Waiter on River Cruise Ship- We are looking for experienced and motivated hospitality professionals to join our river ship

Job Description:  As Waiter/Waitress you ensure that all the guests are completely satisfied with the food and service. You are responsible for a friendly, efficient and professional service in the restaurant and guarantee a maximum satisfaction of the guests. You serve passengers with drinks and food, Keep menus clean, maintains cleanliness.

Management Responsibility:  No management Responsibility. Future opportunities.

Job Locations: Vessels sail through the European Rivers, Rhine, Danube, Mainz, Moselle etc

Crew/Nationalities:  25 – 50 Crew more than 11 nationalities depending on ship

Guests: German, Spanish, English, Dutch, American, Scandinavian, etc (depending on charterer)

Work Time:  Full Time, 6-7 days per week, depending on cruise company

Language Skills: Good  command  of  English and/or German  language. Spanish language will   be considered an advantage

Spoken Language on board: English and/or German

Salary:  €1.400-2.200 net per month, including Tips

Tipsavailable but not specified as it depends on guests

Uniform: Instructions will be provided during recruitment

Willingness to travel and work away from home for long periods: Necessary

Personal Strengths: Motivation/willingness to work under pressure, physical condition in good shape as climbing the stairs during service may be applicable, Customer Orientation Communication Skills, Flexibility-can adjust to new work conditions and requirements quickly, Ability to see the whole picture, work as a team in order to achieve the maximum passenger satisfaction


  • Free Medical Coverage
  • 4 vacation days per month, or one full day off/week, depending on cruiseline
  • Reimbursement of the travel expenses to/from the ship up to a maximum amount
  • Free Share cabin facilities and Free meals are provided

Requirements from the Applicant

Accountability: As a waiter/waitress you report directly to the Restaurant Manager (Maître D’ or Head Waiter).


  • You are Flexible to cover for the Bar Waiter/tress, Restaurant Manager when on holidays
  • Flexible to assist in Bar Department if necessary and if by the Restaurant or Hotel Manager.
  • You will have to be able to assist in areas outside the restaurant for ship operation purposes such us loading of food and supplies
  • Cleanliness of the Restaurant is under the waiters-your responsibility


  • Escorting customers to their table
  • Preparation of tables according to standards
  • Presenting menus to the guests and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request
  • Check with customers to ensure that they are enjoying their meals and take action to correct any problems.
  • Explaining how various menu items are prepared, describing ingredients and cooking methods
  • Serving food and/or beverages to guests
  • Handling difficult guests with discretion
  • Remove dishes and glasses from tables or counters, and takes them to kitchen for cleaning
  • Wine knowledge and recommendations depending on the location the ship is sailing to
  • You are always remaining clean, well-groomed and friendly to the guests
  • Take into consideration the hygiene standards
  • Encouraging in assisting with the training of new waiters when necessary


  • At least three years of high standard hotel experience. Cruise ship experience will be considered as an advantage.
  • Good in Englis and/or German language
  • Hospitality degree or Certificate and Training in in the waiting section
  • Know-how of food placement according to its category (i.e. fish, meat, beverages etc.)
  • Table setting according to the service (buffet, set menu etc.)
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