Meet the recruitment team!



We are a team of industry professionals who truly care about people. All of us have worked on board cruise ships and understand life on board. We are official referral sources for multiple cruise lines and are endorsed by them. We support our candidates from the first interview all the way through the journey to joining the ship.

“Hundreds of people have found work through KMCC and are now enjoying a successful career at sea”

Our team consists of:


Karen Maybury– former Cruise Director and Entertainment Director. With twenty years of shipboard experience Karen always enjoyed mentoring and training her team members and is familiar with all aspects of cruise ship life. Now overseeing the KMCC operation Karen also focuses on her life as a producer and still spends time on board ships installing shows and checking in on KMCC recruits.




Rich Maybury-Assistant Cruise Director and DJ. Rich spent 6 years in the entertainment department and travelled internationally with Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines. Rich enjoyed entertaining people and overseeing team members and is the face of the team and is based at our UK office in Lancaster UK. Although most of our interviews are over Skype whenever possible Rich meets people in person and enjoys attending various recruitment fairs and keeping uptodate with the ever changing industry of cruise ships!


Dani Kuysten has been a Recruiting Specialist for Cruise Ships for over 10 years now and joined KMCC in 2016.  

After earning her Degree in Business and Tourism she worked/lived in Chicago (U.S.A) and Paris (France) before she joined Royal Caribbean International as part of the Pursers Department onboard – starting at the Front Desk and working her way up to Crew Relations Specialist/HR completing 7 years in total. Whilst doing this she was fortunate enough to see some of worlds’ most amazing places! 

Moving back ‘on land’ first in Manchester (England) and later in Montpellier (South of France) she started recruiting for the Cruising Industry finding great pleasure in assisting people starting their own cruising career and adventure!

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David Hitchen has been a professional trumpet player for over 30 years, performing worldwide, including the orchestras of Monte Carlo, and as Musical Director on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

During his time with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, in addition to his Musical Director duties, David played lead trumpet in the orchestra, directed headliner shows, and played regularly for the production shows.

During his career, when David was not busy touring the world as a commercial musician, he featured regularly at jazz clubs and festivals across Europe, performing with jazz legends including Phil Woods, James Morrison, and Bobby Shew.

David now lives in Southern France where he performs regularly as a soloist on the French Riviera, and also with the Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra, and the world renowned BBC Big Band. He also directs his own big band, and has become very busy as a composer/arranger.

David is very pleased to be a member of Karen Maybury’s team, enabling him to afford the same wonderful opportunities to other people, that he himself enjoyed !

We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey to be part of the most exciting environment in the world!

Welcome to your career at sea!

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