I typed out a long response a couple days ago and then hit a button and poof it dissapeared . . . so let me try again . .
Let me preface this with I work for Celeb's parent company, and I know the companies are structured fairly similar. I don't work in the crew office, but I deal with those wonderful folk on a daily basis - they are the administrative heart of the ship (at least on rccl)
1) What rank/how many stripes is this position?
We have 4 people in the crew office, 1 is the manager with 2 1/2 stripes, the rest are 2 or 1 1/2.
2) What kind of shipboard amenities come with the role? ie. single/shared cabin, deck priveleges?
Not 100% sure, but the 2 1/2 stripe definately gets their own cabin, 2's and lower, depends on the job. One of the areas the crew office controls IS berthing, so . . . . The positions are considered 'staff' - so that means access to pretty much anywhere on the ship except for certain bars, sauna, whirlpools, etc. Trust me when I say that once you're on a ship for a while, going out into passenger space is NOT that big of a deal, and you'd rather be in the crewbar or crew outside decks. A lot less questions and rules!
3) Having so much to do with port regualtions, how often does one get port time?
That depends. If you have a good manager and co workers, you can work out a rotation. You have to go into this with an "I'm here to work" attitude, or you'll be dissapointed.
4) Any idea on the hours? I know 7 days (70 hours) per week, but would this position include graveyard shifts?
Assuming RCL and X (as it's abbrevieated) are set up the same - the crew office is open to crew from 9am-12pm then 4-6:30pm or so daily. When closed, there's a lot of paperwork/payroll etc going on. Most evenings are off unless you're doing work, or maybe involved in hosting or organizing crew welfare activites (i.e. parties, bingos, etc)
5) What kind of training do you get...or is it sink or swim?
You should be getting at least 2 weeks intensive training. All newhires do a heap of corporate orientation and safety training. I've seen new crew office people 'training' for 2-3 weeks at a stretch. They actually have a training matrix for all positions, built in "handover" from the previous person.
??? I'm curious too about Leah - I know a couple of people on the ship but want to wait until I get onboard my next onw before contacting them . . .
good luck and keep US posted