I pride myself on the preciseness and quality of the details that I share regarding my job at sea. Shiplife is what you make of it. It’s full of many highs and a few lows. Working on a floating hotel teaches you how to be diligent, work toward your goals and to enjoy the beautiful ports of call that you get to visit all over the world. First, I hope that I cover the topics that you are interested in learning more about. Second, if there are topics that you would like to see in my youtube videos feel free to leave me a comment on my shiplife playlist here.
Overall I enjoy my duties working on my ship. My boss, my co-workers, and my boyfriend, it’s all around a pleasant experience. There is a great balance between work and play in my job. This is one of the reasons why I recommend to prospective seafarers to apply to and see for themselves if working on cruise ships is for them. I feel very lucky for what I have on the ship. I don’t pay rent, I have no bills hanging over my head, and I can save about 90% of my monthly salary based on my spending. I absolutely love traveling and taking in the world one port at a time. I have endless opportunities to experience the beautiful ports of call on the many itineraries I have covered; Baltics, Mediterranean, Alaska, Caribbean, South Pacific, Australia, and Asia.
When I am not scheduled to work of course I can get off the ship and explore! One of my favorite things to do during my free time when I am off the ship is reading at a local cafe, shopping at farmers markets, and enjoying local foods. . I have found that working on cruise ships has been two crazy years of self exploration, travel, whirlwind tours while at the same time making beautiful bonds with incredible people and learning important job skills.Working on ships is hard work with lots of exciting things to look forward to. I hope that my content brings you peace of mind in the case that you are researching for useful information and potentially opening your mind to finding work on a ship.
My very first contract was covering the Alaska route for three months. Alaska taught me a deeper appreciation for nature, silence, and wildlife. If you ever come to Juneau, Alaska make sure you take the tram up to Mt. Roberts for a beautiful hike and spectacular views ! I never thought that after a long summer of whale watching, hiking, and eating crab soup (in Icy Strait Point) I would be off on another adventure that would be taking halfway around the way to the South Pacific islands, around eastern Australia, and onto many Asian nations including Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and back to Bali.
Working on cruise ships is a very unique job and a kind of job that teaches you how to handle people, how to learn new skills quickly, how to have conversations with complete strangers and most importantly how to enjoy this beautiful life that we have. One of the most exciting things that I look forward to when our ship is docked is to explore the local food scene. Being a vegetarian I have a special love for food in many colors, tastes, and flavors. I’m so lucky that I get to explore cuisines all over the world in farmers markets from Cairns to Rostock and local cafes in Belgium.