I fell in love with cruising in January of 2008. My first cruise was on the Carnival Conquest. It was 7 days. We visited Montego Bay, Jamaica, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel Mexico. While I loved visiting new places, I was just intrigued by the ship during that cruise. Walking around and taking in all the sights on the ship, I thought "WOW, I wonder what it's like to have a cruise ship job?", So I decided to investigate.
The Carnival Conquest debuted in 2002. It can carry 2,974 passengers and 1,150 crew members. The ship is a floating city. There are stores for shopping, multiple restaurants, a beauty salon, a health spa, a casino, a disco, multiple entertainment lounges and numerous bars. There are many different jobs openings on a large cruise ship. Let's look at a few areas of the ship .:
This is the most important function of the ship. When you are not sleeping, eating or visiting a port of call, you must be entertained. You are at sea for days. What are you going to do? There are contests, bingo, shows, classes, the disco, the casino and bars. The jobs available in this area are the Cruise Director (Manager of all ship entertainment), Assistant Cruise Directors to run the contests and MC the shows. Dancers, singers, band members and production crew are needed to produce the shows in the main theater. Specialty acts and Guest entertainers are needed for the main stage and the various lounges aboard the ship. Not to mention the DJ at the club and a multitude of bartenders and bar backs.
Salary Range: $ 3000 to $ 7000 US, per month
Ship Computer Systems
The navigation system, ship controls and communications are all run by computers and someone has to program and maintain them. There are also PC's in the internet lounge and terminals used by the crew that must be served and maintained. IT Technicians, system analysts and IT managers are required for all of technical aspects of the ship to run smoothly.
Salary Range: $ 3000 to $ 5400 US, per month
OK, this is probably appreciated by ladies the most. The ship has a full service salon that offers hair styling, pedicures, manicures, facials and massages. Every position held in a salon on land is needed in the ship salon. I had my very first massage on a cruise ship. It was a hot stone massage and it was FABULOUS!
Salary Range: $ 2000 to $ 3400 US, per month
So, what do you think? Is working a cruise ship job for you?
What are the requirements?
- You must be 21 or older.
- You must be willing to work a 3 – 6 month renewable contract.
- You must be a hard worker as you may work 6 day a week, for 10 hours a day.
- You must be willing to bunk with another crew member.
What are the benefits?
- You will have free transportation to and from the ship.
- You will get to visit the places that the ship visits on your days off.
- You can have family members visit you on the ship during cruises at a discount.
- You will not have to pay for rent or food while on the ship and save lots of money.
- You will get paid to sail and see the world!