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Light Technician

On cruise ships

Minimum requirements

Age : at least 21 years old

Language skills: English – advanced level – MANDATORY 

Minimum of three years’ experience in an audio-visual function to include land based entertainment industry experience. 

Coursework in theatrical lighting design or training as a theatrical master electrician at an accredited college or university or the international equivalent, or equivalent technical experience, preferred. 

Understands the theory of lighting design and how to maintain an intelligent lighting rig. 

Able to operate, troubleshoot and maintain basic audio visual equipment. 

Able to operate, maintain and inspect basic theatrical equipment including stage elements.

Microsoft Office software skills required. 

Able to operate a basic laptop and projector for presentation use.

Contract details

Contract : 6 months

Vacation : 2 months between contracts

JOB INFORMATIONPosition level : Mediu

Facilities on board:  free of charge accommodation, meals, medical services, visa and flight tickets costs )

Accommodation:  shared cabin of two

Work schedule: 8 - 10 hours daily, free days by rotation in department

Job Cruise FEE :  NO FEE for recruitment/ embarkation process

Embarkation costs:  medical files, holder of international passport.


The Entertainment Staff – Lighting position is an extension of the Stage Staff team and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of entertainment equipment as well as the daily operations of the entertainment department. The Entertainment Staff – Lighting assists in the operation of all production shows, guest entertainers, musical events, theme night events and offers support to any entertainment request and need of the vessel. The Entertainment Staff – Lighting position is an intermediate position between a Stage Staff and a specialized Operator.



Responsible for the programming, operation and maintenance of the lighting, show control and fog/haze systems in certain entertainment venues aboard the ship for a variety of events and activities.




Royal Caribbean International expects each shipboard team member to relentlessly exemplify the principles of the Anchored in Excellence Credo to all team members. In addition, all duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with Royal Caribbean International’s Gold Anchor Standards, SQM standards, USPH guidelines, environmental, and safety policies.


Each shipboard employee may be required to perform all functions in various service venues and throughout the ship.


1.   In accordance with Royal Caribbean International’s philosophy of Anchored in Excellence, each employee conducts oneself in a professional and courteous manner at all times.  This consists of physical and verbal interactions with guests or fellow shipboard employees and/or in the presence of guest contact and crew areas.

2.   Responsible for programming, operating and maintaining all aspects of the show lighting, show control and haze/low fog systems in various entertainment venues for rehearsals, shows, special events and other activities, including group functions and charters.

3.   Meets with guest entertainers and certain groups to find out what their lighting-related requirements may be for upcoming rehearsals, shows or activities.

4.   Assists with and oversees the set up, positioning and strike of effects lighting and related equipment for certain events or activities in different venues aboard the ship.

6.   See that regular maintenance procedures are carried out in accordance with the scheduled maintenance in AMOS.

8.   Works with the head sound and light technician to see that a 3 month stock of spare lamps for all stage lighting, follow spotlights, etc. is kept in stock aboard the ship.  The amount of required lamps should be simple to determine, as most lamps fail after a predetermined number of hours.  You should also help ensure that a stock of spare consumables such as haze or fog fluids, gels, gel strings, CO2 and any parts necessary for routine maintenance are also kept on hand.

9.   Makes certain that all blown lamps are replaced as quickly as possible, that all gels and gel strings are checked regularly and replaced as necessary, and that fog or haze fluids and CO2 tanks are replenished as needed.

10. Maintains the artistic standards and intentions of the Producer, Director and Technical Designer for the production shows.  Prior to making any edits to the lighting or show control systems, the production studio should be contacted for approval.

11. Ensures that the head sound and light technician is notified of all problems or issues with the lighting, show control, haze/low fog or other systems so this information may be added to the technical report for the week.

12. Notify of any changes are made to the lighting rig due to equipment upgrades, show installations, etc. these changes should be noted on the lighting plot for that venue if possible.

13. Makes certain that all e-mail correspondence concerning shipboard matters are sent using the ship's Lotus Notes accounts.  Should also see that the Cruise Director, SPMs and the shore side support team are copied, and that the shore side technical support team is copied on all e-mails sent from the ship regarding technical needs or equipment.

14. Consults with the shore side Fleet Technical Operations Specialist before planning or undertaking any large sound or lighting equipment installations or projects, or before making any larger equipment purchases.

15. Attend any and all training, meetings, classes or courses as required.

17. Responsible for providing a handover to the incoming Technician at the end of your contract and for developing hand-over notes at the end of each contract per SQM guidelines.

18. Ensures that all non-essential equipment such as stage lighting fixtures and projectors are powered off when not in use.

 Performs related duties as required.  This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the shipboard employee occupying this position.  Shipboard employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor or management.




·    Should have a minimum of 2 years experience with hands-on programming and operation of live performance lighting, as well as doing regular maintenance and upkeep on conventional and intelligent lighting fixtures.

·    Musical theater and experience with show control systems such as those from Richmond Sound Design is preferred.

