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Sommelier Job Description and Duties:

Cruise ship sommelier

- Reports to the ship's Head Sommelier and Assistant Restaurant Manager

- Directly supervises supports and evaluates the performance of one subordinate beverage operation position - Assistant Sommelier

- Responsible for providing courteous and professional wine and beverage service in all restaurants and bars aboard the cruise ship

- Responsible for increasing wine sales by demonstrating personal attention, consulting passengers on fine wine selection, how to pair wine with food

- Acts as a spokesperson for the cruise line's wine program

- The Sommelier contributes to the on-the-job training of the other bar department staff by improving their wine knowledge and sales techniques

- Follows the daily work schedule and works in a station designated by the Head Sommelier and approved by the Maitre D', assists the Head Wine Waiter with preparing the restaurant for service and opening wine bottles

- Works in close cooperation with the Cellar Master and is responsible for re-stocking of the wine cellar on a daily basis

- Must be well groomed and should demonstrate proper personal and uniform appearance at all times according to cruise line's standards

- The Wine Waiter is responsible for cleaning and sanitizing the assigned work station according to the USPH and UKPH rules and regulations

Wine Waiter / Waitress Job Requirements:


  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Minimum one-two years of Sommelier experience in an upscale establishment

  • Cruise ship or/and European experience is preferred, but not mandatory

  • Excellent fine wines and premium beverages knowledge

  • Excellent communication skills and good command of the English language, knowledge of additional languages is a plus

  • Strong managerial skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment

Wine Waiter / Waitress Salary Range:

$2800-3700 U.S. per month depending on the cruise line, size of ship, commission and gratuities from passengers. Strong possibilities for promotion to Head Sommelier position.


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