How to Become a Cruise Director

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Do you like the sea? Would you love to work in tourism and hospitality? Are you an open and friendly person? Can you multi-task? If yes, the position of a cruise director might be your ideal job.

A cruise director is an officer of a cruise ship with responsibility for all onboard hospitality, entertainment and social events, who acts as the public face of the company. The Cruise director has a similar role of a hotel director. Normally they work with an assistant and with the help of the team of entertainers.

If you want to succeed in this job you need to be self-assured and an assertive leader who can multi-task. Thin skins (taking things personally) are a detriment because cruise directors face dealing with egos and the wrath of passengers or coworkers!

The cruise director must have full knowledge of the ships' safety procedures issued by ISM (International Safety Management) and security measures, and keep staff informed of appropriate behavior and conduct among their fellow crew and passengers. The position also entails that these staffers manage their own ever-growing departments, keeping an eye over the conduct and performance of these staffers.

He or she must organize schedules for a staff of lecturers, speakers, special guest performers and on-staff entertainers for regular onboard programs. The job requires a professional with excellent public speaking and writing skills, confidence in working with large numbers of people, and an ability to keep their cool in even the most trying circumstances.

Summarizing some of the responsibilities of a cruise director may include:

  • Scheduling and entertainment activities and social events
  • Officer in charge of entertainment staff
  • Public announces

If you think that your future might be waiting for you onboard, check some of the following options to get ready for it!

  • International University of Applied Science (Germany): Hospitality Management Bachelor study Programme
  • Florida International University (USA): Hospitality at Sea -- Summer 2013 Programme

Some of the most important companies that recruit every season are:

  • Seachefs
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises

So do you fancy sailing the high seas? If so then this may indded be the right career for you!