Why is there a Cruise Director ?

i have never met one. I seldom if ever even see one.  Their job seems frivolous at best. One of historical value more than anything.   Do we really need those annoying announcements in the morning ?

With the cruise industry going through so many changes, I think the writing is on the wall for the fabled position.

10 Answers

The cruise director is the person in charge of all the entertainment -- everything from the stage shows, the small bands, the DJs, to the Bingo matches, horse races and bellyflop contests.

On smaller ships, they may be more visual and involved with the cruisers, but on bigger ships, I agree. When I was on the allure, I never saw the man behind the voice, unless it was on the TV.

A hold over from the Love Boat?

Yes they are and they put in long hours.

In the old days the Cruise director was the one to recommend where to shop and what to do in port alone with the entertainment. Somebody had to get all the kickbacks from the shops, no kick back, no longer on suggested list.

Yes, the "bellyflop" contest "must" be managed!Big Smile

This is exactly right – everything having to do with entertainment – deck parties, trivia contests, comedians, everything BDRebel said and much more. Plus they’re responsible for communicating all of this to the guests. I think we’ve met them on every cruise and see them several times every day. They introduce most shows and host most parties. We see them interacting with guests in the buffet in the morning and in the clubs at night. And they need to be ready to step in and provide alternate entertainment if the scheduled show can’t go on for any reason. I think Cruise Director is a pretty vital part of the overall cruise experience.

OH MY, what would John Heald do?

Funny enough, I am looking forward to the morning announcements that wake me from my sleep from our jolly cruise director ... 95 days!

You're probably right, but someone will have to plan all the bookings and "goings-on" and you have a built-in MC for the shows with a cruise director. Ours was more of a manager for his underlings...


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