Seasonal Deckhand (Cruise Ship)



The Deckhand is responsible for maintenance/cleaning of the interior/exterior of the vessel. In addition, the deckhand will assist with bridge watch/navigation, perform hourly security patrols including nightly engine room inspections, and will assist with general boat operations.


Ship Maintenance:

Sweeps decks, washes windows, empties trash receptacles.

Cleans the public restroom and general areas such as bulkheads, lockers, etc.

Primes and paints the vessel as assigned.

Assists the Engineer as directed.

Performs basic knot tying.

Uses chemicals for cleaning and ship maintenance while ensuring personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, respirators, etc. are used correctly.

May be assigned various special projects as per the Chief Mate's work list.

Boat Operations:

Handles lines during docking and undocking procedures.

Assigned anchoring duties as needed.

Assists the Bridge Watch Officer with lookout and wheel watch.

Assists with lowering/raising and tying up/ casting off of the inflatable boats and kayaks.

Assists with loading guests, staff, and crew in and out of inflatable boats.

Safety & Security:

Participates in on board safety training, meetings and drills, as directed by the Captain, including fire, ship, man overboard, flooding and medical emergencies.

Conducts hourly security patrols including inspection of the engine room and lazarette.

Serves as needed on gangway watch.

Familiar with all duties under the company Safety Management System including Emergency Response activities.

Additional Duties:

Loads/off-loads guest luggage.

Hauls ship's trash, laundry, and stores as needed.

Pulls, cleans and replaces the galley mats, cleans the galley deck and washes any used galley rags.


Must be able to work a rotating schedule and night shifts. Deckhands work an average of 12 hours per day with 18 hours off every 7-10- days, and 1 day (24hrs) off per month during their six-month agreement.



Mechanical aptitude and interest.

Maritime/boating experience preferred.

Good customer service skills; professional demeanor, ability to use necessary levels of tact and courtesy.

Detail oriented and thorough; able to follow through on assigned tasks.

Able to work independently using initiative and creativity to complete assigned tasks.

Strong time management skills; able to handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

Work well under pressure.

Ability to get along well with co-workers and support a team environment.


Current First Aid/CPR certification required.

Valid TWIC card required.

Valid US passport required.

STCW Basic Safety Training required.

STCW Crowd Management preferred.

Current Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting certification preferred.