Guest Departure Officer


The Guest Departure Officer will be responsible for ‘Delivering the Wow’ while demonstrating
exemplary problem resolution skills to our guests at all times. Manages the onboard Luggage
Valet Program and assists the Front Desk Manager in ensuring a smooth and seamless departure
process for all guests. Actively listens and extends assistance in order to resolve all guest issues
and concerns. A strong guest satisfaction disposition is mandatory, a people person, with a great
sense of humor. The Guest Departure Officer must possess outstanding hospitality, focused
customer service, strong communication and organizational skills and effective decision-making
abilities. Maintains a high level of professional appearance and demeanor at all times. Enhances
department and company reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and
different requests and exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.


Royal Caribbean International expects each shipboard management team member to relentlessly
exemplify the principles of the Anchored in Excellence Credo to all team members. In addition,
all duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with Royal Caribbean
International’s The Royal Way, SQM standards, USPH guidelines, environmental, and safety
1. In accordance with Royal Caribbean International’s philosophy of Anchored in Excellence ,
each employee conducts oneself in a professional and courteous manner at all times. This
applies to physical and verbal interactions with guests or fellow shipboard employees and/or
in the presence of guest contact and crew areas.
2. Greets all guests immediately with a friendly and sincere welcome. Uses a clear and concise
voice, taking the time to understand all requests in detail. Responds to escalated guest
concerns in a considerate, professional and positive manner by showing empathy and listening
3. Always ‘Looking the Part’ the Guest Departure Officer plays a key role in being the first

impression for the brand and our guests. Through effective ownership and by taking initiative
to ‘Own the Problem’ the Guest Departure Officer will whenever possible seek to take
accountability for delivering outstanding problem resolution.
4. Responsible for playing a key role in a team of empowered individuals who will strive to
deliver focused and extraordinary customer service in accordance to Guest Services Vision
and Mission Statement. Taking ownership and accountability for reacting to guest feedback
and requests effectively and efficiently. Through maintaining a detailed knowledge of all
guest ratings and comments assists in maintaining a culture throughout the Guest Services
team for owning issues and resolving to the full. The Guest Departure Officer will ensure that
at all times the Guest Services team is striving to achieve these goals and establishes a
reputation for prompt and industry leading service.
5. Leads the Valet Luggage Program on board the ship. Acts as the liaison between the vessel
and the airlines regarding the valet luggage check-in on board. Responsible for coordinating
all activities regarding this program, from delivery of departure questionnaires, gathering of
information, data entry, reporting to the airlines and airline tag and boarding pass distribution.
All the processes should be carried out within the security standards the company and outside
agencies have established but at the same time offering a service that will enhance the
comfort of the guests while at the same time leaving them will a lasting and positive
impression of their cruise overall vacation.
6. Maintains current knowledge of all ship’s regular events and special functions by reviewing
all available data in order to provide guests with accurate and up-to-date information to
answer questions and handle any special requests.
7. When required provides cash and guest account services at the Guest Services desk such as
accepting cash payments, cashing personal or Traveler’s checks or exchanging foreign
currencies. Follows established procedures to maintain, safeguard, balance and reconcile,
assigned cash float. Assists guests during boarding and departure process, including
establishing onboard credit, selling and printing Explorations! tickets and closing of guest
8. Provides all services of the Guest Services desk; including, but not limited to: tracing missing
luggage, baby-sitting arrangements, cash services, safety deposit box service, lost and found
service, printing and issuing of guest Sea Pass cards, and broadcasting ships announcements.
9. Assists guests with immigration and customs procedures and forms.
10. Must practice sound and prudent business sense and high professional ethics at all times.
Maintains guests’ confidence and protects organization reputation by keeping guest and
company information confidential.
11. Attends meetings, training activities, courses and all other work-related activities, as required.
12. Proper telephone etiquette is a key requirement. Must ensure that telephones are answered
promptly using positive and clear English communication, using the guest name at all times
where possible.

13. Enhances department and company reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new
and different requests, exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
14. Performs related duties as required. This position description in no way states or implies that
these are the only duties to be performed by the shipboard employee occupying this position.
Shipboard employees will be required to perform any other Job-related duties assigned by
their supervisor or management.


Minimum hiring, language and physical requirements to perform the job.

Hiring Requirements:
  • Minimum one-year experience in a customer contact position within the hotel field or
    related industry.
  • Minimum one-year cash handling experience, and an understanding of US currency and
    exchange rates required.
  • Proven customer service skills to interact appropriately with guests in a considerate,
    Professional and positive manner by showing concern and listening actively.
  • Ability to communicate tactfully with guests, department heads and shipboard
  • Employees to resolve problems and negotiate resolutions.
  • Ability to operate basic office equipment, including telephones, computers and copy
  • Completion of high school or basic education equivalency preferred.
Internal Candidate Requirements:

In addition to the stated hiring requirements, internal candidates are required to fulfill the

  • In addition to all of the above, a minimum of one contract completed within the shipboard
  • Completion of one contract as a Guest Services Officer or another equivalent shipboard
    administrative position, with a performance rating of satisfactory or above is essential.
Language Requirements:
  • Required to speak English clearly and distinctly.
  • Aptitude to read and write English in order to understand and interpret written procedures.
    This includes the ability to give and receive instructions in written and verbal forms and to
    effectively present information and respond to questions from guests, supervisors and
  • Ability to speak additional languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian or Portuguese
    preferred but not essential.
Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the shipboard employee is regularly
required to stand, walk, use hands to touch, handle, or feel, reach with hands
and arms, talk or hear, and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally
lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this
job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision,
depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
All shipboard employees must be physically able to participate in emergency
life saving procedures and drills. Full use and range of arms and legs as well
as full visual, verbal and hearing abilities are required to receive and give
instructions in the event of an emergency including the lowering of lifeboats.
Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

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