Working on a Cruise Ship

Could Working on a Cruise Ship be Your Travel Dream Job?

Working on a Cruise Ship
Working on a Cruise Ship

If you are dreaming of travelling the world while working at the same time, have you considered looking for employment on a cruise ship?

Imagine waking up each morning in a different beautiful port city as you make your way through tropical islands on peaceful Caribbean cruises! Getting a job on a cruise also means that you will be working with interesting travel-minded and enthusiastic people from all over the world.

There are many different job opportunities on a cruise ship. Food service staff and housekeeping are always needed, but there are also positions for child care providers, tour guides, medical staff, security officers, retail assistants and a lot more. No matter what type of job experience you have, chances are that there will be a position on a cruise ship which would suit you.

One of the other major advantages of working on a cruise ship is also that you can have the potential to save a lot of money. You will be paid a wage, and your accommodation and food will all be free. With no bills or rent to pay, you will save a huge chunk of your earnings which is great if you are planning another big travel trip after your cheap Caribbean cruises adventure.

The Reality

Before you get too excited and think that working on a cruise ship would be 100% amazing all the time, don’t forget that there are some disadvantages as well. First of all, it is very difficult to get a job on a cruise liner and so the job application process will be somewhat of an ordeal. Also, working on a cruise ship can mean that you work long hours, and often work every day of the week.

You will also have to get used to living on the cramped quarters of a ship. You will not have a lot of personal space, and might be sharing a cabin with someone else. If you suffer from seasickness or don’t like sleeping in a room with no windows, you might not be comfortable living on a cruise ship.

How to Get The Job

If you have read through the following section and think, “yeah, I could handle that,” and you want to get started on the path to becoming a cruise ship worker and sailing away on exciting cheap Caribbean cruises, what is the first step in the job search process?

  • First of all, make sure that your CV is current and looks as impressive as possible. Include any relevant experience and training for the position you are applying for. Write a well crafted cover letter which highlights the reasons why you are a great candidate for the position.
  • Always target your CV to a particular position, rather than applying for any position available.
  • If you are not picky about where you travel to, you will have more choice of positions, so apply to everything from cheap Caribbean cruises to luxury Scandinavian cruises and other positions all over the world!
  • If you get an interview with a cruise line, it can be a good idea to do some research on the company in advance so that you appear knowledgeable.
  • If you get the job, you will need to take medical exams, receive a first aid qualification, and obtain any relevant visas for the country you will be working in.

Good luck!

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Accommodation Guide for St. Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg travel
St Petersburg travel

Visiting the Cultural Capital of Russia can be a breathtaking and memorable experience. Choosing the best accommodation for your stay in St. Petersburg will ensure you meet your travel requirements and find the best “home away from home” to meet your budget. This can be one of the most important parts of planning your trip and this guide will assist you in making the best choice.

When choosing the best place to stay in St. Petersburg we have devised some tips:

1. High season means higher prices – From May until September prices for accommodation in St. Petersburg are more expensive than in the winter. Although the city has a wonderful winter program and a great array of indoor attractions, most foreign tourists arrive in the spring and summer.

2. The center of St. Petersburg is often the most convenient place to stay – One of the main reasons why reserving accommodations in the center of the city is convenient is because St. Petersburg has a multitude of bridges which open in the evenings (except during the winter) and stay open for most of the night. The bridges are beautiful and it is very romantic to watch in the summer during the famous White Nights, when the sun is glowing in the sky, but not if you are on the wrong side of the bridge.

Another reason the center of the city can be very convenient is that many of the main attractions in St. Petersburg are located in the historical center. The Hermitage, Russian Museum, Nevsky Prospect, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and the Church of Our Savior are all within walking distance.

3. Make sure your accommodation has all the extra services you require – For example hotels offer some extra service but apartments can offer more privacy. It is notable to mention that few hotels offer wheelchair access and handicapped access / rooms. Hotel Vera in the center of St. Petersburg is a hotel that offers both services for guests.

4. Choose a place to stay based not only on price – Ask questions directly to the hotel and check their website Try to find some recommendations from previous guests.

5. Use Google Maps to view your location and some of the main attractions – See where your chosen accommodation is located in relation to the attractions you want to see. If you are on a tour or shore excursion usually a business will collect you from your location.

6. Use the Internet to find the best price and special offers for all types of accommodation – There are many resources on the Internet for booking all types of accommodation in St. Petersburg and many include special offers. Very often you can find special offers and discounts by doing some research.

7. The brand name is not always the best choice – There are many unknown but wonderful accommodations in St. Petersburg waiting to be enjoyed.

St Petersburg
St Petersburg

Types of Accommodation in St. Petersburg:

Hotel – There is a ever growing list of hotels in St. Petersburg and this is the standard way for most tourists to arrive and enjoy their time in the city. Hotels offer security, all extra amenities and services, and a higher price to match.

Serviced apartments – These are apartments that are serviced and cleaned the same as a hotel. The benefit is that you have privacy, you can cook yourself, and very often you can rent a serviced apartment for less than a hotel room. However, a serviced apartment can’t offer some of the extra services and support a hotel can offer.

Mini-Hotel – Especially in the center of St. Petersburg, there is very little space for new construction. From this grew the mini-hotel market which offers the same services as most of the hotels in St. Petersburg and a discounted price to sweeten the offer.

Hostel – Budget travelers and students will find that hostel accommodations in St. Petersburg are in demand. There is not enough supply to meet the growing demand for budget travel. We advise you to book early.

Cruise Ship – Most American tourists, for example, arrive St. Petersburg arrive by cruise ship. This is a very convenient alternative as the process for obtaining a Russian VISA is simplified, however, the cost is much higher than even a hotel stay.

Cabin at St Petersburg
Cabin at St Petersburg

About the Author: TJ Travel is a fully authorized and licensed tourist company offering a selection of St Petersburg shore excursions for cruise ship passengers and general St Petersburg tours. Our friendly and multilingual St Petersburg tour guides will ensure your visit to our beautiful city will be truly unforgettable. The shore excursions and city tours we offer include the most famous and memorable sites in St. Petersburg including the Hermitage, Peter and Paul Fortress, Peterhof, Pushkin, and perhaps some sites you can’t find in a guidebook.

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