Cruise director

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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. [1][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[edit]

As a highly visible member of staff on a cruise ship, many television characters have portrayed the role of a cruise director. A notable example is Julie McCoy played by Lauren Tewes in The Love Boat.