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We feel extremely lucky that we had the chance to float around the ocean playing music, and so grateful for the incredible experiences during that time. And we want to offer our musicians those same opportunities which, in turn, lead to those experiences that – despite sounding dramatic – can truly change your life.
Frequent asked questions
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Most contracts last for 4 to 6 months, but it varies based on your position, the particular cruise line, and other factors. It is important to note that a contract is one continuous length of time, without any sort of vacation or work break in the middle. It’s often possible to extend your contract, should you wish to work for longer than your assigned finish date, but you can decide that for yourself once you’ve spent some time on board.
Usually 3 or 4. This depends on many things, from the run of the ship and the clientele of the ship to your boss, that boss’s boss, and the cruise line itself. The maximum number of working hours is generally 5, including small breaks in between sets, but on most lines, 3-hour nights are more common. As well, individuals and groups usually get one day off per week, though not every line guarantees regular days off.
Absolutely! The vast majority of guests get off the ship in the various ports, and since you job is to entertain guests, the lack of guests on board means that you get most of that time off, too. Often, you will be allowed off the ship for the full duration of time that the ship is in a certain port. Houseband musicians may have a rehearsal that would require them to come back to the ship early, and soloists and bands may be scheduled for afternoon or early evening sets if the ship stays in a port until late at night, but these circumstances are less common. The only major exception – when you will need to stay on board – is when you are assigned “port manning”. Port manning is the result of the industry-wide safety regulation that a certain number of crew members must always be on board the ship at any given time. Every musician will thus be part of a port manning rotation which will require you to remain on the ship for one port day or a series of port days every month or two. The good news is that you’ll probably only have to do port manning a handful of times during your contract, and sometimes it’s nice to have a reason to relax on board and save money you’d otherwise spend out in port.
Showband Bass /
I feel Lime has been the best way for me to get into the cruise ship world. Not only did they give me the best contract out front, they’ve been most supportive in all the paperwork process (which is quite daunting at the beginning). Also, Fede has been very kind in helping me with my girlfriend trying to match our contracts. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to do this with. Rock on Lime!!
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Musical Director Royal Caribbean
Lime entertainment was invaluable in helping me get my first contract. Between the tremendous amount of paperwork and extensive medical process. I don’t think I could have ever done it all on my own. They were very hands-on and quick to answer any of my questions. I felt like they truly cared and wanted to help me get on board. I’d recommend them to anyone interested in working on ships!
Lucky me since I found these great people almost 4 years ago. I’ve been working on ships since then: 10 contracts, 7 companies, lot of countries, tons of pizza, musical improvement, unique experiences. THANKS LIME, ALWAYS! That’s what I have to say. If you’ve never tried to work on ships before, fear not! Working on ships as a musician is a TOTAL PRIVILEGE, and Lime is the greatest agency ever to help you through it. Spread the word…
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We’re a talent agency specializing in cruise ship entertainment. We recruit musicians, dancers, and other kinds of performers worldwide, and places them on cruise ships.
It’s happening! When November rolls around, we’ll be holding live auditions in the great city of Barcelona! Dates: the 27th and 28th of November (Monday and Tuesday). Mark it on your calendars! We’re setting aside two full days to hear the best of what Barcelona has to offer! Location: Sol
Lime Casting Top Priority! Male Dancers Advanced technical skills Comfortable with commercial jazz and contemporary Partnering skills a must Tumbling and acrobatics a plus Saxophonists Strong reading skills Excellent soloists over jazz and pop Keen awareness of phrasing and articulation Must double on both flute and clarinet Pianists Strong reading
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