How to Apply as a Cruise Ship Musician, Band, or Entertainer

How to Apply as a Cruise Ship Musician or Entertainer
How to Apply as a Cruise Ship Musician or Entertainer

The cruising industry boasts some of the world’s best entertainment and performers. In addition to Broadway-style production shows, cruise ship entertainment includes a variety of options that rival Las Vegas performances. From the orchestra musicians that support the main stage production shows, to piano bar entertainers, and everything in between. There are a wide range of musician, band, and entertainer cruise ship jobs:

  • House Band Musician (Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Trumpet, Sax, and Trombone)
  • Party Band (4-6 Piece)
  • Classical Trio
  • String Quartet
  • Mariachi, Lounge Band (3-4 Piece)
  • Latin Trio
  • Cocktail Pianist
  • Acoustic Guitar Soloist
  • Sequenced Duos
  • Acoustic Duos
  • Piano Lounge Entertainer
  • Comedians
  • Magicians
  • Acrobats
  • Jugglers
  • Mentalists
  • Impressionists
  • Ventriloquists
  • Variety Acts.

Bands need to be familiar with different musical styles (Rock, Jazz, Country, Latin, Broadway, Funk, and Hip Hop) from 1950’s to present. Alternatively, some musicians focus on classical styles that are required for ambient, atrium entertainment. Musicians and Entertainers are expected to have demo reels, DVD, or a Youtube channel that showcases their performances.

Musicians and Entertainers can get hired on their own WITHOUT the assistance and cost of an agent. Most cruise lines hire in-house for the above cruise ship jobs via online applications on their employment websites. Here is an overview of how to apply for a position as a cruise ship musician, band, or cruise ship guest entertainer.

Azamara Club CruisesAzamara Club Cruises recruits musicians and guest entertainers through their Royal Caribbean Productions website. Individual Instrumentalists must possess a varied and working knowledge of several styles of contemporary music and have sharp reading skills. Positions include Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Trumpet, Saxophone, and Trombone. Other cruise ship jobs include Guest Entertainers, Four-Piece Show Bands, and Vocalists. Send your talent information through the Royal Caribbean Productions’ talent submissions tab.

Carnival Cruise LineCarnival Cruise Lines uses their Carnival Entertainment website to recruit musicians, bands and guest entertainers. Apply online for cruise ship jobs as Caribbean Duo, Caribbean Soloist, Classical Trio, Country Duo, Cover Band, Guitar Soloist, Rhythm Section, Horn Section, Piano Bar Entertainer, Latin Ensembles, Vintage Pop Duo, Vocalist, Variety Act, Lecturer, and Fly-On Comedian. Carnival frequently posts auditions for musicians through their website as well as through their Carnival Entertainment Facebook pages.

Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Cruises recruits musicians and guest entertainers through their Celebrity Cruises Productions website. Individual Instrumentalists must possess a varied and working knowledge of several styles of contemporary music and have sharp reading skills. Positions include Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Trumpet, Saxophone, and Trombone. Other cruise ship jobs include Guest Entertainers, Four-Piece Show Bands, and Vocalists. Send your talent information through the Celebrity Cruises Productions’ “Submit Your Talent Info” tab.

Crystal CruisesCrystal Cruises entertainment department for shipboard contracts as a Specialty Entertainer, Specialty Performance Group, Cabaret Acts, Solo Entertainer or Solo Artist. Please forward your resume, cover letter, prospectus, DVD of a live performance, and a promotional photograph to:

Crystal Cruises
Attn: Scott Douglas – Manager, Entertainment
11755 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Email: CrystalEnt@crystalcruises.com

Alternatively, orchestra musicians may apply online through the ProShip Entertainment agency website.

Cunard LineCunard recruits their crew and officers through the Carnival UK website’s employment pages. The Search and Apply section of their website lists current vacancies.

Disney Cruise LineDisney Cruise Line musicians provide one-of-a-kind Disney entertainment. Those interested in becoming a Musician (Piano Players, Show Bands, Duos, Trios, and Quartets only) and/or a Specialty Act (with a minimum of 72 minutes of material), should submit promotional materials for review to:

Disney Cruise Line
Entertainment Talent Manager
PO Box 10210
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 USA

Qualified candidates will be contacted for further information.

Holland America LineHolland America Line is looking for energetic musicians and entertainers. Interested musicians can apply online via Holland America’s entertainment pages. Additionally, Holland America books a wide variety of entertainers from all over the world. Please send demo materials to talent@hollandamerica.com.

Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line uses hiring agents around the world to screen and recruit crewmembers. Visit the Norwegian Cruise Line website’s employment pages for a listing of their authorized recruiters.

P&O CruisesP&O Cruises recruits their crew and officers through the Carnival UK website’s employment pages. The Search and Apply section of their website lists current vacancies.

Princess CruisesPrincess Cruises recruits House Band Musicians (Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Trumpet, Sax, and Trombone), Party Bands (4-6 Piece), Atrium/Piazza Group (3-5 piece), Lounge Bands (3-4 piece), Cocktail Pianist, and Sequenced Duos. Contact one of Princess Cruises’ hiring partners to apply.

Royal Caribbean InternationalRoyal Caribbean International recruits musicians and guest entertainers through their Royal Caribbean Productions website. Individual Instrumentalists must possess a varied and working knowledge of several styles of contemporary music and have sharp reading skills. Positions include Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Trumpet, Saxophone, and Trombone. Other cruise ship jobs include Guest Entertainers, Four-Piece Show Bands, and Vocalists. Send your talent information through the Royal Caribbean Productions’ Talent Submissions tab.

Note:  Although not required, cruise ship Musicians, Bands, and Guest Entertainers sometimes choose to be represented by an entertainment agency, which MAY get their demo materials noticed quicker. This service and representation comes with a cost (commission) paid by the entertainer/musician to the agency.

Related Articles:

Using an Entertainment Agency to Get Cruise Ship Jobs

Entertainment Agencies that Represent Cruise Ship Entertainers

 

Updated:  July 17, 2016