The ms Prinsendam, our "Elegant Explorer", holds 793 passengers, 443 crewmembers, and sails the high seas around the globe. She was christened in 1988. Because of her smaller size the ms Prinsendam can go to many ports other ships cannot. Our cast on the Prinsendam varies due to Grand Voyages and World Cruise itineraries, but normally is made of 6 singers and 2 dancers, with some of the singers receiving single accommodation cabins.
The ms Statendam, ms Ryndam, ms Maasdam, and ms Veendam, comprise Holland America's comfortable "S" class ships of the fleet which have recently seen their theatres renovated into the new Showroom At Sea format. The ms Statendam, named for the "states" or Provinces of Holland, was christened in 1993, carries 1,258 Passengers and 557 crew members. The ms Ryndam carries the same amount of passengers as the Statendam, holds 602 crew members and was named for a dam on the river Rhine. She was christened in 1994. The ms Maasdam, christened in 1994, named for a dam on the river Maas, holds 1,266 passengers, 557 crew members and is described as "spacious comfort." The ms Veendam carries the same amount of passengers as the Maasdam boasting a healthy 560 crew members. The ms Veendam was named after the capitol of North Holland's peat colonies and was christened into the fleet in 1996. All four of the "S" class ships have 6 single cabins for the singers and 1 double occupancy cabin for our showgirls. The cast is made up of 6 lead singers and 2 female dancer showgirls. There are limited entertainment related duties.
The "R" class ships are comprised of the ms Rotterdam (christened in 1997,) the
ms Amsterdam (christened in 2000,) the ms Volendam (christened in 1999,) and the ms Zaandam (christened in 2000.) The ms Rotterdam named for the city of Rotterdam which is the birthplace of Holland America Line, carries 1,316 passengers and 593 crew. The ms Amsterdam is the flagship of the fleet, named after the city of Amsterdam in Northern Holland and carries 1,380 passengers, and 647 crew members. The ms Zaandam and the ms Volendam carry 1,440 passengers and 647 crew members each, making them the highest occupancy ships in the fleet next to the Vista class ships. The ms Zaandam was named for the Zaanstad district of Amsterdam, and the ms Volendam was named for the city of Volendam. Of the "R" class ships, the ms Rotterdam, ms Volendam and ms Zaandam are all to have completed their theatre renovations to the new Showroom At Sea format by the end of 2012. The cast is made up of 6 lead singers and 2 female dancer showgirls on these 3 ships and they have 6 single cabins for the singers and 1 double occupancy cabin for our showgirls. There are limited entertainment related duties. The ms Amsterdam meanwhile continues with her classic theatre and a cast of 8 consisting of 2 lead singer/movers, 2 singer/dancers, 2 male dancers and 2 female dancers. All have entertainment related duties.
The magnificent Vista class ships are the newest and largest of the fleet holding 1,848 passengers and 800 crew members per ship. The ships are named for the points on the compass. For instance, the ms Zuiderdam, the first to be brought to the fleet in 2002 is named for the southern most compass point. The ms Oosterdam, the second Vista ship to be christened in 2003 is named for the eastern most compass point. Both have 14 member casts made up of 2 lead singer/movers, 2 singer/dancers, 4 male dancers and 6 female dancers. The dancers share cabins and participate in entertainment related duties. The four singers get single cabins. The singers participate in singing the farewell song at the disembarkation talk as well as some light PR work around the ship and are featured in an additional singer only style show during the cruise. The ms Westerdam, who found her sea legs the summer of 2004 is named for the western most compass point, and the ms Noordam, christened in 2006 and named for the northern most compass point will both complete theatre conversions to the Showroom At Sea format by the end of 2012. Their new 12 member casts will consist of 1 male legit singer, 2 lead singer/movers, 3 lead singer/dancers, 2 male dancers and 4 female dancers. Dancers share cabins and participate in entertainment related duties while the singers get single cabins, participate in singing the farewell song at the disembarkation talk and PR work around the ship.
The newest ships in the fleet are called "Signature" class after the much ballyhooed Signature of Excellence class of service on the Holland America Line ships. The ms Eurodam, christened in 2008 accommodates 2104 guests catered to by 929 crew. While the ms Nieuw Amsterdam, named after the former title for New York City was christened on July 4th, 2010. Both have 12 member casts consisting of 1 male legit singer, 2 lead singer/movers, 1 female singer/dancer, 2 male singer/dancers, 2 male dancers and 4 female dancers. Dancers share cabins and participate in entertainment related duties while the singers have single cabins, participate in singing the farewell song at the disembarkation talk and PR work around the ship.
Rehearsals are held at our studios near the Los Angeles International Airport with nearby cast housing for out-of-towners. Cast members are employed by Holland America aboard ship. Weekly salaries aboard ship start at $550 for dancers with additional compensation paid to lead singers and singer/dancers. Cast members aboard ship receive all meals and accommodations in double staff cabins (lead singers get single cabins on Showroom At Sea, Vista and Signature Class ships) plus medical/dental benefits and discount cruises for friends and family. There are no "cruise staff duties"; however, cast members teach dance classes, give backstage tours and interact with passengers at social functions in addition to rehearsing and performing. Also, cast members have mandatory maritime safety responsibilities including lifeboat drills and may have in port manning.
All contracts last eight months at sea with a three to six week rehearsal
process prior to embarkation. Once a contract is off and running,
there are possibilities to extend, or move to a different ship
once the six months is successfully completed.
On our website, www.STILETTOEntertainment.com you can
• Find details about our company
• Read about “life at sea”
• Review guidelines for submitting a video audition
All singers must dance.
All cast members must meet height and weight requirements for existing costumes.
We’d like to see and meet you soon.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call or Email our Casting Directors:
James Nadeau (310) 957-5757 x209
Jodie Stinebaugh (310) 957-5757 x218