Cruise line websites will give you a feel for the style and tone on different lines. Read descriptions of the type of entertainment featured. Many sites have links to employment listings and offer detailed information regarding what kind of talent is needed and the best way to apply. Some of these lines hire talent directly and produce their own shows; others contract these responsibilities out (see Production Companies and Booking Agents listings elsewhere in this section).
Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Attn: Entertainment Dept.
(305) 599-2600 ext. 65475/65472 or (800) 438-6744 ext. 65475/65472
Hires singers and dancers for Las Vegas and Broadway-style musical revues, instrumentalists, mainstream music bands with soloists (R&B, Top 40, Country, Standards, Classic Rock), comics, jugglers, variety or specialty acts, and disc jockeys. Send audition package that includes audio or video demo tape of your work, current photo, and resume. Go to above website for more detailed info and to send an email indicating your employment opportunity interest.
Celebrity Cruises, Inc.
1050 Caribbean Way
Miami, FL 33132
Hires a wide spectrum of variety acts, including vocalists, comedians, magicians, jugglers, hypnotists, and ventriloquists. Also hires singers and dancers for musicals revues produced in-house. Musical revue hiring also outsourced to Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment in New York, Molyneux Entertainment and Gary Musick Productions in Nashville, Dick Foster Productions in Las Vegas, and F.J.M. Productions in Florida (see listings for preceding companies). Pro-Ship Entertainment in Canada hires orchestra musicians only. Send demo tape, current photo, and resume to Rob Waterfield (comedians, variety acts, and musicians) or Leigh-Ann Thomasson (singers and dancers).
Costa Cruise Lines
200 South Park Road, Suite 200
Hollywood, FL 33021
Job Hotline: (954) 266-5645
Italian cruise line sailing worldwide hires dancers, choreographers, magicians, novelty acts, and vocalists. Send videotape, current photo, and resume to above address.
555 South San Rafael Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Attn: Artistic Directors
Produces lavish Broadway-style shows in-house. Most recent show, "Excalibur!," received the 2000 "Diamond Award for Onboard Entertainment" from Onboard Services Magazine. Looking to hire singers, dancers, singer-dancers and lead vocalists. Accepts promotional packages by mail only at above address. Emailed pictures/attachments will not be viewed. Package should include videotape, current photo and resume; are reviewed upon receipt, and, should a suitable position be available, you will be contacted for a live audition. Website has more detailed information on specific types and talents currently being sought.
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