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Captain Annual

Vessel Operations
Employment type
Full Time

Job Summary:

Inspired by our commitment to excellence, the maritime team at Entertainment Cruises creates unforgettable memories for our guests.  The successful Captains greet all guests and ensure each guest is attended to in an appropriate manner ensuring consistently high levels of safety, quality, service, and guest satisfaction, while maintaining a high level of profitability.

Essential Functions:

Cruise Execution

  • Rotate as cruise captain on cruises and ensure adherence to procedures detailed in the Product Management Guide.  This includes thorough pre-cruise preparation, adherence to cruise scripts, supervision of crew, proper piloting of vessel, adherence to all Coast Guard rules and regulations, and guest satisfaction
  • Gather pertinent cruise event details from the other departments to ensure special guest requests are fulfilled thereby ensuring complete guest satisfaction
  • Conduct pre-cruise meetings and communicate to crew all necessary information regarding the cruise (special needs, boarding procedures, etc.)
  • Ensure that staff and guests adhere to all safety standards and procedures
  • Participate in the execution of the Safety Program, including emergency drills
  • Participate in the proper maintenance of all ship’s systems and boarding facilities including but not limited to gangways, diesel, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, water (potable, raw, black, and gray), fire suppression, communications, and navigation
  • Ensure adherence to Coast Guard rules and regulations, and other federal and local rules and regulations
  • Ensure strict compliance to Emergency Response Plan
  • Execute other projects as assigned by management

Operations Team Management

  • Recruit non-exempt operations staff (crew) when necessary to fill vacant positions
  • Deliver training to new crew
  • Schedule crew according to staffing matrix
  • Adhere to Company’s performance management guidelines for all discipline and termination situations
  • Recommend to Marine Management the promotion of crew to full-time annual positions
  • Develop positive working relationships with city department heads and peers
  • Develop strong teamwork within the staff


Guest Service

  • Resolve guest problems in conjunction with the on-duty Restaurant Manager utilizing strong guest service skills and exercising effective communication skills in keeping with company objectives and guest retention
  • Oversee the implementation and execution of safety programs in accordance with Coast Guard regulations and established Company policies


  • Complete all shift records: checklist, logbook, payroll, and documentation of safety training
  • Ensure that incident reports are completed accurately and promptly
  • Participate in administration of payroll system including scheduling, checking, transmitting and processing
  • Execute collateral duties as assigned by Marine Management: uniforms, crew training, safety training, recruiting, scheduling crew and routine vessel maintenance
  • Schedule crew work periods to achieve maximum payroll efficiency
  • Attend all scheduled meetings


The successful Captain will personally contribute to the unforgettable guest experience, be favorably viewed by supervisors and peers, and be swift and efficient in the execution of their assigned duties.  Performance will be measured by quality, service, safety, management evaluation, and feedback from peers on the city’s team and guests.

Job Specifications / qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Must currently possess 100 ton license with a satisfactory record
  • Minimum of five (5) years of marine experience—preferably to include two (2) years as a captain with an outstanding record
  • Detailed working knowledge of all ship’s systems and their proper maintenance: gangways, diesel, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, water (potable, raw, black, and gray), fire suppression, communications, and navigation
  • Must be able to operate vessel in accordance with all Coast Guard rules and procedures
  • Vessel handling and navigation knowledge required
  • Able to communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • Able to effectively deal with internal and external guests some of whom will require high levels of patience tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities/tasks
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (especially Word & Excel)
  • Per DOT regulations, must submit to pre-employment and ongoing random drug and alcohol testing
  • Per USCG regulations, must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident

For purposes of this job description only, references to “Entertainment Cruises Inc.” are to the following subsidiaries of Entertainment Cruises Inc.: Premier Yachts, Inc., Mystic Blue Cruises, Inc., Seadog Ventures, Inc., Spirit Cruises, LLC, and Potomac Riverboat Company, LLC. You are employed by one of these subsidiaries, not by Entertainment Cruises Inc.

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