Staff are the hotel division of the ship, like guest services, cruise division/entertainment, shops, spa, casino.

They often have their own stripes as well.

Staff prefer not to be called the ship’s “crew” as their positions rank them higher than the crew.

Other Glossary Terms


Officers are usually the marine department with stripes on their uniforms. Think of the structure/classes of the military – the

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This term is often used for all the workers on a cruise ship, but it actually refers only to a

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Rob Lilley is passionate about working on cruise ships, and spent 5 years of his life travelling the seven seas and touching ground on all 7 continents.  With the experience of 2 different job positions in multiple contracts with different cruise lines, from explorer ships to full-sized cruise liners, Rob is keen to share his insider insights with all of those interested in working at sea! More…