How It Works

Every year there are hundreds of cruise ships that leave from the shores of Australia, New Zealand, China and Singapore. Each cruise ship supplies ample entertainment for their guests – one such entertainment is the skill and passion of Special Interest Speakers.

Do you have a hobby or profession that people find interesting? Do you have experience speaking in front of people? Are you looking to have the working holiday of your life? And when we say work, it’s really fun, sharing with others and being part of their cruise experience. Something you and they will remember for years to come. Join us on a cruise departing from Australia as a Special Interest Speaker.

For ships departing from Australia and New Zealand, preference is for holders of Australian or New Zealand passport holders.

When a cruise ship is sailing to its next destination, this is known as a day at sea. On these specific days, Special Interest Speakers are engaged to provide educational, enrichment and entertainment to guests. Each day at sea will provide a 45-60 minute opportunity for a speaker to present to an audience of 20 to 200+ guests.

Additionally, each cruise requires a Destination or sometimes a Port Speaker to give a short presentation (approx 50 minutes) about the next port of call. This position requires a dynamic speaker who is well versed on the destinations of the cruise.

As an Special Interest or Destination Speaker, you will have access to a data projector and screen to use during your presentations (bring your own computer). If additional equipment is required, please let us know at the time of your application. You and your guest will will be appointed with an inside twin share cabin and will have full access of all ship amenities, just like a passenger. In fact, when you are not speaking – that is just what you are, a passenger!

For more details go to Placement Descriptions.

Application Process 

If you are interested in joining us as a Speaker, the first step is to apply by sending an email to:, which provides us information so we can assess your suitability for the Special Interest Speaker Program.

If your application is approved a placement fee of up to $65 to $75 AUD day applies depending upon the cruise line. For example, a seven day cruise would cost you only $455. AUD for two people!  Your placement fee covers all costs that are related to your application process. This consists of interviews, communications with the cruise line, completing formal applications receiving and sending proposal and completing contracts. This fee includes your accommodation, meals, entertainment and more! Your costs are whatever you spend on board such as alcohol, specialty restaurants, special coffees, land tours & daily gratuities. Some cruise companies pay your gratuities.  What a great way for you and your guest to see wonderful places, meet people and be a part of the positive energy generated on board.

To APPLY  Email us at and we will email you an application form. Once we receive your application you would have a phone or skype interview & discuss if your topics and experience would fit the positions. Next you choose a cruise from the list of cruises available.  Then you would need to:

  1. Email:
    • Your Topic Prosposal that includes:
    • Lecture Description (2 or 3 sentences  – a short paragraph about teach topic)
    • 150 word biography which includes your knowledge on the proposed subject(s); including past experience
    • Technical Requirements (LCD projector, etc) You must provide your own laptop
    • If required, you may be asked to provide a DVD or video link of a recent performance
    • Recent photo (jpg)

When your expertise fits the openings available we submit your proposal to the Cruise Line for final approval.

Approval Process

Each cruise requires different talent and a different number of speakers. We will assess each applicant based on experience, quality of speaker and need. When we have final approval from the Cruise Line that your proposal has been accepted we will:

  1. Contact you with the dates and confirm your availability.
  2. Send you a confirmation packet and invoice for approx $65 x number of cruise nights.
  3. Upon completion of the required paperwork and payment we will send you a paid invoice and booking contract.

Once you have received your booking contract you can make your travel plans. Please do not make travel plans until this has arrived.  The cruise lines take no responsibility for any placements that they cancel. We recommend you have travel insurance in case of any issues that could arise.

As time is of the essence we will do all possible to confirm your cruise as soon as we can. For cruises 3 or more months in advance, we may not get final confirmation from the Cruise line until 4 to 6 weeks prior to departure dates. However, it is still important to apply early and keep the dates open to avoid disappointment. Terms and conditions apply and will be stated on your contract once you are confirmed.

Preferred Topics

  • Astronony
  • Archeology
  • Ballroom Dance couple
  • Forensics
  • Image Makeover
  • Mythology
  • Paleantology
  • Zoology
  • Aboriginal Culture
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Body Language
  • Current Events
  • Films
  • History (Australian, etc.)
  • Naval/Marine History
  • Trains
  • Antiques & Collectables
  • Aviation
  • Bridge Instructors
  • Earth Science/Ecotourism
  • Gemology
  • Marine Life
  • Orient Studies
  • Thai Chi

Destination Focused Topics

  • Folklore
  • Geography
  • Shopping Secrets
  • Local Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife
  • Languages
  • Must see/do

Special Interest Speakers should discuss their area of expertise in a fun, educating and entertaining manner. The door is wide-open when it comes to this position as numerous fields of study are applicable.

The topics of the seminars and lectures given do not necessarily have to be connected with the particular ports of call visited during the cruise. It is difficult to list all the topics for special interest lectures and seminars aboard cruise ships, but the spectrum is wide open – opera, theatre, classical music, photography, marine life, wildlife, cooking, wine, art, forenics, maritime history, movies, astronomy, lighthouses, animals, arts & crafts, earth science, medical, nutrition, world affairs, computers, fashion, geology, astronomy, self – improvement, just to name a few.

Cancellations and Refunds:

Once confirmed on a ship and payment is made, if for any reason you should cancel your speakers duties your agency fee is subject to the following:

  • More than 60 days prior to departure: $650 fee
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure: No refund as it’s too late to fill the position.