Luna asked in TravelCruise Travel · 2 months ago

cruise ship jobs you can get with a high school diploma? ?

what are some jobs on a cruise ship you can get with a high school diploma? do you need experience working in them? for example as a waitress, gift shop employee or shore excursion staff? what are some you don’t need experience in or only need very little? 

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  • 2 months ago

    If you are an American, probably none.  Few Americans are willing to work 12 hour days, 6-7 days a week for 3 months straight.  Not to mention, the pay is very low, not even minimum in most cases.  If you have a skill, like a massage therapist, you need two years experience to get a job,

    And unless you are staff, as opposed to crew, it isn't a glamorous job.  Sure you get to see a lot of countries, but only through a window, if you are lucky. The get blocks of hours as time off, not days. 

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  • F
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    After the corona virus I think the cruise industry will have a very hard time. It was a well kept secret that norovirus regularly swept through ships and was deeply unpleasant (confined to cabin, no port trips) , but at least you didn’t die.

    I can’t see anyone in their right mind wanting to go on a cruise now. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Plenty of jobs for those with a HS diploma.  I would hazard a guess that most of the workers don't even have that

    Just so you know, you should have a minimum of two years experience in the hotel or food & beverages industry.  You will be expected to work 12 + hour days, 6-7 days a week for the duration of your contract.  You won't be just waiting on tables - running room service orders, for instance  

    Gift shop employees are not directly hired by the cruise line but through a third party that is contracted by the cruise lines.  Same deal - 12+ hour days

    Shore excursion staff will be very difficult to get into.  There are few positions and they are the face of the cruise line.  You have to have sales as well as customer service experience

    Unfortunately, the majority of available employment on a cruise ship is something most westerners would not consider.  Its the 12+ hour days, working 6-7 days a week for the duration of the contract that in many cultures is the norm and why you see them working on the ship.  Westerners prefer to work 8-10 hours a day for five-days a week for more money. 

    Working on a cruise ship is not like taking a cruise where you have to occasionally work

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  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A HSD is not going to be good enough for any job.  You will need at least 5 years experience in high end fields such as 5 star hotels and restaurants for most entry level jobs.  For the rest, you need a degree and experience 

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  • Den B7
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Many jobs available for HS grads. Coal stoker requires little skill. Can you operate a 4 12 foot high industrial washing machines? 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Swab the poop deck, me matey!

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Cleaner/housekeeper maybe.

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