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Working on Yachts and Cruise Ships

Updated on September 27, 2007

Yacht Jobs - Work on a Boat

Ever wanted to work on a sailboat or cruise ship? It's possible, even if you have no experience!

First step -- research where you want to go and what kind of boat you want to work on:

  • Luxury Yachts -- Working on the mega yachts can be the highest-paying kind of boat job. Certifications and experience are important. One way to break into the industry is to go to an area where there are a lot of yachts (e.g., Fort Lauderdale during the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show), and start with daywork on the yachts. Pay is usually $10 to $15 per hour and no experience is required. Most of the work involves cleaning the exterior and interior of the yachts, though there are other jobs like painting, sanding and varnishing. In places where there are a lot of yachts there are also a lot of crew houses--accommodation that caters to yacht crew. Expect to pay about $150 per week for a dorm bed in a place like Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Sailboats -- Working on sailboats generally pays less than on motor yachts, but it can be a more enjoyable experience. If you don't have previous sailing experience, contact your local yacht club and get information on how to get involved with local sailing. Put up notices at the marinas and marine supply stores indicating your interest. If you don't have much sailing expeirence, cooking experience is a good substitute.
  • Cruise Ships -- Working on cruise ships is not for everyone. The hours are very long and many people can't wait to finish their contracts. Talk to people who have worked on cruise ships before you sign up and see if it's really for you. Get on a US-flagged ship if possible (like the ones out of Hawaii).

Here is some background reading for finding work on boats:

For cruise ship jobs, check out these sites:

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      bambang irawan 4 years ago

      hi i,m bambang irawan from indonesia.i,m looking job working on yacht ship,i have working experiences on cruiselines and river cruise line.

      please help me for information i will be big thank you for you.

      just contact me to

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      agus jati rahmanto 6 years ago

      hey I am looking job in yacth ship,I have experience working in hotel and in cruises ship I am looking for position as cabin steward and cleaner so if you are have information please send email to

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      manuel almendarez 6 years ago

      hey im looking for work on a boat i have no exp but willing to learn you can reach me at 9403374748 give me a call day are night im

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      Michael MaraƱon 6 years ago

      I am a College graduate with a degree in BS Commerce, and also undergone a training in Housekeeping, Can you help me find a job on a yacht or cruise ship? Although I have no experience yet in yacht or cruise ship job, but I can assure you that I am a fast learner and hard worker.My Email is

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      kelster 7 years ago from San Diego, Ca

      Thanks for the post. I'm seriously contemplating a career change and becoming part of the crew on a M/Y!

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      chirea mihai 8 years ago

      i want to work on a yacht,i'm from Romania,i have experience and i now several e-maill is please tell me what to do.thank you very much

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      brijesh shetty 8 years ago

      i want to work on a cruise but am not trained i stay in india can u suggest me or provide me a job in cruise

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      UKSA 8 years ago

      UKSA hired about 1% of all attendees ever. I speek as a graduate who never got even a call just because I am not English and AM NOT DISLEXIC as most of students ( drinkers ) I have been with. I came with experience and my hard earned money ( USD 15,000 + USD 7,000 for my 4 month stay ). Most of students came thanks to governament support ie. they paid nothing and they got the job. So trust me, if you are not dislexic and you have your money, do not waste it. Thank you.

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      Fred Dovaston 9 years ago

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      charles cekala 10 years ago

      I presently work on a yacht and i am ooking for part time work nights detailing and cleaning mon thu sun please callme at 954-583-0892 if yuo can use a good man. I have been on the same yacht for 7 years.thank you very much,

      charles cekala p.s. i am home after 4:00 pm

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      johnngd 10 years ago from Sydney

      Great post! I've always wanted to know the best way to get a plum job on a yacht, thanks!

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      sailinggreece 10 years ago

      If you are interested in yachting career training I can really recommend UKSA (