When interviewing for a cruise ship job, my best advice to you is not to give them the idea you're applying because you want to see alaska or south america or whatever. They will be hiring you to WORK and thats it. When you've been with the company for a while it might be appropriate to request a certain ship or itenirary but not on your first contract.
The company is free to put you wherever they need you and you might also be transferred to other ships during your contract.
1st Officer Norwegian Cruise Line 2000 - 2003
But as the many of the cruise lines are cutting back where they can, perhaps living where you do . . . there wouldn't be much airfare costs to get you to a Seattle or Vancouver based ship . . .
For Royal Caribbean, you get placed where they need you the 1st contract, and you can't request a ship until you're on your 2nd contract, and you can be moved at any time. Some positions and itineraries have a 2 year wait!
Thanks, that is kind of what I thought may happen. I did hope that the cruise line would want to put you somewhere close to your home port if it was easy to them, but I completely understand if they don't.
I am looking forward to examining the different cruise lines to see if one of them fits for me.
Oh I know what you mean - I just meant I am going to do some checking into whether a job in the cruise industry would be a good career choice knowing these things because if I do apply, I will be going into it without the idea that I can be picky. I don't want to waste anyone's time!