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A “hostitute” is a saucy, scandalous combination of a dance host and a prostitute. Now, I am not saying such people exist on cruise ships. Someone else told me that.

I was on a private tour around a rather nice ship. Let’s just say it wasn’t cheap. But some of the employees may be… The cruise line person (I won’t elaborate) got talking about the over-friendliness of some dance hosts (who are employed to dance with solo passengers, or women whose husbands avoid the dancefloor).

“How friendly are we talking?” I asked.
“Well, we have a name for a couple of them…hostitutes.”
Whoa. What?
“You mean they….?”
He just gave me a big grin and said no more. I think he suddenly remembered I’m a journalist.

Later, I had a good long chat with a dance host (on another cruise line) and he assured me there was no onboard rumpy pumpy. Rules are very, very strict – even about how often you can waltz with one woman. However, he said it was OK to meet up with a lady after the cruise – and he’d had quite a few invitations for a little post-dance horizontal-romance…

But this was different to the concept of sex on the ship (great name for a cocktail, don’t you think?) If the cabin’s rockin’, don’t come knockin’?

Now, someone out there knows more than me. Does it happen? And if it does, surely passengers don’t PAY?

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Louise Goldsbury

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In 2013 I was named Best Travel Writer at the National Travel Industry Awards. And until someone corrects me, I'm claiming to be the youngest cruise editor in the Southern Hemisphere. Editor of Cruise Weekly since 2009, I also contribute to Sydney's Sun Herald newspaper and various travel magazines and websites.


  1. I can assure you it happens I was on a small cruise boat in Fiji where a dashing cruise director decided I would be his constant dance partner ,I didn’t have to pay but he assured me the “best” dancers were brides on their honeymoons .

    • Wait, what! These new brides are dancing “off dancefloor” with the crew? On their honeymoon??
      So Sarah, was the Fijian a good dancer? :-)

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