How Can I Get Booked as a Headline Act on Cruise Ships?

  • Nathan Cassar
  • Former Cruise Director
  • Professional MC
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Cruise ships hire a wide variety of entertainers. They work in the lounges, on the decks and anywhere else the cruise director wants them to. But the best-paying gig on a ship as a headliner in the theater. The good news is, you don't have to be famous to get those gigs!

In this video, former Cruise Director, Nathan Cassar, explains what cruise ships look for in their headline performers and how you can get the gig.


Cruise Headliner Information Nathan Shares In This Interview

Kinds Of Entertainment

Find out what kinds of entertainment work the best on cruise ships.


Find out if you can be booked as a headliner even if you're not famous.

Show Quality

Learn what level your live show must be at to be considered for these gigs.

Other Characteristics

Learn what else is important to the ships besides your show. 

Bad Behavior

Find out some of the things artists do that get them fired or never rehired.

Getting The Gig

Find out how to apply for headliner gigs on cruise ships.
About The EXPERT

Nathan Cassar

Based in Sydney, Australia and with over a decade of experience in the industry, my journey as a professional MC began in April 2021. Since then, I have established myself as a leading figure in the Australian event scene, having hosted over 100 events and counting. I have had the opportunity to work on a wide range of events, from weddings and festivals, to gala evenings and award nights, to charity events and trivia nights.

My passion for entertaining and creating unforgettable celebrations began early on as a high school competitive public speaker. Since then, I've had the privilege of hosting thousands of events and leaving audiences with lasting memories. I love the energy of live events and the opportunity to connect with audiences. Being able to help create unforgettable celebrations is truly a privilege and my ultimate goal.

My career has taken me across the world, notably Europe, North America, and the South Pacific as a former Entertainment Host with Princess Cruises. Now I bring my diverse experience and unique blend of professional experience, humor, and dynamism to every event I emcee here in Australia all year around.

One of my greatest strengths is my ability to connect with audiences and create a lively atmosphere. My dynamic stage presence, charming smile, and professional attitude have earned me a reputation for being able to elevate any event to the next level.

Major organizations that I have performed for include the REA Group, the Marlow Hotel Group, University of Wollongong, Nectr Energy, MG Motor Australia, Standards Australia, and local city councils including Campbelltown and the Northern Beaches. I'm also a preferred vendor for numerous wedding venues across NSW, including Burnham Grove Estate, The William Inglis Hotel, and Glenworth Valley.

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