Hot Job: Ship Entertainers for Carnival Cruises

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Looking for a job? Here's a cool opportunity that just might be a great new start for the right person.

The position: Onboard ship entertainer (piano bar singer, dancer)

Location: Constantly changing; wherever the ship happens to be.

Job duties: Responsible for entertaining ship guests on a nightly basis. Dancers perform in two Vegas-style shows nightly, two nights per cruise.

The company: Carnival Cruise Lines (Stock Quote: CCL) is part of Carnival Corporation, a global cruise company that also includes Holland America and Princess Cruises.

Requirements: All employees must be at least 18 and have a valid passport. Candidates will be required to undergo a physical exam. Must be very outgoing, and able to interact with guests — the majority of whom are in their mid-20s to mid-50s. The company says their most successful piano bar entertainers have a repertoire from artists like Billy Joel, The Eagles, The Beatles and Jimmy Buffet. (Piano bar entertainers whose repertoires consist mainly of show tunes or cabaret music would probably not be a good fit.) Dancers must have strong technical training in ballet and jazz. Dancers must attend weekly rehearsals.

Extra perks: The obvious allure of this gig is the chance to travel to lots of great locations. Entertainers get onboard meals and accommodations, company discounts and a retirement plan. After successfully completing their first contract, employees may request to be assigned to a specific ship.

Interesting info: The company says it is very "couples friendly" when it comes to employees, and makes an effort to place couples/partners on the same ship. Contracts range from three to 10 months in length, and employees live onboard for the length of their contract. Employees tend to work long hours, as there is only a three-hour turnaround between the end of one cruise and the start of another.

Other opportunities: They need band members, especially trombone, sax and trumpet players. They also have lots of opportunities for technicians to help with the lights, audio and stage operations. In addition, they need DJs, karaoke hosts and youth program staff members.

How to apply: Submit an online demo, which can include audio and/or video, at the Carnival Web site. You can also check the site for a schedule of upcoming in-person auditions.

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