ABOARD! YOUR KEY TO A GREAT CRUISE SHIP JOB
Emery Baya worked for Norwegian Cruise Line in a variety of positions,
including that of assistant purser.
Here Mr. Baya shares his experiences working on Norwegian Cruise Line's cruise ships. He also offers these tips for others looking
to break into the cruise industry.
advice to those interested in cruise ship jobs would
be as follows: Take time to make your resume and cover letter
look as good as you can. Customize each one to the cruise line you are applying to.
friends evaluate it. I also suggest that you mail yourself a copy of the finished product
and play the role of the hiring staff. Would you hire you? Also, come
to the interview (if you have one) with an above average knowledge
of the company.
I was asked a few questions at my interview.
was my experience in the hotel industry?
- What do I know about Norwegian
- When can I start?
Apparently the personnel manager was
very impressed with my knowledge of the company. She said, "
Wow, you have certainly done your homework. Most of the candidates
come to the interview with little knowledge of the company. I'm impressed
with what you know."
CRUISE LINE JOB APPLICATION PROCESS
your application is accepted, you will either have a phone or in person
interview with the cruise line, then the they will offer you
a contract. It is important that you carefully read it before you
sign it. Your first contract will usually be for somewhere between
three months and one year. Generally, an employee's first contract
will be on the shorter side of that range,
but after successfully completing its terms, an employee often will
be asked back for longer contracts. A general rule of thumb is once
you get that first contract, your next opportunity on a cruise ship will be easier
are also career positions onboard that not only include the captain
officers but also engineers and other staff. If you are interested
in these positions and you have the qualifications
for such positions, the employment contracts will be much longer
CRUISE EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
Cruise Line Employment Portals
may now be ready to apply for your next cruise ship job. There are many
resources on the Internet and in bookstores. Some of these resources
are outstanding and others leave much to be desired
With a lot of things, I would recommend people just wing it, but
since getting a job on a cruise ship can be very competitive, it
is worth paying a little money to try and gain that inside edge.
endless hours reviewing most of the resources available and have
highlighted my favorites. I generally recommend people use web
resources over paper books basically due to the fact that the good
services are updated much more frequently than is possible with
Luck & Bon Voyage!
Guest Writer - 2015 Issue of Cruise Insiders
Globe Trotter, Adventurer & Writer