The Big List of Cruise Ship Auditions

Updated Edition: Summer 2018

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A: I don’t know…But a quick google search will provide with approximately a bazillion ways to “Make A Living From Your Laptop!”….Sorry, I can’t tell you how to do that.

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Entertainment is an industry full of travel opportunities

Performing on tour, abroad, or onboard cruise ships are all ways to make money while roving around the world while pocketing your paycheck. Today I’m dishing what I know about securing a job performing onboard cruise liners.

What’s so special about cruise ship auditions?

 

They’re free and open for anyone to attend—we call this an “open call” or a “cattle call.” No agent necessary! You’ll find auditions touring globally at most major cities in North America, Australia, and Europe. With the help of social media, keeping up to date on these auditions is easier than ever. If it’s still too far to make an audition in person, many cruise companies now accept online submissions of performance material and show skills in video reel form. Below each cruise line company below, I’ve listed whether their casting departments hire from digital submissions.

Dust off your talents and get yourself a headshot. Audition season for ships never ends!

 **Below is what I know to be current and accurate. If you see info that needs updating, let me know in the comments.

BIG SHIP FLEETS


Celebrity Cruises Productions

A modern luxury large-ship fleet, Celebrity has undergone some serious rebranding in the last decade. Their newly refurbished ships are modern-chic with clean lines and a contemporary feel. Celebrity just produced 18 NEW shows which feature contemporary pop and rock. Their shows are edgy with lots of circus elements (think hand balancing, silks, lyras, and pole artists).

Celebrity Cruise Lines Audition Schedule

Celebrity Cruise Lines Audition Submission

Rehearsal Facility: Miami, FL USA

 

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Royal Caribbean Production

 

RC is known for bringing Entertainment from the likes of Broadway to the high seas. RC was the first to install Broadway shows onboard like “Hairspray,” “Chicago” and now “CATS” and “Grease.” The team at RC are always innovating. Expect to see entertianment of all kinds aboard Royal Caribbean ships like high divers, ice skaters, BMX cyclists, gymnasts and circus aritsts. With one of the largest fleets in the world (24 ships!) RC has a lot of theatres to fill. They’re creating shows of all genres, from classic Motown, to Cirque-style to Vegas style, and the aforementioned Broadway features.

Royal Caribbean Entertainment

Royal Caribbean Audition Schedule

Royal Caribbean Audition Submission

Rehearsal Facility: Miami, FL USA

 

Princess Cruises Entertainment

 

Princess has a large fleet of eighteen ships of various sizes. Their entertainment is classic production show style (think Elton John medleys, Motown mashups, Country Jams). A lot of cruisers gravitate toward this nostalgic variety-show entertainment. To perform these shows you need to be skilled in dancing an array of styles. New shows with contemporary music can be found on their bigger ships, like the Royal Princess and the Regal Princess. Princess has recently  partnered with Stephen Schwartz, composer of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell. Schwartz has crafted custom shows for Princess Cruises inspired by Princess’s exotic itineraries like “The Golden Silk,” performed on East Asian itineraries.

Princess Cruises Audition Schedule

Princess Cruises Audition Submission

Rehearsal Facility: Santa Clarita, CA USA

 

Fiera Princess Cruises

Holland America Cruise Lines (RWS & Associates) & (Belinda King Creative Productions)

 

Holland America Line (HAL) does not have an in-house production company, which means they employ third-party production companies to design shows for their fleet. Holland America currently commisions entertainment from RWS Entertainment Group, a New York City-based entertainment company known for staging shows in theme parks and industrials across America. The result is a line up of new, high-energy, contemporary shows that feature top Billboard hits. As of Summer 2018, RWS is beginning a transition away from full-time production casts. Instead, they are training casts to perform onboard for shorter stints as “guest entertainers.” This means singers and dancers are onboard for 3-4 months at a time and receive a higher standard of living.

RWS Entertainment Group Audition Schedule

RWS Entertainment Group Audition Submission

Rehearsal Facility: Long Island City, NY USA

 

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Norwegian Cruise Lines (Norwegian Creative Studios)

Norwegian is another line of ships pushing their entertainment to land-based standards. Like Royal Caribbean they’re bringing near-full-length Broadway shows to the high seas with the likes of “Legally Blonde” and “Million Dollar Quartet” to name a few. These shows attract cutting-edge talent and fresh new dancers. Norwegian is expanding and just adopted Regeant Cruise Lines and Oceania Cruise Lines under its umbrella of entertainment. So when you audition for Norwegian, you can also be considered for these smaller lines as well.

Norwegian Creative Audition Schedule

Norwegian Creative Audition Submission

Rehearsal Facility: Tampa, FL USA

 

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Carnival (Playlist Productions)

 

Carnival cruise lines is doing something with their Entertainment. They no longer hiring large casts of Principal Singers and Ensemble Dancers. Rather, they’re recruiting smaller casts of uber-talented triple-threats– Singer/Dancers and Dancer/Singers. So that means you have to have strong singing chops, in addition to real movement ability. Their shows feature newly installed LED screens and incredible lighting.

