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Cruise Concessionaire Directory

A cruise line concessionaire is simply a third party vendor that sells services or merchandise onboard a cruise ship. Concessionaires are independent companies that hire and train employees to work onboard the cruise ships that they partner with.  In fact, you would be working for the concessionaire and not the cruise line.  For some types of positions, the only way to get hired is to apply through the concessionaire.

Art Auctioneer | Casino | Clergy | Computer / IT | Dance Instructor | Gentlemen Dance Host | Gift Shop Sales | Lecturer | Lifeguard | Massage Therapist | Medical | Photographer | Shopping Expert | Spa & Salon | Youth Staff

Art Auctioneer

Park West Gallery
Park West Gallery provides art auctions on the following cruise lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival and Princess Cruises. They are seeking dynamic sales professionals who are entrepreneurial, self-motivated and looking to realize their full potential while living and working aboard a luxury cruise ship. Learn more here:


Within the casino are a variety of positions from Casino Manager and Croupier to Slot Technicians and Cashiers. The Casino Manager is responsible for the entire operation of the casino. Croupiers or dealers conduct a variety of casino games such as blackjack or American roulette according to the rules of the game and casino operation policies. Slot Technicians are responsible for servicing and maintaining slot machines, money-changers and coin-handling equipment. Casino Cashiers are responsible to receive, pay out and keep records of all exchange transactions that take place. A casino Cashier is an entry-level position and in order to apply you should have a strong background in banking or accounting. The casino is closed while the ship is in port. If all the work has been completed, casino employees are able to go ashore.

Carnival Corporation Casino Division
For jobs and to apply online:

Casinos Austria Maritime


Clergy members are responsible for leading all religious services onboard. Occasionally they may be called to organize a service for the crew or lead a wedding vow renewal ceremony. Before embarking the ship, each clergy member must be able to present documentation to verify his or her religious affiliation. Usually the clergy member receives a free cruise in exchange for the services provided. However, companies such as Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing hire priests, ministers and rabbis as needed on a year-round basis.

Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing 
Sixth Star recruits Catholic priests, Protestant ministers and Jewish rabbis as needed for Princess Cruises, Discovery World Cruises, and others. Apply online at

Computer / I.T.

Being at sea today means that everything is just a click away. Thanks to satellite technology, passengers and crew can get current news, sport scores and access email. Because of this new trend, more and more cruise lines are hiring people to work as shipboard computer specialists. These positions involve the set-up, programming and problem solving of onboard hardware, software and point-of-sale systems.

Anuvu (formerly Maritime Telecommunications Network)
Leading provider of connectivity (Wi-Fi) and content (movies and television) to the world’s most loved airlines, cruise lines, yachts and more. View their job openings here:

Dance Instructor

Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing 
Sixth Star Entertainment and Marketing is the leading provider of entertainment and enrichment staff travel programs to the cruise line industry. They provide low cost cruises to experts and professionals in a wide range of areas including dance instructors.  For more information, visit


Cruise ships hire all types of entertainers from dancers and comedians to singers and magicians. All performers must be professional show entertainers to have a chance of getting a job onboard a cruise ship. You must also be able to supply an audio and/or DVD/video tape, detailed resume and photo to the hiring company. The following websites have information on what types of acts they are looking for, as well as how and to whom you should apply.

There are several technical positions available onboard. There are lighting, sound, staging, costume, special effects and broadcast requirements for all shipboard entertainment venues. Also hired within the entertainment department are experienced stage managers.

Dance Afloat
Dance Afloat provide Dance Hosts, Host Couples, Dance Cabaret Acts and Professional Dance Instructors to cruise line and holiday companies for short-term working holiday contracts. Learn more here:

Don Casino Entertainment Agency
Specializing in supplying entertainment to major cruise lines and land venues worldwide. They are continually on the lookout for seasoned veteran entertainers as well as hot new acts. Talents include comics, jugglers, female and mail vocalists, ventriloquists, comedy magic, impressionists and hypnotists. Visit their website at

Jean Ann Ryan Productions 
Jean Ann Ryan Productions has provided entertainment for clients including Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, and Seabourn Cruises. Contracts with Jean Ann Ryan Productions are typically six months to one year. At the end of the contract, you may be eligible to extend or consider a contract on another ship. Visit their website at

Mike Maloney Entertainment
Located in Las Vegas, yet proving worldwide entertainment solutions for cruise lines, casinos and events since 1992.  Visit their website at for employment and auditions. 

