Given the current economic and job climate, cruise liner jobs are still very popular targets among job seekers – and for good reason. Many people dream of working on cruise ships due to the allure of traveling all over the world to exotic locations and meeting new people on a continuous basis. Images of beautiful sun filled beaches, gambling, delicious meals, and lots of partying with former crew mates come to mind for most people looking for a cruise line job.
After these images of grandeur, working on a cruise ship, it's all glitz and glamor. It can be rather demanding. After all, cruise lines are for profit companies that require competent, professional, customer service oriented staff. Cruise lines do their best to weed out the lazy, or incompetent job applicants who are just looking for a free vacation. Just like with any company you would work for, they understand that their success, extremely lies in the customer experience, which leads to additional business from former passengers, as well as referral business. Further, sometimes crew members work long hours, oftentimes more than 8 hours a day.
Is a cruise ship job for you? Most people with experience working on a cruise ship view it as an enjoyable experience, but of course, like most job types, it's not for everyone. Some people get homesick rather easily and are not the "on the go" type. You will also need to be comfortable sharing space with other crew members, much like your first year in a college dorm. So in these respects, cruise ship jobs definitely have their drawbacks.
Having mentioned that, there's still much to be desired about cruise ship employment. On top of the travel benefits, you can keep a larger percentage of your pay since room and board, plus food is covered by the cruise ship you're contracted with. Also, if you're particular cruise ship allows passengers to visit ports, crew members are often allowed or even encouraged to explore the sites. Most cruise lines allow their crew to use the ship amenities on their time off, despite the fact that customers take priority of course.