Carnival Cruise Lines Audition Schedule

Rehearsal Facility: Pembroke Park, FL, USA

 

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Disney Cruise Lines

 

At no surprise, Disney Cruise Lines ranks high among onboard entertainment. Disney cares about entertainment and knows how to invest in it. Unlike most cruise ships built and designed by the rigid minds of nautical engineers, Disney ships were built with Entertainment in mind. Passengers that choose to cruise with Disney do so because of the brand they’re familiar with from the theme parks. Disney is a family oriented cruise company (duh) so expect the passengers to follow in that vein; the ship will ooze that family feel. You can find audition details at the global Disney Audition site.

Rehearsal Facility: Toronto, Canada

 

Disney Cruise Entertainment

SMALL SHIP FLEET

Azamara Club Cruises

 

Azamara is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean. You’ll find their audition details on the same website as Royal Caribbean Productions. Being a small ship fleet, the entertainment cast is small and the performance experience more intimate.

Rehearsal Facility: Hollywood, FL

 

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Viking Ocean Cruises

 

As of 2018, Viking Ocean cruises will no longer be hiring onboard full-time production singers and dancers and will transition exclusively to guest entertainment performers.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises:

This luxury all-inclusive line just got absorbed by Norwegian. Therefor, if you audition for Norwegian, you’re often considered for Regent shows too. Find details at their audition page. Expect Regent to demand high-class entertainers and cabaret-style performers who appeal to their ritzy clientele.

Rehearsals: Tampa, FL

 

SilverSea

SilverSea Entertainment is currently produced by Luna Rossa Productions out of London, England. I don’t know anything about these productions. But their shows look regal, which would match the luxury brand that is SilverSea.

Rehearsals: London, UK

 

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OTHER FLEETS

Thomson:

 

Thomson is Europe’s version of Carnival Cruise Line. It’s a family-style cruise line that offers short, inexpensive cruises affordable for the middle class. Their shows are put on by Peel Entertainment. You can submit to them directly, or through Entertainer’s Worldwide.

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P & O Cruise Lines

 

P & O is a mid-size cruise ship company mostly based out of Australasia. Their Entertainment is done by Headliner’s Theatre Company and Grayboy Entertainment. They produce contemporary, commercial style shows that demand highly talented performers from all over the world.

Rehearsals: Southampton, England or Sydney, NSW

 

*If you find any of the information in this article to be incorrect, do not hesitate to let me know and I will correct it. Have any questions about auditions? Ask below!\

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Kelsey is a dancer, wandering this world as performing artist and writing about it. She's skilled at forgetting her umbrella, getting lost, and eating too much cheese. Wend is her platform to share her nomadic lifestyle, and all the moments of beauty, grace, and hilarity that happen along the way. Join her as she finds her place in the world while dancing whenever she can.

25 comments on “The Big List of Cruise Ship Auditions

  1. for Princess cruises and P&O cruises where can you find there information for video submissions on their websites

  2. Very interesting! Not a performer myself, but I love reading about the different professions that are out there. This is pretty cool!

  3. For someone who cruises often, I for one am always so impressed with the quality of the show on board the various ships.

    Since many of your readers are performers ,I will take this time to thank all of you for making our cruise ship experience a very entertaining one.
    Regards and cheers from all over the world!

    • Thanks Appreciative Traveler! We performers appreciate YOU! We can only do what we love with the presence of a gracious audience. Keep cruising, see you at sea.

  4. My son is auditioning but is not a stellar dancer but is an amazing vocalist do you think he has any chance if he is not a dancer?

    • Hi Jenn! Your son absolutely has a good chance of booking a ship contract. Most singers onboard are only asked to do light movement (think arm choreography and basic blocking), not full-on technical dance numbers. As long as your son has a natural, organic stage presence and can remember stage direction, he is certainly in a good spot to book a Singer contract. Thanks for reading and best of luck to your son at auditions!

      Kelsey

  5. My daughter is currently in a magnet performing arts high school and is looking forward to one day audition as a Dancer for the Cruise ships. Would you recommend the length a video reel should be and if it’s fine to submit the same to various companies? Also in your opinion is a cruise ship a stepping stone perhaps to Cirque du Soleil?

