Ship pursers are responsible for handling all financial matters on a cruise ship, as well as a variety of administrative tasks. These include collecting money from passengers upon boarding the ship, as well as making change and collecting checks, and they may also answer any questions passengers may have and ensure that all paperwork for employees is in good order. Ship pursers also collect money from various locations within the ship, such as casinos and even vending machines.
Ship pursers are also tasked with creating payrolls and handling a company's accounts for a cruise ship, and they must be able to make spreadsheets and count all money accurately to report to the chief purser. They typically spend their days on a ship collecting money from passengers, and also work in an office to ensure that all finances are in order and satisfy the cruise ship's needs. They may work with a variety of people, including both co-workers and passengers on-board the ship, and a bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field may be required for this position while some employers require a master's degree.
Ship Purser Tasks
- Keep interior areas of boat orderly during trip and clean up afterward.
- Prepare and serve food and beverages.
- Manage boat inventory, making sure supplies are restocked.
- Provide customer service on a yacht or cruise ship, serving customers as hosts.
- Assist with completing paperwork and accounting.