Sunday, April 06, 2014

Dance Your Way Around the World

One way to travel for free, especially if you happen to be male, is to work as a host for single passengers aboard cruise ships. Hosts are required to be good dancers, with pleasant personalities and good grooming, and usually middle-aged.

Cruise ships usually have more single female passengers than single males, which means a lot of women who would like to dance lack partners. It is the job of the host to dance with the single ladies, and in general to be good company on board. The job does not include any work as a gigolo, and hosts are usually required to spread their attentions among a number of lone ladies.

One company that recruits cruise ship hosts is called It requires hosts to be single, and between 40 and 70 years old. The hosts receive no salary, but they get a free cabin and meals, sometimes air fare to the port, and sometimes free excursions while aboard. As you might expect, competition for these jobs is pretty tough.

If you want to explore this option, you can also appraoch individual cruise lines. One such company, Crystal Cruises, is now employing female as well as male dance hosts on certain cruises. For its transAtlantic crossings that are themed Ballroom at Sea voyages, there will be two female and eight male hosts with high level dance skills. It is good to see that this travel option is now available for both genders, even if the number of openings for females is miniscule at present.

I once tried to persuade a couple of gentlemen of my acquaintance to try being cruise hosts, but they demurred and so I have no first-hand experiences to report. However, if you are adventurous and meet the criteria, it sounds like an interesting travel experiment and a good way to see some of the world at minimal cost.


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