    • Hey Annmarie! Thanks for stopping by and reading! I recommend dance show reels be no more than 3 minutes (somewhere closer to 2 is best). All of her best material should be at the beginning as well. You want the casting directors to see her best material right away and clinch their attention. It is totally fine to use the same showreel for multiple companies. For cruise ships, a musical theater heavy showreel showing technique and performance quality is best. But if she applies to different jobs/shows I would suggest altering content to suit the position (ie: more aerial arts for Cirque, or more ballet for a company position). Cruise ships are absolutely a stepping stone to Cirque and to a number of other world-class entertainment shows. I know cruise ship dancers who have gone on to perform in Cirque shows, Broadways Shows, and international tours. That’s not to mention the Cirque Du Soleil show that is currently onboard the MSC fleet (Cirque goes to sea!) Break a leg!–Kelsey

  6. I’ve danced in several different, auditioned performance settings (show choir, dancing for indoor percussion groups, a couple of dance companies), but I have mainly taught myself how to dance. The technical help I’ve received has come in the form of spotty private lessons and maybe 3 years of studio dance total. I am able to pick up on choreography and new tricks quickly and have a strong stage presence, however. A lot of dancers I know have been dancing in studios from the age of 3, yet I keep up with them perfectly fine. Would my lack of studio experience deter any cruise ships from hiring me? I know that the dance team at my university wouldn’t allow anyone in without previous dance team, kickline team, or more years of studio experience specifically.

    • Hey Emily! Great question. If your inclination for choreography and natural performance quality hold up in an audition, casting directors may overlook your resume–I’ve seen it happen before! But a foundation in technique is important to casting directors because it means the dancer is dancing safely. Though your moves may look the same as the other dancers, it’s important you’re doing them safely so that your body will hold up over time and many performances. Casting directors don’t like hiring people that will get injured right away. I would recommend jumping into some ballet and jazz classes when you can to supplement your natural talent. It will only help you! Good luck–Kelsey

  7. So glad I found this list! I’m very interested in auditioning for multiple cruise lines after I graduate with my 1st degree.
    I’ll stay tuned to this blog. The content is great!

  8. My daughter recently auditioned as a dancer for RC. She made it through all cuts and was put on their “hire list”. At the time of audition she was filmed and had photos taken. This along with her resume and head shot is being reviewed by the casting department. What does this mean?

    • Hi Linda,

      Congratulations to your daughter! Sounds like she did well at her audition. It is great news that she is on the “hire list.” Her eligibility for hire should be good for a full year. This means she will be in consideration for future contracts as they cast year round. Next steps would be for your daughter to stay in touch with the casting director (via email) and continue to let him/her know that you are available and ready to work. Every month or so send in your headshot and resume again and let them know that you’re still free. This keeps your face fresh in their mind and lets them know that you really want to work for their company. Let me know how it goes! Best of luck.

  9. hi my daughter has auditioned for loads of cruise ships she gets through has photos taken filmed but never hears back from them she has started to wonder if its her height its started to knock her confidence she has wondered if its time to give up she’s 5ft 2

    • Congratulations to your daughter for getting through so many auditions! This is great! The most important thing to do post-audition is to FOLLOW UP. Follow up with the casting director every month or so and continue to let him/her know your availability and your eagerness to dance for their company. Often times performers get lost in a pile of headshots, so it is important to keep your name and face fresh in their mind. Definitely, don’t give up, keep dancing!

  10. Hi there! I’ve been a dancer for 14 years and am looking to audition for some cruise lines, but I’m really struggling to find any where I don’t have to sing– and I’m not much of a singer. It seems every time I think I’ve found one, I get further into the details and find that even dancers will still be expected to sing at the audition. Any advice for finding auditions without singing??
    Thanks!

    • Hey Erin, there are plenty of dancer-only calls still out there. Lines like Celebrity and Princess still hire traditional production casts of Singers and Dancers. But lines like Carnival have switched to casts of singer/dancers. My suggestion would be to find 2 to 3 songs (of different styles) and really work on them. Hire a vocal coach for a few lessons if you need help. This way, if you’re ever at a dancer call and they catch you off guard with a vocal component, you’ll be prepared. Most of the time when they are searching for “dancers who sing” they’re merely looking that you can hold a tune and that you’re not tone deaf. Dancers are rarely mic-ed, but they often have to pretend as if they’re singing and look believable.

  11. Hi Kelsey, I am from India & completed our classical dance bharatnatyam when I was in 8th standard. I have even trained and performed for other folk dance like lavni and even contemporary and hip hop. I am starting with ballet from next upcoming month. I am looking my dream job to get into cruise and work with a company.
    Please guide me, through the long lasting cheerful process of getting one.

  12. Hi! My daughter is a Freshman Musical Theater major at a conservatory and is hoping to work on a cruise ship during the summer as a performer… do you know if any of them hire for summer or are most of the contracts longer?

    • Hey David,

      Unfortunately, most cruise ship contracts are anywhere from 6-10 months long. However, RWS & Associates (the entertainment production company for Holland America Line) JUST announced that it is putting together a performance troop to be “guest entertainers,” aboard their ships. This means contracts are shorter (around 4 months) and the performers get elevated privileges and accommodations onboard. You can find out more at http://www.rwsnyc.com and find announcements for upcoming auditions. Good luck!

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