Types of Cruise Ship Jobs

Types of Cruise Ship Jobs

There are over 300 types of jobs onboard cruise ships spanning a number of different departments, each requiring their own set of skills and qualifications. Many of these positions are similar to land-based jobs offering potential for a successful career, plus the added benefit of travel. A cruise ship is similar to a resort offering comparable employment options in Guest Services, Housekeeping, Food and Beverage, Entertainment and more. “More” also means that a cruise ship is very different than a land-based resort, requiring a crew of Deck and Technical personnel as well.

Most cruise lines separate their operations into two main categories, Hotel Operations and Marine Operations. Here is a breakdown of the cruise ship departments and the types of cruise ship jobs that can be found onboard a cruise ship.

Marine Operations

Marine Operations is responsible for navigating the ship from port to port, operating and maintaining the ship’s engines and hotel systems, providing shipboard safety and security, and complying with international as well as maritime rules and regulations. The Deck and Technical Departments consist of trained and experienced Officers and Ratings. Although the Staff Captain is head of the Deck Department, the Captain is the master of the whole ship with all heads of department reporting to him/her.

Here is a list of all the cruise ship positions in the Deck and Technical Departments along with some other jobs that are sometimes categorized under Marine Operations.

Deck Department

Captain
Staff Captain
Safety Officer (1st Officer, Chief Officer)
Navigation Officer (1st Officer)
2nd Officer
Third Officer
Deck Cadet
Bosun
2nd Bosun
Deck Petty Officer (Fireman)
AB Deck (Deck Crew)
AB Helmsman (Quartermaster)
AB Seaman (Deck Crew, Deck Repairman)
Ordinary Seaman
Deck Storekeeper
Sanitation Utility
Tiler
Fitter Deck
Marine Administrative Assistant (Deck Clerk)
Environmental Officer
Public Health and Safety Specialist
Security Department
Security Officer
Deputy Security Officer
Security Supervisor
Security Guard
Lifeguards
Lifeguard Manager
Lifeguard Supervisor
Lifeguard Staff

Engine Department

Chief Engineer
Staff Engineer (Assistant Chief Engineer)
1st Engineer
2nd Engineer
3rd Engineer
Engine Cadet
1st Refrigeration Engineer (HVAC Engineer, Ventilation Officer)
2nd Refrigeration Engineer
3rd Refrigeration Engineer
Sanitation Engineer
Hotel Engineer
Assistant Hotel Engineer
Accommodations Maintenance Supervisor (Facilities Manager)
Upholsterer
Carpenter
Assistant Carpenter
Joiner
Engine Crew Supervisor (Motorman)
Engine Repairman (Mechanic)
Engine Fitter
Engine Crew
Wiper
Oiler
Refrigeration Fitter (Fitter AC)
Refrigeration Technician
1st Plumber
2nd Plumber
Sanitation Technician
Technical Storekeeper (Chief Stoker)
2nd Engine Storekeeper
Technical Clerk
Waste Disposal Supervisor
Incinerator Operator (Waste Disposal Operator)
Incinerator Technician
Electrical Department
Chief Electrician (Chief Electrical Technical Officer)
1st Electrical Engineer
1st Electronic Engineer (Communications Officer)
2nd Electrical Engineer
2nd Electronic Engineer
3rd Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineer Cadet
1st Electrical Fitter
Assistant Electrical Fitter (Assistant Electrician)

Medical Department

Doctor
Nurse
Paramedic
Medical Secretary

Hotel Operations

With more than a dozen operational areas, the Hotel Operations on a cruise ship is responsible for ensuring that each passenger may enjoy their cruise vacation. Departments include Guest Services, Housekeeping, Culinary, Food and Beverage, Entertainment, Gift Shops, Casino, and Spa. But, there are also jobs in Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, and Information Technology that work behind the scenes. The Hotel Director oversees the entire hotel operations, but ultimately reports to the Captain.

Here is a list of all the cruise ship positions in the remainder of the cruise ship’s departments.

Hotel Director (Hotel General Manager)
Guest Relations (Guest Services)
Assistant Hotel Director
Guest Relations Manager (Customer Services Director)
Assistant Guest Services Manager
Suite Manager
Concierge
Yacht Club Concierge (MSC Cruises)
Royal Genie (Royal Caribbean only)
Group Coordinator
Event Coordinator (Party Planner)
Front Desk Manager
Assistant Front Desk Manager (Front Desk Supervisor)
Guest Services Supervisor
Guest Administration Officer (Documentation Officer)
Guest Departure Officer
Guest Services Officer
Junior Guest Services Officer
Loyalty Ambassador
Cruise Sales Associate (Future Cruise Consultant)
Hotel Administrative Assistant
International Ambassador
Assistant International Ambassador
Senior Desktop Publisher
Program Publisher
Printer
Marketing and Revenue Manager
Financial Controller
Administration Purser
Crew Payroll Manager (Crew Purser)
Administration Purser – Payroll (Payroll Purser)
Junior Payroll Purser

Information Technology

Digital Manager (Computer Officer)
IT Assistant Manager
IT Infrastructure Specialist
ITV Coordinator
Communication Service Specialist
Internet Manager (iLounge Manager)
iLounge Assistant (Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises)
Macologist (Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises)

Human Resources

Human Resources Manager
Crew Administrator
Crew Relations Specialist
Human Resources Specialist
Learning and Development Consultant (Training and Development Manager)
Crew Welfare Specialist

