“Starboard offers a wide selection of training for self-development, which provides the opportunity to get promoted based on your retail experience and skills rather than the amount of time you’ve worked for the company.”


We encourage professional development for all of our employees. In order to help our employees grow professionally and further their skills and knowledge, we offer our associates access to numerous training programs and provide them with on-the-job coaching. Our goal is to promote development through emphasis on sales and guest service skills as well as building a “can-do attitude.” 


Pre-Boarding Program: Prior to joining the ship, new sales associates go through a 1-hour Computer Based Training module, where they learn about ship life and shore time, work life, career growth and opportunities, contracts and policies, rules and regulations, and answers to frequently asked questions asked by other new sales associates.


Onboarding Program: New sales associates go through a 4-week Onboarding Program, where they learn about our selling skills, guest service, operations, cruise line standards and policies, and living and working onboard. 


Sales Training: This interactive computer-based training will teach associates Starboard’s  six-step selling cycle beginning with greeting guests and ending with closing the sale.


Monthly Trainings: Each month, sales managers conduct a 20-30 minute ‘quick-hitting’ training session designed to cover various topics, from delivering outstanding guest service to overcoming objections to closing the sale.


Specialist Training and Certification: Programs are offered to associates who want more training in Jewelry and/or Sales Associates who want to become Specialists. Categories include jewelry, watch, and beauty. Additional training opportunities exist in other areas such as visual merchandising, promotions, liquor and other merchandise categories.


Assistant Sales Manager (ASM) Training Program: A comprehensive, 8 week training program designed to teach skills and processes, to form the foundation from which the trainee will develop more advanced practices in management and leadership, in order to become an integral part of the management team.


Management Program: This program is designed to develop high potential sales managers, by teaching them high-level business practices and skills.


Fast Track Management Program: This program is designed to develop / transition land base sales managers and assistant managers to shipboard management.



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