I once worked for Wightlink Ferries, the ferries that take you from mainland England across to the magestic and lovely Isle of Wight. In the last ten years of nomadery, this was perhaps the one job that it felt where I was at home. Whatever fate befell me in 2008 led me to become a seasonal ferry steward on Wightlink ferries.
Nearly all of these jobs will be seasonal, typically running from May – September.
I was employed by Seamariner who at the time sorted out seasonal staff for the Isle of Wight ferries run by Wightlink.
If you ever want to try this for experience simply because it’s such a unique and fun way to experience culture, you can also look into ferries that run between Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It is typically a 5-6 day week of either an “early” or a “late” – each shift varied from 6 hours to 12 hours depending on how busy it was and overtime was paid and a rota/roster was handed out each week and was easy to follow. I was assigned to a certain crew, though the captain of the ship and the other crew members often changed.
They run you through Fire Safety and Crew Briefings before your first shift.
I worked as a steward and my main duty was safety of the passengers, as is everyone’s on board a boat.
On board the Caedmon:
The Wight Light in its first week of sailing:
Yarmouth to Lymington on Wightlink Ferries: