Cruise ships usually have a very high standards of food and service and can be a wonderful place to work and are often compared to working in a 5 star hotel. A lot of chefs and people who work within the many different aspects of hospitality have worked on a cruise ship/liner during some stage of their working life. One of the biggest attractions to working in this particular sector is having the chance to travel the world and although it is hard work with long hours your days off can quite literally be spent in different countries giving you the chance to see all the different cultures and splendid ways of life, not to mention the sun & hot weather - depending on where the cruise is!
Many of the top chefs and best hospitality professionals do work, or have previously worked onboard cruise ships. Companies that operate the cruise liners are quite often selective and very demanding when it comes to choosing the professionals to work for them, as their clients and customers will always expect the very best food and the very highest levels of luxury service. Because of the high quality of professionals, working on a cruise ship can offer great benefits especially if you are a training/developing/less experienced member of staff and this line of work can be a very good start for chefs or anyone looking to get their career off to a flying start in the catering and hospitality sector.
Working on a cruise ship has many benefits as described above but it can also have a negative side, such as continually moving from one place to another and very often being away from home for long periods of time which makes seeing your family and friends much more difficult. Getting to go back home can sometimes only be possible once maybe twice a year (depending on where your home is and where the ship sails from). Some of the people who have jobs on cruise liners do often stay working onboard for many years, sometimes their entire career is spent on various ships, but an awful lot do just spend a year or two so that they can enjoy the opportunities to travel/sight see and gain the great experience in their chosen field of hospitality work to then move on a put it into practice elsewhere in the industry.