Cruise lines such as Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line offer a number of exciting programs for children. In addition to kids clubs and other special venues for kids, these cruise lines may feature performers such as balloon twisters and activities such as face painting. Face painters and balloon twisters are usually hired as members of the activity and entertainment department.
Jobs on cruise ships in the activity/entertainment department are considered some of the most glamorous jobs aboard the ship. These positions deal with anything relating to passenger entertainment. This department includes: DJs, production managers, photographers, managers, casino staff, hosts/hostesses and cruise consultants, to name a few. Those best suited for jobs in this department are typically enthusiastic and extroverted.
In addition to being extroverted and having lots of enthusiasm, face painters and balloon twisters must be talented. Several years of professional (verifiable) experience in these areas is required. In return for talent, enthusiasm, and dedication, face painters in cruise ships may receive up to $31,000 for full-time employment along with free accommodations and meals. Balloon twisters may also receive free accommodations and meals, along with a salary of anywhere from $21,000-$26,000 per year, depending on hours worked (full-time or part-time).
To get started on finding a job as a face painter or balloon twister on cruise ships, visit the Ships and Cruises Directory for official cruise line listings. Once you have located the site, visit the website of the cruise line you are interested in and visit the employment page. If the cruise line lists the job you are interested in, simply follow the application directions to apply. If the cruise line does not list job openings on its site, send a polished cover letter and resume to the cruise lines Human Resources Department. The Human Resources Department is typically located at the cruise line’s headquarters. This information is usually listed on the cruise line website. It is important to include the position you are interested in so that it can be directed to the appropriate department manager.
For more information about jobs on cruise ships visit Cruise Ship Jobs online. Here, you can download the 2010 cruise ship employment guide; you can read through cruise line profiles; you can find out which ships are hiring and for what positions — and you can even apply for a cruise ship job right online. Please note that this website charges a fee. You can apply for a job on your own, free of charge, sign up with a placement agency, or use Cruise Ship Jobs’ service.