Flusskreuzfahrtschiff auf einem Fluss
8 months – 25 cities – 1 team

Your job on board our river cruise ships

Follow the most beautiful waterways in Europe

River cruises offer new perspectives, goals and challenges every day. Follow the Danube to the Black Sea, admire the Eiffel Tower from the Seine or explore Vienna with your colleagues. With enthusiasm and motivation for your job you have the best career opportunities – with commitment and team spirit you can make friends for life. Discover the most beautiful ports in Europe with us!

How does it feel to explore Europe while living and working on river cruise ships? Get an overview of the fleets and the jobs on board our river ships!

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What makes working and living on board river ships special

The special thing about a job on board a river cruise ship is not just the exciting routes through the most beautiful river landscapes in Europe and other parts of the world. Due to the small size of the ships and the small number of guests, you have the opportunity to provide individual service. One big difference to ocean cruises is that most river cruise ships do not operate all year round. Most river ships take a break for several months in the winter. So you can work on board for a whole season – shorter assignments or contracts over the summer months are also possible.


Routes and current positions

Have you always wanted to see the fireworks on the Rhine and admire the lavender fields along the Seine? With your job on board our river ships you will get special insight into the ports and cultures of Europe – here the journey is the destination! As you travel from city to city on board a river ships, you will pass by the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. Since river ships usually dock at the centre of the cities, you can explore metropolises such as Strassbourg or Avignon without long journeys or even do so on foot. The shipping areas vary depending on the cruise line. The highlights are Paris, Amsterdam or Vienna, Budapest and Belgrade. Cruises on the Nile in Egypt or the Mekong in Asia are also particularly exciting. You can find out the exact routes and destinations on the websites of the cruise lines.


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A look behind the scenes

You can find out which jobs are available on board our river cruise ships, what working an living on board is like and how unique the team spirit is in our video.

What awaits you on board our river ships

The work on board a river cruise ship is unique – especially because of the small number of guests and a maximum of 30 to 60 crew members. The team comes from all over the world, and the guests are also often international – so English is a basic requirement on river boats. German is also relevant in interaction with the guests. Openness, understanding and mutual respect are important for working on board. We expect qualified, dedicated commitment, combined with the right amount of passion for the catering and hotel sector. During your contract you will work 7 days a week – with 2 days off a month that you can use to explore the destinations. We also support our crew members by means of the “sea chefs – The Journey” program with further education measures and training. Always be a ship’s length ahead: The personal development of every single crew member is very important to us – therefore with a lot of motivation and commitment our crew members have a good chance of building a career within a short time.

Flusskreuzfahrtschiff Crew von sea chefs auf einem Flussschiff winkt

Your job on board our river cruise ships

Teamwork is dreamwork - and passion for your job is the key! Do you want to become part of our World. Class. Team. on board our river ships? We offer great job opportunities in F&B, housekeeping, front office, the spa and other positions. You can find all jobs here:

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Any questions?
If you have any questions about working and living on board, you can reach us from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 16:30 by means of our free application hotline: 00 800 1155 7788

Feel free to find answers to the most frequently asked questions in our FAQs.

#WorldClassMoments of Mein Schiff Crew


Your friends. Your colleagues. Your team. Would you like to get a taste of life as a crew member? We share the #WorldClassMoments of our crew on board with you on our social media channels! Please note: Travelling is contagious! Follow us!


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Current vacancies on board of river cruise ships

Every ship is unique!

The possibilities and conditions on board may vary depending on the shipping company or ship. Inquire in advance from the recruiters or on board in the Crew Office about the possibilities on your ship.