Cruise Ship Entertainment Agencies & Contacts

cruise ship entertainment agency

Cruise ships and boat trips are regular employers of cabaret artists, singers, dancers, musicians, bands, DJ’s and other entertainers. The type and style of music or show required varies considerably depending on the company, length of trip and passenger demographic. Entertainers and musicians are expected to be highly proficient, versatile and capable of learning new routines/songs quickly, be able to read music and work long hours.

All sorts of artists are hired from the one-man band (singer/guitarist/pianist/backing tracks), Duos, Trios, DJs to ‘Cabaret Performers’ who provide self-contained or accompanied shows in two or more 45-minute slots per day/evening or as a performer of an existing group in a pre-produced show. Some companies also hire artists as part of an ‘in-house’ troupe who are expected to learn and perform a variety of duties (acting/singing/dancing) on several shows presented during the length of the cruise.

Ships are like any other venue and come in all shapes, sizes and calibres of staff expectancy… some require the artist to provide their own musicians, backing, props, lighting and equipment whilst other ships contain a fully equipped stage complete with lighting, p.a. rig and in-house orchestra/band. The type of shows presented are diverse.. on larger ships, this may mean a DJ is working in one bar, a singalong duo is in another whilst solo artists up to large theatrical style productions and/or major guest artists are rehearsing/performing on the main stage! Short trips and smaller craft have less space and amenities so tend to employ more self-contained acts.

Being confined to a ship (no matter how large) means that all crew are expected to be on duty 24/7 ……. in other words, be nice to the passengers even if you have a sore head, runny nose or bad day plus be prepared to cover a variety of other duties when staff are off sick, even if it is not part of their normal duties. Staff are usually contracted for the duration of the cruise which can be for anything between one day to a year and can expect good wages with accommodation and meals included.

It is also a fallacy that cruise ship entertainers are unlikely to be ‘discovered’ or attain celebrity status… many singers use any opportunity to perform as a means to polishing their performances and have subsequently moved onward and upward in their careers like Claire Sweeney and Jane McDonald.

Entertainers usually gain employment by application and audition. Age ranges considerably, although 21 to mid-30s is standard, companies who concentrate on serving the more mature market, often prefer music and artists who can cater to a more selective, older clientele. A showreel is not always necessary but desirable, especially for those who can provide a pre-produced show or package. Advertisements for these positions can be found in The Stage Newspaper (UK), Variety (US) and major newspapers.  Enquiries can also be made direct to the cruise liners and specialist Cruise Ship Agencies and Entertainment Agents who may run showcases for cruise ship bookers.

The following list is a selection of worldwide cruise ship entertainment agencies and contact addresses for some of the . Please Note: A listing in this section does not constitute a recommendation.

Cruise Ship Companies

Carnival Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises (UK) and Celebrity Cruises (USA)
Costa Cruise Lines
Cruceros Australis
Crystal Cruises
DFDS Seaways
Disney Cruise Line
Festival Cruises
Fred Olsen Cruise Line
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Hebridean Island Cruises
Holland America Line
KD River Cruises
Lindblad Expeditions
Louis Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Line
Orient Lines
Ocean Village
P&O Cruises
Princess Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean International (UK) and Royal Caribbean International (USA)
Saga Cruises
Seabourn Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises
Star Clippers
Star Cruises
Swan Hellenic
Thomson Cruises
Windstar Cruises

Ferry Operators

The following ferry operators also provide on-board cruise services for weekend cruises, travel packages and overnight hops.

BC Ferries
Brittany Ferries
Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridean and Clyde Ferries
Color Line
Fjord Line
Fred. Olsen, SA
HML (Hellenic Mediterranean Lines)
Minoan Lines (Also Minoan Line Cruises)
P&O Ferries
Scand Lines
Smyril Line
SNCM (Socie’te’ Nationale Maritime Corse Me’diterrane’e)
Tallink Silja Lines

Cruise Ship Entertainment Agencies

Above All Entertainment
15 Eastport Lane,
Lewes, East Sussex
Tel: 01273 486 622, Fax: 01273 486 633

Basa Productions
Friars Court
St John Street
Notts DN22 6JY
Tel: 0845 230 2272

Belinda King Presents Ltd
Burghley House
27 Billing Road
NN1 5AT, England
Tel: 00 44 (0)1604 250 693

Blue Moon Talent, Inc.
1874 Denver West Court
Suite 632
Golden, CO 80401
Tel: 1-888-773-7730 or 303-979-3463

Boogie Management
Suite 8, Claremont House,
22-24 Claremont Road,
Surrey KT6 4QU
Tel: +44 (0) 208 390 8634
Entertainment Agency with divisions specialising in Artiste Management, Corporate Entertainment & Cruise Ship provision

Bramson Entertainment
630 Ninth Ave. – Suite 203
New York,10036 USA
Tel:(212)265 – 3500
Fax:(212)265-661 5

Bramson Entertainment
1541 W. Oak Knoll Circle
Davie, FL 33324
Tel: (954) 423-8853

Broadway Bound
830 Broadway, 3rd Floor,
New York City NY 10003 USA
Tel: 212-674-8631
Fax: 212-475-1567

Costa Cruises
200 S Park Road
Suite 200
Hollywood FL 33021
Tel: 305-461-3300

Cruising Musicals Consortium
Suite 3, Waldorf Chambers,
11 Aldwych,
London WC2B 4DG UK

Deja Vu
Casa Verde,
8 Coppice Way, Droitwich Spa,
Tel and Fax: 01905 771627

Don Casino Productions
20880 West Dixie Highway
Suite 105
Miami FL 33180 USA
Tel: (305) 931-7552

Elaine Avon Ltd
127 Westhall Rd, Warlingham
Surrey CR3 9HJ UK
Tel: 01883 622 317

ESI Entertainment
6400 Pleasant Park Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55317-8804
Tel: (952) 470-9000
Bookers and agents for national music talent, artist’s and Bands for Cruise Ships.

