How much do employees earn on the cruise ship?

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From: Andrea Stettner

Working where others go on vacation – it’s possible on a cruise ship. But how much do chefs, stewards or animators earn? We do the salary check.

Travel through the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, discover new countries and earn money in the process? That sounds tempting to many. This is possible on a cruise ship, even if the jobs on board have a bad reputation. Insiders keep reporting long working hours and dumping wages. But what about things Salary* really look How much do employees make on a cruise ship like the Aida?

Salary and working conditions on the Aida

Employee of the Rostock shipping company Aida Cruises earn after researching the Ostesee-Zeitung between 709 euros a month and a whopping 100,000 euros a year. The salary depends, of course, on the job. In addition, different collective agreements and remuneration agreements that have been agreed with the respective trade union apply. the Food on board is free, as is accommodation as well as uniforms. The crew’s working and rest times are loud Ostsee-Zeitung according to the standards of the internationally applicable Maritime Labor Convention. Interesting to know: Around 25 percent of the Aida crew comes from Germany and Europe, 75 percent of the employees come from Asia, such as the Philippines.

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Working on a cruise ship sounds like a dream to many – but are the jobs well paid? © Bernd Wüstneck / dpa

Salary table: This is how much employees from Germany earn on the Aida

trainee from Germany start at the Aida in the first year of their apprenticeship (for example a businessman for office management or IT specialist for system integration) 709 Euro ugly monthly. The rest of the salaries are negotiated individually and are based on specialist knowledge and work experience. In the following we have listed some jobs on the Aida and their earning potential for the German crew:

Job Gross salary per year
Scout 20,000 to 25,000 euros
Receptionist 23,000 to 26,000 euros
Front-Office-Manager 30,000 to 33,000 euros
Fitness trainer 20,000 to 25,000 euros
Beautician in the spa area 20,000 to 25,000 euros
Bar-Keeper 22,000 to 25,000 euros
Koch 28,000 to 55,000 euros
Service staff 20,000 to 27,000 euros
General-Manager 80,000 to 100,000 euros
Spa-Manager 40,000 to 55,000 euros
Security officer 50,000 to 75,000 euros
Nautical officer 40,000 to 90,000 euros
First engineering officer 60,000 to 100,000 euros


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Salary on cruise ships

The salaries on cruise ships naturally vary from one shipping company to another. According to is in the industry one Starting salary of around 1,800 euros and 2,300 euros net per month inside – depending on the area of ​​responsibility. Work is carried out on board seven days a week and the employees are often only given six-month contracts. The following leisure time, usually two months, is noisy by the shipping companies usually paid.

By the way: cruise ship employees who are registered in Germany also have to pay their taxes here. This also applies to the so-called world income. In order to avoid double taxation, Germany has concluded agreements with many countries. Would you prefer another job? In these industries are currently attracting the most money for employees. (as) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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