Be a ship musician!

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 »

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 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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The First Ever Proship Entertainment Blog

January 8th, 2011

Hi Folks,

Welcome, and thanks for taking the time to stop by the first ever Proship Entertainment Blog entry. We’d like to make this an on-going thing and hope to see you here on a regular basis. Now, I know some of you might be thinking: “haven’t you guys at Proship got better things to do than to start writing a blog?” and my initial answer was “Yes we have!” but this is a direct response to requests from musicians for better communication, and a way to keep you informed about what is happening with Proship, our new clients and our old friends.

Due to the nature of our core “cruise ship entertainment” business, this blog will obviously address a number of cruise musician related topics. There will be the usual; “how to find work on a cruise ship”, “ship life for musicians”, “audition tips for working on ships” etc. which are aimed more at the new musician looking to work on a cruise ship for the first time (the “FNG’s” as some of you call them) But in addition to that, and perhaps of interest to the more experienced players, we will also be delving deeper into the “nitty gritty” of the business side of cruise ships, the breaking news and upcoming trends in the entertainment industry in general. Read the rest of this entry »