Cruise ship employee Q&A- Who am I?

Cruise ship employee Q&A- Who am I?

hi sailors and welcome back to cruising as crew my name is lucy and today i’m going to be doing a q a about myself because you have been listening to me babylon for about a year and it’s come to my attention that you don’t really know much about me other than i work on a cruise ship so for all the people who have been watching my videos since the beginning of 2020 and for all the people who have recently joined my channel you are all welcome and today i’m going to answer some questions about myself so the first question where am i from i’m from a city called birmingham in england do you have any hobbies yes i have many hobbies i like making videos and even before i had a youtube channel i you know would document my experiences so documenting or video documentation has always been a hobby of mine i like walking i like climbing i like singing can’t really do it but i’m a fantastic shower singer love dancing and i love history i’m a very big history buffalo and i love learning about anything that happened in the past so the next question is the most common question that i got and it is why and how did i get into the cruise industry so i left school at 16. that is the age in england that you can leave school unless you want to go on to university i you know never did want to go to university so i left at 16 and i went to college to become a massage therapist and during my second year of my massage therapy course a woman came in who worked for steiner and basically did a presentation on how you could be a massage therapist on one cruise ship working for steiner and ever since that day it was just planted in my head i was just like that is something that i really want to try it just sounds amazing she and she sold it she absolutely sold it and thank god she did so i finished my two-year massage course and then i went on to do a one-year makeup special effects makeup course because in england you get free education up to the age of 19 so basically three years free education so did my two-year beauty therapy degree and then i thought well i may as well make the most of the free education and learn something else so i did special effects makeup which was really interesting because we learned how to apply prosthetics bold caps make wigs and it was a lot of fun it was a really really good course and during that course i worked in a salon as well doing massage therapy what i had trained to do and then when i had finished my makeup course and i’d been at the salon for about a year i was like right it’s time to do it it is time to try out this cruise ship thing so i applied and i remember i was really owning an erring i was like oh is now the right time should i do it and my mum was like just apply just apply like the worst that can happen is they say no i applied i think in like the november the november of 2014 had the interview got the job and went to the steiner training academy in i believe it would have been like the end of january 2015 and then i joined my first cruise ship in april 2015 which was royal caribbean rhapsody of the seas so i did two contracts with steiner on board royal caribbean but i did three ships so my first ship was rhapsody of the seas and then i got transferred to legend of the seas for three months so that classed as one contract even though it was over two ships came home for a few months and then i did my second ship which was royal caribbean radiance of the seas which was another nine month contract came home in march 2017 and then i decided to stay home for quite a while just because life at home i was like i haven’t been at home in quite a while it would be nice to spend some time with my friends and family so i got a job in a salon i think i was 22 at the time and i was like yeah i’m done with ships i’ve completely got it out my system like i’m ready to you know make my life at home well little did i know that i’d be back with a vengeance i did stay home for a bit but after a while i was like okay i i really miss it i really really miss it but at this point i had been doing massage therapy beauty therapy for quite a while so i fancied a change but i knew that i wanted to go back on ships so i decided to work in the shops department i had made friends with quite a lot of shop staff on cruise ships when i was working with steiner so i knew that you know they had a pretty good life and they really enjoyed their job so i then applied for a job with harding retail who are based in bristol and in september 2018 i got my first ship with harding retail which was piano oceana amazing ship i made the most amazing memories there so that was my first six month contract of the shoppi then i went home for a month and then i was actually supposed to go i believe on britannia something happened and they asked me if i wanted to return to oceana and it just so happened that a lot of the staff that were there on my first contract on oceana were going to return and i thought i loved that ship so i actually ended up going back to oceana for another six-month contract so oceana really did become a home for me because i was there a total of 12 months you know two six-month contracts so really really loved that ship i was coming towards the end of my second contract on oceana at the end of 2019 and harding retail the company that i work for got the contract for the shops on board virgin voyages so people who worked for harding had the opportunity to apply to work on the virgin voyager ships so i applied within the company had an interview with virgin got the job and was absolutely ecstatic and then joined virgin in 2020 we all know what happened after that but now i am back so i actually still work for harding retail i don’t work directly for virgin voyages but yeah that is my that is my little ship tale that is how it came about and what i’ve been doing what is the best and the worst thing about working and living on a cruise ship the worst thing is being away from my family and friends for such a large amount of time but the best thing