The cruise ship job description for retail shops provides information on the types of positions available, their duties and responsibilities and compensation. Onboard retail shops offer an excellent entry level cruise ship job opportunity with a well-defined and attainable path to career growth. Since onboard shops must be closed while in port, employees in the gift shop, known as “shoppies” may enjoy ample time ashore. However, they also work extremely long hours on sea days.
Although some cruise lines still operate their own onboard shops, this department is often run by cruise line concessionary companies who manage the ship’s boutiques, perfumery, jewelry shops and duty free shops.
Depending on the size of the ship, the shops vary from a one or two person small boutique right up to a 15 to 20 staffed, full array of elaborate stores selling everything from toothpaste to expensive designer jewelry. The types of merchandise available on board a cruise ship include fragrance and cosmetics for men and women; crystal, porcelain and giftware; jewelry (fine and costume); souvenir items and duty-free liquor; toiletries and sundries; clothing (designer, sportswear, formal wear and souvenirs. Previous experience working in any one of the above merchandise areas are a definite asset.
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