Cruise? No, not Tom. ‘Cruise’ like in ‘cruising’. On those big ships, across the seven seas. That’s where I’ve been working since August 2003.

How I came up with this. I have graduated from university in March 2003: English linguistics, German as a Foreign Language and psychology. That was fun and granted insight into some unusual topics, but I wasn’t sure if that was good enough for a career. I contemplated working in the US or in Canada but the options I had didn’t convince me. All of a sudden it hit me: Try a cruise line! The Internet was very helpful, and shortly after I had my first job offer with an American telecommunications company that runs internet cafes on cruise ships. That’s how I ended up on my first ship, the Carnival Sensation.

And then? Then I realized that promoting and selling highly over-prized internet time wasn’t really something I was good at. Sure, I like helping computer newbies but to reach a target at the end of the month just to slightly miss it – that’s not for me! Therefore I utilized my contacts with the Info Systems team (short: I/S team) on board the Carnival Sensation and worked towards changing positions. The door finally opened during a three week dry dock in November 2003 where I helped the I/S team out with a systems upgrade, and as a result I was lured away from my current job and began my new career as an I/S Manager.  I was sent to the Carnival Pride on March 1, 2004. Ever since that day I have brought out four brand-new ships (the Carnival Valor, the Carnival Liberty, the Carnival Splendor and the Carnival Dream, for each of those startups I’ve lived in Italy for 8 weeks). I was selected to work the very first contract on three of those ships – what an honor! – the Carnival Liberty was the first Carnival ship ever to cruise in the Mediterranean and the Carnival Splendor to ever cruise in the Baltic! With the Carnival Spirit I saw Hawaii and Alaska, with the Carnival Triumph New Orleans, not to forget a lot of Mexico and the Caribbean on all of the ships I’ve worked so far. Since October 2009 I’ve been a Fleet Supervisor and am visiting various ships for anywhere between a few days to a few weeks, depending on what I came to do.  My responsibilities range from inspections and evaluations to teaching work shops for newly hired IS Managers.

What’s the plan? I am going to continue this life for a while – with Northern Europe and the South Pacific being at the top of my list of places to see. This will bring me even closer to my goal: To go around the world on a cruise ship.

This web site? Aims at giving you a glimpse into my nomadic life.  I am writing about my work, about life as a crew member on a cruise ship, and about some of the great places in this world.   Since my hobby is photography, I am supporting my verbal claims with corresponding photos…

Nothing more, nothing less…