“An opportunity like this only comes around once in a lifetime. The chance to wake up in a different country every day, to embrace different cultures, and make a difference in a guest’s experience onboard a ship - all this while earning a pay check - is unbelievable.”
Working at sea can be rewarding, but it is important to be prepared for the challenges. Not only will you be sharing a cabin with a fellow crewmember, you will also experience a physically demanding work schedule for the entire length of your six-month contract working every day, up to 14 hours a day. Your assigned cruise ship will be your home and work place for the duration of your six-month contract. Cruise ships are often compared to large floating hotels managed by the Hotel Director who supervises all service areas, including Starboard’s shops. The Ship's Master is responsible for the safety and well being of all cruise employees, as well as guests. Starboard employees must comply with the Ship's Master's Rules and Regulations. You will receive your copy after joining the ship. All shipboard employees must also attend weekly safety drills. Your status onboard is classified as "Staff,” which allows certain onboard privileges. However, keep in mind that these employee privileges will vary by cruise line. With privileges come responsibilities: the obligation to follow all rules and procedures required by the cruise line and Starboard!
Onboard you will find a world of diverse cultures and a variety of languages spoken, which provides for a learning-rich environment. Teamwork within Starboard's retail team as well as with your fellow crewmembers is essential to our success.