OCEAN - Assistant Cruise Director





As a Viking Shipboard Leader, you represent Viking’s values and leadership philosophy (Hávamál). You are a hospitality professional who demonstrates passion for excellence, who takes ownership for your areas of responsibility, and who believes in empowering your team with the skills, knowledge and tools to succeed. You are an exceptional role model for the Viking Family and have strong motivation to achieve the company’s goals and objectives. You are flexible, stress resistant, focused, and a truly committed team member.



  • The Assistant Cruise Director provides guests with premium quality entertainment and activities by directing, developing and implementing programs, in accordance with Viking’s STAR Service Standards.
  • You are required to support the Cruise Director with the management of the Entertainment Team.
  • It is your responsibility to create a friendly, guest-oriented service culture to ensure guest satisfaction and repeat business, which in turn, will increase revenue and profitability of the company.



  • Support the Cruise Director to ensure that all events and programs run in a smooth, efficient and timely manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a strong host, with enthusiastic and confident social skills.
  • Host and act as Master of Ceremonies at special events, cocktail parties and functions.
  • Oversee the production of the Viking Daily Newsletter, this includes but is not limited to proofreading and checking for any schedule clashes.
  • Ensure that all tour dispatch requirements are met, on a daily basis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to hold a conversation and engage with guests, accordingly; host deck sports, as required.
  • Greet guests during lectures and shows, in accordance with Viking’s STAR Service Standards.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of key day-to-day procedures and daily programs and events.
  • Answer general guest enquires and give directions with enthusiasm and confidence.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform a full theatre performance for 45 - 50 minutes and have a repertoire suitable and aligned with Viking’s high-quality standards.
  • Assist the Cruise Director to ensure that guest entertainment and activities are carefully designed and aligned with guest needs; demonstrate the ability to confidently perform shows.
  • Assist the Cruise Director to guide and support the Entertainment Team to develop activity programming sensitive to guest needs and demographics, and itinerary fluctuations.
  • Assist the Cruise Director with scheduling the Entertainment Department, as required, being aware of other departments and the ship’s operational needs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to handle difficult guests and/or situations with grace, professionalism and rational thinking and the ability to present adequate solutions.
  • Provide the highest level of comfort and service to guests, as per Viking’s STAR Service Standards and all Public Health Policies; manage service according to guest flow.
  • Lead and support a multi-cultural team, maximizing crew satisfaction, productivity and retention; participate in “The Daily Reunion” every day to understand your team’s operational needs and to ensure consistent adherence to Viking’s STAR Service Standards.
  • Provide the necessary guidance/training and information to the Entertainment Team, in accordance with company standards and operational needs. 
  • Provide competent leadership to all direct reports. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Conducting performance reviews, including discipline as needed, ensuring Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) compliance and onboard training, succession planning, crew communication and recognition.
  • Ensure you always wear the appropriate and task specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required for your duties onboard. Always use correct lifting techniques to prevent injuries.
  • Uphold impeccable grooming standards within your team at all times by complying with Viking’s Image and Uniform Standards; ensure that company property is appropriately secured and protected, especially during rough weather conditions, in order to prevent unnecessary loss or damage.
  • Become knowledgeable and ensure your team are knowledgeable about itinerary-related ports of call, shore excursions and shipboard activities such as events, entertainment and programs.
  • Positively contribute to achieving/succeeding Entertainment KPI goals (quality & financial) for the Entertainment Department; have full knowledge about safety & security procedures and can operate in line with all Public Health, Environmental and Safety & Security Policies; participate in all training concerning onboard training, safety & security, fire prevention, evacuation exercises as required by the company.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take over the Cruise Director’s role in the event of an emergency/illness or other situations that may arise that might take the Cruise Director out of normal operation.
  • Perform additional duties, upon instruction from supervisors.


This document describes the primary activities, duties and responsibilities of this position. Your manager or supervisor may assign additional duties and responsibilities to you.



  • A required minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in an entertainment or similar position in an upscale hotel, resort or cruise ship; shipboard experience is preferred.
  • Fluent in English - must be able to address any kind of information in an adequate manner with excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Must be sociable and confident and demonstrate enthusiasm when interacting with guests; a strong presence for on- and off-stage presentations and television appearances is required.
  • Must have experience in leading multi-cultural teams; flexible, stress resistant, committed team player; proactive problem-solving skills are required.
  • Strong administration skills are preferred and must be proficient with PC based databases, spread sheets, and word processing systems.
  • Guest-focused, service-oriented, positive personality, professional appearance and impeccable hygiene standards are required, team builder with exceptional work ethic, organizational and motivational skills and coaching abilities.



  • Implement Standard Operating Procedures & STAR Service Standards within the department.
  • Ensure appropriate appearance and clothing according to the updated Grooming Standards.
  • The company reserves the right to change/extend this job description if necessary, at any point of time during her/his employment.



Position:                       Assistant Cruise Director

Supervisor:                  Cruise Director

Direct reports:              Musicians, Viking Vocalists

Line Manager:              Cruise Director




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