May 31st, 2012
Crystal Cruises‘ volunteers to aid more needy European communities In 2012
Crystal Cruises continues to expand its complimentary “You Care, We Care” voluntourism program with new opportunities for guests and crew to give back in Europe.
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March 16th, 2012
e are all told at one point in our lives that we possess certain gifts. Whether it is in the arts, sciences, business or humanities, we all have an instinct or natural proclivity towards something. If you’re reading this, you most likely have a proclivity for music. You’ve spent years honing your skills to a level that you and others (mainly teachers and peers) deem as praiseworthy and your main goal, your modus operandi, is to channel your passion towards an audience that will appreciate your talent. That is the main reason why many of us aspire to play in big bands and jazz orchestras in the first place. However, it becomes rather easy to lose hope when opportunity does not present itself at your door. Some of us fear taking the plunge and taking opportunity that requires small sacrifices. This is usually the case when accepting a gig on a cruise ship. We set sail for months and leave everything behind. We disconnect from what we know as home and friends for a life that we are not familiar with. But the fact remains that music is meant to be shared. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »
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.
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March 21st, 2011
In 1986, I was a struggling saxophone player in New York City, going from audition to audition, joining every rehearsal big band I could find, willing to perform any kind of gig from weddings to jazz gigs, from salsa to rock and roll. I was a sax mercenary, trying to establish myself. My first job in the Big Apple was literally underground, part of an eight-piece blues band performing for donations in the Union Square subway station. To make ends meet I was also selling Christmas trees at my neighbourhood kiosk. Not exactly the glamorous life I had envisioned. Read the rest of this entry »