A Cruise Director (CD) is a sea-going James Brown, i.e. the Hardest Working Man (or Woman) in Show Business. Although the CD is the visible face of the ship’s entertainment, the majority of the job happens behind the scenes.
The Cruise Director is one of the three senior officers aboard and is in charge of all of the ship’s entertainment. They work along with the Captain who serves as Master of the Vessel and is ultimately responsible for all operations of the ship, and the Hotel Director who is in charge of the floating resort hotel that is a cruise ship. The CD is responsible for developing, organizing and scheduling the entertainment, overseeing the entertainers, acting as master of ceremonies for various events, coordinating the audio/visual technicians who handle sound and lighting, communicating with the passengers and acting as the conduit for solving problems, and managing the safety drills and debarkation procedures. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they are also managers of a large department with all of the budgeting, reporting, planning, staff training, and personnel issues that entails. In short, these folks are a very special breed.
But don’t take my work for it. Here is my new friend Butch Begovich, Cruise Director of the Carnival Liberty, to let you in on a few secrets.