It's a great time to find cruise job opportunities!
Over the last four years, major cruise lines launched dozens of new luxury cruise ships! Each cruise ship employs between 500 and 1,500 crew and staff members. Thousands of new cruise ship jobs are being created this year alone! In addition, over the next three years, up to 20 additional cruise ships are scheduled to be launched.
The fact is the cruise industry has been grown steadily and is set to boom as the economy continues to recover. In 2010, the cruise line industry experienced a nice increase in passenger traffic over the previous year and 2011 has been even better!
This is all great news for you! There has never been a better time to be looking for work in the cruise line industry. Whether you are looking to work on for a cruise line for a short-term job change or a long term career, the cruise line industry has a place for you.
On average cruise lines employ one crew member for every two cruise ship guests. This means it takes about 1,000 crew members to staff a cruise ship that carries 2,000 guests. In addition, for whatever reason, turnover on the cruise ships is generally pretty high, so cruise lines need to fill an awful lot of positions every year and thus they are ALWAYS HIRING!
What's Great About Working On Cruise Ships
The average initial contract generally ranges from 3 to 9 months. With all of your living expenses, medical insurance covered by the cruise line, a high percentage of your earnings can be banked, thus giving you a nice amount saved after each contract.
Cruise line employees also usually get excellent perks and benefits. These benefits often include:
Free room on the cruise ship. Usually either a single stateroom or a shared stateroom with another employee.
Air travel en-route and homeward bound
Free medical insurance (which is required by maritime law)
Discounts at ship board and often land based stores, bars and restaurants
Reduced cruise rates for family and friends
CruiseJobFinder will provide you will all of the resources you need to land an exciting career in the cruise industry.
Is a Cruise Ship Job for you?
After using CruiseJobFinder you will know whether working on a cruise ship is right for you! We answer all of your questions about the industry - especially how to get a job. Our staff have been researching the industry since 2002! Our knowledge is based on extensive interviews with current and former employees, hiring managers, and others who know the ins and outs of cruise line hiring practices.
CruiseJobFinder Members get immediate access to:
Exclusive access to the latest cruise ship job postings
Interviews with Cruise Industry Experts
Cruise Ship Position Descriptions
Cruise Line Concessionaires Overview
Cruise Staffing and Recruitment Agency Information
And detailed cruise line profiles with hiring information by department, and much more.
To find out more questions to commonly asked questions about working on a cruise ship, please read Cruise Line Jobs FAQ.
Do I need to be a United States Citizen to work on a cruise ship?
No! To work on most cruise lines you do not need to be an American citizen. This is because most cruise lines are foreign flagged and thus are not regulated by United States labor laws. So in many cases, cruise lines can hire people from any country they choose.
There are a handful of cruise ships that are flagged in the United States and hire almost all their crew from the United States. These cruise ship usually sail around Hawaii, Alaska, the Great Lakes or on US rivers. We cover all of the US flagged and foreign flagged cruise ships in the members section of CruiseJobFinder.