Shiplife

Alana; USA
Youth Counselor

I pride myself on the preciseness and quality of the  details that I share regarding my job at sea. 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.

I am a Youth Counselor aboard the beautiful _________ _________. Between seasonal and permanent work  I have done about seven contracts.  I enjoy my duties, my boss, my co-workers, and my boyfriend. All around work life is good. There is a great balance between work and play. I feel very lucky for what I have on the ship. 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 enjoy local foods. I want to first thank my job on ships for bringing me to every continent except for Antarctica and Africa. 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.

 

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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.

 

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Mt. Roberts, Juneau (Alaska)

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. 

For more information about life at sea you can check out my playlist on youtube with all the tips of the trade here.

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