Royal Caribbean plans to hire more than 1,400 new entertainers for its cruise ships

Royal Caribbean has always emphasized the importance of live entertainment on its cruise ships and plans to expand this commitment with a host of new hires.

The cruise line has announced a new plan that will open more than a thousand new positions.

Next year, Royal Caribbean will seek to hire more than 1,400 musicians, artists and production teams across the fleet. These new hires will join more than 3,000 cast and production staff.

Not only will the new hires augment the existing fleet of 26 cruise ships, but some will be hired to work on Icon of the Seas when it launches in 2023.

Royal Caribbean hopes to fulfill roles for performers and behind-the-scenes crew to bring entertainment experiences to life through original and West End productions, musical performances, ice skating shows, diving and acrobatic feats , And much more.

Royal Caribbean’s Senior Vice President of Entertainment, Nick Weir, spoke about the importance of hiring new artists, “Music and entertainment are key to making Royal Caribbean vacations memorable.”

“We continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in entertainment in front of 105,000 guests each night, and the choice of career opportunities available to entertainment professionals number in the thousands. To continue raising the bar, we are expanding our incredibly talented roster of world-class singers, Olympic athletes, Broadway and West End stars, acclaimed producers and directors, to name a few.”

We are also committing more resources than ever before to music and entertainment for 2023.”

Help the industry

Royal Caribbean not only needs to hire new employees to staff its ships, but it sees this as an opportunity to help an industry that is still struggling to get back to business.

According to a report by Help Musicians in January 2022, seventy-five percent of musicians worry about their financial situation at least once a day and a quarter of them consider leaving their profession for good.

The survey was conducted in partnership with Censuswide and surveyed 3,000 emerging musicians and 4,500 music-loving consumers in the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Norway. Highlights include:

  • 80% of European emerging musicians said live performances were what excited them the most in 2022.
  • Seventy percent noted that performing in front of a live audience is the most rewarding part of their job.
  • More than 35% of them said that traveling and discovering new destinations was what they were most looking forward to doing in 2022.
  • A total of 68% of music-loving European consumers said live music made them happier.
  • A third of consumers also said live music was what they were most excited about in 2022.
  • 85% of people associate their best vacation memories with a piece of music, and 67% said that music and entertainment are important when choosing their next vacation.

Up to 25,000 artists from around the world audition for Royal Caribbean each year, with many training in its state-of-the-art 132,500 square foot entertainment studio in Miami.

What it means to be hired by Royal Caribbean for an artist

Rachael Hudson works on Wonder of the Seas in Royal Caribbean’s original production “Effectors II: Crash ‘n’ Burn,” and has been employed by the cruise line for more than five years.

She has been a featured singer on Explorer of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas.

“In our industry, the opportunity to perform live and hone your skills every day is so rare, and I am truly capable of building a career at Royal Caribbean.”

“I work alongside the world’s most experienced producers, choreographers and coaches in the industry while traveling to amazing places like Miami, the Bahamas and Rome.”

“After the past few years, it’s amazing to be back performing live in front of audiences around the world.”

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