The Disney Cruise Line fleet consists of four luxury cruise liners that travel to ports in the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Alaska and South America. Onboard each Disney cruise ship nearly 1,000 crew members help to make each guest's stay comfortable and enjoyable. Disney Cruise performers range from singers, dancers, entertainers to,of course, Disney characters and they put on shows, host activities and events and help create a fun vacation environment. Along with a salary, Disney cruise performers receive other benefits and perks.
While on contract with Disney Cruise Lines as a performer, employees receive a salary paid out bi-weekly in U.S. dollars. U.S. citizens must have taxes withheld from their checks and non-U.S. employees must adhere to their country's tax laws. All Disney Cruise employees sign a contract agreeing to work either three, four, six or eight months at a time.
Salary amounts vary depending on the length of the contract and whether the performer is a lead role or supporting role. Disney negotiates each individual's contract and so the average salary range for on-board performers is broad. Average performer salaries, across all cruise lines, ranged from £1,040 to £2,600 a month in 2011, according to the Job Monkey website.
Employee benefits include full medical coverage while on-board and employees can opt to purchase gap coverage while not on contract. Each performer also receives any uniform and costumes at no extra charge, but each must each must provide his own shoes. All crew members receive free admission to any Walt Disney World resort and discounts on Disney products and merchandise.
Room and Board
Every Disney Cruise performer receives room and board as part of their compensation package. Generally, performers share rooms with two to four people per room but some roles allow the employee a single cabin on the ship for more privacy. Every room has a bathroom, shower, TV, DVD player, mini-fridge, lockable personal safes and in-room wireless Internet. All meals are included and are served in a crew dining hall that is open 15 hours a day to accommodate all different types of work schedules.
Disney Cruise Line performers do not have any additional cruise line duties beyond their performer obligations, as some cruise lines require. Every Disney cruise ship has staff-only areas open to all staff members to use for free during their time off. Staff areas include amenities like a 24-hour gym, Internet cafe, crew-only sun deck and pool, rec room with pool table, video games and coffee bar and two crew bars that host parties, events and offer a place to unwind. At Castaway Cay, Disney's private island, crew members have access to a private crew-only beach and BBQ area.