We spoke to former seafarer Tisha about her time on board and her return to life ashore.
What made you choose to work in the cruise industry?
I wanted a job where I could travel the world while still working in Training and Development. Once I made the decision that working on a cruise ship was what I wanted, I did some research. Out of all the cruise lines, I chose Carnival and it was the best decision ever.
Which company did you work for?
Carnival Cruise Line
What was your job onboard and how long did you spend in the industry?
I was the Training and Development Manager. I was with Carnival for 4 years.
What did you enjoy most about shipboard life?
I LOVED the crew. The togetherness, the support, the fun (Cause you must include fun in everything that we do!), and learning about where they were from and what they were doing on board. Working on a cruise ship is a fascinating study of human behavior lol
Why did you choose to leave ships?
I was ready to go back home and continue life on land. When I started I said I would only work on ships for 2 years and somehow I got to 4 so it was time for me to go home. I am still in the Training and Development industry. Just on land now.
What was the hardest thing about returning to a life ashore?
The winter. Oh man. I live in Canada and I would make sure that my contracts would have me home in the summer and would leave for winter. So the first winter home was BRUTAL. There was also the adjustment of work. For 4 years I did 70 hours a week so I went through a bit of shock with having so much free time.
What piece of advice do you have for anybody considering a career on cruise ships?
Every time I am asked about working on a cruise ship I always say to go for it. If you have an option do it. You will learn more about yourself, the world around you, and how to deal with various challenges. It was an amazing experience.
Which country are you originally from and where do you live now?
I am Canadian and currently live here.