We spoke to former seafarer Sean about his time on board and his return to life ashore.

What made you choose to work in the cruise industry?

I was an aspiring photographer who’d had a tough few years. I made the decision to go to sea after losing three family members as well as losing my job and my flat. I had nothing to lose!

Which company did you work for?

I started with CCL but worked on RCCL, Crown Cruises, Crystal Cruise Lines and P&O

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

I was a photographer for the first 18 months before moving over to the shops for the remainder of my 10 years at sea working up to store manager.

What did you enjoy most about shipboard life?

The lifestyle was great, waking up in a different country every day, working hard and playing harder but most of all the people I met throughout my 10 years on board

Why did you choose to leave ships?

I got promoted in to head office as the retail training manager.

What job are you doing now and how did cruise ship life help you?

I am currently semi retired enjoying more time at home with my wife. Ship life helped throughout my career, I know what hard work is and I know what it takes to get the job done to a high standard and no job was harder than a job at sea! 

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

Thinking that I was still onboard… seeing something I liked and just wanting to buy it but I couldn’t.

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

Just do it! You only have one life so live it. I have travelled the world three times been to some amazing places that would never have been able to see if I hadn’t joined ships. I went for a six month contract and ended up doing 10 years so that tells you something.

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

UK and still in the UK