is having the opportunity to make more friends from all over the world and meet just like the most incredible people so it’s a it’s a real catch-22 the best and worst thing like not regarding people has to be i think the worst thing for me is the laundry i’ve mentioned it in previous videos but i really don’t like doing laundry on a ship just because it just takes so long and it’s just not what you want to be doing when you’re not at work i must say though the laundry facilities on the ship are incredible so doing laundry on here is far more pleasurable than any other ship i’ve been on but it’s still i mean who likes doing laundry really the best thing about working on a cruise ship i mean there are so many things i could mention the travel the like the places that i’ve been to i would never have been able to go to those places if it hadn’t been for me working on a ship the fact that i don’t have to cook you know my food is prepared for me and the mess the fact that i can get to work in five minutes this there’s not a real big commute what is your favorite port this is a really hard one sydney is i mean it’s great vancouver vancouver’s gorgeous i’m not naming like favorite cities here this is port specific like the sydney port the vancouver port they are and singapore they are amazing because like rome is one of my favorite cities but tibetovecia as lovely as it is it’s not my favorite port split in croatia is actually a really really nice port as well what do you do on board i work in the beauty shop specifically so because i have a beauty background harding figured it would make a lot of sense for me to work in a shop that sells skincare and makeup because that’s what i’m trained in so on piano you could find me in the beauty shop and on here i am in in my opinion the most amazing shop but i cannot say what shot that is yet but um i’m definitely gonna make a video about it because it’s pretty exciting what’s the first thing you do when you get home from your cruise ship contract first thing i do is normally have a shower and go to bed because i’ve usually just come off like a flight or it’s the end of my contract i’m really tired i just want to sleep i also have a sunday dinner that is um that’s usually quite high on the agenda do you travel in between contracts not always it depends how long i have on vacation like if i’ve only got a month between contracts then no one i’m gonna spend as much of that month with my family and friends as possible before i have to disappear again however when i have had more time off so between my first contract with steiner and my second contract with china i went backpacking around southeast asia for a few months with my best friend and then in 2020 i mean i guess it was technically in between contracts i went to florence for a few months so yeah i do travel in between contracts if i have enough time to do uh to travel and you know feel like i’ve seen my family and friends enough why did you start a youtube channel i started the youtube channel when i got home from virgin voyages in 2020 because of covid i didn’t know when i was gonna be going back to virgin i certainly did not think i would be home for a year and a bit i thought it would be a few months how naive was i basically as we all know it was locked down there was absolutely nothing to do and i had kind of owned an odd about starting a youtube channel about ship life for a long time i just thought you know what if i don’t do it now i’m never gonna i’m never gonna do it i’ve got so much time to make mistakes and correct them and learn and you know grow and get better but if i’m gonna do it now is the time to do it so it was a way to stop myself going mad it was something that i had wanted to do for a long time so you know finally got around to actually doing it and also i kind of just saw a gap in the market like we’re in a world now where if you type anything in on youtube nine times out of ten you’re going to get the answer you want you know someone has done something there wasn’t anyone that was talking about what it was like to be a crew member and i remember when i first got my job with steiner and i was searching on google and youtube and every site possible to try and find like what i was actually getting myself into what it was like to be a crew member i couldn’t find anything and even in 2020 yes there was a few people who’ve made videos about it but not a lot you know maybe people had made like one or two videos maybe three or four but there wasn’t someone who was consistently talking about what it was like to be a crew member so voila i thought i would try it out because i know that there is so many people who want to work on cruise ships and have loads of questions that they cannot get answered i just decided to use my time in lockdown to answer as many questions as i could about working on ships how are you uploading videos on board so we are actually going into portsmouth quite a lot at the moment so when we are docked then i use my mobile data to upload videos the wi-fi is good on here but at the moment it’s not strong enough to upload a video on so i am using my mobile data to upload videos what is my favorite food i can’t narrow it down to like one specific dish but my favorite type of food or cuisine is thy thai food all the way tom yum soup pad thai yellow curry love it do you have any pets no i don’t have any pets i did have a dog i had a jack russell called dizzy um unfortunately she passed away in 2020 it’s a great year uh but no i don’t have any petzers now what superpower would you choose oh i like this one teleportation i’d like to be able to just click my fingers and be able to be anywhere even though there’s nowhere else i’d rather be right now but um yeah i think that would be really cool what is my coffee order you mentioned getting fancy coffees what is it so it’s not actually that fancy my my coffee order is an americano with a bit of milk and sugar uh so it’s not that fancy but if i am feeling fancy then i might have a flat why to do i do quite enjoy your flat wine favorite tv series