The cruise ship job descriptions below explain the positions available in the Pursers Department, the required skills and requirements and the typical compensation.
The Purser’s Department is the “accounting” department of the ship, as well as the home of guest services. At some point, every passenger comes into contact with the Purser’s department. It is the equivalent of a hotel reception and usually located in the main lobby area of the ship. It is the passengers contact point for all issues. All of the ship’s accounting and administration is done here. As well as handling mail, telexes, currency exchange, manning telephone switchboard, accepting valuables for safe-keeping, running information service (printing daily programs, making announcements, printing ships news bulletin, etc), dealing with passengers accommodation, complaints and requests. They are also responsible for customs and immigration matters. Phew!
The Purser’s office is also responsible for crew payroll, passports and visas. The Chief Purser is in charge and is often someone who has worked up through the ranks.
Please note that the money you will earn varies from cruise line to cruise line and the amounts stated here are simply a ‘guide line’. 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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