Do you think you'd enjoy working from home, booking cruises for others? If so, you're in luck because there are a few companies that have regular openings for this type of work. Keep in mind it's phone work, so all of you non-phone job seekers may not find this is your cup of tea.
Unfortunately not all of these companies are hiring right now, but you may want to keep tabs on them because I've seen the positions come and go regularly. Most of the positions require either past experience in the industry or past experience in customer service and/or sales.
Another perk? Pretty much all companies hiring people to work from home booking cruises will give employee discounts on any cruises you book through them. 🙂
Good luck! Here is the list:
#1 – Cruise.com
Hires home-based cruise sales agents in every state except California and Hawaii. Two years of recent cruise sales work experience is listed as being required, and some openings (but not all) will require that you're bilingual (English/Spanish). Pay is base plus commission, and they want you to work in eight hour shifts. Training lasts four weeks, and I believe it may be completed online. As of the date of this blog post, it does appear they are recruiting for these positions.
#2 – Carnival
Carnival hires virtual sales agents to book and plan cruises for their customers. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. This position is not always open, but you can check their website using the keywords “work from home” or “vacation planner” in the keyword search box on their jobs page to check for it. As of the date of this blog post, I don't see the position posted but keep tabs because it comes and goes.
Pay is base plus commission, and the company does offer a nice benefits package — including employee discounts on cruises. Note that some of their vacation planner jobs are in-office while some are work at home. If they're work at home, this should be included in the job description.
#3 – Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Lines has occasional openings for home-based vacation planners, but these usually require that you live near enough to the office to be able to train there for three months prior to working from home. Company headquarters is in Miami, FL, but a recent job posting states that candidates must live near Mesa, AZ, so they have an office there, too.
The company prefers if you have a high school diploma or equivalent and some customer service background. Like most of these companies, they have a nice benefits package. Pay is usually $10 an hour or more. Note that this position is not always home-based. If they have a home-based opening for the vacation planning position, the job description should mention it.
#4 – World Travel Holdings
This company has very regular openings for home-based workers to sell luxury cruise and resort vacation packages for 40 major travel brands. Training is paid and they offer a nice benefits package along with a nice rate of pay. As of the date of this blog post, the company does not appear to have any home-based positions open. However, on their jobs page, they have a way for you to connect and get alerted when the work from home jobs are posted.
You can also browse Indeed for home-based cruise booking jobs, or check FlexJobs for work at home jobs in the travel/hospitality industry. FlexJobs is a fee-based membership job search site, but they post only high-quality, scam-free leads. I've used it personally many times.
Please comment below with your experience working for any of these companies, or if you know of another company I should add.