Excellent Entertainment
Suites 2-5, The Business Centre,
120 West Heath Road
London NW3 7TU UK
Tel: +44 (0)208 458 4212 or +44 (0)208 458 4572

Garry Brown Associates International Ltd.
27 Downs Side
Cheam, Surrey, UK
Tel: 0208-643-3991
Tel: 0208-770-7241
Job Tel: 0208-643-8375

Gary Parkes Music
172 Haverstock Hill,
London NW3 2AT UK
Tel: 0207 794 1581. Fax: 0207 431 5537

Ian Clark Entertainments
20 Blackwall Road
Kent TN24 0NY
Tel: 012133 635422
Specialists in Ferry entertainment for Brittany Ferries and P&O Stena Line Irish Ferries.

Innovative Cruise Services
36 Midlothian Drive
Glasgow G41 3QU
Tel: 0141 649 8644

Jean Anne Ryan Productions
308 SE 14th St
Fort Lauderdale
FL 33316 USA
Tel: 954 523-6399 ext. 27 (casting)

KMC Agnecies
P.O BOX 122,
48 Great Ancoats Street,
Manchester, M4 5AB
Tel: 0161 237 3009
KMC Agnecies
11-15 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BP
Tel: 0845 660 2459

Live Business Grosvenor Productions
22 Prescott Place,
Tel: 0207 622 0751

Maritime Leisure Group
Maritime House
CH-8854 Galgenen

Matrix Entertainments Ltd
PO Box 222
Surrey KT10 9YB
Tel: 01372 464829

Mike Moloney Entertainment LLC
PO Box 371059,
Las Vegas,
NV 89137. USA
Tel: 702-228-8300

Molyneux Musick
312 9th Avenue South,
Nashville, Tennessee 37203 USA
Tel: 615-254-5411

Musicianship Entertainment
4896 N Paulina
Chicago, IL 60640 USA
Tel: (773) 728-5956

Noble Caledonia Ltd
2 Chester Close,
London SW1X 7BE
Tel: 020 7752 0000)
Solo pianists and lecturers only

Oceanbound Entertainment
418 Francois
Otterburn Park, QC J3H 5X1
Tel: 1-888-714-0964 or 1-450-714-0965
Fax: 1-514-227-5475

Openwide International Group
24-26 Arcadia Avenue,
London N3 2JU
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 208 349 7195
Fax: +44 (0) 208 349 7197

Openwide International Group
2800 NE 41st Street
Lighthouse Point
Florida 33064
Tel: 001 954 942 7330

Partnership Events and Entertainment
North Barn
Broughton Hall
North Yorkshire BD23 3AE
tel: 01756 796 176)

Pepperpot Promotions
Suite 20b, 20-22 Orde Hall Street,
Holborn, London WC1N 3JW, UK
Tel: 020 7405 9108

PGT Entertainments
P.O. Box 715,
Cape Canaveral
Florida 32920 USA
Tel: 321 453 2313
PGT Talent Applications

ProShip Entertainment
980 Saint Antoine West #710
Canada H3C 1A8
Tel: +1-514-485-8823 or Toll Free USA: 1.888.477.6744
Fax: +1-514-485-2675
Specialist cruise ship entertainments agency which supplies major lines like Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises etc., All styles of performer and technician are required. Jobs are posted online along with a handy guide to types of acts and the audition process.

Ray Cornell Artistes & Productions Ltd
Applause House,
56 St Annes Road,
Telephone : 01253 402463
Fax : 01253 404006

Ray Kennedy Production Company
244 South Academy St
North Carolina
28115, USA

Resident Entertainers
Lime Tree Farm
Stanney Lane
Little Stanney
CH2 4HT, England
Tel: +44 (0) 151 3552550
Tel: 0844 357 3775 (recruitment line)

Roger Kendrick Cruising Entertainments
P.O. Box 307
Tel: +44 (0) 1253 712125

Showbiz International Cruising Ltd
Rossall Point Fleetwood,
83 Princes Way,
Nr Blackpool,
Telephone : 01253 777711
Fax: 01253 773358

Sixth Star Entertainment &Marketing
21 NW 5th Street,
Fort Lauderdale,
FL 33301 USA
Tel: 954-462-6760

Stiletto Entertainment
8295 S La Cienega Boulevard,
CA 90301 USA
Tel: 310-957-5757
Fax: 310 957 5758

Stadium Theatre Company
c/o P &O Cruises
Richmond House
Terminus Terrace
Southampton SO14 3PN
Hampshire, UK
Tel: 01703 534200

Valentine Productions
51 Wern Goch
Cardiff CF23 7AB
Tel and fax: 029 20 311 476

Voyages of Discovery
Lynnem House
1 Victoria Way
Burgess Hill
West Sussex RH15 9NF
Tel: +44 (0) 844 822 0802
Fax: +44 (0) 844 412 1764