Not all Culinary Careers are in white table cloth restaurants or any standard surrounding.  In fact most folks are employed in a very wide range of positions and institutions and different types of places.  It this section we will explore the different opportunities available. 

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Working on Large Cruise Lines VS Small Cruise Lines

Cruise Ship JobsWe're not talking about the size of the ship when we talk about large cruise lines versus small cruise lines; but rather the number of cruise ships each cruise line owns...commonly known as their fleet.  When you are applying for cruise ship jobs, knowing the size of each company's fleet can be used to your advantage for several reasons.

If you are working for a large cruise line, it may give you the opportunity to work on various cruise ships during your career. The larger the cruise line, the higher the chance for advancement.

But don't expect that all the ships in a fleet are identical. Older ships have fewer amenities for passengers and crew. On the other hand, the newer, bigger ships have all the bells and whistles.


But these ships are also busier and less intimate.

One example of a large cruise line with a varied fleet is Royal Caribbean International. With the addition of the Oasis of the Sea in December, the company now has six classes of cruise ships with a fleet of 21 vessels.

The Oasis of the Seas is the biggest of Royal Caribbean's ships at 220,000 tons, 5,400 guests and 1,650 crew members. But they also have smaller and older ships such as the Monarch of the Seas built in 1991 and the Legend of the Seas which is only 70,000 tons.

In September 2009 Carnival Cruise Lines launched Carnival Dream, their biggest cruise ship to date; and in 2009, Royal Caribbean launched their biggest ship ever.

More than 3,000 cruise ship jobs have will have been created by just those two ships.

In fact, by the end of 2009, an extra 10,000 jobs were created by the launching of new ships during 2009.

However, not to worry, the boat (ship) hasn't left without you yet! In 2010, another 12,000 cruise ship jobs will be available due to the continuation of the building boom - positions such as guest services officers, gift shop staff, spa and salon staff, photographers, deck officers, IT personnel, cruise staff, youth counselors and many more.

The first ship to be launched for 2010 is the Costa Deliziosa in January, and there will be more than a dozen more cruise ships to debut throughout this year. Norwegian Cruise Lines will introduce their largest ship to date in June this year and Royal Caribbean will be launching the sister to the Oasis of the Seas in December 2010.

Small cruise line fleets have plenty of opportunities as well. For example, Disney Cruise Line currently has only two ships but by 2012 they will have four ships.

It is advisable to send your resume and cover letters to cruise lines in anticipation of the vacancies being posted for these new cruise ships.

Tip: It's a great idea to mention the fact that the cruise line is launching a new ship in your application correspondence. This demonstrates your specific interest in the cruise line you are applying to.


Neil Maxwell-Keys has hired thousands of crew for the biggest cruise lines in the world. He has written a popular *free* step-by-step guide which shows you how to get cruise jobs, quickly and easily. Get your copy from =>

Starwood Hotels Announces 2010 Employment Forecast

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced plans to add more than 12,000 new jobs to the global workforce in 2010 - with roughly half of these jobs to be located inside the U.S. in markets spanning from New York to California. The news comes on the heels of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment situation report issued Friday that indicates unemployment remained at 10% in December, with 15.3 million unemployed persons.

Cruise Ship Jobs - Are You Cut Out For It?

Work on cruise ships is often characterized by traveling the world, visiting lots of beautiful and exotic locations, and having the time of your life. And although these things do make up a part of the job, there is another side to the job that you need to be aware of before making the decision to work aboard a ship.

The bottom line is, working on a cruise ship can be tough and demanding and not not everyone has what it takes. Homesickness is often one of the main problems during the first few weeks. Lack of time for yourself, the lack of privacy and the inability to really make a home base for yourself are also potential problems when working on a cruise ship, because of the amount of time you spend at sea.

You Want to Become a Chef

You may dream that you want become a chef. It certainly can be an exciting career. Professional chefs create menus and dining experiences that people love. Some chefs prepare meals for celebrities or even royalty. Today, thanks to television, many chefs are celebrities in their own right, creating culinary product lines, hosting popular television shows, and writing best-selling cookbooks. And if you just want to become a chef to work in a local restaurant, you can find that you've chosen a satisfying career that offers skills that make others in your life happy as well.

Most Culinary Arts programs are very expensive. The odds of being able to get more than a small percentage of your tuition paid by scholarships are very small. There are however a lot of sources to pick up small but not insignificant amounts of money to help you along.