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There is no business like show business and there are no jobs like cruise ship entertainment jobs

Cruise ship-Entertainment Department staff
The first of these two phrases is more popular, but does not quite apply today, considering the real situation of the entertainment industry worldwide. Places like Las Vegas and New York City are no longer heaven for musicians, dancers and entertainers, providing steady jobs, as was the case several years ago. As a result of the present economic realities and all major budget cuts in almost every form of entertainment, the army of unemployed and "freelancing" (meaning without steady income) artists, musicians and entertainers has never been bigger. There is only one place left, where musicians, dancers, entertainers and production staff can find stable jobs and relatively bright future (at least for the next ten years) - THE CRUISE LINES. No other industry has been growing so rapidly in the past fifteen years as the cruise industry. Just for the last four years all leading cruise lines have doubled their fleets and number of employees. Full scale Broadway and Las Vegas style production shows are performed aboard most of the cruise ships. Many new cruise ship companies have emerged trying to get their share from the cruise market explosion. With all the cruise ships currently under construction the number of cruise ship jobs worldwide is expected to triple by the year 2014.

The Entertainment Department on a cruise ships consists ot the following positions:

  • Guest / Headline Entertainer (a complete and strong 40-50 minutes self-contained show catering to a wide diversity of ages required) - Comedy Variety, Magicians / Illusionists, Jugglers, Specialty Acts, Variety Entertainers, Hypnotists, Mentalists, Impressionists, Ventriloquists, Musical Acts, Vocal Headliners, Vocal Impressionists, Instrumentalists . Salary range: $4000-18000 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line and negotiation.

  • Lounge Performer (entertain in certain locations on board: piano bar, night club etc. providing their own music and materials) - solid experience and ability to play a wide diversity of musical styles required. Fluent English Language skills required. Salary range: $2500-4800 U.S. per month.

  • Cruise Director (The cruise director is in charge of all on-board entertainment, creates, coordinates, and implements all the daily activities, acting master of ceremonies at social activities and evening shows). Professional entertainment background preferred or 2-5 years on board working your way up from an entry-level cruise staff position. Public speaking, delegate responsibilities and strong organizational abilities required. Fluent English Language skills required. Salary range: $3800-7500 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line. Cruise ship dancers

  • Production Show Singer / Lead Vocalist (main production shows, cabarets) - male and female experienced/advanced singers with the ability to sing Broadway to pop/rock styles. Must be able to move well. Salary range: $2400-3800 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line.

  • Production Show Dancer (main production shows, cabarets) - advanced male and female dancers with strong technique in jazz, ballet and tap. Salary range: $1800-2900 U.S. per month (cast members to lead performers), depending on the cruise line.

  • Musician:

    • Show Band / Orchestra Musician - piano, saxophone/reeds, trumpet, trombone, bass, guitar, drums - extensive professional experience, excellent sight-reading, ability to work as a section player required. Salary range: $1800-2700 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line.

    • Lounge Groups (2 to 6 piece bands) - solid performance experience required. Fair English Language skills required. Salary range: $1600-2400 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line.

    • Cocktail Pianist - must be able to perform ambient music with a polished, classy type of sound. Wide repertoire range-from Bach to Gershwin plus Broadway favorites, American standards and polular film music. Must have a professional attitude and appropriate etiquette. In addition to playing ambient music must be able to perform recitals once or twice weekly and acompany wedding ceremonies and receptions. Fair EnglishLanguageskillsrequired. Salary range: $1600-2400 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line.Cruise ship entertainment jobs-show band

    • Classical Trio / String Quartet - the group must be able to perform ambient music with a polished, classy type of sound. Wide repertoire range-from Baroque and Classical pieces to Gershwin plus Broadway favorites,Americanstandards and polular film music. Members must have a professional attitude and appropriate etiquette. In addition to playing ambient music the group must be able to perform recitals once or twice weekly and acompany wedding ceremonies and receptions. Fair English Language skills required. Salary range: $1600-2400 U.S. per month per person, depending on the cruise line.

    • Piano Bar Entertainer - must be also a vocalist and be able to perform "sing-alongs". Interaction with guests is a vital part of the performance. Wide range repertoire list required. Must have a professional attitude and appropriate etiquette. Excellent English Language skills required. Salary range: $2300-3500 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line and gratuites.

    • High Tech / Sequenced Duos - the group must be proficient in both sequencing and acousitc intstruments with strong lead vocals. The repertoire list should cover a wide range of styles-American standards, ballroom dancingmaterial, disco, 50ís to present favorites. Salary range: $1600-2400 U.S. per month, per person, depending on the cruise line.

    • Calypso / Island Band (2 to 4 piece bands) - these types of groups are hired year-round on ships cruising the Caribbean. Must feature the steel pan and be well-versed in all styles of Caribbean music. Salary range: $1400-1800U.S. per month, per person, depending on the cruise line.

    • Strolling Strings (2 to 4 piece group) - Mobility is a vital part of the performance-strolling around tables in the main dining room of the ship. Must have a wide range of international favorites in the repertoire list and accept guest`s requests. Salary range: $1400-2200 U.S. per month, per person, depending on the cruise line and gratuities.

  • Stage / Production Manager (responsible for running the production shows and managing the technical staff) - extensive technical and practical education and /or hands-on experience required. Salary range: $2200-3100 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line. Cruise Ship Musicians

  • Assistant Stage / Production Manager (assisting in running the production shows and any activities that require technical assistance) - extensive technical and practical education and /or hands-on experience required. Salary range: $1700-2600U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line. Possibilities for promotion to Production Manager.

  • Sound & Light Technician / Stage Staff (assisting in running the production shows and any activities that require technical assistance) - technical and practical education and /or hands-on experience required. Salary range: $1600-1900U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line. Possibilities for promotion to Assistant Production Manager.

  • Cruise Staff (organizing passengers activities-golf, quizzes, bingo etc.) - some experience preferred. Fluent English Language skills required. Salary range: $1800-2100 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line. Possibilities for promotion to Assistant Cruise Director.

  • Disc Jockey / DJ (should have a diverse music foundation to span the generations of the passengers) - hotel, resort or night club experience preferred. Fluent English Language skills required. Salary range: $1700-2000 U.S. per month, depending on the cruise line.

  • Youth Activities Coordinator / Youth Staff (organizing children's activities) - some experience with children preferred. Fluent English Language skills required. Salary range: $1700-2100 U.S. per month depending on the cruise line.