Should You Work on a Cruise Ship or a Superyacht?

career Sep 24, 2019

You've been thinking about traveling and working at sea... but what's the difference between working on a cruise ship and a superyacht? You might be wondering if there are advantages to one over the other.


Well, here’s a quick breakdown of the key differences between working on a superyacht and working on a cruise ship.


The Owners and Guests

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First off, cruise ships are owned by large corporations and filled with thousands of guests. This means that the guests represent an entire range of ages, backgrounds, and interests. Just think of the college spring break week and low-cost cruise ships making the circuit of Caribbean resort towns. 


By contrast, superyachts are usually either owned by a single person or family, or chartered out to specific, small groups - families, business partners, or close friends. Typically, most of the guests will already know each other. 


 And while most anyone can afford to take a cruise if they save their pennies, superyacht travel is typically only an option for the very wealthy.


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The Experience

The difference between a trip on a cruise ship and a superyacht is like the difference between flying economy and flying on a private jet!

On a cruise ship the crew make sure guests are safe, fed, and entertained. However, with the many activities, strictly planned itinerary, and simply the huge number of people on board, in many cases crew are rushing just to keep things going smoothly.

Contrast this to a superyacht, where the high-end experience is one of the key draws. Guests receive personal service, from help with water sports to shore excursions and special touches like knowing their favorite drink and anticipating anything that would make the experience more luxurious. 


The yacht is run to a level of five-star service, or even higher.


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Money and Benefits

The truth is, superyacht crew are better paid, earlier on in their career, and have greater potential for salary increases. 


Superyacht crew also often have weekends off when no guests are onboard and an annual paid vacation!


Finally, superyacht crew working on charter yachts have a secret weapon -- tips. Tips for great service, from a population that’s likely to recognize exceptional service with a reward. 

Tipping is suggested on cruise ships just as it is at many resorts worldwide. However, it’s not required, and many tourists may have already spent their travel budget just getting to the ship and paying for the trip itself.  


The Destinations

All the above are great reasons to work on a superyacht rather than a cruise ship but we think this last reason is the best.

Cruise ships follow an established route, making the same circuit again and again (and again) throughout the seasons and years.


As fun as this is for guests, for the crew, it can become downright boring. Not to mention, cruise ship crew typically work 6 days a week, and long hours each day. Often, crew won’t have enough time off in ports to truly see places as the ship is focused on moving on to the next destination and starting the cruise over with the next guests.


By contrast, superyachts are much more flexible. Depending on the guests, a superyacht may travel to all new destinations. Superyachts are also much smaller than cruise ships, which gives them access to harbors and destinations that a cruise ship simply can't visit. 


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Sometimes, yachts travel to private islands and exclusive resorts where the crew can also have time off when the yacht is between guest trips.


As a result, on a superyacht, you’ve got loads of opportunity to see some amazing, hidden corners of the world - places where the yacht's owner decides to travel. You won't be stuck on the "milk run" of a cruise ship cruise.


So overall, working on superyachts is a far better choice than working on cruise ships. You'll be able to make and save more money, and you'll have more time off, and have the opportunity for more adventure.


So, what do you think? Would you like to take a few years and travel the world on a superyacht?  Join us on our Facebook or Instagram accounts and share your story or ask us a question. We can’t wait to connect!

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