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Cruise Ship Job Vacancies - Around the World

Updated on July 19, 2015
Cruise Ship Job Vacancies
Cruise Ship Job Vacancies

Cruise Ship Job Vacancies - Discover Your Cruise Career!

Do you want to go on a journey of a lifetime and work on a cruise ship..anywhere around the world?

First, it may help to discover what cruise ship job vacancies are available, so you know what to apply for.

Before you can apply for employment on a cruise ship, you need to know the type of job you are seeking. There are a variety of positions on-board a cruise boat, with their own set of unique responsibilities. Often times you don't need any experience to get started in your cruise ship career.

It is important for the cruise line hiring team, or cruise agency, that you specify the type of cruise career you want. They don't want to do the guesswork for you.

Read on to discover the types of jobs available on cruise ships...and discover your cruise career!

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List of Cruise Ship Job Opportunities

Not unlike a regular company, a cruise ship is divided into different departments. Within these departments are a variety of shipboard positions, each with its own set of duties and responsibilities.

The type of position that best suits you is one that you are interested in and qualified for. You can express your interest in more than one type of job. You have to let hiring staff know that you KNOW what you want to do.

Check out the vast variety of cruise ship job opportunities you have to choose from, organized by department.

Beauty Salon / Spa

  • Beauty Salon / Spa Manager
  • Assistant Beauty Salon / Spa Manager
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Hair Stylist / Hairdresser
  • Barber
  • Massage Therapist
  • Nail Technician
  • Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer
  • Acupuncturist
  • Medi-Spa Physician
  • Yoga & Tai Chi Instructor


  • Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Dealer / Croupier
  • Slot Technician
  • Cashier

Cruise Staff

  • Cruise Director
  • Assistant Cruise Director
  • Social Hostess
  • Cruise Staff
  • Disc Jockey / DJ
  • Fitness Instructor / Trainer
  • Youth Activities Coordinator / Youth Counselor
  • Scuba Diving / Water Sports Instructor
  • Golf Instructor


  • Captain
  • Staff Captain
  • Safety Officer
  • First Officer
  • Second Officer
  • Third Officer
  • Junior Third Officer
  • Chief Radio Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Security Personnel
  • Bosun
  • Carpenter
  • Seaman
  • Deck Attendant


  • Chief Engineer
  • Staff Chief Engineer / Assistant Chief Engineer
  • First Engineer
  • Second Engineer
  • Third Engineer
  • Hotel Service Engineer / Hotel Maintenance Engineer
  • Engine Cadet / Junior Third Engineer
  • Chief Electrical Engineer / Chief Electrician
  • Electrical Engineer / Electrician
  • Electronic Engineer
  • Chief Refrigeration Engineer / HVAC Engineer / Chief Air Conditioning Technician
  • Refrigeration Engineer / Air Conditioning Technician
  • Motorman
  • Fitter
  • Oiler
  • Wiper / Engine Utility Man
  • Plumber
  • Upholsterer
  • Fireman


  • Guest / Headline Entertainer
  • Lounge Performer
  • Cruise Director
  • Production Show Singer / Lead Vocalist
  • Production Show Dancer
  • Musician
  • Stage / Production Manager
  • Assistant Stage / Production Manager
  • Sound & Light Technician / Stage Staff
  • Cruise Staff
  • Disc Jockey / DJ
  • Youth Activities Coordinator / Youth Staff

Food and Beverage

  • Buffet Steward / Stewardess
  • Bar Accountant
  • Bartender
  • Bar Steward / Stewardess (Cocktail Waiter / Waitress / Bar Server)
  • Bar Boy / Bar Utility
  • Dining Room Junior Waiter / Waitress
  • Dining Room Assistant Waiter / Waitress
  • Dining Room Waiter / Waitress
  • Dining Room Head Waiter / Waitress
  • Maitre D'/Restaurant Manager
  • Galley (Kitchen) / Culinary
  • Executive Chef / Chef De Cuisine
  • Executive Sous Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Chef De Partie
  • Demi Chef De Partie
  • Commis 1 (First Cook)
  • Commis 2 (Second Cook)
  • Commis 3 (Third Cook)
  • Cook Trainee
  • Crew Cook / Crew Cook Assistant / Crew Cook Trainee
  • Crew Cook Utility / Crew Messman
  • Provision Master / Storekeeper
  • Assistant Provision Master / Storekeeper
  • Pastry Chef Supervisor
  • Assistant Pastry Chef Supervisor
  • Pastry Man
  • Pastry Trainee
  • Baker Supervisor
  • Assistant Baker Supervisor
  • Baker
  • Baker Trainee
  • Galley Steward / Galley Cleaner
  • Dishwasher / Pot Washer

