#ShipLife | The First Contract: Details & Emotions

Throughout my childhood, my parents and I often traveled on cruise ships.  Since I can remember, I always loved the environment, people, activities, destinations and of course, the food.  Around the age of twelve, I began to picture myself working alongside the entertainment staff, helping guests create memories that would last a lifetime.  Every time I resumed to “real life” after a cruise, I would convince myself that a land-based career was more suitable, so I bounced around with occupation goals.  However, whenever it was time again to board a ship, the dream was reignited within me.

High school passed, and it was time to choose a college and major.  Logically, I decided to study Business at an amazing university – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  I found what seemed to be passion in the field of Packaging Engineering, but after five internships, I knew I wasn’t satisfied.  Junior year of college I took Spring quarter off to join my parents on a 30-day cruise to Hawaii and the South Pacific, which was easily one of the most incredible times of my life, and one of the best decisions I have ever made.

On this ship I met many incredible people, both guests and crew.  I was able to connect with people in a way I hadn’t been able to before, and I knew that something felt right.  I spoke with the Cruise Director about my emotions towards ship life and she listened.  She told me that she believed I would be a great fit and gave me the contact information of the hiring manager for the cruise line.  With only a year left in college, I had some major thinking about what direction I wanted to steer my life.  I thought to myself “If I don’t try working on a cruise ship, I will regret it for the rest of my life,” and decided to give it everything I had!

The application process consisted of several interviews, hosting and filming an event, many exchanged emails and even more months of anxiously waiting.  In March of 2016, I was officially offered a position with my top choice of cruise line as a Host in the entertainment department.  I am scheduled to start at the end of July, six weeks after my college graduation.  My contract is six months long, starting in the Mediterranean for three months then the remaining three months in the Caribbean.  Every port on this contract is a place I have never been before, so I have much to look forward to.

Now that I have secured a spot, a wave of emotions has overcome me.  Since this has been a dream of mine for so long, I am overwhelmingly excited, but also extremely nervous for the lifestyle change.  This job provides the opportunity to entertain guests while traveling to incredible destinations all over the world.  I know that there will be times where I am stressed, but in those times I must remind myself of all the positive attributes.

In the coming weeks before my contract begins, I will be prepping by compiling playlists for themed parties, putting together games and packing for my six months away.  Stay tuned for an update on my adventures!

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