A cruise director is a high-ranking or senior officer of a cruise ship with responsibility for all onboard hospitality, entertainment and social events, who acts as the public face of the company. The cruise director reports to the hotel director, has a deputy or assistant cruise director, and is supported by a team of entertainment staff. [unreliable source?]
Responsibilities of a cruise director may include:
- Scheduling of entertainment, activities and social events
- Officer in charge of entertainment staff
- Public announcements
- Conducting and supervising safety briefings or drills for both passengers and crew.
Portrayals on television
As a highly visible member of staff on a cruise ship, there have been many television characters portraying the role of a cruise director. A notable example is Julie McCoy played by Lauren Tewes in The Love Boat.