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BON VOYAGE: The Breakaway is the latest vessel launched by Norwegian Cruise Lines. Government has partnered with the cruise line to offer a variety of job opportunities for Bermudians, ranging from bartending to engine seafarers.
Photo supplied BON VOYAGE: The Breakaway is the latest vessel launched by Norwegian Cruise Lines. Government has partnered with the cruise line to offer a variety of job opportunities for Bermudians, ranging from bartending to engine seafarers.

A world of opportunity awaits you in the hospitality industry.

If you’re young, sociable and crave adventure, then a career on the high seas may just be for you.

A month ago Government partnered with Norwegian Cruise Lines in a new employment initiative for Bermudians.

Michael Fahy, Minister of Home Affairs, launched the Department of Workforce Development Cruise Ship Employment Programme to encourage islanders to apply for the “many job opportunities available with Norwegian Cruise Line”.

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“We want to encourage Bermudians to think outside the box regarding these job opportunities and more importantly, if they’re looking for an exciting and unique job experience then I truly do hope they take the leap and apply for these jobs as they become available,” said Mr Fahy.

It is part of Government’s goal to secure jobs among the cruise companies that travel to the island.

Mr Fahy said: “Norwegian is currently searching for dynamic hospitality professionals to join their onboard team to bring their innovative and renowned Freestyle Cruising to life.

“Norwegian has reminded us that their ships visit some of the most beautiful places on earth.

From the scenery of Alaska to the beautiful island of Bermuda and every port imaginable, Norwegian Cruise Line is there. Not only do the guests have a good time, but their crew too.

“Interested persons can simply take a look at the company website to view the many opportunities across all categories of employment that are currently available.”

Job opportunities include: Assistant waiters and waitresses; bartenders; assistant cook, pastry cooks and bakers; junior engine seafarers; junior deck seafarers; and restaurant stewards/stewardesses. Mr Fahy said: “As an onboard employee, Bermudians will join an international team and have the opportunity to meet thousands of people, build lifelong friendships, learn new skills and ultimately bring those skills back home and apply them here in our own workforce.”

On July 23-24, representatives from Norwegian’s Employment Office will be visiting the island to start the interview process.

Their Onboard Employment Orientation Fair will outline all the criteria for prospective applicants and details about specific job categories, plus employment contacts.

They will also describe what life onboard a cruise ship is really like.

Mr Fahy said: “We look forward to a productive working relationship with Bermuda’s long time cruise partner — Norwegian Cruise Lines, as we endeavour to seek innovative opportunities to get Bermudians back to work.

“Where else can you turn a dream into a reality, while learning new skills and gaining experience with an internationally recognised, premier cruise line?”

The latest ship launched by Norwegian Cruise Lines is the Breakaway (pictured above). The vessel can accommodate 4,000 passengers and is the world’s eighth largest cruise ship.

It has 27 dining venues, with restaurants ranging from steakhouses to noodles to sushi. There is also a bake shop and an Irish-American pub.

Entertainment includes  shows such as Rock of Ages, Cirque Dreams, a jazz and blues bar and an ice bar.

Among the activities there is a mini golf course,  an aqua park and a sports complex. Passengers can also relax in the onboard spa.

 

Anyone interested in a career in the hospitality industry should visit the Department of Workforce Development, Ingham & Wilkinson Building, 94 Reid Street, Hamilton, or see www.gov.bm. See Norwegian Cruise Line’s website at www.ncl.com