Performing on a cruise ship sounds like a fantasy job: exotic locations, lots of time off, and all expenses paid. But ask anyone who’s done it, and the picture gets a little more complicated. We asked a few veteran cruise ship performers to provide some tips for those considering entering the field.
Many circus and variety performers fantasize about working on cruise ships, especially when their hoses freeze in the winter or their trailers get stuck in the mud. Land a cruise ship gig, and you’ll get paid to enjoy many of the benefits that passengers save up for years to experience, often including unlimited restaurant and room service, sport and fitness facilities, hotel-style lodging and maid service, shows, casino and nightclub access, and of course travel to beautiful, exotic destinations. On some contracts, you won’t need to perform more than once a week. These benefits make the competition for cruise ship jobs intense, so we asked a few experience cruise ship performers for their tips for life at sea. End on time ...
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