Ever Wondered What Its Like to Work on a Disney Cruise Line Ship?
Admittedly, if there’s one job I have fantasized about having, it is seeing the world and sailing the seas on a cruise ship! If you’ve ever sailed with Disney Cruise Line then you know that youth activities are one of the HUGE bonuses of choosing to sail with Disney. With Disney its not just about exciting ports-of-call but encouraging young passengers to use their imaginations and inspiring hours of fun.
Disney recently checked in with Stephanie, a youth activities manager on the Disney Dream who talked about what a day at the office is like!
“I grew up in a home daycare center established and owned by my mom, so working with children and childhood development has always been part of my DNA.” After years of helping her mom and being surrounded by growing toddlers and young, imaginative minds, working with children not only became second nature to her, but it was also inspiring and fun. “Children are hilarious, creative and curious. Being part of their growth and development is very rewarding,” Stephanie shared.
Stephanie adds that she’s always dreamed of traveling the world and seeing new places. So, new a career at sea with Disney was the perfect career path as it combined both of her interests!
“The idea of traveling the world and being able to see many different places that I had never been exposed to inspired me to begin my career at sea,” Stephanie said. “To be able to bring these two parts of my world together, both a love for travel and a passion for childcare, and successfully make a career out of it, it’s like a dream come true.”
With Disney Cruise Lines, it also helps to have a love of Disney and Stephanie has this in abundance. She remembers owning VHS tapes of almost every Disney movie as a kid. Now she gets to bring these stories to life and create magical moments for guests in Disney’s Oceaneer Club
Stephanie said that she has worked for Disney Cruise Line for nine years and has been placed on both the Disney Wonder and the Disney Dream. In her current role, she brings the magic to kids, tweens and teens at the exclusive youth spaces available on the Disney dream! When guests stop me to tell me how special and magical their experience has been in our youth spaces, that’s so rewarding for me,” said Stephanie.
So what’s the best part about working for Disney Cruise Line? According to Stephanie its not about the fabulous destinations but rather the people behind the magic. Stephanie said that for her meeting people from so many different walks of life has given her a global extended family. She joked that she has a couch to crash on in at least 10 different countries.
When asked if there’s a particular sailing that was super memorable, Stephanie advises that it was a sailing she went on with her mom! She recalls, “It was her first time on a Disney cruise and her first time meeting Mickey Mouse! It was such a magical experience for both of us, and I was very proud to show my mom the Disney Dream and for her to meet all of the amazing people who I’ve gotten to know on board. My family is very proud of all that I’ve accomplished at Disney Cruise Line over the years, and they love to share my stories with anyone who will listen.”
I’m definitely envious of Stephanie’s career! Though a future as a Disney Cruise Line employee may not be in the cards, you can still experience all of the magic of a Disney getaway at sea by booking your package today! Sailings are currently available to reserve through Spring of 2023.
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