Life at Sea: Cruise Ship Performer Dos and Don’ts - Part 2 - CircusTalk

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Life at Sea: Cruise Ship Performer Dos and Don’ts – Part 2

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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Viveca Gardiner

Viveca is president of Playful Productions, director of youth programs for Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, and a coach at Circus of the Kids. She edits CircusNYC and JuggleNYC. She has also been a director at the Big Apple Circus and a contributing editor of JUGGLE magazine. She performs as a juggler, ringmistress, unicyclist, and stilt walker, and she has published two commissioned study guides on the history and artistry of circus arts. She might have sawdust in her veins.