The Best Cruise Lines To Work For

Working on a cruise ship can be a fun way to travel the world and make some pretty good money! Being stuck at sea for months at a time can also be a recipe for disaster if you're not working for a company you enjoy.

 

After a lot of painstaking research, here are the companies that qualified raters, along with past and present employees, claim to be the best cruise ships to work for!

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10. MSC Cruises

Originally founded in Naples, Italy as Lauro Lines (also known as Flotta Lauro) by Achille Lauro, the company entered the cruise business in the 1960s, operating two ships, the Angelina Lauro and MS Achille Lauro. The Angelina Lauro burnt in the port of St. Thomas in 1979 and in 1985, the Achille Lauro was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Front. In 1989, Mediterranean Shipping Company bought Flotta Lauro and renamed it StarLauro Cruises. In 1994, the Achille Lauro caught fire and sank. In 1995, the company name was changed to MSC Cruises.

  • Caribbean
  • Mediterranean
  • Northern Europe
  • Dubai
  • South Africa
  • South America

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9. Holland America

Holland America Line was founded in 1873 as the Nederlandsche-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (Dutch-American Steamship Company), a shipping and passenger line. It was headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and provided service to the Americas. The company was formed as a result of the reorganization of an earlier company, Plate, Reuchlin & Co. The company's first ship was the original Rotterdam, which sailed its 15-day maiden voyage from the Netherlands to New York City on October 15, 1872. Other services were started to other new world ports, including Hoboken, Baltimore and South America.

  • Alaska
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Bermuda
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Hawaii
  • Mexico
  • Pacific Coast
  • Panam Canal
  • South America

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8. Crystal Cruises

The company was founded in 1988 and is notable for its two medium-sized, high-end ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, each of which carries about 1,000 guests. In 2003, the new Crystal Serenity entered service with Crystal Cruises. In 2005, the Crystal Harmony,was retired from the Crystal fleet and transferred to the parent company, underwent some renovations, renamed the Asuka II, and now caters to the Japanese cruise market as part of Asuka Cruises.

  • River, Yacht, Ocean, Air
  • Africa
  • Alaska
  • Antartica
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Hawaii
  • Indian ocean
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican Rivera
  • Middle East
  • Canada
  • Northern Europe
  • North West Passage
  • Pacific Coast
  • Panama Canal
  • South America
  • Trans Ocean

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7. Costa Cruises

Founded in 1854,the company originally operated cargo ships, in order to carry olive oils and textiles from Sardinia to Liguria. In 1924 the company passed to founder's sons (Federico, Eugenio and Enrico) that started commercial activities, buying the ship Ravenna. Commercial activities continued until the introduction of passenger services in 1947, with regular services between Italy and South America. The company later converted its entire fleet to full-time cruising, and as an independent company became one of the largest cruise operators in Europe.
South America
Caribbean
Transatlantic
Mediterranean
Europe
Asia
India

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6. Viking Cruises

In the mid-1990s, the company’s founder and chairman, Torstein Hagen, took a river cruise through Russia. The experience inspired him to create a river cruise company in 1997 so that others could enjoy similar experiences. Educated at Norwegian Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School, Mr. Hagen was formerly CEO of Royal Viking Line, and also served on the boards of Holland America Line and Kloster Cruise Ltd. The company’s Board of Directors includes prominent investors and financial leaders with credentials in cruising and shipping, and is led by Chairman Hagen, a native of Norway.
River and ocean cruises
Northern Europe
Caribbean& Americas
Mediterranean
UK

