Announcing the company's expansion into Australasia, Erling Frydenberg, president of ESI's cruise division, said the region has been identified as a key source of the recruits who will be in demand for the booming cruise industry over the next few years.
Ralph, who is based in Auckland, joined the purser's department of Shaw Savill in 1970 and worked aboard Southern Cross, Northern Star and Ocean Monarch before signing on with Qantas six years later where he became in-flight standards controller. He went back to sea in 1984 with Royal Viking Line and arranged the tours for Royal Viking Sun's maiden world voyage.
He joined Crystal Cruises as director of land programmes in 1990 and in 1999 he moved to Cunard as tour manager for QE2's world voyages. He was a keynote speaker at Cruise New Zealand 2005.
Ralph, who will begin advertising next month, told Seatrade Insider he is looking for Australians and New Zealanders aged 21 and over with certified hospitality qualifications and/or three years' experience in top-end hospitality positions.
He is seeking recruits for jobs across the board, including chefs, sommeliers, bar and dining room stewards, housekeepers and bureau staff.
He has immediate vacancies for a pastry sous chef, sushi chef and chefs de cuisine, as well as a sommelier, concierge and a Japanese-speaking receptionist.