Jobs for Musicians on Cruise Ships

Play Your Gigs on a Cruise Ship!

If "Have talent, will travel" is your catchphrase, then you should consider getting a musician's job on a cruise ship. From large luxury ships to intimate harbor and river cruises, all kinds of cruise ships hire musicians and other entertainers on an ongoing basis. One of the most attractive facets about cruising for many passengers is the onboard entertainment that is offered on the ship. Musicians may be hired to play for singers, plays, or other entertainers, or they may be hired as the sole entertainment for the evening. Whether you play the piano, guitar, drums, or other instrument, there may be a need for you. On the ocean cruise ships that hold thousands of people there may be the need for many musicians and entertainers, as there is usually entertainment to be found on many levels of the ship, from lounges to casinos.

In addition to musicians, cruise ships also hire other entertainers who may perform during shows or at table-side during meals. For example, jugglers and magicians may be hired to travel from table to table to entertain passengers at meals. Or they may travel the decks and perform as passengers relax in the sun. Often, entertainers are hired to play/sing fun tunes and favorite songs for passengers by the pool. Of course you will need to have the right combination of experience and talent in order to become a cruise line entertainer.

The Benefits of Playing Gigs at Sea

If you're toying with the idea of working on a cruise ship but you're not sure if it's the right move for you, consider some of these benefits:

  • You can earn good pay. Some entertainers are able to earn tips on top of their salaries.
  • You'll get to travel to highly desirable locations at no cost to you and see some of the world's most beautiful countries.
  • The experience can lead to other jobs in the entertainment and hospitality industries.
  • You'll gain valuable experience playing in front of large and small audiences.
  • The hours may be long, but you'll have opportunities to explore ports of call.
  • You can meet people from all over the world.

Become a Member of CruiseJobFinder for the Whole Scoop

The question is, where do you find these jobs? Also, how do you apply for them? Do you apply through the cruise line or are there other ways to get a gig? CruiseJobFinder is a great place to start. Using CruiseJobFinder you'll find out how to get hired and to whom to apply. As a member we explain your options for getting one of these sought after musician's jobs, as well as the best ways to apply and get noticed.

CruiseJobFinder will answer all of your questions about finding these jobs, and then give you some member-only benefits designed to help you stand out from other applicants.

In addition, CruiseJobFinder's JobCenter explains how to apply for jobs with each cruise line. You'll also find helpful profiles of the cruise lines as well as specialty agencies and third parties who help the cruise lines find the right acts for their ships. With the number of ships and cruises increasing at an unbelievable rate, you're sure to find opportunities that interest you!


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