Regional Subject Matter Expert

Location: At Sea

Holland America Line is widely recognized as a leader in the premium segment of the cruise industry. From one-day mini-vacations to once-in-a-lifetime Grand World Voyages of more than 100 days, we sail to all seven continents visiting a variety of exotic, historical, cultural and adventure-filled destinations. Onboard we offer amazing entertainment and opportunities for learning new skills and engaging with new ideas; guided by our vision of transforming travel to transform lives.

The Entertainment and Enrichment Department of Holland America Line is responsible for providing onboard entertainment, programs and activities for guests. Within this department is Explorations Central (EXC), HAL’s multifaceted destination programming initiative.

EXC In-Depth™

We’ve created an innovative and customized approach to cruising, specifically aimed at seasoned travelers who are curious, thoughtful and eager to find new ways to see and understand the world. EXC In-Depth™ Voyages will enable guests to explore the most fascinating corners of the globe through the prism of their own personal interests and passions.

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Each voyage offers a choice of six different options or “themes” for an in-depth exploration of the people, places and cultures of the itinerary, including:

  • Photography
  • Nature & Science
  • Food, Wine & Spirits
  • History & Perspective
  • Active Exploration
  • Arts & Culture

Guests can choose one theme throughout the journey, or sample activities from different themes.

These journeys will be guided by Regional Subject Matter Experts and will take place from September 2018 to May 2019.

Regional Subject Matter Experts: Arts & Culture / History & Perspective

Now recruiting for these regions:

  • Caribbean
  • Panama Canal
  • South America
  • South Pacific
  • Oceania
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Southeast Asia

 Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver informative and entertaining presentations or workshops to audiences of all sizes in formal and informal venues, 1-2 times per day.
  • Engage with guests during social activities which may include cocktail parties, dinners, etc.
  • Work with onboard EXC Guides to provide guests with regional information and recommendations tailored to their interests


The Regional Subject Matter Experts will have extensive knowledge of the history, culture and arts of their region and should be an experienced public speaker.

  • A passion for the region of the itinerary, ideally through extensive travel, long-term residence or extensive study
  • An adventurous spirit and outgoing personality
  • A related degree, advanced degree, completed or in progress, or equivalent
  • The ability and desire to travel internationally and live aboard a ship for a minimum of 14 days
  • The ability to work every day you are onboard, including weekends and holidays

To Apply

Please send the following materials to by December 15, 2017:

  • Short biography and CV
  • Links to any video or relevant media
  • List of proposed topics or areas of specialty

Contact Information

Contact: Peggy Crane, Holland America Line

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