Gift Shops / Retail Sales

  • Gift Shops (Retail Sales) Manager
  • Assistant Gift Shops (Retail Sales) Manager
  • Sales Assistant / Gift Shop Sales Associate
  • Fine Jewelry Sales Specialist
  • Fine Watch Sales Specialist
  • Fragrance & Cosmetic Consultant / Beauty Specialist


  • Chief Housekeeper
  • Assistant Chief Housekeeper
  • Floor Supervisor
  • Head Room Steward / Stewardess
  • Cabin Steward / Stewardess / Cabin Attendant
  • Assistant Cabin Steward / Stewardess
  • Bell Captain
  • Room Service Attendant / Bellboy
  • Cleaner / Utility Cleaner
  • Laundry Supervisor
  • Assistant Laundry Supervisor
  • Laundry Man / Linen Keeper
  • Pool Attendant

Hotel Operations / Purser (Front Desk)

  • Chief Purser / Hotel Manager
  • Deputy Purser / Assistant Hotel Manager
  • Purser
  • Assistant Purser
  • Junior Assistant Purser / Guest Service Associate
  • Crew Purser
  • Shore Excursion Manager
  • Assistant Shore Excursion Manager
  • Cruise Sales Consultant
  • Cost Accountant
  • Revenue Accountant

Human Resources

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Training & Development Manager
  • Crew / Staff Administrator
  • Crew / Staff Administrative (Welfare) Assistant

Internet Technology

  • Shipboard Systems Manager
  • Computer Systems Hardware Technician
  • Internet Manager


  • Chief Doctor / Physician
  • Doctor / Physician
  • Registered Nurse


  • Photo Manager
  • Assistant Photo Manager
  • Photographer


  • Golf Instructor
  • Scuba Diving / Water Sports Instructor
  • Bridge Instructor
  • Dance Instructor
  • Texas 42 Instructor
  • Arts & Crafts Instructor
  • Caricature Artist

Lecturers / Speakers

  • Destination Speaker / Lecturer
  • Special Interest Speaker / Lecturer
  • Port / Shopping Lecturer


  • Art Auctioneer
  • Wine Auctioneer

Clergy / Religious Services

  • Catholic Priest
  • Protestant Minister
  • Rabbis

Dance Host

  • Gentleman Dance Host

Choosing a Cruise Ship Job

There are ALWAYS cruise ship jobs hiring now, because there are so many cruise liners! In that case, your possibilities are endless.

Now that you have looked through the variety of job opportunities on cruise ships, you have to narrow down your choices.

How you go about deciding which cruise career is perfect for you is understanding the following:

  1. What qualifications (experience, education) do you have?
  2. What are your skills (what are you good at / what can you learn)?
  3. What are your interests (what will feel like less of a job and more like a hobby)?

You may want to write down your answers, so that you get a clearer outlook. It also makes you feel like you're accomplishing something towards your career on a cruise ship.

Cruise Ships Employment

Now that you know the type of work you would like to do on a cruise boat, you have some other questions to consider:

  • What is the job description, salary, and qualifications of the position that interests you?
  • What are the best cruise lines to work for that treat their employees well and compensate them fairly?
  • How do you apply to get a cruise ship job in the quickest way possible?

If you are really keen on working on a cruise ship, you will want cruise industry insider information, advice, tips and tricks to keep you ahead of your competition and get you that cruise job.


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      analiza bautista 

      4 years ago

      Wish i can work in a cruise ship like this please let me prove myself and earn money for my only son..this may serve a big help for me as a single.thank you

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      5 years ago

      This is the right job for the one who likes to take challenge and wants to travel much :)

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      7 years ago

      sounds like an exciting career. The only problem is that you'll be at sea for several months, and I'm a little bit sea sick.

    • KandH profile image


      7 years ago

      It sounds like a great career - I would miss my kids WAY too much - but it really does seem like a great way to see the world.

    • RCGraphicsDesign profile image


      7 years ago

      What great information for young and single people. It would be great to travel the world and receive a paycheck. Thanks for a great lens.


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