American Cruise Lines is the largest domestic cruise line with a growing fleet of riverboats and cruise ships that travel to the most amazing destinations across the United States. Through our modern ships and our dedicated crew, we are able to provide our guests with an exceptional cruise experience.
Deckhands are entry-level marine crewmembers trusted with the opportunity to assist in vessel operations standing helm, gangway, and security watches. You are the front line of the American Cruise Lines brand responsible for delivering exceptional guest service.
Deckhands are part of our 28-week Crew Excellence Program for professional development. Successful candidates possess the following traits: hardworking, natural leader, ambitious, goal-oriented, and a team player.
Handling lines, gangways, anchors, and marine equipment under the guidance of Captains and Mates
Responsible for daily exterior cleaning, line handling, and logistic support tasks. Standing helm watches assisting the Captain and Mate in steering the vessel
Standing gangway and deck watches including security, maintenance, and passenger assistance duties
Loading and unloading guest luggage, ship stores, garbage, and daily logistics tasks
Cleaning all exterior decks, verandas, windows, furniture, and marine spaces
Washing, drying, and folding all ship laundry
Maintain continual professional grooming and uniform appearance
Continual availability to assist guests and crew
Rotate through day-night watch and task schedules averaging 12-hrs daily
Pay – Wages range from $950 to $1,100 per week with additional bonuses. With all major living expenses covered during your time onboard, you have an extraordinary chance to save your earnings.
Hospitality Experience – This is a strong foundation for a career in the hospitality industry and a fantastic way to build your resume.
$1,000 New-hire Bonus! – Work onboard for 6 weeks (42 days) and the bonus is earned.
Covered Expenses – American Cruise Lines provides travel to and from your assigned vessel, room and board, uniforms, and paid hospitality training from industry experts.
Travel the Country – We have over 35 itineraries, spanning over 28 states in America.
Crew Connections – Create lifelong memories and relationships with fellow crew members and guests from all over the country.
For shipboard employment, you must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and an American citizen or Green Card holder. You must be willing and able to work a minimum of 12 hours per day, for 7 days a week, for up to 28 weeks. Employees must able to meet moderate physical demands including lifting, bending, climbing, and extended periods of standing or walking.
Under Federal Law and the Department of Transportation, we are required to pre-employment drug test all shipboard employees which includes testing for Marijuana and other controlled substances. To provide safe and conscientious service to our guests, the consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited. All shipboard employees also have emergency and safety functions essential to the safe operation of the ship that are included in your training.
American Cruise Lines has grooming standards that include limitations on visible tattoos and piercings. This a temporary employment position not to extend beyond 28 weeks of shipboard work. We encourage you to utilize the skills you develop to apply for management positions within American Cruise Lines, but such positions cannot be expected and are not guaranteed.
American Cruise Lines is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or genetic information.
Successful individuals work well under pressure, keep composure and a positive attitude. The talent and dedication of the American Cruise Lines employees have made us America’s Leading Small Ship Cruise Line.