The cruise ship job descriptions below explain the positions available in the Housekeeping Department, the required skills and qualifications and the typical compensation.
The housekeeping department is the second largest department on board a cruise ship. The department functions very much like hotel staff at a land resort or hotel. These positions make sure that passenger’s accommodation are taken care of and in excellent condition. Many people with former hotel or hospitality positions on land prefer to occupy these positions. It employs Cabin Stewards, Bell Persons, Laundry personnel, Cleaners, etc.
It is the Hotel Manager’s ultimate responsibility to make sure that guests are comfortable. The Hotel Manager will also oversee all shipboard services and is ultimately responsible for supervising staff and crew in these departments. Department Heads in turn report to the Hotel Manager and are accountable for the running of their individual departments. The Chief Steward is responsible for seeing that the ship is kept clean.
Please note that the money you will earn varies from cruise line to cruise line and the amounts stated here are simply a guideline. Also note, that in most cases all of your standard living expenses will be covered (room, food, health coverage, etc.), so most of the money you earn can be saved.
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