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5. Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises was founded in April 1988 as a subsidiary of the Greece-based Chandris Group to operate upmarket cruise ships to Bermuda. Chandris had been involved in cruise traffic since the 1960s, and during the late 1980s the company operated in the United States market under the brand name Chandris Cruises. Chandris Fantasy Cruises targeted the lower end of the cruise passenger market, with fleets consisting of second-hand ocean liners. Celebrity Cruises came into existence when, in April 1988, Home Lines, at the time one of the world's leading premium cruise lines, was sold to Holland America Line. Home Lines' ships had held two of the five contracts offered by the Government of Bermuda to cruise lines, giving the ships priority berthing arrangement and unlimited access of sail to the islands in exchange for the ships sailing to Bermuda between April and October each year. Although these contracts were highly valued, Holland America Line decided to withdraw the former Home Lines ships from this service, leaving an opening for two new ships to gain access. Chandris wanted to acquire the contracts, but the Government of Bermuda was only willing to award them to upmarket cruise lines, which Chandris Fantasy Cruises was not.

Asia
Alaska
Australia
Bahamas
Bermuda
Canada
Caribbean
Europe
Hawaii
Mexican Rivira
Pacific Coastal
Panama Canal
South America
Transatlantic

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4. Norwegian Cruise Line

The cruise line was founded as Norwegian Caribbean Line in 1966 by Knut Kloster and Ted Arison, with just one 8,666-ton, 140m cruise ship/car ferry, Sunward, which in 1966 operated as a car-ferry between Southampton UK and Gibraltar, for that one, short season only. Arison soon left to form Carnival Cruise Lines, while Kloster acquired additional ships for Caribbean service. Norwegian pioneered many firsts in the cruise industry like: the first Out Island Cruise, the first combined air-sea program (marketed as "Cloud 9 Cruises") which combined low-cost air fares with the cruise, first ship line to develop new ports in the Caribbean, like Ocho Rios in Jamaica. Like the original Sunward of 1966, Norwegians's second ship, the Starward had the capability to carry automobiles through a well concealed stern door. Later, this area was turned into cabins and a two deck movie theater, which is now a casino. Norwegian was responsible for many of the cruise innovations that have now become standard throughout the industry.
Asia
Alaska
Australia
Bahamas
Bermuda
Canada
Caribbean
Europe
Hawaii
Mexican Rivira
Pacific Coastal
Panama Canal
South America
Transatlantic

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3. Carnival Cruise Lines

Originally an independent company founded in 1972 by Ted Arison, the company is now one of nine cruise ship brands owned and operated by Carnival Corporation & plc. The company has the largest fleet in the group, with 25 vessels currently in operation that account for 21.1% of the worldwide market share. Executive control of the company is provided by the North American division of Carnival Corporation, headquartered in Doral, Florida. Carnival was a pioneer in the concept of shorter, less expensive cruises. Its ships are known for their Las Vegas-style decor and entertainment. The line calls its ships "The Fun Ships", and there are a wide range of activities offered on board. Its trademark is the funnel, which is red, white and blue and shaped like a whale's tail. The mascot for Carnival is Fun Ship Freddy, a character in the shape of Carnival's distinctive funnel.
Caribbean
Mexico
Europe
Bermuda
Alaska
Canada
Hawaii
Panama Canal
Australia
Cuba

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2. American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines was incorporated in 1991. The 49-passenger American Eagle launched in 2000 and was followed in 2002 by the same-sized American Glory. The American Spirit was launched in 2005 and held twice as many passengers. A fourth ship, American Star, was launched in 2007. In 2010 the 104 passenger Independence, built with a wider beam and active wing stabilizers, was launched. The wider beam allows for larger staterooms, public spaces and private balconies. In 2010, American Cruise Lines acquired an authentic paddlewheel cruise ship, Queen of the West, renovating it by decreasing the capacity to 120, making for a larger more comfortable dining room, lounges and decks.
Destinations:
Alaska
US

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1. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is an American global cruise company incorporated in Liberia and based in Miami, Florida. It is the world's second-largest cruise line operator, after Carnival Corporation & plc. As of March 2009, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. fully owns three cruise lines: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises.
Destinations:
South Pacific
Transatlantic
Transpacific
Hawaii
Pacific Northwest
Europe
Caribbean
Canada
Bermuda
Bahamas
Australia
Asia
Arabian Gulf
Alaska

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