The Cruise Ship Photographer role combines an exciting life at sea along with sales and creative expertise. Primarily your job is to take photos during embarkation and at parties and dinners and sell them to the guests although in-lab duties are also required. If you have photography experience and a passion for travel, this could be the perfect job for you!
What is the Role of a Cruise Ship Photographer?
The main duties of a Cruise Ship Photographer are:
- To create, present and sell photos to guests as memories
- To create souvenir, casual and formal portraits
- To develop film and process photos
- To achieve sales targets
- To organize gallery sales and display areas
- To provide excellent guest service and handle enquiries
- To promote the photo team at special events onboard
- To take part in safety drills and training
Some tasks that you may be required to do are:
- Create lifestyle or wedding portraits
- Record sales
- Guest relations
- Work closely with the lab and photo manager
Basic Requirements and Qualifications
A Cruise Ship Photographer should have at least 1 years experience as a photographer or have a suitable qualification and own a DSLR and flash. You must be able to speak English and one other language is preferable. You should have a valid passport with no restrictions and pass a seafarer’s medical.
You must have the ability to work with an international team and to be able to participate in safety drills and training.
Good qualities and skills that a Cruise Ship Photographer should have are:
- To be extrovert and sales focused
- A love of photography
- Good customer service
- Be flexible and adaptable
- Polite and courteous
- High standard of presentation
- Pride in your work
- A creative mind
- Friendly attitude
- Sense of humour
- Be comfortable with sales
How to Apply
Jobs are advertised on websites specializing in cruise ship placements as well as the companies own website. Travel job websites may also offer this role and sometimes positions may be advertised by agencies.
You may receive ‘Survival at Sea’ training and have some training onshore prior to joining your assigned ship. You will receive some safety training during your ship orientation as well as learning on the job.
Hours, Salary and Benefits
A Cruise Ship Photographer works for 70 hours a week, 7 days a week for the contract length. Potentially, you may work 8am to 10pm with a few short breaks during the day depending on duties or work a split shift pattern. During port visits, you may leave the ship independently or take photos on an excursion.
Salary is on a basic monthly basis with commission extra.
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Cruise Ship Photographer
Salary is usually tax free and contracts normally run 6 months on, followed by 1 month off. Other benefits include flights to meet the ship, shared accommodation and free meals. Local and ship discounts may apply and you can attend some excursions free if you wish.
This role is a very popular one with new photographers who wish to travel and it attracts repeat contracts due to the lifestyle and benefit. Working on a cruise ship offers good opportunities to continue working in the same role on future contracts or to be promoted to Photography Manager or work within the photo laboratory. For someone who is creative and is good at sales, the role of Cruise Ship Photographer can be very appealing with an option to earn good commission and save money whilst working.