Cruise lines that hire interpreters and lecturers

Although not all cruise lines have onboard lecturers those that do either actively recruit through their website or through entertainment agencies. Additionally, a few cruise lines may not even post job vacancies and invite a lecturer instead. Either way, some are paid and some are not. Here are some of the cruise lines and agencies that hire lecturers and what they call the position:

  • Adventure Canada: works with Indigenous culturists and storytellers who provide an insight into the region’s history and culture.
  • Celebrity Cruises: partnered with the Smithsonian Institute to provide expert Smithsonian Journey speakers.

  • Crystal Cruises: Crystal Cruises’ theme cruises feature destination lecturers and special interest lecturers.

  • Cunard: The Cunard Insights enrichment program hires a wide range of Speakers.

  • Princess Cruises: Princess Cruises hires port lecturers, naturalist lecturers, guest enrichment lecturers and passenger volunteer lecturers.

  • Silversea Cruises: The Silver perspectives programme uses enrichment guest lecturers and destination consultants.
  • To Sea with Z: This agency helps cruise lines such as Celebrity Cruises, Holland America and Costa choose Seminar Speakers to work onboard. They charge a placement fee and the cruise line provides a complimentary cabin and meals.
  • Sixth Star Entertainment: This agency also helps place destination speakers get placed on cruise ships for a fee.

Indigenous cultural entertainment onboard and onshore

The most likely opportunity for Indigenous cultural entertainment exists when welcoming the cruise passengers to a specific board. To get hired for such engagement, any interested groups would need to work with the local port authority and Destination Marketing Organization.

Overview of the Cruise Ship Industry in Canada.