Cruise Line Jobs in Alaska
For many, it is hard to imagine a more ideal summer job than working on a cruise ship. In 2011, more than a dozen cruise ship operators will be operating cruise ships in Alaska. These vessels range from the smaller "eco tours" boats to the massive luxury cruise ships with over 2,000 staterooms. Most of the cruise ships travel from Seattle or Vancouver, British Columbia up the Inside Passage making stops at such towns as Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka. From here the itinerary changes depending on the cruise line and cruise ship and length of the trip. The general season for Alaska cruises is from May through September.
Alaska bound cruise ship passengers and crew are not only treated to spectacular scenery throughout the trip, but they often also see amazing sealife right from the deck of the cruise ship. It is not uncommon to see whales, groups of dolphins and countless bald eagles.
The larger cruise ships are like big resorts employing between 700 and 1,100 crew members. Smaller ships, often taking people on day trips to nearby glaciers or wildlife viewing areas, carry up to 50 passengers and a crew ranging from 4 to 8.
Here is a list of some of the positions on the larger boats:
Air/Sea Reservation Agent
Assistant Cruise Director
Child Care Worker
Customer Service Respresentative
Engine Room Staff
Food and Beverage Staff
Gift Shop Staff
Medical Staff (Doctors, Nurses)
Public Relations Staff
Shore Excursion Staff
Water Sports Instructor
Cruise Ship Job Resources
Getting a job on a cruise ship can be very competitive. This is why we recommend the following sources to help you get the inside edge to securing your cruise job
Cruise Ship Jobs from Cruise Job Finder.com
Also check out cruise ship employment info from Cruise Insiders.
The following companies plan on operating cruise ships in Alaska this summer:
Carnival Cruise Line
Holland America Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
American Safari Cruises
Alaskan Dream Ventures
Alaskan Dream Cruises (Allen Marine Tours)
*Launching May 2011 with refurbished CruiseWest vessels.*
Pacific Catalyst II
Sea Wolf Adventures