Working with youths on P&O Cruises | Cruise Jobs & Careers

Our youth team make a
big difference to the holidays
of our tiny and teen guests

On board all our family-friendly ships we have dedicated children’s clubs featuring fantastic social spaces designed for ages 6 months to 17 years.

Packed full of the latest gadgets, games, and creative play equipment, as part of our youth team you’ll help organise and run a daily schedule of fun activities and events, in both the children’s clubs and out and about around the ship.

From treasure hunts to team games, discos to drawing, each day brings a new adventure and an opportunity to use your childcare and/or educational qualifications to keep everyone active, happy and safe while making amazing holiday memories.

Our children’s facilities are open from morning until late night, so in the evening the fun continues with organised pyjama parties and movie nights, plus a Night Nursery for under-fours. Teens can also use our hang out zones to chill with new friends.

Life on board

Much like our little guests, our ships don’t stay still for long, so you’ll explore the world while you work. There’s lots of opportunities to explore ashore or relax in our crew areas on board and with all your meals provided, your free time really is your own to enjoy.

Being a close-knit community, you’ll share a cabin with one of your ship colleagues. There’s lots of social events to take part in and crew-only venues to enjoy such as the crew lounge, gym and outdoor decks.

We’ll also support you to grow and develop your career through our internal promotion scheme and as our youth teams work on board our sister brand ships, you’ll get to experience life on board Cunard too.

Seasonal team spotlight

“I am Head of IT and Computer Science in a secondary school and work for P&O Cruises during the school holidays.

Being a part of the seasonal youth team is such a great experience and has so many benefits. You get paid to travel and see some unique parts of the world that would be hard to tick off the bucket list.

I love the fact that I am never travelling solo. You meet so many like-minded people and have so much fun together, they truly are lifelong friends.”

“When I am not working onboard, I work as a HLTA in a primary school and run an after-school club and work for P&O Cruises as seasonal youth staff.

Being part of the youth team has been an incredible experience. I have been lucky enough to travel the world and see some amazing places I could have only dreamed of.

Over the years, I have met so many wonderful friends from all over the country who I regularly meet up with. You don’t just get to travel, you meet friends for life all whilst being part of a great team.”

If you have a Level 3 Childcare qualification or Educational Degree, we’d love you to be part of our team.

As you earn when you’re on board, there’s the choice of rotation pattern to suit your lifestyle and ambitions; opt for either a 4 month or 6 month contract, with 2 months leave in between each period at sea. You can also work seasonally during school holidays.

To see all current vacancies,  select ‘Ship-Youth’ in the Job Categories box

The Reef – our children’s club facilities

All family-friendly ships have four children’s club rooms, each one dedicated to a specific age group:

  • Splashers (2-4yrs)
  • Surfers (5-8 years)
  • Scubas (9-12 years)
  • H2O (13-17 years)

Children under two are welcome to use the facilities of Splashers if their parents or guardians stay with them while they visit.

The Night Nursery is a quiet space where children age 6 months to 4 years can settle in for the night.

A warm welcome

When you apply to join our team, we’ll look after you at every step of the process. From helping you with compliance documentation, to paying for your flights and supporting you to settle in on board, you’ll get a warm welcome.

Watch this video to learn more about what happens when you join our team.

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