Applicant Frequently Asked Questions:

*****The Detroit Princess Riverboat continues to review all applications call applicants as soon as positions are available.  Currently, we are only looking for experienced bartenders.  Thank you for your interest!*****

 

Thank you for your interest in working on the Detroit Princess Riverboat!  Although you, as a potential employee, could skip to the questions of interest, it is highly recommended that you read this entire document, as these are common questions and general information about the job you are considering. After reading this, if you are interested in applying for a position with the Detroit Princess, please click the application link, and submit your completed application.

    1.  What do you look for in an employee?

    2.  What type of venue is this?

    3.  Where does the boat go?

    4.  What positions are you filling/what do you pay?

    5.  When are you hiring?

    6.  How old do I need to be?

    7.  How do I apply?

    8.  Do I need a Drug Test to work Detroit Princess?

    9.  Can I work part time/what are the hours?

  10.  Is there job training?

  11.  Is there a uniform?

  12.  How do I get an MMD?

  13.  Why do I need an MMD?

  14.  Is the cost of an MMD covered? 

  15.  What if I'm interested in being marine crew?

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What do you look for in an employee?

 

Working on the riverboat can be a challenging but fun and exciting experience. On the riverboat, we have performers who are on stage for the show, but it is truly our staff that set the stage for a special riverboat excursion through the positive attitudes and smiles which help our guests feel welcome and part of a unique atmosphere.

 

We are looking for staff with a great attitudes and strong work ethics. We find this atmosphere can both be professional and fun and we like our employees to have great people skills and the ability think on their feet and handle constantly changing situations. We value employees with commitment to their job and the boat. This environment is more of a team atmosphere than just individual roles. We are all working towards the same goal; to give the customer an incredible boating experience!

 

In addition, our marine staff needs to be able to obtain an MMD (Merchant Mariner Document) from the United States Coast Guard. Essentially, this is a background check, drug screen, and the way the US government checks that the employees of a ship are of high character. Please see details in further questions, and refer to the USCG website linked below.

 

 

In addition, our staff needs to be able to obtain an MMD (Merchant Mariner Document) from the United States Coast Guard.   Essentially, this is a background check, drug screen, and the way the US government checks that the employees of a ship are of high character.   Please see details in further questions, and refer to the USCG website linked below.

 

What type of venue is this?

 

Having run a boat in Lansing, Michigan for over 30 years, the leaders of the Detroit Princess have many years experience operating riverboats. We have regularly scheduled cruises with entertainment, mostly live. There are public and private cruises on board, our four interior dining decks affording us great variety in the type of party. Most cruises have a tasty standard buffet which has been developed over the years, while some private parties opt for a varied menu. Explore our website for more information and variety of our cruises.

 

Where does the boat go?

 

The boat cruises are generally two and a half to three hours long, journeying from Hart Plaza past the Renaissance Center, Chene Park, Belle Isle and then turning around to cruise past the Canadian side of the river to the Ambassador Bridge, and then back to our dock. Though our cruising schedule is fairly regular, our employee shifts tend to vary. We try to work with employees and outside commitments as much as possible, though there are times when it just is not possible.

 

What positions are you filling/what do you pay?

 

Having run a boat in Lansing, Michigan for years, we have many years of experience operating a riverboat/dinner-entertainment venue. We try to pay a fair hourly wage for our banquet-style venue, between $6.00 -$12.00 per hour, based upon position, and tips on top of that, weekly pay. We are hiring for a variety of positions on board the Detroit Princess, including:

  • Bartenders (experienced)
  • Waitstaff
  • Cooks
  • Dishwashers
  • Floor Supervisors
  • Marine Crew (Captains, Mates, Engineers, Oilers, QMEDs, AB's, and OS's) - marine crew should apply through Algonac Seafarers Union International Office: 810-794-4988)

 

We incorporate training in the job, though some experience is helpful. Experienced bartenders are preferred.

 

When are you hiring?

 

We traditionally hire most of our staff in the spring and early summer. Once you submit your application online, please wait until we contact you. We will read applications submitted when staff is needed and will contact the best qualified applicants for interviews. Applications can be submitted year round, as we will have additional intermittent hiring through the season. However, if you are submitting applications late in the year, you might not be hired for quite some time.

 

How old do I need to be?

 

For our boat, we are hiring staff 18 years and older. Bartenders need to be 21 or older for our company.

 

How do I apply?

 

All applications should be submitted online (see link at bottom of page). We will contact you if we are interested in interviewing you for a position.

 

 

Do I need a Drug Test to work Detroit Princess?

 

YES! We require pre-employment drug testing. In addition, as you are working on a U.S.C.G. regulated vessel, you will be subject to a random drug testing program throughout your employment.

