- an essential role
Volunteers are needed in a wide variety of roles to keep MV BALMORAL
operating. Many of these roles are seasonal so in summer
we need people wherever the ship is sailing but in winter much
of the work is concentrated around her winter berth in Bristol
and some of the organising jobs can be done working from
In winter regular working parties meet on board for engineering
maintenance, cleaning and painting the ship as well as
taking on specific projects. Outside the sailing season there
are also events held on board and alongside MV BALMORAL where
volunteers may assist.
In summer the main use of volunteers is at the piers and harbours
from which MV BALMORAL sails meeting and greeting passengers.
Many of our volunteers who are sailing will help with selling
raffle tickets the ship's newspaper BALMORAL GAZETTE or
guides to the coasts around which we are sailing. Our on-board
Commentators are also volunteers, as are the on-board shopkeepers.
MV BALMORAL's crew are all qualified seafarers but there are
some opportunities for professionals wishing to offer to keep
up their sea time and relieve our regular crew on a short term
One of the challenges of operating around the coasts is making
people aware beforehand that MV BALMORAL is coming and to enthuse
them enough to want to come and sail. Volunteers who can share
the message in their own areas and distribute publicity materials
ahead of the ship's visits have a key role to play.
Why should I volunteer?
As a volunteer you are part of a team and we want you to enjoy
the experience meeting other like-minded people and perhaps
even learning new skills. We ask you to be realistic about what
you volunteer for and how much time you offer. Many of our volunteer
roles involve physical activity sometimes outside
so we don't want you to committ to more than you can deliver.
As we are assisting an operation which has to comply with many
and complex regulations to be allowed to carry passengers we need
volunteers who can work to high standards and we are more than
happy to help new volunteers get up to speed.
How do I volunteer?
For more information about volunteering opportunities and how
to apply to support MV BALMORAL see: