Job Qualifications for Cruise Line Applicants
Some cruise ship jobs require specialized experience or education, especially for positions such as aerobics instructors, disc jockeys, photographers, and youth counselors.
Study your college transcript and resume for ideas on how best to market yourself. Do you have a strong service background? Experience in retail sales? Do you speak a foreign language or have tour guide experience? Many cruise lines don't necessarily expect young adults to have much work experience, but they do want to be assured they're hiring people who will be courteous and friendly to the passengers, so emphasize any experience you may have working with the public. Cruise employees vary greatly in their qualifications and previous experience. For example, in one boutique aboard a ship in the Caribbean, we were introduced to a member of the gift shop staff (they're called "shoppies" in the business) who had owned her own interior decorating store for eight years.
Pay close attention to the type of positions offered by each company. Remember that the large cruise companies with foreign registry usually won't hire North Americans for many of the low-wage jobs, so concentrate on the jobs that are available by checking all of the information in our cruise listings.