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Who’s Who on a Cruise

I was asked recently what the differences are being the various server positions on a cruise.  While it can vary from cruise line to cruise line, there are general positions that are consistent between the lines.  The same goes for the entire hierarchy of the ship.  Some positions have a different title from cruise line to cruise line, but the duties are generally the same.

Let’s start from the top.  The Captain is the master of the ship.  He oversees all departments and he is in control of the ship at all times.  In fact, if the president of the cruise line is onboard, the captain is still in charge.  The only exception, and it really isn’t an exception, is that when coming and going to port, a pilot will get on and will assist and sometimes take control of maneuvering the ship, however, the captain is still in control of the ship.

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