Activity/Entertainment Department

Most job positions in the activity and entertainment department onboard cruise ships are synonymous with the positions in the cruise staff department. This department is responsible for arranging various entertainment activities for passengers both onboard and ashore. Job positions in this department include Cruise Director, Assistant Cruise Director, Dance Instructor, Musician, Photographer, Port Lecturer, Dive Instructor and Shore Excursion Manager etc.

Cruise Director

Cruise Director is the head of the entertainment department, and deals with planning and implementation of all entertainment and recreational activities onboard and ashore. Professional experience in the entertainment department on a ship or in a hotel is preferred for this position. Good public speaking skills and strong organizational abilities are a must for this position. Fluency in English language is essential.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 3800-7500 per month, depending on the cruise lines.

Assistant Cruise Director

Assistance Cruise Director assists the director in creating the daily programs. He/she also coordinates the cruise staff activity schedule, and supervises and acts as master of ceremonies. Previous entertainment or hotel experience preferred, or 1-2 years of onboard experience in cruise staff department is required for this position. Good public speaking skills and strong organizational abilities are a must for this position. This position has a possibility for promotion to a cruise director.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 2100-2700 per month.

Social Hostess

Social Hostess is responsible for conducting social activities onboard the ship. He/she acts as a master of ceremonies at specific entertainment activities as directed by the cruise director. Previous entertainment or hotel experience preferred, or 1-2 years of onboard experience in cruise staff department is required for this position. Fluency in English language is essential. This position has a possibility for promotion to cruise director.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 1900-2400 per month, depending on the cruise line.

Cruise Staff

Cruise staff is responsible for organizing daily passengers’ activities such as golf, diving, quizzes, bingo etc. Previous entertainment and hotel experience preferred. Fluency in English language is essential. This position has a possibility for  promotion to assistant cruise director.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 1800-2100 per month, depending on the cruise line.

Cruise Casino Staff

Cruise casino staff is responsible for managing various operations within the casino department. Fluency in English language is a must for job in this department.

Golf Instructor

Golf Instructor is responsible for teaching and playing golf with passengers. They also operate the onboard golf simulator. Prior experience in operating golf simulators is essential. Fluency in English language is desired.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 1600-3800 per month, depending on the cruise line.

Port Lecturer

Port Lecturers delivers lectures about the history and places of interest of various ports of call covered during the cruise holiday. To be eligible for this position, the applicant must be knowledgeable about all ports of call and give suggestions to passengers accordingly. Fluency in English language is essential.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 3200-3800 per month, depending on the cruise line.

Disc Jockey

The position of Disc Jockey or DJ requires diverse knowledge and experience in music to entertain passengers of different taste and age. Previous hotel or nightclub experience is preferred.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 1700-2000 per month, depending on the cruise line.

Dance Instructors and Singers/Musician

Dance instructor teaches dance to passengers, as well as performs dances during evening shows and cabarets. Singer is responsible for entertaining the passengers with his/her live performances.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 1600-3000 per month, depending on the cruise line.

Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructor is responsible for exercise and sports activities of passengers.  A certification in fitness instruction along with a minimum of three months experience in teaching is required. Fluency in English language is essential.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 1800-2200 per month, depending on the cruise line.

Lounge Entertainers

Lounge Entertainer is responsible for entertaining the passengers onboard. Prior experience in entertainment is preferred. Good English is essential for this position.

Salary ranges between US$ 2500-5000 per month.

Photographer

Previous experience in photography is preferred for this position. Good communication skill in English language is a must.

Salary for the position ranges between US $1800-$2100 per month, plus commission.

Shore Excursion Manager

Shore Excursion Manager is responsible for supervision and arrangement of the shore excursions in various ports of call. Prior experience in travel and tourism is preferred. Fluency in English language is a must.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 2300-3200 per month, depending on the cruise line.

Water Sports Instructor

Water Sports Instructor is responsible for planning and implementing the daily diving and snorkeling programs. Certifications in diving and First Aid are a must for this position. Fluency in English language is essential.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 1700-2100 per month, depending on the cruise line.

Youth Staff/Youth Activities Coordinator / Youth Counselor

He/she is responsible for organising children’s daily activities. Some prior similar experience is preferred for this position.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 1800-2100 per month, depending on the cruise line.