Cruise Staff Department

The cruise staff department of the ship is responsible for arranging entertainment and other recreational activities onboard and ashore for the passengers. All cruise ships hire singers, dancers and musicians to entertain guests onboard. For offshore activities and excursions, cruises hire scuba diving instructors, golf instructors, port lecturers etc. Job positions in cruise staff department of ships include Cruise Director, Assistant Cruise Director, Social Hostess, Scuba Diving Instructor, Golf Instructor, Cruise Staff, Disc Jockey, Fitness Instructor, Port Lecturer, Gentleman Host, and Youth Activities Coordinator.

Cruise Director

The Cruise Director is the head of the entertainment department. He/she is in charge of planning and implementing 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 poison. Fluency in English language is essential.

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

Assistant Cruise Director

Assistance Cruise Director manages various day-to-day operations as directed by the Cruise Director. He/she assists the director in creating the daily programs. He/she also coordinates the cruise staff activity schedule, and can supervise and act as the master of ceremonies on the direction of 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. Good public speaking skills and strong organizational abilities are a must for this position. Fluency in English language is essential. He/she can be promoted to the position of the cruise director after gaining the required experience.

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. It’s the social hostess that introduces the captain to passengers at the captain’s cocktail party. 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, delegate responsibilities and strong organizational abilities are a must for this position. Fluency in English language is essential. He/she can be promoted to the position of the cruise director after gaining the required experience.

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. He/she can be promoted to the position of the assistant cruise director after gaining the required experience.

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 1800-2100 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.

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.

Disc Jockey

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

Salary for this position ranges between US$ 1700-2000 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. Fitness instructors are required to conduct aerobic classes, offer personal training to passengers as well as supervise the gymnasium. Fluency in English language is essential.

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

Scuba Diving Instructor

Scuba Diving Instructor is responsible for planning and implementing the daily diving and snorkeling programs for the passengers. 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 organizing daily children’s 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.

Gentlemen Hosts

Gentlemen Hosts serve as dance partners and social hosts to single female travelers during ceremonies onboard. Many cruise lines hire their services in exchange for free cruising. No salary is offered for this position but gratuities can be accepted.