H ow and when can you expect to be promoted and what skills do you need to achieve a promising career in the cruise industry? The keys are as followings.

Do You Really Want a Cruise Ship Career? Motivation

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” quoted by Paulo Coelho. The willingness of being promoted is your great power to make it realization. Some crew members just stick with the same position for years because they are satisfied. If you don’t present your ambitions, no one in the ship can push you or help you to go ahead.

Have you worked on the cruise? Importance of Shipboard Experience

Once you work onboard, you’ll gradually understand the importance of shipboard experience if you are on supervisory or management positions. Why? The ship operation is totally different from land-based companies. It has its own Hierarchy and Rank system. Some common policies apply to the ship all around the world, such as weekly compulsory crew drill, zero tolerance on alcohol and punching, etc. It is stressful environment that, as a crew member, you have to work 7 days a week without weekend. But it can be interesting and enjoyable if you know the balance of work and relaxation. It is so unique and special that positions on management or supervisory require or prefer experienced crew member.

What kinds of qualification fit the promotion? Training and Skills Required for Promotions

The List is recommendation for you to master.
  • Proven managerial skills
  • Customer satisfaction skills
  • Sales experience
  • Quickly-Learning skills
  • Job-related certification
  • Ability of mastering multi-language
  • Emergency training like basic firefighting and CPSC (Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft)
  • Cruise experience

Are you popular? An Ugly Truth About Cruise Ship Promotions

Thought the cruise-working environment is quite different from land-based one, some principles apply to both interestingly. The most critical one is popularity. Office politics will often play a role in who gets promoted and who doesn't. Develop your people skills and healthy relationship with whole cruise team. Be helpful to your coworkers, supervisors, and underlings. Make sure people know you're doing a great job and right people you want a promotion. You will earn the credit when the credit is due.

How to plan my promotion path?

Apply for jobs within the company

Check with your Crew Office/ Crew Administration for the opening jobs. If the position you apply for is not available, put your name on the waiting list. Some cruise launched some talent-promotion programs like “Discover U”& “Loyalty & Recognition Programs” in Princess Cruise lines. Keep updated with your Crew Office/ Crew Administration.

Apply for jobs within another company.

After accumulating experience in cruise, you will become valuable candidate to the cruise lines in the world.

Cruise Career is a wonderful Journey in your life.

For those having the determination to make a cruise ship job a career, it is rewarding. Moreover, the skills, training and experience that you gain from working on a cruise ship will be transferrable to plenty of other jobs you apply for in the future. Even if you only have a short career on a cruise ship, in fact, it will look great on a resume.