 

Can I work part time/what are the hours?

 

Yes, we will be hiring part time and full time employees. The shifts and hours vary based upon the cruise schedule. See the cruise schedule online for sample hours that the boat cruises.

 

 

Is there job training?

 

Yes, we will be hosting training sessions for our employees. You will be required to attend, as certain trainings are mandatory as a vessel for Homeland Security. For most positions, we hire experienced and inexperienced staff. We do, however, require the bartenders to be experienced.

 

Is there a uniform?

 

Yes. Uniform shirts will be provided. Employees are responsible for following the dress policy, as you are a representative for our company. Employees will provide their own black, plain belted pants and black shoes (such as tennis shoes or work shoes). This job involves a lot of movement from our employees, as the rooms are large, and the boat is really large. Employees will be carrying many things, including food to buffets, so we expect them to wear shoes made for that type of activity.

 

How do I get an MMD?

 

Only our marine crew is required to have an MMD (Merchant Mariner's Document or Z-Card). Marine crew would be any of the following licensed positions: (Captains, Mates, Engineers, Oilers, QMEDs, AB's, and OS's) Marine crew should apply through Algonac Seafarers Union International Office: 810-794-4988 To apply for this, you should visit the following website: http://www.uscg.mil/stcw As new regulations come into place, all mariners will be required to have their TWIC card by the federally mandated deadlines. We strongly recommend that if you think this job is up your alley, you should begin the application process now, as it takes 6-8 weeks for the application to be processed by the Coast Guard. When you do go to apply for your MMD, please let us know, so we can keep abreast of who has applied. Note: If you are applying now for a USCG Mariner's Document for the first time, you will be applying for a TWIC card. http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/twic/twic_faqs.shtm

 

For the Great Lakes MMD application, you will need to

  1. Submit application and pay the application fee
  2. Be fingerprinted by the Coast Guard Regional Exam Center (Toledo, OH is the closest to Detroit, about a 45 minute drive from downtown).
  3. Have a drug test, done by the Coast Guard approved drug test facilities.  

 

We strongly recommend that if you think this job is up your alley, you should begin the application process now, as it takes 6-8 weeks for the application to be processed by the Coast Guard. When you do go to apply for your MMD, please let us know, so we can keep abreast of who has applied.

 

Note: If you had previously visited the USCG's website on MMDs, you may want to revisit it.  They have revamped and put a nice set of answers to common questions on there.  When you get to the first page, click on the image where it says, "MMD" - there is additional information there.

 

Why do I need an MMD?

Our hiring process is a bit more involved than some businesses, being a US-flagged ship. Every one of our employees needs to pass a drug screen, and obtain an MMD (Merchant Mariners Document) through the US Coast Guard. This MMD process is very important; our employees cannot set foot on that ship to work without an MMD card. If an applicant cannot obtain an MMD card we cannot hire that individual.

To obtain the MMD card, the individual must first past the Fitness Exam (if applying for ocean/Great Lakes MMD) and the Drug Screen. They will need to have all the adequate documentation to present to the US Coast Guard when they apply. There will be a COMPLETE background check, juvenile records included along with a 50 Drivers Abstract check. Unpaid parking tickets, DUI, misdemeanors, anything and everything will be accounted for. If there is unsettled business, the MMD process will be held up. There are certain crimes that will prevent an MMD from ever being obtained. This is the most crucial part of the process, for as of right now, without the MMD, one will not be able to work on the ship. It is very important that all applicants disclose any and all information to the Coast Guard at the time of the interview and take care of all lose ends prior to applying.

 

Is the cost of an MMD covered? 

 

No, most companies do not cover the Coast Guard's MMD documentation, as getting an MMD opens new job opportunities for you, qualifying you to take a position on other vessels as well. For example, US Flagged Cruise lines also require their employees to have an MMD, as well as all US ships.  (See Norwegian Cruise Line's website as an example)  This opens new doors for you as an employee if you decide you enjoy working on board marine vessels.   There are 2 types of MMDs for which you can apply.  First, you can get one restricted to the Great Lakes.  Second, you can get one which qualifies you for oceans and/or the Great Lakes.   Please refer to http://www.uscg.mil/stcw for the application packet and instructions.   

 

What if I'm interested in being marine crew?

 

If you are interested in being marine crew, we are hiring Ordinary Seamen, Able-Bodied Seamen, Oilers, QMEDs, Captains (1600 ton license), Mates, Engineers.   ALL marine crew applications should be routed through the International Seafarer's Union Algonac office.  Please contact them at (810)794-4988.    Most of these positions require special training or licensing.  If you think you may qualify, please contact the Seafarer's Union.

 

 

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