If you’re the type who would love to have a job that involves a lot of travel and meeting people, why not consider applying for a job at an international cruise line? This would definitely have a lot of perks, such as free travel opportunities to exotic places such as the Caribbean and having the chance to interact with people of different cultures. Other advantages include an opportunity to take advantage of prime cruise deals even for your family members, and relatively high salaries. So if you’re interested in applying for jobs with cruise lines, here are some of the available ones you can apply for with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, one of the largest and most popular international cruise lines today:
- Deck and engine. Deck and engine positions involve the smooth operations and maintenance of cruise ships. Positions include the ship captain, staff captain (second in command), officer (such as radio officer and security officer), engineer, deckhand, seaman, electrician, motorman and plumber. These positions usually entail high salaries, although of course relevant education and extensive experience are basic requirements. Salary ranges are from $6,000 to $10,000 monthly for ship captains, $2,000 to $2,400 for highly-skilled technical professionals, and $1,500 to $2,000 for staff.
- Service and hospitality. Service and hospitality offers a diverse range of job opportunities under such categories as food and beverage, hotel management, retail, purser and information technology. Under food and beverage, you could apply for positions such as restaurant manager, food and beverage manager, head waiter, chef, butcher, dishwasher, busboy, dining room wait staff, bar staff, and wine steward. Requirements for this category include extensive relevant experience, good interpersonal skills and proficiency in the English language. Under hotel management are positions such as hospitality manager, receptionist, laundry supervisor and staff, deck steward and bellboy. Retail pertains to positions at stores found within cruise ships; these include gift shop manager, photographer and florist. Pursers pertain to accounting and administrative personnel while information technology positions relate to the management and operations of computer technology within cruise ships. Salary ranges from $1,600 to about $3,000 monthly for staff positions, and $3,000 to $5,000 for supervisory and management positions.
- Entertainment. Jobs included in the entertainment category are lounge performers, musicians, disc jockeys, production manager and sound and light technicians. You could also opt to be a part of the regular cruise staff, whose primary duties would be to attend to the passengers and facilitate cruise ship activities, such as games, tournaments, social interaction nights, etc. To be qualified for this line, you should have had previous relevant experience, along with excellent interpersonal skills and fluency in English. Royal Caribbean would also require you to submit a taped demo along with your comprehensive resume. Other relevant jobs under this category are Youth Activities Coordinator, whose duties are geared towards children, fitness instructors, and golf instructors. Monthly salary ranges for this category are from about $1,500 to $3,000. Guest entertainers have the highest salary range ($4,000 to $17,000 monthly); their job is to give a 40 to 50 minute show to the passengers.
There you have it! There are cruise jobs that would apply for virtually any skill and relevant job experience that you may have. So go ahead and research online for currently available jobs at the Royal Caribbean cruise lines (your other options could include Royal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Mediterranean Cruises and Costa Cruises). Good luck!