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HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR A JOB WITH A CRUISE LINE?

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QUESTION: Could you tell me where I can find information about available jobs on cruise ships?

ANSWER: The most direct way, of course, is to write to the individual cruise lines, addressing your letter to the director of marine personnel.For inside tips and information on the application process, including a short description of just about every job on board, you could try "Guide to Cruise Ships Jobs," by George Reilly. Reilly, who spent 15 years in the industry as chief purser and hotel manager, has put together a 40-page booklet that covers all the topics you might need. The fifth edition has just been published.

The topics include tips on how to write a resume, as well as lists of cruise ship company addresses, ship personnel recruiting agencies, nautical terms and a section dealing with the most frequently asked questions about cruise employment.

The booklet costs $5.95 plus $1 for postage and handling from Pilot Books, 103 Cooper Street, Babylon, N.Y. 11707; (516) 422-2225.

A bit of trivia

How much stuff can you fit on the world's largest passenger ship? A 100,000-ton vessel, commissioned by Princess Cruises, will carry 2,600 passengers and a virtual reality theater (with a driving range where passengers "play" on some of the world's best-known golf courses); a nightclub 15 decks above the sea; three show lounges; three dining rooms; 750 cabins with verandas; and five pools. The new ship, whose home port will be Fort Lauderdale for Caribbean cruises, will splash down in 1997.