Housekeeping

Executive Housekeeper (Chief Housekeeper)
Assistant Executive Housekeeper
Housekeeping Administrator
Housekeeping Supervisor (Accommodations Supervisor)
Butler
Stateroom Attendant (Stateroom Steward)
Officers’ Steward
Assistant Stateroom Steward
Laundry Master
Assistant Laundry Master
Drycleaner
Laundry attendant
Linen Keeper
Tailor
Uniform Master
Hotel Storekeeper
Inventory Manager (Inventory Compliance Officer)
Public Area Supervisor
Deck Attendant
Pool Deck Service Host
Utility Cleaner (Hotel Steward)
Florist
Horticulturist
Lawn Keeper
Landscape Specialist

Culinary

Executive Chef
Executive Sous Chef
Junior Sous Chef
Sous Chef
1st Cook (Commis Cook)
1st Pizza Cook
Buffet Cook
Chef Tournant
Teppanyaki Chef
Specialty Restaurant Chef de Cuisine
Chief Baker (Chef de Partie – Baker)
1st Baker
2nd Baker
Chief Butcher (Chef de Partie – Butchery)
1st Butcher
2nd Butcher
Chief Pastry (Chef de Partie – Pastry)
Assistant Pastry Chef
Pastry Cook
Chef de Partie – Sushi
Sushi Cook
Chef de Partie – Pantry
Pantry Chef
Pantry Cook
Pantry Cook Assistant
Chief Crew Cook
Crew Cook
Galley Operations Manager (Galley Area Supervisor)
Sanitation Officer (Crystal Cruises)
Assistant Galley Supervisor
Dishwasher
Galley Steward (Utility Galley Cleaner)
Buffet Decorator
Pantry Decorator
Coffeeman
Provision Master (Food Storekeeper)
Assistant Provision Master
Ice Carver

Food and Beverage

Food and Beverage Director (F&B Manager)
Restaurant Manager
Dining Room Assistant Manager
Maitre’D
Assistant Maitre’D
Food and Beverage Supervisor
Head Waiter
Waiter
Assistant Waiter
Assistant Buffet Steward
Sommelier
Cellar Master
Food and Beverage Administrator
F&B Sanitation
Room Service Attendant
Snack Attendant (Buffet Steward)
Beverage Manager
Assistant Beverage Manager (Bar Supervisor)
Bartender
Barista
Bar Server (Bar Steward)
Bar Utility (Assistant Bar Steward)

Guest Services – Shore Excursions

Senior Destinations Manager
Shore Excursions Manager
Assistant Shore Excursions Manager
Shore Excursions Staff
Destination Concierge
Port Lecturer (Destination Lecturer)
Naturalist
Shore Excursions Bike Escort (Bicycle Leader)
Expedition Leader (Lindblad Expeditions)
Assistant Expedition Leader (Lindblad Expeditions)

Entertainment Department

Entertainment Director
Cruise Director
Assistant Cruise Director
Cruise Programs Administrator
Activity Manager
Activity Staff
Activities Host (Cruise Staff)
Aquatics Activity Staff
Recreation Host (Disney Cruise Line)
Disc Jockey
Karaoke Host (Carnival Cruise Line)
Amusement Specialist (MSC Cruises)
Sports Manager (Sports Director)
Sports Coordinator
Sports Staff (Recreation Staff)
Dive Manager
Assistant Dive Manager
Dive Instructor
Life Stylist (Holland America only)
Youth Activities Manager
Youth Activities Assistant Manager
Youth Staff
Youth Staff (Nursery)
Broadcast Manager
Broadcast Operator
Broadcast Technician (Video Technician)
AV Manager
AV Operator
Digital Signage and ITV Specialist (Multimedia Manager)
ITV Coordinator
ITV Host
Production Manager
Stage Manager
Production and Stage Manager – Aqua (Royal Caribbean only)
Assistant Stage Manager
Light Technician
Lounge Technician
Sound Technician
Stage Technician (Rigging Specialist)
Rigging Staff
Stage Staff
Aqua Staff Support Diver (Royal Caribbean only)
Band Leader (Band Master)
Show Band Musician
Musicians (Piano Bar Entertainer, Quartets, Calypso Band, etc.)
Headline Entertainer
Enrichment Lecturer (Guest Speaker)
Comedian
Dancer
Acrobat
Singer
Character Performer

Casino Department

Casino Manager
Casino Supervisor
Casino Dealer
Casino Hostess
Assistant Casino Hostess
Cash Desk Manager (Head Casino Cashier)
Cashier
Cashier Trainee
Slot Manager
Slot Technician
Casino Slot Attendant

Spa Department

Spa Manager
Barber
Beauty Therapist
Hair Stylist
Message Therapist
Nail Technician
Personal Trainer
Spa Receptionist
Acupuncturist
Medi-Spa Physician
Wellness Specialist (Lindblad Expeditions)
Health and Fitness Supervisor (Crystal Cruises)

Gift Shops Department

Sales Manager
Assistant Sales Manager
Luxury Retail Boutique Manager
Sales Associate – Jewelry Specialist
Sales Associate – Beauty Specialist
Sales Associate – Fine Watch Specialist
Sales Associate – Visual Specialist
Sales Associate – Promotions Specialist

Photography Department

Photo and Videography Manager
Assistant Photo Manager
Videographer
Senior Photographer
Junior Photographer
Photo Lab Technician (MSC Cruises)
Photo Instructor (Lindblad Expeditions)

Other Cruise Ship Jobs

Art Auctioneer (Gallery Manager)
Art Steward
Port and Shopping Guide

For information about how to apply for these cruise ship jobs, read the How to Apply for Cruise Ship Jobs section.