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A comprehensive, exhaustive guide to working as a musician on a cruise ship.
Before You Go
Can you use sheet music in the lounges? How often can you get off the ship? Things you should know about working on a cruise ship before you accept a contract.
What To Pack
How many pairs of socks will you need? Do you need to bring a tux? Find detailed packing lists and travel advice for your first cruise gig.
While You’re There
What is it like to work as a cruise ship musician? How many hours do you work? What are the first days like? What happens if you get fired?
Before You Come Home
After Your Gig
Coming back to land requires some adjusting after so many months on a ship. Read how others have coped, and what they miss.
Guest Performer Job
What’s it like to work as a guest performer? Do you get a passenger room? Read a first hand account of working as a resident guest performer on the high seas.
Show Band Job
Read first-hand accounts of working as a show band musician on ships in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
Ports of Call
Read travel stories and descriptions of cruise ship destinations in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean – written by working cruise ship musicians.
How old are most cruise ship musicians? Can I get a gig on my summer vacation? Find answers to frequently asked questions about cruise gigs.
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