, tasks and duties. Items can be added in the future depending on the final departmental development. The holder of this statement can be asked to take on other tasks in addition of the ones stated on the paper.
  • Responsible for the entire housekeeping operation onboard
  • Inspection and cleanliness of all staterooms and public areas
  • Monitoring and follow up of maintenance repairs
  • Correct receipt and distribution of guest laundry
  • Distribution, control and return of the Viking River Cruises uniforms
  • Ensuring a smooth operation on an embarkation day
  • Ensuring impeccable cleanliness and order within the housekeeping department
  • Assisting with stateroom cleaning and laundry duty if needed
  • Operation of procedures according to company standards and HACCP rules
  • Ensuring regular care of plants and flowers onboard
  • Collection and preparation of daily program for distribution, organization of gift orders and turndown services
  • Preparation of opening and closing ships at start and end of season
  • Management and motivation of the housekeeping crew
  • Motivation and training of housekeeping team
  • Supervision of housekeeping team and operation of the duties and responsibilities
  • Preparation and administration of performance reviews
  • Replacement of Stateroom Steward/ess. (during days off and/or according to the operational needs)
  • Knowledge and application of infection control, outbreak prevention and MSDS
  • Participation in loading and correct stocking of stores
  • Responsible for cost control and adherence to set budgets
  • Cost control for housekeeping within budget
  • Stock and chemical products ordering in cooperation with Hotel Manager
  • Correct storage of stock; establishing of par levels
  • Inventory according to company procedures
  • Conduct the departmental “Daily Reunion”
  • Ensure that all guest complaints received are either settled immediately or referred to the relative party for follow up. Guest to be promptly advised of all actions taken
  • Assistance in the Guest Services as required and appointed by the management
  • Ability to effectively deal with internal & external customers, some of whom will require high levels of patience, tact and diplomacy to defuse anger, collect accurate information and resolve conflicts


  • Outstanding flexibility: must be able to work at different times during the day as scheduled by the management, under pressure and reflect at all times, even under difficult conditions, a positive can-do attitude and the best image of Viking
  • Excellent communication with other departments, especially the Guest Services, Maintenance and Food & Beverage


  • Achieve/succeed the KPI goals for the department as a housekeeping team
  • Strong motivation to achieve the company goals and objectives


  • Become knowledgeable about all itinerary-related ports of call and shore excursions
  • Full knowledge of the daily program
  • Ensure excellent knowledge about the Suite Amenity program


  • Full knowledge about safety & security procedures, Participations in all training concerning safety & security, fire prevention, evacuation exercises as required by the company


  • High School Diploma, with Hospitality degree (BA, MBA) preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years previous experience required in an upscale cruise line or hotel of comparable size in the similar position in the scope of the Housekeeping department
  • Excellent English communication skills, Service-oriented and guest focused, attention to detail
  • Must be able to deal correctly with confidential information and must be discrete
  • Must be well groomed and maintain impeccable hygiene standards
  • Extensive walking required and ability to stand on feet for a long time
  • Hours may vary based upon organizational needs and operational demands
  • Guest focused, service oriented, positive personality and professional appearance
  • Flexible and stress resistant, team player, shows commitment


  • Implement PSO policies, procedures, standards, as laid out by the management
  • Ensure appropriate appearance and clothing according to the updated grooming standards
  • The company reserves the right to change/extend this job description if necessary at any point of time during her/his employment

Position: Housekeeper
Supervisor: Hotel Manager, Corporate Housekeeper
Gives instructions to: Stateroom Steward/ess
Receives instructions from: Hotel Manager, Corporate Housekeeper, Corporate Operations Manager

Language Requirements

Good knowledge of the English language is required.




More than 20 years ago, Viking® set the standard for what river cruising should be, and today we are the leader that all others follow. In 2015, we took the same small ship, destination-focused experience to the seas and reinvented ocean cruising. Over the years Viking has won numerous ocean and river cruise line awards from Condé Nast Traveler, Cruise Critic, Travel + Leisure, Travel Weekly and more.

Viking is a strong and dynamic company—with a growing fleet of more than 80 river ships and seven ocean vessels cruising over 100 itineraries around the world.


If you have always dreamed of combining your love of travel with the ability to grow your career, consider a position at Viking. We are the world’s leading small ship cruise line, and there is tremendous potential to advance your career with us. As part of our crew, when your ship is docked at the many destinations we visit, you can explore ashore and refresh during your free time.

Additionally, with Viking’s award-winning service and thoughtfully curated onboard experiences, our guests are typically very satisfied. This, combined with Viking’s gratuity guidelines, means that you can expect to be well rewarded as an employee on board a Viking ship.

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