Designed and built to run like a floating 5* hotel, every Department on board a Cruise Ship therefore requires thousands of qualified, dedicated, hard-working employees, many of them from Australia. Actually it is predicted that there with continue to be an increase in the number of cruise ships operating over the next few years, which will naturally increase the number of jobs available. This, together with the usual high turnover rate of on board employees means an on-going requirement for new personnel from Australia.
All positions on board Cruise Ships are subject to contract. Therefore before signing, you are strongly advised to consider all the plus and minus sides to the job before formally accepting.
It is hard work on board a cruise ship. As all positions are on shifts, with long hours, you will find it is not like being on vacation! In fact workers are not permitted to use the leisure/dining facilities etc which are only for use by paying passengers.
There are, however, many pluses to the job. Naturally you will travel around the world for free, earning a salary. Also, for the duration of your contact you will be entitled to free accommodations, medical care, accommodation and meals.
The experience/qualifications required for Australian candidates can differ greatly depending on which cruise line you work for. You can expect, though, that native English speakers from Australia are usually required for management positions, ships photographers, entertainers, receptionists, retail staff and chefs , entertainers, retail staff, photographers, receptionists etc.