Love your agent!

June 3rd, 2011
This week I received a great letter from one of our Band Leaders on the Cunard fleet.   I thought it was important to share because recruiters work very hard in the background to find specific work that suits a candidate.  In a given week, our recruiters talk, listen to, research, and evaluate hundreds of individuals, and only a few end up materializing into concrete employment.  Believe me, it’s hard work, and a lot of it happens behind the scene.  When this work is recognized as the best in the industry, I feel it’s worth it to post it here as follows.  Thank you Fred for taking the time.  Wow!  Great work, Carl.
Dear Sir,
My name is Fred Schactler. I’ve been working in the cruise industry for 25 years as a guest artist and music director / bandmaster.  I’m writing to tell you that your agent, Carl Girard, is the best representation I’ve had in my cruise career.
He’s respectful and he listens. He’s informed and able to answer my questions. He understands what I want and calls me when he has something that fits.
He communicates well; answering emails and returning phone calls promptly.
He has my complete confidence and I’m thankful to have him representing me.
Fred Schactler

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 »

WOW! The Queen Mary 2 Orchestra in action!

March 23rd, 2011

You have to listen to this!

The Proship Orchestra playing Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca live onboard the Queen Mary on 2 January 28, 2011.

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