Assistant Cruise Director (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – November 9, 2018
Working on a Cruise Ship is more than just a job, it becomes a lifestyle. You must be willing to work hard, everyday, for months at a time without any days off. Work schedules change, but you should be prepared to work 10+ hours daily. Many of the jobs are too different to try and compare, but ALL of the positions require hard work. If you're willing to put up with the cramped rooms, strict rules, hard work, and occasionally nasty guests, you'll be rewarded with some of the greatest people you'll ever meet, the chance to travel all around the world, and a great opportunity to save your money.
musician for show band (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – November 4, 2018
Typically, a day consisted of either rehearsal during the day and two shows at night or doing 3 sets of cover band music at night. It was a great way to travel and meet people from different parts of the world
Chef de Partie (Former Employee) – united states – October 27, 2018
-a lot of pressure but challenging -learned to smart always -supportive -lack of manpower and lack of equipment to use specially when the guest are coming in and have a different order from the menu - shore leave and was able to go to different places around the world -
Room Attendant (Former Employee) – Denali National Park, AK – October 7, 2018
Clock in at 8 am everyday to 4:30 or later everyday 6 to 7 days a week. I learned alot about housekeeping interact with different people .The over all Experience i had was phenomenal it was great best time of my life.
Food and housing transportation to work discounts
If we wanted to eat on property we had to wait tell late that night
Working on a cruise ship is not for everyone. You have to be on top of everything all the time and be ready for a change in plans anytime. Fun people from around the world working together. You get a lot of experience with custom service and become innovative in your daily routine.
Staff Accountant (Current Employee) – Santa Clarita, CA – August 8, 2018
They try to make work as fun as possible. Just wish the pay was more. There is very little overtime unless it's during close. Overall the executives are pretty considerate and the cruise perks are good.
Party Planner (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – July 20, 2018
It was blessed with the opportunity to start working onboard days after my college graduation. Working onboard is where my knowledge of hospitality started to unravel itself. I had a handful of mentors from Hotel Managers, Executive Chefs and Operations Manager to assist with my growth.
From running events, entertaining guests, food and beverage knowledge, housekeeping and flowering arranging classes; I will forever remember my years onboard Holland America Line.
Working from home is nice but not worth the big brother effect
Reservations lead (Former Employee) – Seattle – July 20, 2018
This company use to be really good to work for but ever since they switched to working from home it has become terrible. Not only are they big brother by watching everything you do but they also lack the communication and just try to find ways to get rid of people. The benefits were okay but not the greatest and they just don’t treat you with respect or care about you as a person. What ever you do, Do not go on the lead line!! They treat you even worse there and they never let you go to any other department.
Coffee house supervisor (Former Employee) – Trapper Creek, AK – July 10, 2018
I love all the seasonal people but the management never knows whats going on. Lack of communication from top to bottom everyone points the finger at someone else can't really complain seeing as how most of the time, every single season there are new people, so no one really knows how to do their jobs until the end of the season
Production cast dancer (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – July 10, 2018
During my time at Holland America, I got to travel to several different countries. It was the best travel experience I had ever experienced. The staff was friendly and engaging and I had loved working there.