Time Of My Life

May 23rd, 2011

Throughout my career as founder of Proship Entertainment, I’ve been asked countless of times: “Did you ever worked on ships yourself?”  The answer is: yes and I had the time of my life.  In fact I had so much fun, I started this company whilst onboard my first vessel, in cabin CW-8 of the SS Amerikanis.  During the two-day crossings between New York City and St-Georges in Bermuda, I was able to borrow the purser’s typewriter to put together our company’s first agreements, procedures and correspondence. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Dumbest Passenger Questions

May 11th, 2011

Whether they’re true or just urban legend, they’ve certainly been around a long time. Along with; noisy flushing toilets, small cabins, and even smaller showers …. they’ve formed the mainstay of many a cruise-ship comedian’s second show.

So now, in no particular order, we proudly present ….

The “Top 10 Dumbest Passenger Questions!Read the rest of this entry »

The Cruise Ship Industry: Recession-Proof

May 3rd, 2011

On my recent trip to England where we met one of our clients, P&O Cruises aka P&O UK, aka the oldest cruise line in the world, not to be mistaken with P&O Australia its sister company down under, I brought along some interesting reading material: portions of 2010 annual report for Carnival Corporation & PLC, their consolidated statements of income.  Because Carnival Corp. is a public company, their financial statements are available to the general public and you can find the latest here:


I am not a financial analyst, but I find this yearly report to be a trove of information on the state of the industry and without being an expert, I believe some conclusions can be drawn from those numbers.   Read the rest of this entry »

Need a job? Run away and join the circus

April 25th, 2011

By Kim Hjelmgaard, MarketWatch

March 25, 2011, 1:56 p.m. EDT

Need a job? Run away and join the circus

The circus-arts sector is hiring even in this economy

LONDON(MarketWatch) — It used to be enough when all else failed to simply run away and join the circus. And in today’s mediocre hiring environment, it turns out the circus may still be a reliable source of job openings. Read the rest of this entry »

How to put a promo pack together.

April 20th, 2011

I have been working at Proship Entertainment for over 8 years and many of you already know me. I started in January 2003 and although I came from an accounting background, I was also a drummer in a band for many years. I knew what I had to do to get good paying gigs: Make a very good promo pack! The better the promo pack, the better the job. I did not know anything about the cruise ship Read the rest of this entry »

Synergy Down Under

April 19th, 2011

You’ve gotta listen to ‘That old black magic’!

Synergy is what happens on a P&O Australia ship when the cocktail pianist leads and rocks the band sending piano bar entertainer Norman Levene into a front man vocalist  onboard the MV Pacific Pearl in February 2011.

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You’ve gotta have styles…

April 13th, 2011

Looking for a nice, challenging gig onboard Cruise Ships? There are lots of opportunities for musicians. But, before you join on that fabulous adventure of Cruising around the World, there is one thing among others that’s very important to master to have a successful start in this industry.

For those who are just finishing school and looking to get started on your musical career, it is very important to have a good understanding of Latin Dance Styles; the most popular being played onboard ships are the Bossa Nova, Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba. Although the music perform onboard is getting more pop oriented, in many occasions you will be asked to perform Ballroom Dancing sets. Depending on which instruments you are playing, knowing the right rhythms, tempos, comping, bass lines for each of those latin styles mentioned above is most important. It might actually be the first things that you would play when joining a ship. Being well prepare will give a good first impression to the Band Leader.

What follows are the most common Ballroom dancing styles and others that you’ll likely be performing onboard ships: Bossa Nova, Samba, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Paso Doble, Jive, etc  There are plenty of videos examples on YouTube to get started. Just do a search and start shedding.

Patrice Duchemin, Account Manager

I will never forget the first time I saw a cruise ship.

April 7th, 2011

I was 15 years old and the PEI Symphony Orchestra was playing at the PEI Confederation Center of the Arts, which is just a few blocks away from the Charlottetown harbour.Charlottetown_quay

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10 Effective Strategies When Applying for Cruise Musician Jobs

April 5th, 2011

For those of you that don’t know him, David Hahn is an excellent piano player, originally from Illinois, that has dedicated a part of his life to help musicicians in their careers.  To this end, he has founded www.musicianwages.com which is a a great  site filled with FREE and pertinent information for the working musician, complete with a job board.


Recently David extended his hospitality by asking the proship team for an article on 10 Effective Strategies When Applying for Cruise Musician Jobs.  We are grateful for the opportunity and invite you to read the article at:



Daniel Thibault, CEO

Here is what a guitar player should know …

March 30th, 2011

… about a Show band gig on a modern cruise ship:

First off, you have to posses excellent sight reading skills; every day you will be called upon to read different charts in many different styles.  Usually you will see the charts for the first time at rehearsal, which is only a few hours before the actual show, thus making it imperative to nail it on the spot.  If you do struggle with one or more charts, you may have the time to practice them before “Showtime”.

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