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How Much Does a Cruise Director Earn?

Working on a cruise ship is an appealing thought for those of us who love cruising, and the role of cruise director seems to be one of the most desirable roles at sea. Imagine spending your days roaming around a beautiful cruise ship, hosting live shows, organizing onboard entertainment and mingling with guests. To most of us, it sounds like a pretty fun job. With that said, may people wonder how much money a cruise director earns. Today we’ll help answer that question.

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First and foremost, it is important to understand how cruise ship employees are paid. Unlike regular land based jobs that pay annual salaries, cruise salaries are based on contracts. Earnings are paid based on a monthly amount, paid every two weeks, for the duration of the contract. Most contracts are for periods ranging from 3 to 10 months, however the majority of contracts are 6 months in duration. After the 6 month contract is up, most cruise directors take a short break from work, before returning to another ship, with another contract.

The specific amount that cruise directors earn varies depending on the cruise line and the ship. Certain cruise lines offer higher salaries and benefits than others, however it seems that the majority of cruise directors earn somewhere between $3500 and $6000 per month, for the duration of the contract. Since most cruise directors would work a maximum of 10 months per year, after factoring in vacations and breaks, many cruise directors earn annual salaries in the range of $40,000 to $55,000. To some, this may seem on the low end for someone who is considered to be in a “management” position, however you must also factor in the fact that room and board is provided. When you eliminate the need for rent or a mortgage, plus food and other regular expenditures, the salary of a cruise director is quite appealing.

To learn more about jobs on cruise ships, we recommend visiting the careers section of your favourite cruise line’s website.

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