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Cruise Ship Careers & School


Imagine waking up every morning on the open sea, sailing around beautiful tropical islands or the wild wonder of the Alaskan coast. Cruise professionals live this reality every day. After graduating from The Travel Academy, you will be prepared to start careers with leading cruise companies. The cruise line industry has grown tremendously, increasing the number of cruise ships and cruise ship employment opportunities.


In addition to the great experience and knowledge of our instructors.  Our hands-on curriculum is constantly evolving, and this up-to-date training gives our students a competitive edge over competition!

Cruise Positions

Graduates of The Travel Academy’s cruise ship school have started careers in positions from cruise director to deckhand. ACL hires people with college degrees as cruise directors- even if they have no cruise experience! Other positions such as server and youth counselor may require prior experience.

Ship Side

  • Cruise Director
  • Assistant cruise director
  • Cruise staff (works under the cruise director)
  • Purser (works at the front desk in the hotel department)
  • Assistant purser
  • Cruise consultant (book people on future cruises)
  • Photographer and/or videographer
  • Shore excursion staff (help sell land tours for guests)
  • Disc Jockeys
  • Casino staff
  • Youth counselors
  • Restaurant stewards/assistant waiters/waiters
  • Gift shop personnel
  • Program coordinator
  • Coffee Bar staff
  • Dining room waiter/assistant waiter/restaurant steward/galley worker

Shore Side

Cruise lines also need shore side staff to work at their headquarters or reservation locations. Some positions include:

  • Airline operations
  • Administrative/clerical workers
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Accounting ​
  • Documents/ticketing
  • Quality control agent

Seasonal Alaska workers are needed from May through the end of September to fill a variety of positions shore side in various cities in Alaska. Some of these positions include:

  • Hotel and Lodge guest services
  • Transportation Services
  • Tour Guide
  • Port operations

“The Travel Academy really prepares you to be ready and be confident in yourself. I feel like I can do it all!”

Natalie D. – Cruise Steward

“Thank you so much for helping me land this great job…for helping me prepare a great résumé and teaching me all I needed to know for the travel industry. Now I get to travel and do what I love!”

Holly T. – Cruise Manager

* Please note- Generally speaking, among other criteria, cruise ship employees must be able to meet the hearing requirements issued by the United States Coast Guard:

– Must be able to hear and react to all ambient, audible sounds
– Must be able to attend training without any additional assistance, other than hearing aids, and participate at full capacity

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