Senior Deckhand

Alaskan Dream Cruises - Alaska3.9



Experience the incredible wilderness and wildlife of the Inside Passage while working for Alaska’s premier cruise company. Our jobs are educational, rewarding and fun! Adventure and wildlife viewing are an everyday occurrence in Southeast Alaska!

We operate exclusively in Southeast Alaska throughout the Alexander Archipelago.


Explore with the locals! Alaskan Dream Cruises, Alaska’s premier cruise company, is seeking enthusiastic, hard-working applicants to join us this cruise season to provide a level of extraordinary service we call ‘True Alaskan Hospitality’. We are looking for crew members with a strong sense of team spirit, a proud professionalism, and a desire to deliver unparalleled guest experiences. Our family-owned company has a wide range of positions available. From vessel Deck and Engineering crew, Hospitality Teams to shore support, we do it all!

The Position

Licensed Deckhand


  • Minimum licensing requirement of 25 GT/ Inland
  • Minimum of 1-3 years in the maritime industry with progressively responsible experience is required.
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Writing skills capable of completing forms and making log entries
  • Interpersonal skills require the ability to interact cordially and professionally with guests
  • Proven team player and have a Can-Do attitude.
  • Must pass a security background check and drug test.

A Little About Us:
Allen Marine, the parent company of Alaskan Dream Cruises, was established in 1970 when Bob and Betty Allen, and their five children, restored a ruined boat that became the St. Michael- the first in a long line of Allen Marine tour vessels named after saints of the family’s Russian Orthodox faith.

By working together, the Allen’s were able to keep pace with Alaska’s rapidly expanding tourism industry. The Allen Marine tours of today are highly professional, staffed with well-trained crews, and guided by gifted naturalists. While altogether more polished marine tours than in the days when Betty and her children served treats and dispensed Russian tea from a samovar while Bob ran the boat, Allen Marine remains a company owned, operated, and guided by a family of life-long Alaskans.

Allen Marine’s success can be traced to Bob and Betty’s competitive drive, creativity, ingenuity, and good timing. But the most important ingredient is family. In the early years, as the couple struggled to keep their business afloat, their children worked beside them—cleaning, crewing, and later, skippering the vessels. Bob and Betty’s children and grandchildren now run the company.

Bob Allen is fond of saying, “Just because it hasn’t been done before, doesn’t mean we can’t do it,” a can-do attitude reflected in the boats Allen Marine designs, builds, and operates. The operating characteristics of these one-of-a-kind tour vessels so impressed NY Waterways of Weehawken, New Jersey, that the Allens were commissioned to build a total of 19 passenger ferries. When Flight 1549 crash-landed on the Hudson River, half of the boats surrounding the sinking jet had been built in Sitka, Alaska. The rescue effort, greatly aided by the fast and highly maneuverable Allen Marine ferries, put the “miracle” in “Miracle on the Hudson.”

The sale of 19 vessels to NY Waterway represents the largest single export of manufactured products in the history of the 49th state. But it is just one of the remarkable achievements of this uniquely Alaskan family and the company they run. Allen Marine operates over 30 vessels, employs more than 300 Alaskans, and provides daily and week-long tours and cruises throughout Southeast Alaska, while building aluminum boats and structural products at its boat shop in Sitka.


Whether you're a newcomer to the seasonal workforce, or you're an experienced traveler looking for your next adventure, Alaskan Dream Cruises can be your passport to the Last Frontier. Here in Alaska we work and play where snow-capped mountains and dense rainforests meet island-studded fjords. At Alaskan Dream Cruises, offering ‘True Alaskan Hospitality’ is our mission, and sharing the experiences of this Great Land & Sea with our guests, is our passion. These shared experiences, moments and memories tend to turn our teams into lifelong friends. Expand your knowledge, enrich your life, and add a very unique chapter to your own story. If you have a great attitude, a strong work ethic and share our passion for people, you may (like many of us here at Alaskan Dream Cruises) come to Alaska for a summer and stay in Alaska for a lifetime.


At Alaskan Dream Cruises, we strive to create a team environment that is inclusive and respectful. Our safe workplaces, fair management practices and ethical policies set the stage for a rewarding, challenging and FUN seasonal adventure for all!

A qualified candidate is:

  • 21 years old at time of employment (a limited number of positions are open to persons as young as 18)
  • US Citizen (proof of eligibility to work required)
  • Drug free (pre-employment and random drug testing throughout the season required)
  • Preferably available the full season (Mid-April through October 1st)
  • Positive, with a genuine concern for the happiness and well-being of the customers
  • Flexible, with the ability to adapt to sudden changes in routine
  • Team oriented, with a strong work ethic
  • Punctual, with a neat and well-groomed appearance


Room and board is provided to all crew members during the cruises season onboard our vessels. Availability of Employee Housing with Alaskan Dream Cruises may vary by port and by season. Please contact each Division separately for availability.


  • Seasonal Availability Bonus
  • Seasonal Incentives
  • Guest Pass program
  • Opportunities for local tour excursions for free or at reduced rates
  • Pride to be working with the best team in Southeast Alaska!


Our bases of operation are surrounded by wilderness; exclusively accessible from the outside world by Alaska Airlines or the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Service. Alaskan Dream Cruises offers transportation assistance for manager level positions only.

Juneau is the state capital (population; 32,000) with miles of road carved along the coast. A limited public bus system that connects the main commerce centers but does not extend far outside the main city limits. Public transportation ends 1.5 miles from our facility. It is recommended to bring a vehicle to Juneau or consider purchasing a used vehicle (usually ample availability!). Car-pooling and bike-commuting among crew members is very common.

Ketchikan is Alaska’s “Salmon Capital” and the fourth largest city (population: 14,000) in the state. There is a public bus system that connects the main commerce centers but does not extend far outside the main city limits. It is possible to live comfortably in Ketchikan without a vehicle, but it is recommended that you at least bring a bike to get around town.

Sitka, Alaska’s first capital, is considered to be one of Alaska’s most picturesque and historically fascinating communities (population: 9,000). Sitka is a very pedestrian and bike-friendly town with 7 miles of road in each direction from the downtown area. Local bus service is also available.


Southeast Alaska boasts countless glaciers, remote islands, an abundance of wildlife and small communities with a whole lot of heart! Kayaking, hiking, biking, camping, boating and fishing are just a few favorite local activities to indulge in on your time off. Local recreation centers offer activities from swimming and racquetball to martial arts and belly dancing. Explore our towns by attending a wide variety of festivals and performances scheduled throughout the summer featuring local and visiting artists. Browse local galleries, museums and libraries for a glimpse into the cultural panorama, or just join your friends for a sunset campfire (a must-do!).



Please apply online via the apply now link.

If you have questions, please click on the following link for direct contact information to each of our locations,

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary, Contract

Salary: $150.00 to $190.00 /day


  • Maritime: 1 year (Required)


  • 25 GT Merchant Mariner License (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Additional Compensation:

  • Tips
  • Bonuses
  • Other forms

Benefits offered:

  • Other types of insurance
  • Employee discounts

Employment Length:

  • 4 - 6 months

Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly