A little industry knowledge goes a long way when applying for a job in cruising.
So, tell me what you know about the cruising industry? That’s a question that’s bound to be asked when you’re on a job interview for a position on a cruise line. Simply responding, “I can drink all I want,” isn’t quite what your potential new employer is looking for in a response, (and it’s doubtful that you’ll get the job if you say that).
Instead, your recruiter is searching for a more educated answer. What will you say when you’re asked that question? How about:
The Asia Market is Growing: According to the Cruise Lines International Association, cruising in Asia is experiencing a tremendous growth spurt. In just one year, it has increased 24 percent.
The Classic Cruise Ships are Returning: Cruise lines are putting money into their older fleets, refurbishing them, adding additional dining options and more staterooms. Celebrity Cruises relocated its kids facilities on the Millennium-class ships to add cabins, and Princess Cruises entirely removed a cabaret lounge on its Island Princess for extra staterooms.
All cruising is in Demand: As a matter of fact, the Cruise Lines International Association report about cruising in 2016 found that the demand for cruising has increased by a whopping 68 percent over the last 10 years.
River cruising is Hot: Big luxury liners are fun, but a lazy river cruise is what’s catching on, especially in Europe. According to MarketWatch, Viking saw a 30 percent increase in North American passengers from 2001 to 2015, while mainstream ocean liners saw just a 5 percent increase for the same period.
Beverage Rules Have Changed: Several cruise lines have changed their on-board beverage policy. They are prohibiting guests from bringing water, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages onboard that are packaged in bottles. Overall, guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board with the following exception that at the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day only, guests (21 years of age and older) may bring one 750 ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne per person in their carry-on luggage.
Alaska is up: According to the Alaska Daily News, passengers cruising to the Last Frontier will break 1 million this year. Statistics show that passenger numbers rebounded from a 10-year low of 878,000 in 2010 to a projected 1,014,000 this year.
Norwegian is Down: According to the Wall Street Journal, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. the company’s shares, were announced as down 34 percent this year, declined 9.1 percent to $39.03 in recent trading.
Impact Travel is in: It’s all about giving back today and many cruise lines are now offering voluntourism opportunities, not just volleyball games and private island visits. Travelers want to do so much more on their cruises now.
You don’t need to know specifics about everything listed here and, if you do not know about a particular trend that you are asked about, just be honest. The whole point of knowing at least some of the trends in cruising is to be able to show your potential employer that you take an interest in the industry.