Have you been searching for musician gigs or live performer jobs but still haven’t found the right position to suit your needs, interests, and talent?
Perhaps you might consider applying to work on a cruise ship.
Entertainment cruise jobs offer many benefits:
*An opportunity to see the world
*A great way to meet new people
*The ability to network with entertainment industry professionals
Some cruise line companies also allow their onboard employees significant blocks of time off to explore the world destinations and enjoy the cruise ship experience themselves. And depending on which cruise line you work for, there may also be a generous benefits package that comes along with your shipboard employment.
The first step toward applying for a cruise performer job is to research various cruise line companies; learn about their corporate background, the destinations their ships travel to, and most importantly, what they offer and what they expect from their onboard cruise ship employees. Then you can apply for cruise ship entertainment jobs listed with the companies that interest you most.
This article aims to help you get started in your quest to find a cruise ship job. Following is a list of general shipboard employment information for 5 major cruise line companies, with direct links to the cruise ship careers pages, contact details, and info on how to apply for a cruise ship entertainment positions:
Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 N.W. 87 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33178
Carnival Cruise Lines offers cruise ship excursions, aka “Fun Ships”, ranging from 3 to 16 days to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, and Bermuda. Carnival is regularly recruiting individuals for entertainment positions on board. CarnivalEntertainment.com has all the details on how to get a job with Carnival Cruise Lines.
1050 Caribbean Way
Miami, Florida 33132
Email: [email protected]
Celebrity Cruise Ships, known as the Celebrity Xpedition, or “X”, travels to Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos, Hawaii, Pacific Coastal, Panama Canal, South America and the Transatlantic. Visit the Celebrity Cruises Shipboard Careers Site for up to date entertainment cruise job listings with Celebrity Cruises; you can also provide your email address to have notifications sent to you directly. Alternatively, if the cruise ship job position you are looking for does not happen to be available, Celebrity Cruises encourages you to contact one of their hiring partners located nearest to you, as they also handle employee recruiting efforts. Learn more about working for Celebrity Cruises.
Fleet Personnel Department
24844 Avenue Rockefeller
Santa Clarita, CA 91355-4999
Princess Cruises are best known for their variety of destinations, with cruise packages offered for travel to Alaska, Asia/India/Africa, Australia/New Zealand, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii/Tahiti/South Pacific, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, or to all of the above. If you want to apply for a cruise job with Princess Cruises, you should first visit the Princess Career Opportunities page, make sure that the position you are seeking is open and verify that you fit the specific qualifications needed to apply. (The company is strict about this; they will only acknowledge applications for currently available positions). Next, you will need to submit your resume via email or postal mail to one of the Recruitment Agencies authorized by Princess; a list can be found here. Send your info to the one nearest your permanent residence. Note that the application process for an entertainment cruise job with Princess Cruises requires additional material, such as a portfolio or audio and video submissions. See application details for specific entertainment positions here.
Norwegian Cruise Line
7665 Corporate Center Drive
Miami, Florida 33126
Norwegian Cruise Line offers 11 ships for travel to Alaska, Bahamas/Florida, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Pacific Coastal, and the Panama Canal. If you are interested in applying for a cruise job with Norwegian Cruise Line, visit the Shipboard Employment page for a list of open positions. You will then need to submit your resume, a cover letter and salary requirements to the Recruiting Agency corresponding to your country of permanent residence. (See this page for contact info); you will then be notified if you are chosen to continue the application process with a personal or webcam interview.
Disney Cruise Line
PO Box 10210
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Fax: +1 954 761 7768
Disney Cruise Line offers family friendly Disney-themed cruise packages for travel to Alaska & the Pacific Coast, The Bahamas, Caribbean, Disney’s Castaway Cay, Europe, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal and the Transatlantic. Disney uses an international network of Professional Crew Advisors to do their recruiting for shipboard employment. Click on the region nearest your permanent residence to contact the appropriate recruitment agency directly. Entertainment jobs, specifically, on Disney Cruise Ships require a little more effort to apply for. Mainstage and Character Performer applicants must attend a Disney audition; see disneyaudtions.com or contact [email protected] Musicians and Specialty Acts must submit a minimum of 72 minutes worth of promotional material to Disney Cruise Line, Attn: Entertainment Talent Manager, PO Box 10210, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.