St. Lawrence Cruise Lines

Employment Aboard the M/V Canadian Empress

Employment aboard the ship is seasonal and spans the period early to mid May and concludes in mid to late October. The Cruise Line has operated successfully since 1981 and many crew members have returned season after season. Ten to fifteen year terms are not uncommon - One stayed 23 seasons and another returned for a second stint after having completed 11 seasons earlier.


Hospitality Crew

Crew of the Canadian Empress

Two teams are engaged and each team sails alternating periods of 3 or 6 night duration. The work periods are from 10 to 14 hours per cruising day and average 40 hours per week even though crew are off an equal number of days.

The positions are;

Click on each for a brief job description. Persons with an interest in a hospitality career are encouraged to apply. The Line needs motivated personnel who are looking to enhance their career and life experiences.

Navigation Crew

Captain and Mate

Two teams are hired and each team sails alternating periods of 6 or 12 night duration. The work periods are from 10 to 14 hours per cruising day and average 40 hours per week even though crew are off an equal number of days.

The positions are;


Click on each for a brief job description. Persons with an interest in a marine career are encouraged to apply.


You may forward your personal resume by hand, email, fax or mail. Upon receipt, your submission will be evaluated and may be followed up with a brief telephone interview. Following success of this review you may be invited to attend at the Lines office to complete the company application form onsite and to pick up pre-interview materials. Following a positive review of your application you may be invited to arrange an in-depth interview at a mutually convenient time. Following success of that, you may be invited to accept an employment offer and granted a hiring meeting.

There will be ample time to answer all of your questions. The main interview is two-way in that you will have an opportunity to evaluate the company while the interviewer will work to determine your suitability to join one of the teams.


Most all positions are salaried on a per-cruise basis and are competitive within the Canadian passenger cruise industry. In addition to the salary, each crew member benefits from no offset for room and board. The crew have the same menu choices as shipboard guests. Specific details are available at the interview periods.

Other benefits include family discounts; one annual free cruise for spouse, and free transportation to and from boarding port.

Requirements of all crew members

All crew members must be Canadian Citizens or have Landed Immigrant/ Permanent Resident status. Each crew member is expected to respect the dress code, have good grooming, present an enviable demeanour and display social grace. Employment aboard should be an experience and not just a job.

The ships passengers (55% from other than Canada) expect a professional atmosphere which requires that each crew member is hardworking, motivated and friendly.

Stewardess - Responsible for dining room service, bussing of tables, minimal galley duty, cocktail service, housekeeping services; preparation for meal service, parties and various social functions.
Wine and Bar Steward/Stewardess - Responsible for general wine/bar sales & duties including; mixology (proficient preparation of cocktails and mixed drinks), wine stewarding, good sales skills, financial accounting, inventory accounting, general saloon duties and assistance in activities as assigned.
Ships Cook - Responsible for food control small and large quanties, food preparation, galley management, supply orders, inventory control, safety and sanitation as detailed. Follow the companys established food policies, recipes, garnishes, presentation, spicing and its special methods to achieve consistency. Assess passenger food requirements, preparing food to include breakfast; morning bouillon, lunch, tea, dinners, banquets, evening hors doeuvres and buffets as required.
Cruise Director/Purser - (Controller - Program Manager) Responsible for the ships programming, passenger and public relations, communications, supplies, house staff supervision, host/hostess and escort responsibilities, employee records, ships financial matters, supervision of the Ships Cook, conducting structured functions each day: Bingo, Passenger Bingo, Crib, Euchre, Horse Races, Scavenger Hunt, Shuffleboard, Checker tournaments and Card Games. Lead and manage shore tours and site visits, and conduct a brief non-denominational religious celebration on Sundays.
Deckhand - Responsible for line-handling for safe docking and locking procedures, ships cleanliness and maintenance, security watches, drills, porter service, cleaning the ship, the ships equipment and shore facilities, stand watches for safety, fire and engineering, loading and unloading ship of luggage, supplies, equipment and waste.
Engineer - Responsible for the functions and maintenance of all major mechanical systems including propulsion, electrical supply, ballast, bilge, sewage, water, air conditioning, and all miscellaneous electrical and mechanical equipment, toilets, air terminals, galley equipment, refrigeration and the like. In addition, the engineer is responsible for all general ships machinery, mechanical maintenance and preventive maintenance programs including continuous monitoring of all systems while underway.
Chief Mate - Assist in executing the Captains responsibilities. Provide direct supervision for all deckhands. This position is a working Mates position; take part in the line handling, setting the gangplank, provisioning, cleaning, repairs, piloting and navigating the ship.
Captain - As the Captain of a passenger vessel you are to safely pilot, manoeuvre and navigate the vessel and to maintain ships schedule. To conduct oneself as Ships Master, to socially interact with the passengers from time to time and to be seen at functions, gatherings and the like. And to oversee safety issues and train crew as necessary.
Shore Steward - Responsible for transporting crew and supplies, keeping the Canadian Empress properly and adequately serviced and supplied from shore. To maintain an appropriate land back-up supply, accurate records of materials and supplies delivered. Stores must be maintained, place orders as required and to maintain the companys vehicle.

Home  |  Cruises  |  The Experience  |  The Ship  |  Questions  |  Pricing  |  Contact  |  About