Cruise Line Volunteers Aid More European Communities

May 31st, 2012

Press Release

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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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 »

Millions met my Day-Glo orange hat

March 28th, 2011

I cannot begin to calculate the number of people I met on cruise ships; hundreds of thousands if not millions. I am still in contact with some of the friends I made from those days, most of them are crew, many of them musicians, but I also keep in touch with a few passengers. “Guests” as they a now often referred to, were still termed “passengers” in my day, and affectionately nick-named “cones” by many of the crew onboard; after the traffic cones in the road which are impossible to get around.

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The #1 reason to work on a ship

March 14th, 2011

Get in shape! Working on a ship will afford you more free time than ever before in your life.  Someone puts butter on your toast (unfortunately not raw almond butter on Manna bread), staff prepares your food, washes the dishes, does your grocery shopping, cleans your room, changes your sheets, cleans your uniform and your commute to the gig is from forward to aft on the vessel you call home.  Even on the Allure of the Seas, getting to the gig is less than 5 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

“I wish I’d known … we could have had lunch”

January 21st, 2011

So, life has moved on a bit since I did my first cruise gig… I’ll spare you the Paulo Nonnis “He was the Cruise Director on the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria” gag, but I can tell you, we did line up at a table outside the port agent’s office to get our “letter from home” every Sydney turnaround day. In those days it was “snail mail” unless it was really bad news, then you got a telex. The only way to make a phone call home was to book an appointment time at the post office. As I said, life has moved on quite a bit since those days.

Staying in communication was one of the biggest fears about working on ships all around the world. “Man, you’ll go there for 6 months, everyone here will forget about you, you’ll lose all your contacts and you’ll have no gigs when you get back.” Read the rest of this entry »

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 »