Cruise ships are massive employers of musicians. Never before in history have there been so many luxury cruise ships sailing the oceans. They range in size from 1000 passengers to upwards of 6000 passengers on some of the new monsters out there. And all those lovely passengers need entertaining day and night whilst on board. Ships employ musicians! So, if you are a competent musician and would like to travel and see the world, there really is some fantastic work on board cruise ships. Whether you are a solo guitarists/singer, pianist, classical player, an orchestra musician or a rock band musician – the gigs are there. In this little guide I will give you a brief summary of the different jobs available on ships and, from my own experience, what to expect in each role.