American Cruise Lines

  • Deckhand

    Job Locations US-FL-Clearwater
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  • Overview

    American Cruise Lines’ Deckhand job is a temporary marine position aboard our small cruise ships and riverboats. As a deckhand, you will work alongside our seasoned Captains and Mates to help keep the ship operating smoothly and safely. Deckhands also have a high level of guest interaction and will work closely with other hotel crew members to ensure that the best customer service is provided to our guests.


    Joining our team will give you an in-depth view of the cruise industry as you live and work aboard one of our 200-guest modern ships. During your time on board, you will witness the inner working of the pilothouse, engine room, and hotel on the ship. This position is an ideal way to build sea time for a captain or engineer license.


    Crew member


    • Assist the Captain and Mate in the maneuvering and steering of the vessel
    • Participate in docking operations including handling lines, gangways, anchors, etc.
    • Standing watches: gangway and deck watch which include security, maintenance, and passenger assistance duties
    • Loading and unloading passenger luggage, ship stores, etc.
    • Maintenance of the ships which includes painting and cleaning the docks and public areas
    • Lifting lines and other heavy objects
    • Laundry
    • Maintain excellent customer service and positive attitude toward all guests and crew members
    • Various additional duties relating to the navigation and handling of the ship


    • High school graduate
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Ability to pass a pre-employment drug test
    • Physically strong, with stamina to work long hours
    • Well-groomed and clean appearance
    • Friendly and outgoing interpersonal skills
    • Strong communication skills and the desire to learn
    • College experience preferred
    • US Citizenship or legally authorized to work in the United States
    • Ability to clearly speak and write the English Language
    • TWIC Preferred - Click here for information on how to obtain your TWIC


    • Earn Money 
    • Minimal Expenses – your living expenses are all covered while onboard. It’s a dormitory-style environment.
    • Travel the Country - We visit 30 states on our different cruises and travel through the most beautiful areas in our country.
    • Maritime and Hospitality Experience – This is a strong foundation for a career in the hospitality industry and a way to build your sea time for a license. 
    • Upward Mobility – After your rotation, you may apply for full time roles in either shipboard management or corporate positions.

     About Our Company: American Cruise Lines operates the newest and largest fleet of cruise ships in the United States. We offer a number of shipboard positions which provide the opportunity to cruise the most captivating destinations in the country including the East Coast, Mississippi River, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. Take advantage of this opportunity to join a thriving company with over 30 years of experience. Create lasting memories on board, while exploring the beauty of America’s waterways.




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