ProShip Entertainment, Quebec
ProShip Entertainment supplies approximately 50 luxury cruise ships with onboard musicians, entertainers and technical personnel. ProShip operates on a low commission basis with no charges up front. The contracts will clearly show your net salary and their commission rate. See their website at for more information.

Sixth Star Entertainment 
Sixth Star Entertainment specializes in providing cruise lines and resorts with top-quality entertainment programs and personnel.  They have provided entertainment programs and services to Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, Discovery World Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Orient Lines, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, ResidenSea and Seabourn Cruise Line. 

Sixth Star hires for the following entertainment or enrichment staff positions: Arts & Crafts Instructors, Ballroom Dance Instructors, Bridge Directors, Caricature Artists, Cruise Entertainment Staff, Dancer-Production Teams, Face Painters, Guest Speakers, Musicians, Singer-Production Teams, Technical Staff, Youth Coordinators and others.  About Being “Enrichment Staff” – Whether you have been booked on a cruise as a guest speaker, bridge director, arts & crafts director, ballroom dance instructor, clergy or other short-term position, you fall under the category of “Enrichment Staff.”  Enrichment Staff are not employees of Sixth Star, nor the cruise line, and are not considered crew members. While Enrichment Staff are included on the passenger manifest and enjoy full passenger status, they are not “passengers,” as passengers have to pay full price for their cruise.  So, as Enrichment Staff, you are probably wondering, “Where do I fit in?” Good question! Enrichment Staff are in a bit of a gray area. They are not crew, but not passengers. That said; this gray area is one of the best travel deals afloat. In exchange for sharing your special talent several times throughout the cruise, you enjoy a cruise for two and all the food, entertainment and activities that passengers have to pay for. However, please note that due to this unique role, it is important that full-fare passengers always come first around the ship. For more information, visit

Stiletto Entertainment
Stiletto Entertainment began producing shows for cruise ships in 1995 and since then the Stiletto “fleet” has grown with a fourteenth ship added in 2008. Stiletto casts over 350 singers and dancers each year.  Visit their website at

Gentlemen Dance Host

This is a great position if you are a single, well-mannered gentleman with the ability to dance well. You will be responsible for escorting single ladies about the ship, joining them at cocktail parties and bridge games. This is not a Romeo position. Seduction is not part of the assignment.

Dance Afloat
Dance Afloat provide Dance Hosts, Host Couples, Dance Cabaret Acts and Professional Dance Instructors to cruise line and holiday companies for short-term working holiday contracts. Learn more here:

Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing 
Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing provides cruise lines and resorts with dance hosts called Distinguished Gents. These gentlemen dance hosts must have excellent social skills and be proficient in various dance styles such as salsa, waltz and fox trot. For more information, visit their website at

Gift Shop Sales

Boutique and gift shop sales staff positions onboard a cruise ship are considered entry-level. You must be 21 years old for onboard gift shop employment in the areas of tobacco and liquor. This is due to legal selling requirements. To apply you must have retail sales experience combined with a selling personality. Experience in fine jewelry, watches, cosmetics, fragrance and fashion sales is preferred. When applying, be sure to emphasize professionalism and an outgoing personality.  When in port, the gift shop must be closed because of customs regulations. This allows employees to go ashore if their work has been completed. Working hours are arranged at the discretion of the shop manager. 

Harding Brothers Retail Division
Harding Brothers currently operates retail outlets onboard 52 ships across 19 different cruise lines.  Visit their website at

Starboard Cruise Services
Florida-based Starboard Cruise Services, formerly known as Greyhound Leisure Services, employs shipboard gift shop staff for several major cruise lines.  Learn more:

Excellent Recruitment
A recruitment agency for Disney, Excellent Recruitment hire staff to provide friendly service while selling merchandise to guests in fixed and/or mobile retail locations throughout the ship and island. Learn more:


If you are an expert at lecturing and teaching botany, archaeology, astronomy, history, finance, gardening, golf, bridge, a foreign language or similar, you may receive a free cruise as payment. Also employed are port lecturers that give a series of original speeches describing the culture and history of the ship’s ports-of-call. 

Sixth Star Entertainment
Sixth Star Entertainment recruits destination and special interest speakers for a variety of cruise lines including Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, Discovery World Cruises, Orient Lines, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Royal Caribbean. Learn more:

The PPI Group 
The PPI Group provides training and employment for port & shopping lecturers onboard Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. See their website at for more information.

