There is an endless list of jobs done at sea

 

This section about working at sea has been asked for over and over again so it is back.

We are not agents; we cannot help you other than the advice and links here.

Our chat sites are passenger chat sites, not crew sites.

There is a shortage of crew at sea and has been since COVID.

Some of our moderators are guest staff, which means they are guests who go and perform on a ship, some, used to work on a ship and now travel as a passenger, like Gemma Bethel who now has four children.

If you are after a free holiday, then that might not be the best reason to be thinking of working at sea.

There are many jobs, many areas of work, none of them easy, the rules are strict, and the expectations are high. The last thing any ship likes is guests complaining, and they can.

Below are some tips and sometimes links to agents. We are not agents; we are retired, and we cruise!

As you read on, here is a thought. Each job is a cabin. When you have finished your term, the cabin will be filled by the person doing your job. There is a cabin for the Guest Speaker, and a cabin for the Cabaret Act, as there is for the Compliance Officer.

General jobs on ships, from Cabin Steward to Kitchen Staff, from Engine Room to Child Care, from Guest Servces to IT, are all handled by agents and there are many. We are not connected to any, but an internet search will help you. 

One such agent is all cruise jobs – click here

ABOUT THE SHIP

This is Gemma’s area of expertise. The Steiners. Gemma is a moderator on the Ventura chat group.

Working On Ship – Working in the Spa

Gemma is one of our Moderators here at Doris Visits. She now travels as a guest, the same as you and all of us here, but worked on a cruise ship as a ‘Steiner’

How to become a Cruise Ship Speaker

There still appears to be a shortage of good Speakers and a desperate shortage of Destination Speakers on cruise ships. 

CRUISE PODCAST – 10 Magician Manuel Martinez

Jean and Stuart talk to the winner of the coveted Stage Magician of the Year Award (given by the inner Magic Circle), and the number 1 cruise ship comedy comedian

Adam Allinson – choir master extraordinaire on the oceans

There are certain performers who make magic happen, Adam Allinson is one such entertainer.

Dancer, Singer? Casting for Shows at sea – We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia

I have spent nearly 50 years in the entertainment and now visit the ships to talk about it and am bombarded by questions.

Dance Hosts and Hostessess

Fred Olsen ships feature dancing in a big way and ensure that solo cruisers are never alone by having Dance Hosts. Each of their ships, and maybe other cruise lines, has a small team of friendly, capable dance hosts, (male and female), available during dance classes and evening dance sessions. These are people who are […]

Working in a ship casino

We start, as always by saying ships take people with experience. If you have worked as a dealer, or croupier before and want to work at sea, then apply.

Crew Cabin – so, is it luxury or just like a student room

There are different grades of crew room, but most are pretty basic, and below heads of department and officers you will probably have to share.

Below Decks – what is it like in the crew areas

Many of you have been asking about the crew areas and how a ship works, so we have found a couple of guest presenters to work with us to take you down below decks.

How to become a Cruise Ship Speaker

There still appears to be a shortage of good Speakers and a desperate shortage of Destination Speakers on cruise ships. 

Ken Lennox, guest speaker

Ken Lennox has spent his career working for national newspapers and magazines in the UK and overseas.

Stuart St Paul – was the Queen Alien in Aliens

Stuart was the Queen Alien in James Cameron’s award-winning movie Aliens.

Cruise Podcast 13 – Marty Kristian ‘taught the world to sing’ in The New Seekers

A celebrity guest who is often found on a ship somewhere at sea is Marty Kristian, with his wife Carol. He talks about his first cruise,

Cruise Ship Speaker – David Withington

In our collection of Cruise Ship Speakers, we are pleased to add David Withington. David has his own web presence in several forms

Jean Heard, classical actress travelling the world.

You may know Jean as the main presenter here at Doris Visits, but at sea, in costume, she performs

Crime Writers @ Sea Festival.

Jean interviews crime writers Robert Daws and Stuart St Paul, who between them have worked on most major British television shows and

Paul Fellows – a fellow of the Astronomical Society – top guest on board

Paul Fellows is a co-presenter of the public open evenings at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

Col Tim Collins OBE guest speaker at sea

Tim is in huge demand as a speaker, but can be found at sea with the odd tale to tell. Famed for his address of the troops before going into Iraq,

Keith and Nancy Appleyard – a daytime team

The currency on ships is cabin space. So, husband and wife speakers are a bonus, and the same with dance and bridge instructors.

