Cruise Ship Frequently Asked
Thinking of working on a cruise ship but you're
not sure of what's involved? We have tried to answer many frequently
asked questions to give you as much information as possible
before you start applying for cruise ship jobs.
What's in my cabin?
Space is limited onboard
and cabins are no exception. For this reason, it’s important
to pack light. Depending on your position you may or may not
share a cabin, however beyond
having a roommate, your cabin will most often include a bed with
reading light, desk, TV, phone, sink, hanging closet with a few
hangers and drawers. Officers will have a private toilet and shower.
What kind of food will I eat?
You will eat your meals in designated areas depending
on your ship and your rank. You will find a variety of foods that
appeal to tastes of our international crewmembers. There are usually
vending machines where you can purchase drinks and snacks for a
Can I cook in my cabin?
No, you can’t cook
in your cabin for safety reasons. No warming or cooking appliances
are allowed in your cabin.
How about laundry service?
You are expected to keep your clothes clean,
fresh smelling, and free of stains. Your uniforms will be laundered
without charge through crew laundry services. For personal clothing
you can often use the crew laundry machines at no charge or for
a small fee.
What recreation activities are there?
Standard recreational equipment, based on available
space, often includes a crew gym, ping pong table, disc pool table,
basketball net and balls, foosball table, dartboards, video arcade,
Most cruise ships have a Crew Activity Committee
that organizes many of the crew activities. 10-12 crewmembers volunteer
and represent the employee groups onboard.
The CAC organizes crew parties, crew bingo, shore
excursions, team sports, and a variety of other recreational activities
only limited by their imagination.
What happens if I am sick?
There is medical staff onboard every ship to
address illness and emergencies. When you are feeling ill you should
advise your supervisor and report to the infirmary during crew
consulting hours. This is a complimentary service to all
Can I purchase items in the shops
Yes, and you will receive discounted prices.
There are also sales organized by
the shop managers.
How and when do I get paid?
Usually with cruiseships there are opportunities
to draw a portion of your salary 2-3 times each month depending
on your position.