·    Proficient in the operation of lighting control consoles and programs such as those from ETC, Wholehog II, III and Wholehog PC from Flying Pig Systems, and Martin Lightjockey.

·    Working knowledge of, and have the ability to do basic troubleshooting and maintenance on several types of conventional and intelligent lighting fixtures, DMX controlled scrollers, ETC Sensor dimming systems, follow spotlights and haze and low fog systems, as well as the lighting control consoles and programs mentioned in the preceding paragraph.

·    Must be able to work well with others.  This is essential, as they will be working with a team of technicians, and they will be working with a cast of singers and dancers as well as featured entertainers on a regular basis.

·    Education from a technical school preferred.



·    Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly and cordially with guests.

·    Ability to read and write English in order to understand and interpret written procedures.  This includes the ability to give and receive instructions in written and verbal forms and to effectively present information and respond to questions from guests, supervisors and co-workers.

·    Must be able to read and interpret equipment manuals, operations manuals, memos, technical procedures and necessary rules and regulations.  Should be able to effectively present information and respond to questions from Royal Caribbean employees and guests.



While performing the duties of this job, the shipboard employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell.   Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


All shipboard employees must be physically able to participate in emergency life saving procedures and drills.  Full use and range of arms and legs as well as full visual, verbal and hearing abilities are required to receive and give instructions in the event of an emergency including the lowering of lifeboats. Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


FAQ - Light Technician - Cruise ships - hospitality staff

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines: currently owns a fleet of 23 cruise ships and in the next period will launch other 2 vessels with capacity of 4000 passengers. Royal Caribbean cruise offers options that appeal to the widest possible market, customers ranging from standard to premium segment.

  • Celebrity Cruises: the company is oriented only towards premium customers segment, with a fleet of 10 cruise ships. Celebrity Cruises vessels are ranked in the top luxury cruise vessels in the world.

  • Azamara Club Cruises: the company is dedicated to serving the luxury and premium segment customers. Azamara has two cruise ships in the fleet.

  • Pullmantur Cruises: provides services exclusively to markets in Latin America and Spain, and aims standard customer segment. Pullmantur Cruises has a fleet of four cruise ships.

The length of contracts varies between 6-8 months, depending on the position obtained, with two months break between contracts. Hiring is for an indefinite term collaborations with 6-8 weeks vacation between contracts.

Contract for an indefinite period. Employment contracts are between 6 and 8 months and vacation length is 8 weeks. .There are two types of contracts for staff with fixed salary and personal with income from tips. The company offers a guaranteed minimum wage for staff working in tips system, but the monthly income varies depending on the workstation size, itinerary, performance.
NO. Fleet vessels are active 365 days / year, except during maintenance and repair periods in which crew members on board vessels are active.
The current Royal Caribbean cruise program offers visiting of more than 280 different destinations around the world. Their list (besides all the “famous-popular” port destinations) features Alaska, Canada New England, Europe (UK, Mediterranean, Baltic, Iceland), Asia, Australia New Zealand, Caribbean (also Bahamas and Bermuda), Hawaii, Mexico Riviera, South America. On relocation, Royal Caribbean ships also offer Transatlantic cruises and Panama Canal transits.
Fleet vessels are equipped with the latest navigation technology, with maximum operating safety.

A job on a luxury cruise ship offers many opportunities, and the advantages are considerable:

  • The chance of a relevant financial gain, even spectacular, gains value depending on the position occupied, the professional level and the ability to provide specialized services.
  • Saving money. Daily expenses such as food, accommodation, medical insurance covered by the Company.
  • Under international labor, people who work at sea do not pay taxes for their incomes.
  • The chance to travel around the world without paying for it.
  • Job with real prospects of promotion.
  • Dynamic job, far from the routine of a job on shore.
  • Obtaining reduced travel fares for family members who want to spend a memorable vacation .
  • Guarantee a stable job, especially in this difficult period of economic and social terms.

Applicants must meet the following characteristics:

  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Average level of communication in English for entry positions (entry level)
  • Advanced level of communication in English, for positions that require a higher degree of responsibility
  • Communication skills at advanced level in other international languages ​​(French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese) for applicants interested in getting a job in reception departments, hosting, youth, tourist guide, etc.
  • Properly qualified, experience for the position.
  • Personal profile suited hotel industry;
  • Motivation, desire for career development on the long term
  • Availability for relocation for periods between 6 and 8 months
  • Adaptability
  • Clear criminal record,
  • Medically fit

What are the steps to obtain a job on a cruise ship:

Pre-selection with the Agency:

  • Completing the application online on our website www.jobcruise.ro 
  • Schedule the pre-interview with one of our Recruiters.
  • For applicants residing in Bucharest or nearby, interviews are conducted at the agency's headquarters in Bucharest.
  • For applicants in the country or abroad, interviews are scheduled via video Skype 
  • The completion of final documentation required to interview with employers

Final interview with the Employer

  • Registration into the Employer’s Database 
  • Taking part to the final job interview. Interviews may be conducted at the agency's headquarters in Bucharest. Frequently, interviews also runs through video Skype.

