How to Get Work as a Guest Entertainer on a Cruise Ship

September 25th, 2020 by admin Leave a reply »

This varies from cruise line to cruise line, so again, either ask your agent or check
the Guest Entertainer Manual of the cruise line you are working for the discounts
you are allowed as a guest entertainer. The general rule for most ships is that there
is a 25% bar discount for guest entertainers and a 20% discount in the boutique
shops on board. At the end of each cruise when you get your bill, make sure that
the discounts have been taken off the final account. It has happened on so many
occasions where the final discount was wrong or not taken off. For whatever reason
these days, the bills are always wrong and most guest entertainers have to end up
going down at the end of a cruise and sorting the problems out. I often believe the
problems on ships are due to simple lack of communication between departments!
There are the top end cruise lines where you don’t have to pay for any drinks at the
bar, but that is the minority. There is also a 21-year minimum age requirement for
purchasing alcohol on most cruise lines.
Everything you purchase is put on to your account so ships are a cashless society,
however I always take a few dollar bills and leave them as tips.
Note:- As of re-reading this book the company I work for has now taken off any
discounts in the shops on board for guest entertainers.

Requirement of Shows
Each cruise line will have different requirements from their Guest Entertainers, what
I offer is simply a guideline -

Length and number of shows
I checked the guidelines in the manual for the cruise line I work on and they state
that a minimum repertoire of two 30-minute and one 15-minute show is required.
On longer cruises it may be necessary to perform three of four 30 minute shows. On
the ships I work I have never done two different 30 minute shows, rather one full
show and a split show with another act or two different 45 minute shows. On the
cruise I am on at the moment, as of writing this book, I am performing two 45
minute shows and a close-up show. The close-up show is at my suggestion to the
cruise director as it gives me another chance to push my DVDs plus I thoroughly
enjoy close-up magic.
How many shows you are required to perform depends entirely on the length of
cruise. If you are doing the short seven day cruises then more often that not you will
only be required to do one full show, perhaps maybe another show sharing the bill
with another act. On the longer cruises of say twenty four days you can be assured
you will need to do two different full shows. This requires a lot of work and it is
important that your second show is as strong as the first.
Speaking from experience I prefer just to do my one main show as it contains all my
number one material, rather than try and split it up between two shows. After
experimenting with my act I realized how important it is to make sure your first
show is very strong, that way people will talk about you, get to know you and come
back for the second. You will hear other entertainers say they have an A and a B
show, in my opinion if you want a long career in Cruising make sure both your
shows are A material. If you can do a close-up show then by all means mention it to
the cruise director as it all helps in the long run keeping your name in front of the
passengers when they fill in the comment cards.
The general rule of thumb is that you will do your main show twice in one night.


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