Think about it: You get to travel to sunny places, spend time on wonderful beaches, explore exotic attractions and meet interesting people from all over the world. And you get paid for doing it. Plus, your living expenses are virtually zero, so you can save the bulk of your salary. If that sounds like the ideal job for you and your mate, working together on a cruise ship may be perfect for you.
The cruise ship business is growing and companies are hiring staff all the time. The best time to apply for open positions is from September to November as operators gear up for the winter season.
The wide variety of jobs available means that you can usually both find something that will make use of your talents. Cruise lines staff everything from bartenders and restaurant workers to retail clerks, child care help, entertainers, casino workers and mechanics.
Most of the jobs come with generous benefits including health care. You can usually disembark at ports to enjoy some free time on land. In most cases, couples can share a cabin, but accommodations are likely to be cramped. Internet and cell phone service (though not always reliable at sea) is available to keep in touch with those back home during the period of your contract, which may range from six to eight months.