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Head Bartender Job Description and Duties:

Cruise ship head bartender

- Reports to the ship's Assistant Bar Manager and the Beverage Manager

- Supervises, trains and monitors the performance of a team of subordinate beverage operations positions - Bartender, Assistant Bartender, Bar Server/ Waiter/ Waitress, Bar Utility

- Responsible for on-the-job day-to-day training of ship's Bar Staff covering all aspects of beverage service and makes sure that all beverage team members perform up to the standards of service set by the cruise line

- Works directly with the subordinate bar personnel and would assist both bartenders and bar servers/ waiters in various bars and beverage outlets throughout the cruise ship during peak hours

- Monitors work assignments, side jobs and days off for assigned bar staff

- Ensures that subordinate bar staff are well groomed and in proper uniform when reporting for duty

- Makes sure that all costs are minimized and within the limits set by the Bar Manager

- Ensures that the highest quality of spirits, beer and non-alchoholic baverages are offered to passengers all the time

Head Bartender Job Requirements:


  • High school diploma or equivalent and a minimum three years of beverage serving experience in an upscale bar/ pub, hotel, resort or cruise ship

  • Formal hospitality training and previous cruise ship experience are preferred, but not mandatory

  • 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

  • Candidates must be able quickly to calculate discounts, interest, commissions, tips, proportions and percentages

Head Bartender Salary Range:

$3200-4300 U.S. per month depending on the cruise line, size of ship, commission and gratuities from passengers. Strong possibilities for promotion to to Assistant Bar Manager / Beverage Direcor position.


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