Entertainment Jobs on Cruise Ships ( . . .
Entertainment Jobs on Cruise Ships (Part 6/6): Getting Hired for AV and Production Crew
Most of the cruise lines in the industry feature production shows that require a behind-the-scenes crew. Most of today's cruise ship feature stat-of-the-art lighting, sound and theatrics that require many specialized production staff. What are some of the entertainment production jobs that are available in the cruise industry?
Skills Needed to Get Hired as Production Staff
Most of today's cruise ships feature state-of-the-art lighting, laser, special effects and control systems that require skilled technicians to operate. Technicians must have knowledge of operation and maintenance in a variety of systems. Research each cruise line that you apply to and understand which systems are used onboard.
For example, some of brand names of lighting and sound equipment used are High End Systems, Vari-Lite, ETC, Martin Professional, Flying Pig Systems, Green Hippo, Wybron, Wholehog, Jands, Grand MA, Le Maitre, AMX, Midas, Meyer, Apogee, Soundcraft, Tascam and Electro-Voice.
Many stages are equipped with intricate rigging systems consisting of lifts, revolves, serapid tracks and overhead line sets. Control systems include Acrobat, Stage Technology, Mechatronix.
Carnival Cruise Lines Entertainment Production Jobs
The Carnival Cruise Lines entertainment website (www.carnivalentertainment.com) recruits for the following positions:
• Entertainment Technician – Lights
• Entertainment Technician – Audio
• Entertainment Technician – Automation/Scenic/Stage
• Entertainment Technician – Lounge
• Entertainment Technician – Stage/Floor
Royal Caribbean Entertainment Production Jobs
The Royal Caribbean International entertainment website (www.royalcaribbeanproductions.com) recruits for the following positions:
• Stage and Production Manager
• Light Technician
• Sound Technician
• Stage Staff
• Broadcast Technicians
Holland America Line Entertainment Production Jobs
The Holland America Line entertainment website (http://entertainment.hollandamerica.com/) lists the following positions that they recruit for:
• Stage Manager
• Lighting Technician
• Sound Technician
• Broadcast Technician
• Rigging Technician
Disney Cruise Line Entertainment Production Jobs
The Disney Cruise Line website (http://dcljobs.com/shipboard-roles/entertainment-operations) gives a brief outline for the criteria of the technical jobs within the entertainment department.
Depending upon the Technician role, provides audio, lighting, A/V support, microphone use, show control, automated systems rigging, wardrobe, props, and broadcast needs onboard and on Castaway Cay. The technician works with state-of-the-art gear to provide quality Disney themed Broadway productions, outdoor fireworks and stunning special effects. Various levels of Technicians exist within the Tech department.
Princess Cruises Entertainment Production Jobs
Princess Cruises entertainment venues are also equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and audio systems. Their employment pages of their website have detailed info about their behind-the-scenes production jobs.
• Senior Production Manager
• Lighting Assistant Production Manager
• Audio Assistant Production Manager
• Automation Assistant Production Manager
• Stage Production Staff