Life on board

Life on board

What To Expect On a River Cruise Ship

A passenger on a Cruise Ship expects excellent Food, Drinks and Service, at any area and at any time, day or night. Friendliness and professionalism is a must, to make a Cruise an unforgettable experience for each guest.

The demand in you will be extremely hard, especially at the beginning you will feel misplaced. Too many new things to learn and to adjust to, will challenge you to your limits. Working hours are long and very stressful and privacy to relax after a hard day’s work is limited, most of the time you have to share a cabin with one or two others. (This is also depending on your position on board)

On the other hand you have an incredible interesting and challenging Job and at the same time travel around the world. You work with many different people from various nationalities and cultures and will make everlasting friendships all around the world.

Can I Be Promoted?

The chances for a promotion within the company are high, if one puts in all his effort and skills. Not at all comparable with the structure of a land based company, where once a position is taken, the same will not be vacant for a long period of time. Due to the limited time of a contract, possibilities to move ahead and increase your salary within the company are high.

How much Can I Earn?

The possible monthly earnings are not comparable to a salary on land, even though 95 % of the company`s pay a gross equals net amount, due to the tips, bonus, revenue share and the fact that you have free food and accommodation on board, you have the possibility to earn and most important to save a lot of money during a contract. The contracts vary from seven to ten months, depending on ship schedule you are assigned to. In some cases, the travel to join the vessel, has to be paid out of your own pocket (train or taxi), but you will be reimbursed for any travel expenses once you are onboard.

Company’s will pay for your return trip, at the completion of the contract.

On a personal level, you should be very flexible, fully motivated, team orientated and open for new challenges and experiences. You should be able to use the new experiences combined with your professional background and knowledge, in the daily operation on board. An education in the Hotel business and some years of experience, is also one of the conditions to be a candidate for an onboard position. Good to excellent knowledge of the English or German language is a must, any additional language would be considered a plus.

What Documents Do I Need To Join The Ship?

Before joining a Cruise ship, there are several preparations to take care of, from eventually needed visas and medical examinations by your local doctor. You will also need a passport valid for min. 12 more months.

We will provide you with detailed information, what you need, where and how to get it and what in particular to look out for. River Crew Agency will assist you to with all preparations and will be available for you at any time.

Due to our own experience of working on board ocean and river ships, and being in the recruiting business for some time now, we at Agency will give you all our experience and knowledge to help you and assist you to prepare all your documents and will be always available for any questions you have.