Entertainment Jobs on Cruise Ships ( . . .
Entertainment Jobs on Cruise Ships (Part 4/6): Getting Hired as a Musician, Singer or Entertainer
Cruise lines want entertainment acts and professional entertainers that will a
ppeal to all their passengers. What does it take to get hired as a musician, singer or entertainer within the cruise industry?
Types of Entertainer Positions on Cruise Ships
Cruise jobs within the music department onboard include a variety of instrumentalists and vocalists. For the positions within the music department, previous experience in the entertainment industry is required. College level music program or equivalent is an asset. Most music department positions should have the ability to assimilate and perform a wide variety of diverse musical styles quickly.
Show Band – Cruise lines hire musicians to play in their bands that back the production shows. The show band typically includes around eight to ten instrumentalists who are familiar with many different styles of music. To be part of the show band you must be able to play an instrument to a high proficiency and have strong sight reading skills. Instruments in the show band may include trumpet, trombone, saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, guitar, bass and drums.
Piano Bar Entertainer, One-Man Band – These performers are highly interactive and appeal to a wide demographic. They should be energetic, friendly and have a great voice with a wide musical range. This person should have experience with sing-a-longs, song requests and the ability to keep the party going. Requirements include proficiency as an instrumentalist and vocalist.
Cocktail Piano – The cocktail piano player perform in dining rooms, lobbies and other public areas of the ship. It is an instrumental, non-vocal position. Cocktail piano players should be able to perform a variety of musical styles and be able to interact with guests for requests.
Calypso Band, Variety Band – Calypso bands and variety bands are responsible for creating fun and entertaining music. These four-piece bands draw from island styles such as reggae and calypso, but they also familiar with pop and rock songs. They play poolside during the day and play in lounges during the evening.
Variety Duo – A variety duo should be able to perform a wide variety of music in varied settings from the ship's atrium to fine dining. The variety duos should also have the ability to develop a rapport and interact with guests.
String Quartet – String quartets must have a large repertoire of light classical and classical crossover. These unique musical groups provide ambient music in the atrium.
Guest Entertainer – There is always a demand for great comedians, magicians, jugglers, hypnotists and impressionists. Entertainers should be universally appealing and charismatic.
Application Process for Entertainer Jobs
Professional and entertaining performers should document their acts on a CD or DVD and send their media packs to entertainment directors, music managers and hiring agencies. Media packs should also include any taped audition materials, photos, resume and song lists. Here are a couple of cruise line websites to get you started for more info or audition details: