(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Performing on Cruise Ships

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Whether you are a singer, musician, dancer, variety artist or any kind of live entertainer, this is a great starting point for you if you want to be a cruise ship entertainer.

In this exclusive Backstage Business Academy audio show, listen to an in-depth discussion on performing on cruise ships and bookings gigs on ships.

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I have been performing on cruise ships for half a decade as a headline entertainer. While I don’t stay on the ships for very long periods (less than a month at a time with a week or two-break in between), my show is installed on the ship for 6 – 7 months at a time.

As of this audio show in Aug 2016, I am the resident headliner for Royal Caribbean’s “Ovation of the Seas”, currently, the newest and largest cruise liner in Asia. Last year, I was the headliner for Quantum of the Seas which was the newest and largest ship in Asia at that time. In Oct/ Nov 2016, my show is installed on two ships at the same time.

All in, that is a total of 7 ships, 50 contracts, 115 weeks at sea, over 250 headliner shows & counting.

In the first part of this 60-min audio show, I will share some general valuable information on the cruise industry and what you need to know if you want to perform on cruise ships; including:

1) Overview of the Cruise Industry
2) Different Types of Entertainers that Work Cruise Ships
3) Types of Shows Booked on a Cruise Shop
4) The Market for Entertainers in the Cruise Ship Industry
5) Designing Your Show for Cruise Ships

In the second half of this audio show, I speak with Fred & Bobbie Becker who perform as “The Beckers” on cruise ships. We discuss all things related to working cruise ships and how to get started.

Listen to the audio show or download it below or here.

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The Beckers have also developed a course called “Gigs on Ships”.

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This comprehensive 9-week course will teach you everything you need to know and more on working on cruise ships.

  • They lay their entire business out for you and teach you everything it took them more than 40 years to learn.
  • You’ll be 100% prepared by listening to interviews with industry professionals including Cruise Directors, Agents, and Production Managers.
  • You get their entire lists of contacts, and more importantly, details on what to do with each one.
  • Exclusive access to a community of ship entertainers in the private members only website. (I’m an adviser!)

Students of their course have secured multi-week contracts on cruise lines and pursued one of their performing dreams.

Course Intake for 2016 is Now Closed. The next run will be in 2017.

However, sign up HERE for a whole bunch of free information on working cruises and updates on the next course.

Even if you don’t sign up for the course, the free info is worth your time… no strings attached!




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