Although it is not a requirement to be represented by an entertainment agency in order to find a cruise ship job, some performers choose to utilize and pay a commission to an agency for their services. In theory, an entertainment agency provides a service to the cruise ship job-seeker by finding consistent and quality work. As an entertainer, you must decide if it is worth it to work with an agent or not.
Here are a handful of entertainment agencies that represent performers looking to get hired to work on cruise ships:
Located in the UK, Blackburn International is an entertainment booking agency, specialising in supplying artists and headline acts for cruise lines. Artists looking for representation can send their current showreel, plus a bio and photo to the email address below.
Blackburn International (UK) Ltd
1st Floor East, Marlin,
459 London Road,
Phone: (+44) 0 1276 686 661
The Agency Excellent Entertainment
Located in the UK, The Agency Excellent Entertainment is a provider of entertainment in the cruise industry. They represent musicians and guest entertainers in a variety of talent. Interested performers can join their agency by completing an online application via their website. This company is also an authorized hiring partner in the UK for Disney Cruise Line.
The Business Centre
120 West Heath Road,
London NW3 7TU
Lime Entertainment specializes in cruise ship entertainment. They have a thorough audition process as they recommend a number of musicians to various cruise lines. They represent musicians in the genres of Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Vocalist. To apply, visit the Jobs & Applications page of their website.
Phone (UK): +44 742 763 0367 or +44 203 648 1182
Phone (US) +1 914 393 8094
Located in Canada, Oceanbound Entertainment Inc. is an entertainment agency that, for a commission, places musicians, bands and entertainers on various cruise lines. Their website details the audition procedure for a variety of cruise ship jobs including orchestra musicians, cover bands, solo pianists, solo guitarists, one-man bands, Caribbean bands and classical string ensembles, as well as jugglers, magicians, singers, instrumentalists and comedians.
Interested entertainers can mail their demo DVD via regular mail to Oceanbound’s address below. Alternatively, send your CV package by email, including video links (Youtube), your repertoire list, biography, photos, and other supporting materials.
Otterburn Park QC
J3H 5X1 Canada
Tel: (+1) 888 714 0964
Tel: (+1) 514 967 0964
Premier Entertainment Ireland
Located in Ireland, Premier Entertainment Ireland assist musicians and entertainers find work on cruise ships and negotiate salaries for their performers. Interested applicants can apply online via their website.
Phone: +353 86 866 6280
Riverstown, Glanmire, Co Cork,
Suman Entertainment Group
Suman Entertainment employs musicians and entertainers for cruise ship gigs. They schedule the majority of the musicians and entertainers for Norwegian Cruise Line and have musicians on most every major cruise line. For information on cruise ship employment and to send promo digitally, please use the email address below. To send promotional material directly to their office, please use the following address:
SEG: Talent Acquisition
12426 West Dixie Hwy
North Miami, FL 33161
Phone: (+1) 305 981 3135
Warshaw Entertainment is a cruise ship entertainment agency that works with Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, and Seabourn. Based in Fort Lauderdale, they provide support, communication and consistent work for the artists they represent. Warshaw Entertainment charges a monthly commission from each of their artists.
They represent entertainers including Band Lead Singer, Cast Vocalist, Show Band Musician, String Trio, Piano Bar Entertainer, Guitar Soloist, Pub Entertainer, Latin Ensemble, Vintage Pop Duo, Cover Bands, and others.
Phone: (+1) 954 649 7266
Updated: July 17, 2016