Alaska Summer & Seasonal Job Questions & Resources
Q: What is the best way to apply for a summer job with Princess Cruises and Holland America Line- Alaska?
A: ON-LINE APPLICATION! It is simple, faster, and the on-line applications are reviewed first by hiring managers. In addition, you can apply to multiple locations at the same time.
Q: Where should I work?
A: Princess Cruises and Holland America Line- Alaska/Yukon hires more than 4,500 employees in positions throughout Alaska, Seattle, and Canada. All locations offer unique job challenges, optional leisure activities, and travel opportunities. Make sure to read through the website for more information about where to work and what positions are available.
Q: I see many positions are seasonal. What are the dates of your summer season?
A: Princess Cruises and Holland America Line- Alaska/Yukon summer season begins in early May and runs through the end of September. Most locations prefer to hire employees who are available all season long, but exceptions do occur. Driving jobs may start earlier if Commercial Drivers License training is required.
Q: What if I don’t get out of school until June?
A: While full season dates are preferred (May through September), several locations will hire applicants with a limited date range. Speak with the hiring manager of your desired location for more information.
Q: How many hours per day/week will I work?
A: Most employees in Alaska work 8 to 10 hours per day, 5 to 6 days per week. Employees in Rail Services typically work a 15-hour day (e.g., employees may work 2 days on, 1 day off, 2 days on, 3 days off). Under Alaska state wage and hour law, employees working in Alaska are paid time and a half for hours over 8 in a day or over 40 in a week. For Seattle and Vancouver, most employees work 8 to 10 hours, 2 to 3 days per week and are paid time and a half for time worked over 40 hours a week.
Q: What are typical wages for Alaska/Yukon summer jobs?
A: Princess Cruises and Holland America Line offer competitive wages for summer jobs in Alaska and Seattle. Wages vary depending on your position, level of experience, and additional qualifications. Additionally, an incentive program may be available depending on your work location, the type of work you do and your commitment to work a specified period.
Q: Are housing or meal programs available?
A: Housing and meal programs are available at many locations including:
- Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and Denali Transportation and Guest Services
- Denali Shared Services
- Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and Mt. McKinley Transportation and Guest Services
- McKinley Chalet Resort
- Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge
- Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
- Westmark Inn Dawson City
- Westmark Inn Skagway
- Skagway Transportation and Guest Services
- Ketchikan Transportation and Guest Services
- Dawson City Transportation and Guest Services
- Whitehorse Transportation and Guest Services
Room charges are based on double occupancy. Discount meal programs and laundry facilities are available on-site at most locations. Other locations may be able to assist in locating accommodations. Speak with the hiring manager of your desired location for more information.
Q: Can I live in my RV for the summer?
A: Several locations offer full hook-ups for recreational vehicles including:
- Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge
- Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge*
- McKinley Chalet Lodge*
- Denali Employee Community*
- Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
Check with the hiring manager of your desired location for more details.
*The R.V. site for the Denali region is located in the town of Healy and not on our properties.*
Q: I want to see Alaska! What is there to do with my free time?
A: Company travel privileges vary by location. Typically, most locations offer a wide variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, rafting, and fishing. Employee discounts may be available on certain excursions as well.
Q: Can I bring a friend?
A: Sure, if they work! If you are interested in working in the same location with a friend, let the hiring manager know. If you are hired and refer a friend that is hired, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line- Alaska/Yukon offers a monetary reward for referral. Be sure to tell your friend to put your name in the “Referring Employee” box on their application.
Q: I need to take two weeks off during the middle of the summer. Is that possible?
A: It depends. Speak with the hiring manager of your desired location and be sure to mention the vacation request before you are hired. Generally, most locations will work with specific vacation requests if they are communicated long in advance. Requests made after being hired will likely not be accommodated.
Q: My family wants to take a vacation to Alaska/Yukon and come see me. Is that possible?
A: Yes, it may be possible! One of the great benefits of working for Princess Cruises and Holland America Line is that your family may have access to some of the travel programs and discounts. See your hiring manager or human resources contact for details.
Q: As an employee, do I receive any discounts on travel with Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, or Seabourn?
A: Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Seabourn are pleased to offer seasonal employees the opportunity to cruise to a variety of exciting destinations around the world. Under our Space Available Program, eligible employees may travel at a discounted rate for an inside cabin, on a space-available basis. To be eligible, you need to complete two seasonal contracts, working a minimum of 400 hours per contract. Under the Friends and Family Program, seasonal employees may enjoy select cruises at discounted rates. You are eligible for this program after only one seasonal contract. Program terms and conditions apply.
Q: Can’t I just mail you my resume?
A: In order to consider you for a position, you will need to complete an online application. The fastest, and most preferred way is to apply on-line. This way, the Princess Cruises and Holland America Line hiring managers located in offices throughout Alaska and Washington can immediately review your application.
Q: How remote are the different locations in Alaska?
A: Many of our facilities are remote and located many miles from the nearest urban town center. Without your own car, you may be restricted to remaining on the property or relying on scheduled transportation.
Q: What documentation will I need?
A: All employees must provide documentation that proves their identity and eligibility to work in the United States or Canada. Documentation must be provided at the time the employee commences work (including training).
Q: Will I be provided a uniform?
A: Most positions are uniformed positions. Information on uniform requirements will be provided prior to your arrival Employees may be required to provide portions of their uniform. In addition, all employees must maintain a neat and clean appearance and adhere to the grooming policy. This policy will be explained during the interview process.
Q: Are there any rules of employment?
A: Princess Cruises and Holland America Line provide a drug free, violence free, hostility free, and discrimination free work environment. Many forms of misconduct, including but not limited to, drunkenness, possession or use of illegal drugs, possession of firearms, acts or threats of violence are against company policy and may result in immediate termination, law enforcement notification, or both. Some positions will require pre-employment, and random drug testing.
Q: Who is considered for employment?
A: It is the Company’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The Company does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under applicable federal, state, or local law. The Company also provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need reasonable accommodation completing an application for employment, please call 888-207-3541.