Well, I am happy to say I was recently hired by Royal Carribbean Cruiselines as a Youth Staff member. I'm so excited about this position, since I love working with kids (altho sometimes they do get on your nerves-lol!) Anyways I'm on Monarch of the Seas - traveling from LA to San Diego to Catilina Island to Mexico (3 night / 4night) . I just have a few questions to ask the board and especially anyone who has worked in this position or for this cruiseline. What is it like to work in this position? When in port, do staff members have a good amount of time to go sightseeing themselves? How is the food on board for staff members? I've heard mixed reviews- even though I'm used to eating subpar food while in college-lol! Do they charge staff members for internet access? And finally, what kind of things should I pack- I don;t want to pack to little or too much. Thanks for all your help!
Freddyu, how long was your hiring process. What background do you have. I have been a nanny since 2001 and also am one class away from my CDA. I've also interned at various daycares, etc. What qualifications are they looking for. And if you don't mind me asking what kind of contract/pay/benefits does this position offer.
I found the job through hcareers.com and applied for the youth staff position. Requirements are that you need a college degree in education, recreation or related majors. Extensive background working with kids- like in YMCA's,babysitting,etc. The process was really short- they called me on monday to schedule a interview for friday and on fri , i got the job- it was a quick response becauase I think they have a big demand for that position. The contract is for 5 months, u receive medical benefits while on the ship and the pay is around $1500/month. hope that helps.
electra- It was kind of right away- I mean I let them know that I still needed to take my CPR for Child / Infant cert and first aid , which both are required for the job. Plus you need to pass a physcial exam from an approved doctor. I got the job on the 2nd and leaving on the 15th, so that's about 2 weeks. I mean you can always say you need a little time to prepare, but its up to you. I think they prefer you to start immediate (within 2 weeks) if they need to fill positions. However, they may not hire you the same day -like in my situation. The agency told me that they can hire you that day or several weeks later- all depending prolly on the demand for that position.
darlenenjake- I'm really don't know much about CDA's, but you can always try for the position. I think if you have enough experience working with children, they may hire someone without a degree from a college. I guess the best thing to do is to contact Royal Carribbean's Human resource dept.