Today’s modern cruise ships have onboard theatres with seating for hundreds of guests and entertainment productions that rival Broadway and Las Vegas performances. Cruise ship production shows are state-of-the-art, created with elaborate sets, enthralling costumes, impressive laser and pyrotechnic effects and high tech video projection.
Cruise lines require experienced and technically trained dancers with a strong background in ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theatre. They also require vocalists that have exceptional vocal styles in R&B, contemporary pop, rock, and musical theatre. There is also the demand for singers that dance and dancers that sing.
Here is an overview of how to apply and audition as a dancer, singer, or character performer. Note that each cruise line has their own requirements and links for audition details.
Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Club Cruises recruits for their production singers and dancers through an audition process. Royal Caribbean Productions is the cruise line’s entertainment recruiting website. Their upcoming auditions are listed on that website.
Carnival Cruise Lines – Carnival Cruise Lines produces more than 35 different award-winning production shows fleetwide. Their shows, Playlist Productions, combine high-tech LED staging and special effects with triple threat talent to set a new standard in seagoing entertainment. Carnival Cruise Lines posts their auditions for singers and dancers on their entertainment website, Carnival Entertainment as well as the Carnival Entertainment Facebook pages.
Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity Cruises recruits their production singers and dancers through an audition process. Celebrity Cruises uses select casting agents to audition interested singers and dancers. Poet Theatricals has produced a few of Celebrity Cruises’ production shows. Additionally, you can use the hiring portal www.calltime.com to submit your resume and demo reel.
Crystal Cruises – Although, Crystal Cruises holds live auditions periodically, they welcome submissions throughout the year from talent 21 years of age and older. Please submit a letter, resume and headshot photograph to be considered for a live audition. Submissions must be mailed (and not e-mailed) to the below address:
Attn: Production Casting
11755 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90025
For more information about Crystal Cruises’ casting process and requirements, visit Crystal Cruises employment information.
Cunard Line – The production shows on Cunard’s ships are produced by Belinda King Productions Singers and dancers are selected through an audition process. Belinda King Productions also works with Seabourn and Holland America Line.
Disney Cruise Line – Disney Cruise Line posts their upcoming auditions on their Disney Auditions website on the Audition Calendar tab. That website also details Disney’s audition process and requirements to be a Disney Cruise Line dancer, singer, or character performer.
Holland America Line – Holland America Line’s production shows are cast by Stiletto Entertainment, Belinda King Productions and RWS & Associates. Click on the links for more information on casting requirements and audition dates.
Norwegian Cruise – Norwegian Cruise Line uses an in house production company to produce their stylish contemporary shows with New York directors and choreographers. Visit their Norwegian Productions website for a list of audition dates and times. Additionally, interested singers and dancers can email their resume, headshot and demo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can mail your application package to:
6322 Pelican Creek Circle
Riverview, FL 33578
Oceania Cruises – Most recently, Oceania Cruises has used Gary Musick Productions and Jean Ann Ryan Productions to cast for singers and dancers for Oceania’s fleet of cruise ships. Visit their websites for audition dates, times and requirements.
P&O Cruises – P&O Cruises uses their in-house production company, Headliners Theatre Company to produce and cast for their first class production shows. Visit their website for upcoming audition dates and times.
Princess Cruises – Princess Cruises produces dynamic and creative production shows with an in house team of exceptional choreographers and directors from around the world. Princess Cruises requires strong vocal and dance talent to become cast members on their fleet of cruise ships. To send a Talent Submission for a Production Show Cast Member, submit your package to: email@example.com. Identify the position you are interested in and state your name in the subject line. If you need to submit via hard copy, please send Production Show Cast submissions to:
Princess Cruises Entertainment
Attn: Dance Studio
24844 Avenue Rockefeller
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
For more information on auditioning to be a production cast member, visit the Princess Cruises website.
Royal Caribbean International – Royal Caribbean International recruit for their production singers, dancers, and character performers through an audition process. Royal Caribbean Productions is the cruise line’s entertainment recruiting website. Their Upcoming Auditions are listed on that website.