Life On Board With American Cruise Lines

Imagine waking up in a new and exciting port of call every morning, as you help our guests experience the best in U.S. cruising.  As a member of the American Cruise Lines crew you will meet interesting people from all over the world and become an important part of their journey.  Along the way, coworkers become family and the ship turns into your home away from home. Living on board one of cruise ships is a unique way to travel while you build amazing friendships with fellow crew members. It’s a new and exciting environment for most people that takes some adjustment from life onshore and we ensure that you will be supported throughout the transition. At American Cruise Lines we want you to succeed while on board with us and that is why we do our very best to provide you with the necessary tools and support to do so. We are always happy to help. 

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How It Works


Joining Your Ship

After successfully completing our shoreside training program you become eligible for a ship assignment. Although we do not guarantee a specific ship for your employment, we try to match you with the best fit for you. Any and all requests will be taken into account during this process. Once assigned we help arrange the flights and transportation to get you to the vessel. During your first day on board we introduce you to the other crew members, take you on a tour of the ship, and get you settled into your stateroom.



Each of our ship is carefully designed to make both the crew and the guests’ comfortable as we sail the US river ways. The living quarters are set up as a dormitory style environment, which allows for friendships to quickly be made. Crew members can be assigned with up to four roommates depending on the ship, while Senior Officers have a private stateroom and bath. We do our best to provide you with as much privacy as possible, plus a work schedule that allows for time off while docked at our ports.


Work Schedules

Our ships operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In order to provide our guests with the upmost service throughout their time on the cruise with us, crew members are required to work during the hours that the ship operates. Your schedule will vary each day depending on where we are and what is planned during that itinerary for the guests. Yes this is hard work, but it is a truly rewarding experience for those who are able to see the value of what we offer our employees. 


Time Off

During your time off we encourage you to take a break from your hard work and reward yourself while you immerse yourself into the culture of each port. Our dining room is available during break hours as long as you are quiet! To keep in contact with family and friends you have free WiFi access while on board. In order to assure that you are well rested to work the following day, we have implemented a strict 11pm curfew for all crew members. On our ships alcohol is prohibited at all time, even when at port. Being on our ship your top priority should always be our guests, therefore you hold the responsibility to take action in the event of an emergency.



Not only do you travel expense-free, but you also get to eat our chef-inspired cuisine daily. One of the chefs on board will prepare the food for all crew members at time that does not interfere with guests’ dining. Breakfast is made to order, while lunch and dinner are served buffet style. At any point if you have a dietary request, we will do our best to accommodate it. Nutrition is important during your time with us at American Cruise Lines. Being on your feet for a majority of the day, our meals are created to supply you with all the essentials to keep you healthy. If at any point you wanted to change your food choices, there is always the opportunity to eat onshore while we are in port.


Traveling To and From the Ship

Servers, housekeepers, deckhands, and dishwashers can work for us up to 16 weeks. Managers and officers work a schedule of several weeks on, several weeks off, with longer shifts shipboard during the busy season (summer and fall). After accepting the job offer we will work with you to create your schedule and organize travelling to our ship. If for any reason you wanted to take a break, our work schedule is flexible enough to allow for this to happen. These breaks can be prearranged with advance notice, as we need to make sure that our staffing needs are continuously being met. Once you have completed your time with us, we work with you directly to coordinate your travel arrangements to get you back safely.



Kick Start or Advance Your Career with the Leader in U.S. Cruising

Working on an American Cruise Lines ship will provide you with important skills and experiences that will last a lifetime!  Not to mention all of the great friendships you will make along the way!

What I love the most is the humbling experience and the beautiful guests that I met. The views were mind blowing for my first time on a boat, it was amazing!

Why American Cruise Lines?


Professional Development
No matter what your career goals or aspirations may be, as a member of our crew you will receive training that can be applied to most any position such as interpersonal communication, time management, and problem-solving skills.  



Be Part of a Team
To provide our guests with the best possible cruise experience, the on board staff must operate as a cohesive unit.  Working as part of a team is an essential part of a crew member’s job with the opportunity to learn from others.   



Awards & Recognition
American Cruise Lines is rapidly expanding, offering many opportunities for professional development. Those who contribute to the company’s success are recognized and rewarded for their efforts.



Make a Difference
There is nothing more rewarding than providing excellent service to our guests.  As a member of the crew you have direct impact on their overall cruise experience, not only taking care of their needs, but also helping them to make amazing memories.  



Become a Leader
Life on board lays the foundation for successful leadership. Ability to communicate, motivate, and respond to a constantly changing environment are just a few of the characteristics of a great crew member which also make an exceptional leader.    


Work with American Cruise Lines if you want to have great memories and experience things you never would have beforehand!