Bartending on a Cruise Ship

Bartending on a Cruise Ship
Most people dream of traveling the world or seeing tropical destinations day after day. Imagine waking up to beautiful coastal cities while working with relaxed, vacationing customers. Bartending on a cruise ship is as close to this dream as you can possibly get. Cruises are full-time vacation establishments that offer bartending positions that pay well and need to be filled. They are constantly looking for experienced or professionally trained bartenders who don’t mind continuous travel.

So Many Perks, So Little Time

There are many benefits to working on cruise ship that extend beyond visiting round-the-world destinations. Consider the entertainment options provided by a cruise ship alone. From fantastic restaurants with a variety of delicious cuisine, to fitness clubs, to rock climbing, all coupled with on-shore excursions. Cruise lines offer most of it for free or at huge discount to their employees.

The Industry is Growing

The cruise industry has been perpetually growing for the past few years adding new ships to their lines. Each ship tends to have multiple bars staffing bartenders as well. This means an extensive list of bartending positions throughout the industry looking for the right bartender to step in and get the job done.

Pad Your Bank Account

Cruises are also an excellent opportunity to save a huge amount of your income. By having free accommodations, you don’t have the burden of paying rent and utility bills. Food is usually provided as well. Every time I review my monthly bills, I gawk at how much of my spending is from food alone. Most bartenders who work in the cruise industry make a comparable income to the average bartender, but the benefit comes in the form of saving on food, rent and utilities.

Sure It Sounds Great, But…

Keep in mind that bartending on a cruise ship is not all paradise and palm trees. Bartenders work just as hard as their counterparts in the industry and other cruise ship employees. Considering that most passengers will be attending the bar at some point, you will be working long hours and serving hundreds of guests per night. Staff members usually sleep in close quarters with other employees. So you will constantly see many of the same people for weeks at a time. Your customers will remain the same for days or weeks, until new guests arrive on your ship.

Obviously you shouldn’t even consider applying for this type of position if you have problems with sea sickness. For those who have been on a cruise before, you know how difficult the symptoms of sea sickness can make your life. However, if you can handle the difficulties with working on a boat, then you are definitely in for a real treat.

See The World!

Most cruises travel to the Caribbean, Tahiti, or Mexico. Others will sail through the Mediterranean, to South Africa, or to visit the Easter Islands. Some will even go to unique places like the Galapagos Islands or Patagonia. Wherever your destination, there is potential for some great land excursions and a chance to visit places you never thought possible.

See the world and make some great money while bartending. Not a bad lifestyle to design for yourself.

Check out the following companies for more information about bartending on a cruise ship:
  • American Cruise Lines
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Globus
  • Holland America
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania
  • Pearl Seas Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • SilverSea Cruises
  • Voyages of Discovery
  • Windstar Cruises

Since bartending positions on cruise ships are on the more competitive side, study our tips for getting a bartending position to brush up on what you need to know BEFORE going into the interview.

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