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All Hands on Deck! This Company is Hiring Deckhands for $700/Week

Updated August 4, 2016
by Dana Sitar

Are you in the market for a unique seasonal job? Well, American Cruise Lines is hiring 10 deckhands for the fall season.

This is an ideal position for recent grads or students taking a semester off. It could also be great for anyone who just wants a break and a fun, temporary job.

You’ll live onboard a cruise ship for 16 weeks and help with an array of tasks, from customer service to “participating in steering the ship,” as well as standard maintenance and cleaning.

As is typical of this kind of work, you’ll face long work days and perhaps a bout of homesickness — but you’ll get unique work experience in a lucrative industry, see some awesome sights and bank a lot of money in just a few months.

The position pays between $700-$900 per week. That’s at least $11,200 in income!

Plus, you’re sequestered on a cruise ship with room, board and meals provided, so you won’t face temptations to blow your paycheck. You’ll arrive home four months later with a serious nest egg.

Deckhand Job Requirements

You don’t need previous experience for this position, so it’s an opportunity to break in if you also want to pick up future cruise ship jobs.

You must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, pass a pre-employment drug test, have no “major arm or neck tattoos,” and have the stamina for some heavy lifting and long hours.

This is U.S.-based employment — the cruise line is based in Jacksonville, Florida — so you must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Are you ready to get in shape and get a tan while friends on the mainland settle in for winter? You can learn more and apply here.

Your Turn: Have you worked a unique seasonal job?

Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post,, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).

by Dana Sitar
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