[Dixielandjazz] Fwd: Cruise ship gigs
tcashwigg at aol.com
tcashwigg at aol.com
Wed Jun 21 22:30:14 PDT 2006
Hi all: Thought you would get a kick out of this post and the reply by
a local piano player who apparently took a gig with them and found it
to me much different than his regular schmaltzy gig.
Cruise Ship Gigs available:
We are hiring the following musicians to perform onboard a 5-Star
*Piano Bar Entertainer
Contracts are 6 months CONTINUOUS
Destinations include the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, Mediterranean,
Excellent Status...no extra duties
If you are interested, please contact us TODAY
Sounds like this young whipper snapper just does not understand
anything about a real musicians job, especially in this kind of market
place, apparently he is experienced only as bar or hotel lounge
entertainment piano bar player. A cruise ship is really not much
more than a floating Hotel, and the gig is a gig which includes room
and board, and so you play in split shifts situation, that is designed
to break up the monotony of all those long hours at sea with nowhere to
go. Nothing wrong with that you just have to adjust to it and pay
attention to the job description.
This kid sounds like a wimp who only wants to get high and get laid
and get free food and booze and not serious about being a WORKING
Professional Musician at all. He is no doubt a legend in his own mind
RE:Now Hiring----Cruise ship musicians---WORST GIG EVER! (ingleside /
SFSU / CCSF)
Reply to: see below
Date: 2006-06-21, 3:43PM PDT
This guy is looking for people to work on CELEBRITY CRUISELINES,and
having worked there before I feel it is my duty to warn people who are
considering to go on a cruise ship to AVOID THIS GIG!
Some of the reasons;
1)You will perform 14-21 days w/o a break--Days off are at the
"Discretion of the Cruise Director.In other words,you work almost every
2)You will be scheduled across the WHOLE day---an hour here,an hour
there,instead of the traditional 4-5 hour block of time.
3)You will have to pass a drug test and an EXTENSIVE medical exam,and
you will have to pay for it yourself.
4)You will have many extra duties and have to go to "Training
classes"--"Ethics training","Sexual harrassment
training","Environmental training","Safety training","Security
training"--All baout protecting themselves from being sued.
5)The cruises are LONG=OLLLLLLDDDD PEOPLE!(Need I say more?)
6)You're a hetero guy?--Not only are all the cruisers "Grandmas
age",but the Ratio of women who work on the ship to the men who work on
the ship is about 1 to 5!
So the chances of you getting laid the whole time you're on the ship
are next to zero,unless you're willing to go looking for a hooker,and
then of course you have to worry about the cops!
7)Heres a big one---The main reason we go on ships is to make $
right?But even if you're a piano bar entertainer,CELEBRITY does NOT
allow you to use a TIP JAR!!(Piano guys know what a big difference that
8)ITS VERY DIFFICULT getting on and off the ship!
And because CELEBRITY only stays at most of the ports for a very
short duration,and because you will have to wait for the guests to get
off first,you will not be getting off the ship much!
So much for seeing the world!
Not to mention that the food sucks!(You WILL get DIARRHEA!)and its a
VERY RESTRICTIVE environment!
You will be watched everywhere you go,and checked up on EVERY
You will have MANY BOSSES.
Sound LIKE FUN?
I hope that helps anyone who is even considering to work on one of
these "Slave ships"to CHANGE THEIR MINDS!!
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