and favorite film tv series is friends it’s just it’s no matter how many times i watch it i will still be in stitches i mean the leather pants scene with ross ross is my favorite character by the way but yeah so friends is favorite series hands down favorite film the last samurai troy gladiator i like those kind of those kind of films but those yeah those are probably my top three where do you still want to go in the world so many places you know i have been so lucky with the itineraries that i have been given on ship because i have been to so many places but um have you seen those scratch maps so i got one of them and i was thinking like oh yeah i’m going to be able to scratch so much off i’ve been to all of the small countries so when i scratched everywhere off that i had been i was like oh my god i’ve still got so much to do so there are so many places that i still want to go but really high on my list is russia norway sweden switzerland greenland finland all the lands denmark so if virgin bring a ship out about to have that kind of itinerary you best believe i’ll be on it have you been able to meet up with people you’ve met on ships after you’ve finished your contract yes i have only a few times though sadly so um it’s really lovely when i become really good friends with someone who is actually from the uk because it’s like oh we’re actually gonna see each other again so i became friends with a girl called bonnie who’s from rotterdam in the netherlands and when i was on piano oceana we docked in rotterdam a few times so i was able to meet up with her when i went backpacking around southeast asia with my friend it was great actually because the ship i was on just before there was a lot of indonesians that worked on there so i was able to meet up um with loads of um indonesian people who i met on the ship while i was in indonesia so that was so lovely because you know we got shown around and got to live like the real local life you get your hair nails eyebrows done on board i don’t but you can like i’ll get my hair done i’m sure once this contract i do my own nails on my own eyebrows but if you are a crew member coming on board you can use the spa facilities what is something you live by you are what you believe yourself to be others treat you how you believe you deserve to be treated and if you believe you can do something you can do it i really think nine times out of ten the only thing standing in our way is us and our self-belief i just truly believe that you you genuinely can if you can dream it you can do it a hundred percent but the only reason that you won’t achieve it is because you don’t fully believe that you can so yeah get believing in yourself why are you so passionate about working on cruise ships because i think it gives you all the skills that you need to be a well-rounded person you get to meet people from all over the world interact with people from different cultures and people from all different backgrounds so i think this makes you a more understanding person a more patient person the working hours are long on cruise ships so it gives you a great work ethic and i genuinely believe that if you work on cruise ships any job that you do on land you’re gonna find easier just because you know you get to go home at the end of your day i’m not saying all jobs on land are easy there’s some jobs on land that are a lot harder than my job on here but generally if you work on cruise ships it will give you a fantastic work ethic your social skills are gonna improve drastically you know you have to be able to speak to people from all over the world or different backgrounds you have to work with language barriers people’s sense of humor differs depending on where they’re from english people are generally quite sarcastic there are some cultures who are not sarcastic and do not understand if you’re being sarcastic so after working on cruise ships you really can talk to a brick wall you can talk to absolutely anyone you get to travel working on cruise ships which makes you a better person anyway but also it makes you realize although the world is huge it’s actually really small and you can be on the other side of the world in 24 hours before i worked on ships i remember thinking about possibly moving to australia and it was just this like ridiculous dream i was like i got moved to australia i couldn’t not even spain i was like can’t move to another country like and now after working on ships it’s like of course i can move to another country like it’s a flight away and it just makes everything that you dream about seem more achievable and it makes you very adaptable like incredibly adaptable i am able to feel at home anywhere i go you know whether it’s a crew cabin a passenger cabin i’m at sea i’m on land i am able to make anywhere a home actually i think that plays a big part in how happy i am as a person because i’m able to adapt to almost any situation and feel comfortable you know i’ve really got comfortable feeling uncomfortable and i think that is an invaluable skill so all of those things i have just mentioned are things that you get to experience when you work on a cruise ship so that is why i am so passionate about working on cruise ships and why i think everyone if they have the opportunity should give it a go because it’s just the best experience that you will ever have but that was the last question so thank you so much for watching guys i really appreciate it if you have enjoyed this video then please press like and subscribe it would absolutely mean the world to me and i just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has left me their video suggestions either in the comments down below or you’ve dm me over on instagram at cruising as crew because i always want to hear what you guys want to watch i obviously want to make videos that you want to see but thank you very much have a fantastic day and i will see you in the next video guys bye
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Cruise ship employee Q&A- Who am I?

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