We spoke to former seafarer Vicky about her time on board and her return to life ashore.

What made you choose to work in the cruise industry? 

My grandparents were avid cruisers and at 9 years old they brought me on my very first cruise with Holland America. When we docked, we took a photo in front of the Carnival Fantasy Cruise Ship and that photo was forever etched in my memory. When I graduated from University, it was important for me to find a job where I could travel and work simultaneously and my very first cruising experience came flooding back.

Which company did you work for?

Carnival Cruise Lines – and as luck would have it, the Carnival Fantasy was the first ship I ever worked on.

What was your job onboard and how long did you spend in the industry?

I was in the Corporate Training Department and spent 3 years on board.

What did you enjoy most about shipboard life?

I loved working with people from all around the world – learning about new cultures, customs and what makes us all human.

Why did you choose to leave ships?

After leaving the cruise ships, I fell into one of the most difficult jobs I have ever had – Motherhood. I spent 7 years in motherhood raising 2 kids and finally made the decision to jump back into the workforce. When I started re-examining my options, I knew at the core of it all that returning to the Maritime Industry was important to me. So, I set out on a goal to find a land based job in Training and Development in the Maritime Industry.

What was the hardest thing about returning to a life ashore?

Working on Cruise ships have definitely helped me to think more strategically, use my resources more wisely and most importantly engage more authentically. With this in mind, I was able to strategically place myself in a situation where I was able to meet the Founder and CEO of the Maritime Industries leading Training and Development Company – Marine Performer. I am proud to share that I am now the Business & Human Development Manager for Marine Performer.

What piece of advice do you have for anybody considering a career on cruise ships?

Go for it! Go into the experience with an open mind and embrace the opportunities as they come. 

Which country are you originally from and where do you live now?

I am originally from Canada, moved to The Netherlands for 5 years and have recently relocated to Italy.