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Youth staff

On cruise ships

Minimum requirements

Age : at least 21 years old

Language skills: English – advanced level – MANDATORY 

Bachelor's degree in education, recreation or related field from an accredited university or college or the international equivalent.

Three to five years’ experience working with large groups of youths ages 6 months -17 years.

Experience working in school sponsored youth groups, YMCA, camps or similar positions preferred.

Infant and child CPR certification and lifesaving certification from the American Red Cross or similar certifying organization.

Working knowledge of computers, internet access and the ability to navigate within a variety of software packages such as Excel, Word and Power Point.

Contract details

Contract : 6 months

Vacation : 2 months between contracts

JOB INFORMATIONPosition level : Mediu

Salary: 1716 USD + commision

Facilities on board:  free of charge offered by the Company ( accommodation, meals, medical services )

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:  depending on  ship/ itinerary ( medical files, required visas, flight ticket )


Participates in embarkation procedures by disseminating information regarding the Adventure Ocean Program, Youth Evacuation Plan, and directing and escorting guests to staterooms.

 Determines the activities to initiate based on the ages and the needs of the children assigned to participate in the scheduled activity. Organizes and leads a variety of established age appropriate activities.

 Maintains discipline within assigned group to ensure safety precautions are followed.

Detailed position description

Organizes and leads youth activities, ages 6 months -17 years, in designated activity centers, assigned areas and throughout the vessel by performing the following essential duties and



1. 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.

2. Each shipboard employee may be required to perform all functions in various venues and throughout the ship. In accordance with Royal Caribbean International’s philosophy of Anchored inExcellence , 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.

Participates in embarkation procedures by disseminating information 1. regarding the Adventure Ocean Program, Youth Evacuation Plan, and directing and escorting guests to staterooms.

Determines the activities to initiate based on the ages and the needs of the children assigned to participate in the scheduled activity. Organized and leads a variety of established age appropriate activities. The established programs are as follows:

The Royal Babies (6-18 months) and Royal Tots (18-36 months)  Age-appropriate activities that combine skill-building with storytelling, creative arts, music,

The Aquanaut Program (3-5) offers Sail into Storytime, Adventure Science, Adventure Art, Adventure Theater and specific theme sessions such as Pirate Night, Pajamarama Movie Night, and Animal Kingdom. As well, it offers a variety of both active and passive games.

 The Explorer Program (6-8) offers Adventure Science, Adventure Art, Adventure Theater and specific theme sessions such as Pirate Night, Rock n’ Roll Party and Extreme Olympics. The Program also offers games and activities to encourage the children to work together and meet new friends.

 The Voyager Program (9-11) offers a variety of activities and games that are designed to encourage participation in a fun atmosphere. Adventure Science, Adventure Art, Adventure Theater, scavenger hunts, sporting activities and specific theme sessions such as Survivor Night, Gladiator Night and Rock n’ Roll Party are also offered.

The Teens 12-14 and the Teens 15-17 offer activities and events that are hosted by the Youth Staff. These programs can include Nightclub, a Pool Party, Karaoke, sporting activities, icebreaker activities, Battle of the Sexes and Scavenger Hunts.

3. Acts as a role model for the youth with regard to leadership, friendliness, diplomacy, honesty, fair play, sportsmanship and open-mindedness. Exercises discretion and good judgment when interacting with the children. Maintains a constant awareness of the children’s whereabouts and their safety. Intervenes when a conflict arises or when a child needs extra attention or assistance in order to enjoy the activities. Responds to any type of emergency.

4. Directs children in eating, resting, and toileting.

5. Helps children develop habits of caring for own clothing and picking up and putting away toys and books.

6. Maintains discipline within assigned group to ensure safety precautions are followed.

7. Serves meals and refreshments to children and regulates rest periods.

8. Communicates with parents in a tactful and courteous manner to generate a high level of comfort. Acts as liaison between the Youth Activities Manager and the parents.

9. Keeps current on children trends regarding music, dance crazes, fads, computer games, reading materials and physical activities.

10. Organizes teen-related activities. Performs Disc Jockey duties for teen parties. Operates audio equipment to play music and keeps inventory of music library.

11. Assists youth of all ages with computer operation, instruction and navigation, etc.

12. Participates in maintaining a clean working environment including 12. the inventory of equipment and supplies. Notifies the Youth Activities Manager when repairs or replacement is needed.

13. Assists the Youth Activities Manager in planning, organizing and implementing entertaining and educational programs for all ages 6 months -17 years.

14. Follows the detailed safety and security measures of the Youth Evacuation Plan in the even of an emergency while children are under the supervision of the Youth Staff. Utilizes good judgment and pays close attention to all details when escorting children to the parents or guardians in the assigned muster stations.

15. May participate in a variety of activities associated with Shore Excursions, Cruise Programs and/or the Sports Deck.

16. Prepares a variety of reports and letters utilizing personal computer system and equipment.

17. Attends meetings, training activities, courses and all other work-related activities as required.

18. 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.


Minimum hiring, language and physical requirements to perform the job.

Hiring Requirements:

 Bachelor’s degree in education, recreation or related field from an accredited university or college or the international equivalent.

 Three to five years experience working with large groups of youths ages 6 months -17 years.

 Experience working in school sponsored youth groups, YMCA, camps or similar positions preferred.

 Infant and child CPR certification and life saving certification from the American Red Cross or similar certifying organization preferred. 

 Ability to mediate, diffuse and/or resolve problems and negotiate resolutions.

 Ability to design creative activities while containing costs.

 Working knowledge of computers, internet access and the ability to navigate within a variety of software packages such as Excel, Word and Power Point.

Language Requirements:

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

 Ability to communicate in English tactfully with guests or parents to mediate, diffuse an/or resolve problems and negotiate resolutions.

 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 coworkers.

 Ability to speak additional languages such as Spanish, French or German preferred.

Physical Requirements:

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 - Youth staff - 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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