REPORTS TO: Director of Marine Operations 

SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Officers, Naturalist, Cultural Heritage Guide and indirectly all crew


The vessel’s Master directs the operations and activities of officers and crew on board, including safety, maintenance, certification, documentation, guest services and compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and ADC requirements. The Master is also responsible for the prevention of pollution, and the safe navigation and efficient operation of the vessel.In the execution of duties, the Master will comply with the company’s vessel safety manual, and all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and instructions. The Master leads and manages according to the Core Values of True Alaskan Hospitality as defined in our Mission Statement that drive the Guest Experience Culture.


  • The Master is identified on the Emergency Station Bill as being in overall charge of all persons and activities. Provide leadership and direction to crew and passengers in a drill or an emergency, including situations of fire, flooding, rescue, man overboard, medical incident and pollution spill. Is responsible for compliance with company and regulatory agencies requirements for drill content and frequency.
  • Keep fully informed of, and adhere to, all U.S. and other relevant laws, regulations (Federal and state), and directives affecting the operation of the vessel. In addition, the Captain shall get acquainted fully with the regulations and local requirements of all ports visited.
  • Be knowledgeable of, and ensure vessel compliance with the company’s Safety Management Program and procedures.
  • Draft detailed voyage plans for each itinerary and positioning trip, considering the tools needed by the Officer of the Watch for the safe navigation of the vessel as well as fulfilling the companies programming objectives; effectively communicate these plans to the Chief Mate and watch-standers and monitor their compliance with them.
  • Communicate voyage plans with the Chief Engineer and Hotel Manager, so they are prepared for the schedule in their departments.
  • Overall in charge of the performance and conduct of the vessel complement.
  • Fully support and guide the Chief Mate, Hotel Manager, Naturalist and Chief Engineer with the management of their department duties and responsibilities. Work with and advise (as necessary) supervisors in their seeking and maintaining the highest levels of safety and guest service in their departments. Coach staff and work with them to train subordinates to the highest level.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the vessel’s overall condition and seaworthiness is continuously maintained, reporting to the Corporate Office any situation that may adversely affect the vessels satisfactory state of operations.
  • Maintain the Bridge Logbook, Standing Orders, Night Orders, Radio Logbook, Waste Management Log, ADEC Log, Safety and Drill Logs, and other manuals and records as prescribed by Alaskan Dream Cruises, Allen Marine Companies or other applicable regulatory agencies.
  • Maintain the vessel’s filing system of important documents as well as crew-training records.
  • Maintain close communication with the main office in Sitka and outlying offices in the vessel’s operating area on matters and specifically on required shore support during turn around days.
  • Communications must always be complete, detailed and delivered in a direct, tactful manner and written communications must be succinct, candid and courteous.
  • Monitor vessel expenses & report any abnormal costs incurred. Maintain close contact with the Marine Operations Manager to ensure all cost controls are utilized.Plan to maximize efficiencies, thereby reducing expense.
  • Responsible for the accurate and timely submission of any administrative, operational or accounting reports done in accordance with company guidelines. These include, but are not limited to, Incident Report Forms, Witness Statement Forms and USCG 2692 Forms. Also maintain a list of Current Vessel Maintenance Projects that need to be addressed on the vessel during the turn-around day with the help of shore side engineers. Reply in a timely manner to safety or office memorandums.
  • Develop required work lists and performance goals for crewmembers. Ensure the compliance of all on board with company and regulatory policies and regulations. Take a proactive position with any person not following established policy. Address all performance or conduct issues in a timely and effective manner, and keep supervisory management in the office appraised of relevant issues.
  • Effective public speaking when addressing guests, crew or the public; such as the Passenger Safety and Vessel Orientation meeting, announcements on the PA system, and performing public ceremonies on board.
  • Maintain a “Command Presence” as well as a courteous, friendly and informative interaction with the guests –the personal appearance and a high degree of customer service by you and the crew is essential, expected and of the utmost importance.
  • Establish a teamwork mentality among all departments focused on displaying a Can-Do Approach to assigned duties.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum education requires specialized or technical knowledge requiring formal training.
  • Minimum of 2 years as Chief Mate or Captain. Additional 5 years in the Maritime industry and involved in shipboard operations. Must hold at a minimum a USCG license as Master, 100 GRT (Inland).
  • License endorsement required for “Unlimited Radar Observer”. Preferred endorsement with STCW-95 Basic Safety Training, Bridge Resource Management and Advanced Fire Fighting.
  • Must have in-depth knowledge of passenger vessel operations.
  • Observed or documented managerial skills and personal traits necessary to effectively and efficiently guide ship’s crewmembers in a direct and respectful manner.
  • Shall possess excellent skills in ship handling.
  • Must have excellent communication skills
  • Writing skills require the ability to communicate technical information, maintain all ships logs, all vessel forms and documentation of vessel operations.
  • Interpersonal skills require the ability to deal with discontented, argumentative and emotional crewmembers and passengers in a professional manner while maintaining Alaskan Dream Cruises high level of service and commitment to its guests.
  • Proven team player and have a Can-Do attitude.
  • Must pass a security background check and drug test.
  • CPR/First Aid Certified


  • First Aid/CPR
  • At minimum, a USCG license as Master, 100 GRT (Inland)
  • License endorsement for “Unlimited Radar Observer”
  • Endorsements with STCW-95 Basic Safety Training, Bridge Resource Management, and Advanced Fire Fighting preferred.


Duties and responsibilities are generally performed in a Marine Operations setting, primarily onboard a vessel but also pier side on turn-around-days. The Captain has his/her own cabin.

You must be physically able to work a 12- hour workday. On any given day hours could be more or less. You may be required to wear protective clothing/eyewear for activities including handling of chemicals and cleaning agents. Some of your work will involve engaging guests and will include talking on a PA system. Physical demands include lifting up to 50 pounds repetitively, and passing along to other crew such as in loading ship’s stores, luggage, linen, etc. Also must have the ability to climb a 7-foot vertical ladder and fit through a 28-inch wide hatch.

Working aboard ship can be very demanding but at the same time very rewarding, which is driven by the guest’s appreciation of your efforts to deliver our unsurpassed True Alaskan Hospitality.


This job description is intended only to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills or abilities required of persons so classified or assigned.


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“It was nice getting to know the Captain and others there. It was always special to me to begin my day there seeing where we were as well as watching the sunrise over the Alaskan mountains and waters. The cruise was a great escape for us all. Sharing the experiences of the serenity of the humpback whales, the activities of the orcas, the excitement of the bears, and the challenges of the salmon going up the rivers will touch our lives forever. The towns, the people, and the scenery will always be remembered. Alaskan Dream Cruises has put together a great package for folks like us to experience. All this with a great ship captain and an excellent crew thrown in – wow. How lucky can we be.”