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Cruise Ship Job Descriptions

Here's where you'll find in-depth cruise ship job descriptions for any position onboard.

A cruise ship is divided into several departments and shipboard employees are typically split between these departments. By viewing each department below you will find full job descriptions of all available cruise positions for that particular department.

For each position onboard there is a description, job requirements, details of the duties you would perform, employment information and a guide-line to the typical wage you would earn for that position on a cruise ship.

This section provides essential information and will help you determine which position onboard a cruise ship is right for you.

Click on any department heading below to view the full positions and job descriptions for that department. For even more insider information on particular positions on board, visit our Crewmember Interviews and Feature Articles departments.

Concessionary Departments
Concessionary Departments In addition to the normal departments, nearly all cruise ships operate additional services for passengers such as Beauty Salons, Gift Shops and Photography. Employees are often hired separately through companies that operate . . . keep reading
Casino Department
Casino Department Many cruise ships operate casinos onboard.Casino staff hours vary depending upon the ship, region, itinerary, and passenger. For example, casinos on ships serving the Caribbean . . . keep reading
Medical Department
Medical Department The Medical Department can be very hectic on large cruise ships which carry 3,000 to 4,000 people including passengers and crew. A cruise ship's mini-hospital may have several beds, intensive care unit, operating theatre, X-ray and examination rooms. The number of medical staff employed . . . keep reading
Food and Beverage Department
Food and Beverage Department The Food and Beverage Department is one of the largest departments on board any cruise ship. Passengers are constantly eating. There's breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, room service and other snacks. Most ships offer select food venues 24 hours per day. There are plenty of vacancies . . . keep reading
Deck Department
Deck Department The Deck department is responsible for the ship's maintenance. This department also has general navigation duties. The Captain is the ship's Master and all department heads answer to him/her. Other positions within this department require employees to have . . . keep reading
Engine and Technical Department
Engine and Technical Department Workers in the Engine department must be able to work in extreme heat and noise. This department employs skilled workers from Chief Engineer to Electrician and Plumber. Depending on the ship, there may be other positions . . . keep reading
Housekeeping Department
Housekeeping Department The housekeeping department is the second largest department on board a cruise ship. It is very much like hotel staff at a land resort or hotel. These positions make sure that passenger's accommodation are taken . . . keep reading
Entertainment Department
Entertainment Department These positions are often synonymous with "cruise staff" and deal with anything relating to passenger entertainment. This is probably one of the most desirable onboard departments to work in. Here's exactly what qualities you need to get into this department . . . keep reading
Pursers Department
Pursers Department The Purser department is the "accounting" department of the ship. At some point, every passenger comes into contact with the Purser's department. It is the equivalent of a hotel reception and usually located in the main lobby area of the ship. It is the passengers contact point for all issues. All of the ship's . . . keep reading
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