Applicant Frequently Asked Questions:
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
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.
do you look for in an employee?
type of venue is this?
does the boat go?
positions are you filling/what do you pay?
are you hiring?
old do I need to be?
do I apply?
I need a Drug Test to work Detroit Princess?
I work part time/what are the hours?
there job training?
there a uniform?
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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.
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
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)
- Floor Supervisors
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.
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