Boarding the ship

  • Confirmation of the contract, obtaining the Letter of Employment
  • Obtaining a C1D visa ( that allows the crew member to transit through US Waters) and other transit visas required depending on the embarkation port , if applicable
  • Performing the medical exam at  one of the authorized medical facility. ( Bucharest, Brasov, Constanta) 
  • Performing the psychological examination
  • Obtaining the Criminal Record ( also need an authorized translation of the document)
  • Filling up the embarkation documents

What documents are required for register an application?

  • Curriculum Vitae – written in English

Creating a professional Curriculum Vitae is an essential element in the application process. For some candidates, it is a simple piece of paper, but for others, this piece of paper is the most effective tool to promote personal skills that can make a difference. Curriculum Vitae written in a professional form instantly attract the attention of Recruiter. In an open competition with other candidates, sometimes for a small number of jobs, this document may just tip the scales in your favor. The choice of form and content of this document is entirely yours. Our recommendation is to keep in mind that an attractive CV should contain accurate, clear, detailed and complete information . 

  • ID card
  • Tourist passport (not required for interviewing stages, but becomes mandatory for employment after the candidate was approved)
  • Letters of recommendation / professional assessment from previous jobs (an advantage);
  • Copy of C1D visa and/or other transit visa that are still valid (China, Australia, Canada etc) copy of Seaman's Book and STCWs Certificates ( for seafarers )

Always English.

It’s the main criterion for recruitment, a fluent communication is a guarantee of proper understanding and interpretation of job tasks, internal regulations and express your questions, it also helps the crew to rapidly adapt onboard.

The company strives to hire couples on the same ship, but cannot guarantee boarding on the same day for both partners. Company personnel needs prevail. Only candidates who can prove whether they are married, whether they live at the same address are accepted. Registration and couple IDs are available only on board when both partners have embarked, however it is very important to mention this aspect since the first discussion you have with our Recruiter.

  • Smile, positive attitude, flexible, politeness
  • Permanent visual contact with the Recruiter
  • Express the motivations underlying the decision to get a job on a cruise ship within the company,  presenting personal characteristics
  • Using proper terminology 
  • Simplicity, naturalness, spontaneity

  • Simplicity, naturalness, spontaneity
  • Register the application online on the website www.jobcruise.ro ;
  • Attaching a CV written in English, with refers to previous jobs;
  • Having a pre- interview with a Recruiter from Job Cruise.
  • For applicants residing in Bucharest or nearby, interviews are being conducted at the agency's headquarters in Bucharest.
  • For applicants from other cities from Romania or abroad, interviews are sustained through telephone (telephone-0040.722.127.386) or via Skype.

During the interview, applicants are required to declare:

  • Any special medical condition involving medical supervision/ treatment.
  • Existing visible tattoos (arm, forearm, leg, neck, etc.)
  • Criminal record – convictions or other law problems;

70 hours /week  ( 7 days/ week, 10-12 hours/ day )

Normally, you will be working with at least 3 breaks on schedule.

Time is very carefully monitored aboard a cruise ship, by means of electronic timekeeping. You can perform additional work only at the express request of the management, in this case the overtime period will be offset by equivalent free time or paid overtime .

The cabins offer a decent comfort for two crew members, equipped with air conditioning, TV, internet access (with fee), bathroom.

Aboard a cruise ship, there are various ways of recreation and facilities offered for free to the crew members :  the crew bar, recreation areas, internet café, library, gym, pool  (on some ships).

For some staff members (officers , senior management positions and staff members), there may be extra privileges (access to certain passengers areas ) between certain hours.

There may be days off depending on rotation, even 24 hours, but they remain at the discretion of management team, NOT guaranteed by the contract. Normally, a day off aboard a ship typical equates to a free port day, but there are still a few hours of work.

Embarkation flight ticket is covered by the employees from the following departments:
Housekeeping, restaurant, bar, kitchen, reception, Casino
Embarkation flight tickets for following positions are covered by employers:
Youth Staff, Cruise Staff, Sports staff, Sound technician, Light technician, Stage staff, Rigging specialist, Digital content specialist, Broadcast technician
Disembarkation tickets are covered by employer at the end of each successfully ended contract for all crew/staff members, no matter position/department they belong to.

Embarkation costs may vary, depending on the job or the port of embarkation. 

  • Obtaining a valid passport ( for at least 12 months ) – aprox 300 RON
  • Costs of medical analysis / vaccine- approximately 1,100 RON
  • Consular Fees for US Transit visa - 160 USD (fee reimbursed on board by the Employer, with payment proof from the bank - receipt)
  • Flight cost: estimated bewteen 70- 200 Euro for boarding in European ports and 500-700 Euro for non-European embarkation ports.

Job Cruise does NOT ask for any tax or fee for its mediation services. Recruitment services, interviewing and assistance in embarkation process are FREE of charge.

Not always. In the boarding process, the representatives of JOB CRUISE offers detailed 

information about access to transportation, accommodation location, people and contacts.

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