Assistant Manager, Theme Cruise Development


Responsibilities will include complete planning, preparation, and execution of multiple full-ship and partial-ship charters for existing and future group clients.  This full-time position interfaces with artists, musicians, entertainers, authors, religious organizations, sports teams, chefs, and restaurateurs, etc. to plan group cruises for their affinity groups where individuals can cruise with them and attend performances in an intimate setting. Examples of Corporate Travel’s present and past relationships include Grand Ole Opry of Nashville, TN, Time Life Music’s Malt Shop Memories Cruise, Flower Power Cruise, Soul Train Cruise, 70’s Rock and Romance Cruise, Country Cruise, culinary cruises with celebrity chefs, and countless other themed cruises. Duties include negotiating and contracting with major cruise lines, facilitating communications and documentation for passengers, P&L responsibility for certain cruises, supervising direct reports and occasional contract employees, and attending the cruises to assist with production and administer sales for future events.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage the objectives, assignment of work, and performance of a minimum of one direct report
  • Utilize existing relationships with major cruise lines to negotiate space and pricing depending on the needs of the client
  • Communicate with group clients to recommend and select a cruise line and specific ship to meet their pricing, timing, and destination desires
  • Produce, analyze, and interpret sales reports, rooming lists, and payment reports for group clients
  • Oversee the preparation of documentation for cruises including boarding passes, itineraries, and other relevant information
  • Oversee the use of operational tools including reservation software,
  • Work with cruise line staff to plan and continuously review rooming lists, seating assignments, conference space, security, and other necessities inherent with full-ship and partial-ship charters
  • Prepare sales proposals to prospective group clients
  • Collaborate with in-house group air coordinator to procure and sell group or individual air- space to clients
  • Regularly meet manager and Company officers to present emerging trends in client interests and bookings and to recommend new marketing and growth opportunities
  • Embrace intermittent off-hour work supporting evening sales events and attending conferences and/or familiarization trips outside of Southeast Michigan
  • Embrace attending and hosting key cruises and events throughout the year with up to 20% travel, occasionally on short notice
  • Display willingness and desire to serve as a surrogate for management with tactical and procedural decision-making.


  • Experience with negotiations, planning, and execution of large scale events
  • Ability to work occasional “off schedule” assignments (evenings and weekends)
  • Ability to host week-long cruise events (approx. 4 weeks per year)
  • Robust organizational skills
  • Above average Microsoft Excel capabilities
  • Superior written and oral communication
  • Ability to retain composure under pressure
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • High degree of integrity

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Eligibility for annual profit share bonus
  • 401(k) plan with annual discretionary contribution made by the Company
  • Contributory health insurance plan through Blue Care Network
  • Company-paid short term disability and long term disability plans
  • Eligibility for membership of IATA, an organization providing Travel Agents significant discounts on travel expenses

Resources Provided: 

  • Computer
  • Phone and voice mail
  • In-office work station
  • Access to established relationships with travel consortia, tour operators, and experienced and helpful colleagues in the office from every major aspect of the travel industry

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