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July 25, 2011

We Are Cunard

Posted in: Guest Stories, Life On Board

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/

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  1. Fred Donaldson says:

    Good luck. My wife and I owned a print shop, and I used to run the press at night. During the day I was a newspaper publisher. Daily, I went from tie and jacket to inky hands. We will be on the QM2 RT TA on Aug. 22 and would love to see the newspaper setup on that ship, if possible.

  2. Rob says:

    Thanks for the insights Kelly, I find it very interesting to learn about the people on the ship and the type of work they do. you mention getting used to living quarters and food. I’d be very interested to know more about how the staff lives. I understand you work for long periods of a time on the ship, would also like to learn more about the work schedules.

  3. Anthony Calabrese says:

    Hi Kelly,

    Great hearing about your time with Cunard as it is certainly a resume booster apart from a world adventure. Keep up the great work.

    I thought I’d suggest something. Why not print menus in the image of the deco liners in that old litho style? Considering previous methods, I read somewhere that Cunard, back in the day, used to have the covers printed in their New York offices and the text was done on ship. It would upgrade their souvenier and aesthetic value a great deal.

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