I thought that this information may be a bit helpful to those who are currently looking at becoming a cruise ship photographer.
Please refrain from asking me in-depth questions about how to become a photographer, what you have to do to apply, how to get the job…etc…
Please take this video as-is. I wanted to let people know that the position isn’t ‘roses and puppies’. It’s rather aggressive, long, hard work. That’s it.
I don’t have the time to respond to the same questions over and over. Feel free to contact a cruse-ship company directly. Speak with their Human Resources department…they will know more than me.
Sorry. Thanks in advance! 🙂
I, too, fell in love with the idea of cruising around the world via cruise ships and casually photographing the passenger as they enjoy their luxurious vacation.
Well – it’s a whole lot different than I expected. Coming from someone who has 6-months experience; here is my summed up Job Description:
– The hours were longer
– The management was aggressive
– The work wasn’t simply ‘photographing’
– and many more
To be honest, the job title should have read “Cruise Ship Photo Salesman – Little Photography Skill Required”
Yeah, that’s a bit harsh – but it’s the truth.
About 15% of my overall job-role in my 6-month contract was actually taking photographs.
I made this video to make you aware of the position before committing many months of your life to this position – It’s not meant to be negative – it’s made to be straight-forward and honest.
Well obviously, there were pros; or I would have walked off the ship and flew myself back home. Traveling was amazing. Seriously. With the little time I had off – I was able to spent it exploring some amazing places in some amazing foreign countries. And for that reason alone is what kept me going. It was the only reason that brought me on to a cruise ship in the 1st place.
You simply have to weight your options – if you, like me, are able to deal with the craziness in order to travel and see the world – then apply! 🙂
I hope this helps someone, somewhere.