P&O Cruises, Working on board

Working with us means you’ll be part of a tight-knit but truly diverse global team of passionate people.  You’ll be supported to drive your development, from formal learning to the life lessons of worldwide travel.  We believe in inclusion and the power of diversity, so you’ll be encouraged to bring your unique perspectives and experiences, and help us understand what you need to do your best work.

The daily routine 

All colleagues work split shifts, seven days a week, with set hours off during the day to eat, meet friends or rest. And when split shift patterns allow it, there’s time to explore ashore. As the whole ship’s company follow this daily routine, everyone is supported to settle in. It may take some people longer than others to get used to this way of working, but the ship will eventually feel like a home away from home.

Time to rest and relax: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) makes sure everyone has at least ten hours rest in any 24 period and 77 hours rest in any seven day period. One rest block must be at least six hours. It’s really important that you check in and out of your shift using the TAA (time and attendance) kiosks located around the ship.

Meet the team

Watch the videos below to learn more about roles on board and meet some of the incredible people that work on board our P&O Cruises ships.


Leader of the Senior Management Team (SMT) with overall responsibility for the ship, Guests and colleagues.

Each member of the SMT leads different parts of the ship operation and the teams in that area. ​ 

Deputy Captain

Deck department

Responsible for navigating the ship.

Chief Engineer

Technical department

Responsible for running and maintaining the ship’s engines and electrical systems.

Hotel General Manager

Hotel department

Responsible for Guest services including housekeeping, operations and retail, food and beverage, entertainment.

HR Manager

Human Resources department

Responsible for colleague admin, welfare, social events and training.

Dressed to impress

At P&O Cruises we take great pride in our appearance. The way we look can have a powerful effect, both on the way we feel personally and how we present ourselves to our guests. Take a look at our Uniform Standards to see how colleagues dress to impress, whatever the occasion.  

There are some uniform accessories you might want to bring from home – see the ‘What to pack’ section for more details.  

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