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aragon1 December 29th, 2008 02:35 AM

looking into ship life and need some HELP!!!!
I have been on many cruises and have always wondered how it would be to work on a ship? I have a lot of experience working with kids. So the job I would be looking into is being part of the youth staff. I was wondering if anyone has had a position in this field and if they can give me any info about it it such as Hours, Pay, if they enjoyed it, any info would be very help. Also what is the best way to apply i have been looking on a lot of cruise ships website and it seems you are able to apply directly through them is that a good way of doing it? I heard its very difficult to get a job on a ship so i wasnt sure on how to go about it? I do have a BA in Psychology and special Education and I am 24yrs old. Well thanks for your time and help hope to hear from someone soon!!!

Paul Motter January 1st, 2009 03:10 PM

This is very comon entry-level job on ships, Likely they would try you out for a few weeks during a high family vacation season.

One of our former teen hosts is now a permanent Carnival employee doing what you say. He started at 18 for a few weeks and went full time when he graduated.

aragon1 January 13th, 2009 08:55 AM

Thanks for your help If anyone else has an information at all that would be very helpful!!!

Karlie08 July 24th, 2009 07:46 PM



CruiseGary August 15th, 2009 04:37 PM

Ship Job Information
The information is always and!


I work on a ship full time, and have since 1998. I started a blog to help other people cut through the crap and get a great crusie ship job!
Two things are certain:
1) Most of the sites on the internet, at some point, will ask you for money.
2) No site can guarantee you a job - the only person who can offer you a job is the cruise line - period.

If you choose to buy website site access, or a book, or a video, or a DVD, or a pamphlet, all you are getting is information which is free on the web. All you need is a little direction and some web search savvy and you can get all this info yourself - and it will be up-to-date!

There is no magic to getting a ship job - you still have to do all the work - this is not a lazy man's or woman's pursuit - no magic wand - nadda.

The problem with a lot of that other info, is that is is soon out-dated as soon as it is printed, pressed whatever. The cruise industry is changing very quickly - on a weekly basis - and so do the key contact personnel.

Most people operating these other sites, claim they USED to work on ships. Times change - I am currently still on ships, in very good positions, so my info and contacts are always current.
The information is always and forever...FREE!
Follow the blog, read the older postings to get up to speed.

Cruise lines hire from all over the world. Last summer, I got hired as a CD by a European cruise line for 2 1/2 weeks - sailing Europe! They flew me from North America, so it doesn't matter where you live! It matters who you are and what you offer!

If you are really lazy, send me your info and $1500 cash, and I will get you a job. Probelm is, if you are really lazy, you'll last about one day on a ship. Crew members are some of the professional, hardest, smartest working people I have ever met. So, if your really want to work on a ship, keep your cash and do it yourself - you can!

srwoods August 16th, 2009 12:39 PM

I actually have been hired for a seasonal youth counselor on NCLA (which sails in Hawaii). I went to a job fair in a city nearby where I live (about 2 1/2 hours away. They were doing on the spot interviews, and I was given a conditional offer of employment that day. However, the hiring process does involve a lot of steps and is somewhat lengthy. Right now I'm on an active hold until they need someone to fill the youth counselor position.

I only can speak for the hours at NCLA- but from what I have learned through research is that the hours are split into three shifts. 9-12, 2-5 and 7-10. However on days that the ship is in port NCLA does not hold the youth program during the day (only in the evening 7-10) however parents can pay for private child care if they wish. So it seems to me that you would get some time off to explore the islands while the ship is in port - if you have not agreed to do the private childcare- or if there is not a meeting that you have to attend.

Regarding pay- the salary that NCLA was offering was 7.00 per hour for this position. However, because the min wage has gone up- I'm not sure how that salary will be affected. I would assume that it would have to at least increase to the current min wage which is 7.25. You do get paid for overtime at NCLA because they are an American Flagged ship and have to follow US labor regulations (at least this is what we were told at the job fair).

The way that people feel about their experience working on a cruise ship varies greatly. I have joined a facebook group for NCLA past and present staff, and one for NCL past and present staff. Those are good places to start to get a feel of what people's experiences were on board. Other ships might also have such groups on facebook or other networking sites too.

There is also a blog that I read by James Byrd...he wrote about his experience for 2 years out of the 3 he has work with NCLA. I believe that he might have started as a Jr. Waiter and is now a Jr. Receptionist (but don't quote me on it). You can check out his blog at .

I can say that most people have told me that it is what you make it. It can be very hard at times, but you can make a lot of new friends. I have heard that the is not a lot of privacy (if any) because of course you are sharing a room with 1-3 other people...and the space is tiny. But if nothing else it will be an experience and something different!

If you have any other questions feel free to e mail me at, or facebook me Shareeah Woods (or google me and my facebook page will come up). Hope this has been helpful to you and wishing you the best!

Shareeah W.

ps- I am also have my degrees in education- and have worked my entire career (9 years ) with children. This really does help when looking to get into working on a cruise ship- because it seems with the youth positions they are looking for individuals that have a degree and experience in this field. Make sure when you submit your resume- you tailor your experience to the position you are wanting. If you can make a direct contact- not just apply or send your resume via e mail that's even better!

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