Crewmembers and passengers alike will need to eat and drink during their journey. As you’d expect, the food and beverages department of any cruise ship is usually its largest and most important area and is divided into many groups and categories. There are several roles available, including:
Food and Beverages Manager, Assistant Manager, Administrative Assistant, Restaurant Manager, Head Waiter and Waiting Staff, Dining Room Attendant, Bar Manager and Bar Staff, Chef, Kitchen Porter, Buffet Steward, Room Services Manager and Staff
Daily responsibilities will vary depending upon the position that you’re applying for. These may include handling and preparing food, setting and waiting upon tables, serving drinks, organising themed and special events, training team members, offering administrative support to the team, managing and maintaining food outlets, restocking guests’ cabins and providing room service. If the task involves food, drink or dining, then there’s a chance that you’ll be involved in the background.
You will prepare food and drink and maintain some of the ship’s largest and most important venues and areas. For this reason, candidates must be able to show excellent listening and communication skills and work well as part of a team. Some of the roles within the food and beverages departments are highly skilled and specialised, so you must show competency and experience.
You will be a motivated and organised individual capable of following orders or working on your own initiative. An excellent grasp of the English language is essential, and it helps to be fluent in one or two foreign languages. Those working in food and beverages must hold health and safety and food hygiene certificates and have training in food handling and preparation. You’ll hold a hospitality or cookery qualification and will have one to two years’ experience in a restaurant, bar or hotel environment prior to your application.
Cleanliness and presentation are important across this department. The right candidate will have an eye for detail and a creative flair as well as being friendly, approachable and dedicated to pleasing passengers.
Salaries in the food and beverages department will vary from role to role. Bartenders can expect between £1,000 and £1,500 per month, while food and beverages managers may receive in the region of £5,000 or more per month.