Onboard Media
Onboard Media is continuously seeking individuals with professional public speaking skills and a proven track record of customer/client interaction, preferably in a fast-paced, results-driven organization.  Learn more:


Excellent Recruitment
Shipboard lifeguards assist with monitoring and operating all water-based recreation spaces. Learn more:

Massage Therapist

Onboard nearly every ship, there are positions available for licensed, skilled and trained massage therapists. 

One Spa World
Florida-based company that operates spa services for several major cruise lines. 
770 South Dixie Highway #200
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Tel: 305-284-1400 | Email:


Ship Physician
All modern cruise ships have an infirmary and at least one doctor and nurse. Larger cruise ships may carry two doctors and several nurses. There are two types of shipboard doctors. Those who work year round as a career ship physician with a salary and vacation time. Then there are those who work in exchange for a free cruise. 

There are no set standards for shipboard doctors, but in our research we have noticed common minimum requirements for shipboard physicians. 

They are as follows: 

  • Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. 
  • Current valid medical license, international or American. 
  • Ability to converse in English. 
  • Board certification, similar international certification or equivalent experience in Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Internal Medicine or General Practice plus emergency or critical care experience. 
  • Clinical experience including minor surgical skills. 
  • Medical degree from a recognized college or university. 
  • Ability to diagnose and treat a broad range of medical conditions. 
  • Ability to immobilize simple fractures.

Ship Nurse
There are nurses that work onboard a ship as a full-time career and those who do so in exchange for free cruising. As with physicians, there are no set standards for shipboard nurses, but the minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Registered Nurse, licensed in Canada or the USA. 
  • Fluent in English. 
  • Have clinical experience in Emergency Medicine and the Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit or Post-Anesthetic Recovery. 
  • Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Contact the following individuals for the requirements needed to apply as shipboard physician and nursing staff.

Atlantic Medical Recruitment
Recruiter for several major cruise lines. Learn more:

Carnival Cruise Line
Attention: Director of Medical Operations
Carnival Cruise Line Executive Offices
3655 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33178 USA
Tel: (305) 599 2600 ext. 18009
Apply for medical positions here:

Princess Cruises
For a complete list of requirements, salary and benefit information, please visit

Page Marine Crews
Page Marine Crews is a recruitment agency that recruits Canadian physicians and nurses for several cruise lines. Physicians must be emergency or general practitioners with ACLS and ATLS accreditation and licensed in North America or Europe. Nurses should be emergency room, ICU, CCU or PAR nurses with ACLS. For more information, visit


The Photographer’s function onboard is to provide professional souvenir photographs for the passengers, thereby generating revenue for the cruise line. Photographers greet and take pictures of the passengers upon embarkation. They will participate in every shipboard activity and will go along as tour escorts on the various shore excursions in the hopes of selling the pictures back to the passengers. Photography concessionaires will hire photographers that have no previous cruise experience provided they have photography, photo processing and sales experience. It is also very important to be professional, outgoing and have a great sense of humor.

Carnival’s Photo Division

Image Photo Services 
Image photographers represent 34 nationalities and work onboard 40 luxury cruise ships. 

Cruise Vision
Hiring photographers, video operators and sales staff. Learn more:

Showtime Pictures
Since 1991, Showtime Pictures has been the cornerstone of the concession industry. Learn more:

The Ship’s Photographer
They are looking for talented creative photographers to join their team. Learn more:

Shopping Expert

Do you have sharp business instincts, entrepreneurial drive and a sparkling personality? Do you enjoy sharing the thrill of shopping in beautiful vacation destinations? Then a career as a Shopping Expert could be just what you’re looking for.

Onboard Media
Onboard Media is continuously seeking individuals with professional public speaking skills and a proven track record of customer/client interaction, preferably in a fast-paced, results-driven organization.  Learn more:

The PPI Group 
The PPI Group provides training and employment for port & shopping lecturers onboard Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. See their website at for more information.

Spa & Salon Positions

Within the salon there are a variety of positions available for licensed, skilled and trained health and beauty professionals, hairdressers, and nail technicians.

Canyon Ranch SpaClub® at Sea
Occasionally looking for spa managers, massage therapists, nail techs, aestheticians, hair stylists, fitness instructors, guest service representatives and spa concierge staff for onboard the Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line) and Oceania Cruises. Learn more:

One Spa World
Florida-based company that operates spa services for several major cruise lines.  Learn more:

Youth Staff

Excellent Recruitment
Hiring youth activities and nursery counsellors, and more. Learn more: