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American Cruise Lines Hiring for 2023

Seeking Deckhands, Engine Room Attendants and Third Mates for 2023

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Careers with American Cruise Lines

We are currently interviewing cadets and students interested in working at American Cruise Lines as a Deckhand from May-August 2023. American Cruise Lines (ACL), the largest US flagged cruise line in the United States. Our growing fleet sails unique itineraries along inland and coastal waterways of the East Coast, Pacific Northwest, Columbia-Snake Rivers and Mississippi-Ohio-Cumberland Rivers. Our ships are 99 Ton, state-of-the art, designed for safe operation and five-star service to 100-185 guests. 


Deckhands are entry-level marine crewmembers trusted with the opportunity to assist in vessel operations standing helm, gangway, and security watches. Deckhands complete extensive daily cleaning and maintenance tasks, while also assisting with key guest services such as laundry, garbage, and luggage. Our Crews are team-oriented, self-disciplined, and hands-on workers. Our Marine Team is positive, people-oriented, meticulously groomed every day in service to our guests and as examples to fellow crewmembers. Deckhands are the face of American Cruise Lines, greeting every guest boarding our ships at the gangway.

Engine Room Attendants typically have a good understanding of diesel, electric, plumbing and HVAC systems.  They are the primary person onboard doing preventative maintenance but also troubleshooting and diagnostics for these systems so we can coordinate further resources. Attendants perform liquid load transfers, watering, refueling, and used oil disposal, and report directly to the shipboard Mate daily.

Third Mates work alongside Deckhands and the Mates, building their skills on the bridge to become more comfortable operating vessels of that size.  They work alongside Deckhands, providing leadership and coaching as well as using your license on some vessels to operate the passenger launch that we use to ferry guests on coastal itineraries where we anchor out.


Each role provides opportunities and responsibilities throughout marine operations, working alongside our seasoned Captains and Mates to help keep the ship operating smoothly and safely.   


Our ideal candidates are professional, self-starting, team players with an enthusiasm for customer service. You will be given the opportunity to travel the US and live on a cruise ship, while building your resume and learning skills that will last a lifetime. Gain valuable experience while becoming hospitality certified as you step outside of the box and reach your maximum potential.


Responsibilities for Deckhands (Third Mate and Engine Room Attendant also partake in some of these)

  • Assist in vessel operations standing helm, gangway, and security watches. 

  • Standing helm watches assisting the Captain and Mate in steering the vessel

  • Handling lines, gangways, anchors, and marine equipment under the guidance of Captains and Mates

  • Standing gangway and deck watches including security, maintenance, and passenger assistance duties

  • Loading and unloading guest luggage, ship stores, garbage, and daily logistics tasks

  • Cleaning all exterior decks, verandas, windows, furniture, and marine spaces

  • Washing, drying, and folding all ship laundry

  • Maintain continual professional grooming and uniform appearance

  • Continual availability to assist guests and crew

  • Rotate through day-night watch and task schedules averaging 12-hrs daily


  • You are at least 18 years old and have graduated from high school.

  • Physically strong, with stamina to work long hours

  • Well-groomed and clean appearance

  • Friendly and outgoing interpersonal skills, strong communication skills and the desire to learn

  • College experience preferred

  • US Citizenship or legally authorized to work in the United States

  • Ability to clearly speak and write the English Language

  • TWIC Preferred - Click Here for information on how to obtain your TWIC

  • 25T Masters license (minimum) needed for Third Mate applicants

  • Pre-Employment Background Check and Drug Test: Under Federal Law and the Department of Transportation we are required to pre-employment drug test all shipboard employees. This includes testing for Marijuana and other controlled substances. We are also an alcohol free company with no tobacco or vaping use allowed onboard.

Schedule and Location

  • This is a full-time position where you will be working typically 12 hours a day in a rotational schedule.  Flexible scheduling that can work well for Cadets seeking summer opportunities. 

  • You will be living and working onboard one of our vessels and could be assigned to any of our itineraries.

  • All transportation and accommodations are provided by American Cruise Lines 


  • Minimal Expenses – Your living expenses are all covered while onboard. It’s a dormitory-style environment.

  • Travel the Country – We visit 34 states on our different cruises and travel through the most beautiful areas in our country, while in port everyday. It’s a great way to gain seatime.

  • Maritime and Hospitality Experience – This is a strong foundation for a career in the maritime industry and a way to build your sea time for a license. 

  • Incentive Programs for Licensing – We offer assistance in covering the cost of getting your license as well as a bonus for using that license with us as you move up.

Quick Apply Here

Krista Imes

Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist – Marine Ops


American Cruise Lines, Inc.

741 Boston Post Road, Suite 200

Guilford, CT 06437

Mobile: 203.215.4716


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