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River Cruises

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River cruises are a good way to start a nautical career. They are popular and there are a number of great rivers in the world to go down - the Amazon, the Nile, the Volga, the Rhine. This list could go on. People enjoy river cruises because they go through a country not around a country. You can discover more about the culture of a country on a river cruise than you normally can on a ocean yacht cruise.

People enjoy river cruises because they go through a country not around a country.

River cruise jobs are often on bigger luxury boats and as a consequence there are more jobs available for those with little or no maritime experience. In fact some experience in the catering or entertainment trades are just as useful. Typical jobs that you can find on a river cruise include receptionist, night watch, housekeeping, cabin stewardess, laundry stewardess, masseur / masseuse, hairdresser, waiter, bar tender, musician and chef. This is why river cruises can be a good foot in the door for crewing, yachting and traveling sailsman jobs.

River cruises are also better for those who worry about seasickness. A boat rocks and rolls a lot less on a river. You are also closer to shore normally on a river cruise so you are not confronted so much with the prospect of cabin fever.