American Cruise Lines

License Boat Launch Operator

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American Cruise Lines is seeking Licensed Launch Operators aboard its growing fleet of small cruise ships. Launch Operators will be responsible for tendering passengers ashore when at anchor, in addition to all other deckhand duties. Each launch carries between 30 and 38 passengers and is stowed aboard the cruiseship.
This position is ideal for individuals with at least a 25 ton USCG license who are seeking to gain experience at sea and increase their license tonnage. In addition to operating the launch, individuals in this position will spend time on the cruise ship bridge. Each cruise ship carries between 100 and 185 passengers on 7 to 14 night cruises operating in unique areas around the country.
This is a temporary 16-week position with further growth potential following your first 16 weeks. This is an opportunity for licensed individuals to begin a career path with a great company.
Launch Operators have the potential to earn $700 - $900 per week. Training, Room and Board is provided at no charge. This is a great way to make and save money while traveling the United States of America.
Our cruise ships are small and intimate and we have a strong commitment to excellence and a passion for personalized service. All crew members have a high level of guest interaction and are expected to demonstrate superior customer service skills and respond immediately to guests needs.


  • Responsibility for tendering passengers and crew between the ship and shore while at anchor
  • Participating in steering the ship
  • Participates with docking and anchoring maneuvers: handling lines, gangways, anchors, etc.
  • Standing watches: gangway and deck watch. These watches include security, maintenance and passenger assistance duties
  • Loading and unloading passenger luggage, ship stores, etc.
  • Maintenance, painting, cleaning, lifting lines and other heavy objects
  • Various additional duties relating to the navigation and handling of the ship
  • Customer Service


  • Minimum 25 ton USCG license
  • High School Graduate
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Pass a pre-employment drug test
  • Physically strong, with stamina to work long hours
  • Well groomed neat appearance
  • Friendly and outgoing
  • Strong communication skills
  • College experience preferred
  • US Citizenship or legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Ability to clearly speak and write the English Language


American Cruise Lines is the largest U.S. cruise company and operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships around the country. Our people make the difference. We recognize that our employees have made, and will keep us America's leading river cruise specialist.

Our philosophy for success is simple; hire talented people then provide training, support systems and motivation so you will thrive. Long established and deeply experienced in cruise travel, American Cruise Lines has been honored with multiple awards, including Porthole Reader’s Choice Awards in 2014, World Travel Awards “World’s Leading River Cruise Company” in 2013, “Gold Award Winner” for Travel Weekly’s 2014 Magellan Awards and a 2014 finalist for Condé Nast Traveler's Reader’s Choice Awards.”


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