Derek Redmond on of Britain’s best known athletes, a great entertainer

We first met Derek Redmond 25 years ago when he collapsed at the Barcelona Olympics, stood, crippled with an injury

Become a Cruise Ship Speaker – it is not that easy

If you have ever been to an event where Game of Thrones actor James Cosmo has spoken, you will remember it.

ABBA VOYAGE + ABBA MUSEUM. The Future of Cruise Ship Entertainment

Abba Voyager sounds like the name of a cruise ship. So, we went to Pudding Mill Lane to investigate.

A cruise ship stage show of the future?

The Jersey Boys was a big prediction of mine – after seeing the show I said, “cruise ship” and within no time, there were groups of lads

Live at the Apollo Manuel Martinez, flies back to Britannia

We were privileged to assist Manuel Martinez at the Hammersmith Apollo

Manuel Martinez pranks us here at the Doris Visits office.

Yes, Manuel rang us from Cuba.

David McArthur, concert pianist tells us of an attack by pirates.

Have you any idea how many grand pianos there are on a cruise ship?

Gary Barlow, brand representative and musical director of the new 710 club

The Limelight on the Britannia has been so successful that the Iona

Jean Heard, classical actress travelling the world.

You may know Jean as the main presenter here at Doris Visits, but at sea, in costume, she performs

SAGA CRUISE big entertainment have JOOLS HOLLAND for 5 years

This is a great catch… Jools.

Funny Tucker, from Barry Manilow, to Gladys Knight to Eastbourne panto to ship to ship.

One of our favourite comedians, Funny Tucker is found, if you are lucky on the bigger ships.

Pete Matthews – comedy juggler – no one is safe

We might not be inspired by the headline comedy juggler, and if you are the same prepare to be shocked,

The ship’s amazing Bublé Tribute Kai gets his own record deal and changes his name to Mark Kingswood

Kai is hauntingly good!

Helen Ward Jackson as herself and Adele

Helen is herself, but she is Adele so easily.

Jon Courtenay – Comedian and extraordinary pianist and showman

We like to feature the performers you see on the ships,

Bat Out Of Hell – West End Review – A future cruise ship musical ?

Big West End Shows and West End stars are the ‘meat’ and ‘loaf’ of cruise ships

Toulon, France and ex Naval base and base for the film Surviving Picasso

Toulon is France’s main naval base

Dancers Announced for the SCD STRICTLY COME DANCING CRUISE !!!!

The excitement has been boiling

Working On Ship – Working in the Spa

Gemma is one of our Moderators here at Doris Visits. She now travels as a guest, the same as you and all of us here, but worked on a cruise ship as a ‘Steiner’

Working On Ship – Working in the Spa

Gemma is one of our Moderators here at Doris Visits. She now travels as a guest, the same as you and all of us here, but worked on a cruise ship as a ‘Steiner’

Working On Ship – Working in the Spa

Gemma is one of our Moderators here at Doris Visits. She now travels as a guest, the same as you and all of us here, but worked on a cruise ship as a ‘Steiner’

How to become a Cruise Ship Speaker

There still appears to be a shortage of good Speakers and a desperate shortage of Destination Speakers on cruise ships. 

CRUISE PODCAST – 10 Magician Manuel Martinez

Jean and Stuart talk to the winner of the coveted Stage Magician of the Year Award (given by the inner Magic Circle), and the number 1 cruise ship comedy comedian

Adam Allinson – choir master extraordinaire on the oceans

There are certain performers who make magic happen, Adam Allinson is one such entertainer.

Dancer, Singer? Casting for Shows at sea – We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia

I have spent nearly 50 years in the entertainment and now visit the ships to talk about it and am bombarded by questions.

Laundry area on a ship is huge

Towel and sheet folding is not an art, it is non-stop

Cruise Ship Kitchen – a Cunard Galley Tour

Have you ever wondered how the food is planned and where it is made on a cruise ship. Jean went behind those huge silver revolving doors for Doris Visits,

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