July 25, 2011
We Are Cunard
During a Cunard voyage you’ll scan the Daily Programme for the day’s activities and entertaiment, peruse the menus for your favourite dishes and glance at ‘Britain Today’, our syndicated newspaper. These are all printed daily on board by a small team of printers, who do a great job in producing this literature for every voyage. Meet Kelly Scalise, Queen Victoria’s Chief Printer in today’s guest blog:
I became involved in various aspects of printing while attending my local community college. I always enjoy looking at the final product that I had a part in creating. I became aware of a programme at the Rochester Institute of Technology that provided an internship for six months as Assistant Printer on a Cunard ship.
I vacationed as a child in California and stayed overnight on the original Queen Mary in Long Beach. Perhaps my destiny was unknowingly decided at that point. Would it be possible for me to actually partake in this opportunity on a Cunard ship? I did my best to make this a reality, and my dream actually came true! I did my internship on Queen Mary 2 starting in February 2010, stopping at ports around the world that I previously only read about or saw on television. Once I completed that internship, I applied for a Chief Printer position with Cunard. I am currently in that position on Queen Victoria. I consider myself fortunate to be able to have a job I love, and at the same time travel the world. Working on a ship is very different than a typical land job. There are so many new things to adapt to, such as living quarters, foods, people and cultures. The people I have met on board are absolutely incredible and it’s fun to learn about where they are from and how they came to be at sea.
It has been an amazing year and half for me and I wouldn’t change it for anything. It is always nice when I go home on holiday and hear people say how lucky I am that I can do this while I am so young. Most of my family and friends are envious when they see where I have been. Growing up in Central New York State I enjoy the change of seasons, except for winter, which is too cold and snowy for me. My hometown is close to the Adirondack Mountains, with many lakes and plenty of places to explore. Not many people leave the area to do something as drastic as working at sea and traveling the world. Every day I wake up someplace different. It is something you get used to, but it is still a very exciting feeling. There are days I think to myself, I can’t believe this is my life. It is very surreal. This truly is my opportunity of a lifetime!
Thank you for a great guest blog Kelly! If any of our readers are interested in working on board the Cunard fleet, you can find out more here: http://www.cunard.com/About-Cunard/Employment/