When applying for a job on a cruise, can you specify which ship you would care to work on? What are the chances of you actually getting to work on the requestes ship?
Also, when is the best time to apply? If I am in school till May- when would be the best time to send out my resume?
The chances of you getting the ship you 'request' are slim to none on your first contract unless they just happen to need people on that ship and you get lucky. Seniority is how many of the assignments are made. There really is not one 'best' time to apply, you just do and wait for them to call you. Some folks wit a very long time and some never get called and I have known others that were signed into a contract in a week! Luck of the draw and who and what5 they are looking for. My advice is to talk to some employees and let them know you are looking for a job and what you are wanting to do and have them tell you what it is really like without the hype. Working on a cruiseship can be very rewarding and a fantastic experiance but it is lots of very hard work and lonely.
Thank you- you have all been so helpful- I am currently in Event Management in producing corporate galas, fundariasers and various functions, and i was informed that cruise ships have "Event coordinators/group specialists" who oversee and help plan events on board and on shore (especially for vip passengers.)
I was just hoping that there might be a demand for someone like myself! =)
Sounds basically like what a Social Host does with the ultimate goal of becoming a Cruise Director. Send in your resume to the cruiselines or the line of your choice. Long hours for a SH and contracts are six months.