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What It’s Like to Work on a Cruise Ship

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Janeen Christoff | August 17, 2016

What It’s Like to Work on a Cruise Ship

Photo courtesy Carnival Cruise Line. 

The life of a cruise ship director isn’t always easy, but it is exhilarating, says cruise director Jamie Dee who works with Carnival Cruise Line and shared what it’s like to be at sea for six months at a time with Arielle Pardes of Cosmopolitan

First and foremost, Dee notes that the job is all encompassing. 

“If you think of a cruise ship like a big party, the director is kind of like the host: It's my responsibility to keep the guests entertained and having fun, manage all of the logistics, and also handle any issues that may arise,” she says. 

Keeping in touch with family and friends is also difficult. 

“I’m very lucky to have friends and family who understand that and support me, because when I get back on land, we can pick up right where we left off as if no time has passed,” Dee shares. 

It’s also pretty easy to be disconnected from what’s happening in the world. 

“I have no idea what the latest music or movies are. I have no clue how to do the Whip/Nae Nae or what's happening with the Kardashians. We do get CNN and some other national channels on board, and if there's a big story in the news that affects our travel destination, the company keeps us informed about how to advise our guests,” says Dee. 

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She does have time for other things — like getting her masters degree in hospitality. She’s also gotten to see a lot of places around the world. 

“I’ve been very fortunate with my Carnival career to experience a huge variety of itineraries, so I'm not repeating the same six-month stint over and over. I've led cruises to the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Baltic, Mediterranean, Australia, and now Alaska.”

Follow along here for more from Dee in Cosmopolitan.


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