Once you have successfully completed a dance review and general meeting, and you have scheduled your first sailing, we will conduct a background check. This process will include a credit check, motor vehicle report and a criminal records search. You pay the fee for the background check (approximately $50.00). You may request a copy of your completed report.
There may be times when serious illness or injury may occur during the cruise, which may prevent a Gentlemen Host® from carrying out his responsibilities. If this situation occurs, the cruise director may find it necessary to ask the Gentlemen Host® to terminate the cruise. Should a Gentlemen Host® be disembarked at any port prior to his original planned disembarkation, it will be up to the Gentlemen Host® to arrange for his own return transportation.
Because of these risk factors, the cruise companies are insisting that all Gentlemen Host® have adequate insurance coverage. Accident & Illness coverage and emergency evacuation coverage are essential. Most will find that purchasing travel insurance will supply this coverage as well as provide other protections while cruising. We provide information about the type of travel insurance needed.
Our expectation is that it will never be necessary to disembark a Gentlemen Host®. The disembarkation policy is uniformly followed by other cruise companies and is one of the principal ways that the cruise industry can be assured that all Gentlemen Host® will perform their assignments as explained and affirmed. Fortunately, we find that the very best volunteers are wholeheartedly committed to a strong code of honor and moral ethics.
Compass Speakers and Entertainment Inc. is a management company assisting the cruise line companies in the coordination of the Gentlemen Host® Program. The current placement fee is $30 per day for every cruise that a Gentlemen Host® accepts. There is no application fee.
The cruise companies consider a Gentlemen Host® to be a volunteer offering a position of assistance. The Gentlemen Host® is neither a working independent contractor, an employee, nor would a Gentlemen Host® be an employee of Compass Speakers and Entertainment Inc.
The cruise companies and Compass Speakers and Entertainment Inc. hold the right to amend or cancel the assignment of any and/or all cruise dates at any time without cause or prior notice.
The adventure of Gentlemen Hosting with a cruise company can be a mutually beneficial experience for the right men. Our aim is to assist you in establishing a unique and rewarding way to be in service to other people, enjoy all the good hearted individuals you meet along the way, and enjoy your life more fully.
Check with us for the cruise company that offers the best opportunities to be part of the developing nucleus of Gentlemen Host®. Most cruise companies wish to form the best core-group volunteer teams. Volunteers are constantly being selected and matched by us. "Passengers" are on vacation the "volunteers" are not on vacation. "Shipboard volunteering" is helping work to achieve the best end results for the guests, staff, and cruise company.
If you are interested, please compile your information and return it promptly. We ask you to schedule and complete your dance review and then write to learn if your dance skills qualify you for a personal meeting date. If you are a person who naturally gives 110% commitment to what you do, do not delay--we want to meet you!
It is best to be prepared with a current, valid passport at all times. You will need to take one with you on any cruise regardless of destination. Please make sure you include your passport number on the application or indicate that you are applying for one. Also note the required insurance information.
A Gentlemen Host® needs to be a refined or cultivated dancer to be accepted into the program. (Often an astute Gentlemen Host® candidate will find his "natural ability" enhanced by taking additional training.) You will be asked to dance with a professional dance instructor. We will give you the names of specific dance deviewers in various cities who will spend approximately one half-hour to review your current level of dance proficiency and give you helpful tips. There is a fee payable (by the candidate) directly to the dance reviewer who then forwards us our review forms for your file. Since it is not practical to have a dance reviewer in each and every city, it may require some travel on your part to complete your dance review.
Please note: It is essential that a Gentlemen Host® be a competent (not expert) dancer, and he must have a proficiency in the basic steps of the social ballroom dances, fox-trot, waltz, swing, and the Latin rumba and cha-cha.
Neither championship training nor exhibition style is necessary. It is desired to have the Gentlemen Host® dance at the level of the lady to make her comfortable and help her look good. Please review the separate sheet that specifies dance ability guidelines.
Compass Speakers and Entertainment Inc. is proud to be
an associate member of USA DANCE.