Just a little info on NCL. First, they make everyone get weighed when you first arrive for rehearsals. That is your “rehearsal weight”. once you are onboard they weigh you every 2 weeks, and you are not to gain or lose 5 pounds. If you do, your manager onboard will give you a talk and let you know that they’re watching that you get back to rehearsal weight. From my multiple contracts, I’ve seen this instill eating disorders amongst countless cast members. I am a nutrition coach, and know how arbitrary a 5 pound difference is, and I’ve sent letters explaining this from a scientific standpoint to NCL. Ive also mentioned the eating disorders that this has caused. I’ve never gotten a reply.
Another thing to know is that recently, NCL has decided to take away all privileges from cast members. “privileges” are the ability to enjoy guest area whenever you’d like. This includes eating around the ship, using guest gym, lounging around, etc. Also no housekeeping. This is the only cruise line that is not giving their performers this kind of lifestyle.
Some specific ships have handled this new policy better than others. Luckily, the ship im currently on, has found ways around it. Others haven’t been so lucky. All in all, the contracts you sign don’t fully protect you onboard. Things can change at the drop of a hat. It’s important to performers auditioning for NCL to be aware of this!