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I Have One of the Most Sought After Jobs at Sea…

July 13, 2011

We Are Cunard

Posted in: Guest Stories, Life On Board

 

Today we have a guest blog from Michelle Marchant, Voyage Sales Specialist on board Queen Victoria. Some of you may recognise Michelle from the Voyage Sales Office or the Cunard World Club Cocktail Parties. She has traveled the world with Cunard and offers an insight into a life at sea. Before that we thought you would like to see these photos taken by Kenneth MacLeod in New York over the 4 July Weekend. Doesn’t she look marvellous?

Michelle Marchant

Voyage Sales Specialist

Queen Victoria

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As I write this we are sailing down to Barcelona, one of my favourite cities of Europe, where we can look forward to the Ramblas and Tapas in the local cafes. This is when I take a moment to reflect my journey so far with Cunard, from starting in the company over 10 years ago in reservations to looking after the crew in fleet personnel and I think to myself ‘look where I am now’.

I can confidently say I have one of the most sought after jobs at sea, every time I put my white star pin on my uniform I am proud of working for such a famous, well established and refined company as Cunard.  I was born in Southampton, the capital of the shipping industry, as far back as I can remember I have always yearned to work at sea, from standing on the foreshore of Netley watching QE2 gracefully sailing out of Southampton waters and knowing that one day ‘I would work for Cunard’.  I have had a long journey since dreaming of that day as I’ve sacrificed my family & friends to fulfil my dreams of working for one of the world’s most famous ocean liners, Queen Victoria and ‘I stand proud’. I must say that I feel very passionate and most of all I enjoy meeting all of our guests, I feel we learn every day talking to the guests, we share our knowledge of the ships as sometimes our most well travelled guests seem to know more than we do.

When someone asks me where the best place is that I have visited, I can’t really say which place stands out the most.

So from Santorini to the Pyramids, or from Russia to Mexico, one place always sticks in my mind – the day I visited Queen Mary in California. From looking up at her vast red & black funnels to running my hand along her wooden beams and walking up her vast open decks with a tear glistening in my eye from the over whelming feeling of being on board, that day was very emotional for me being transported back in time with all the tradition that Cunard represents from that day in history to this day in time it remains the same on board and I had to buy myself a souvenir of my day spent on her.

I can take my memories away with me and tell my grandchildren one day that their Grandmother Michelle Marchant worked as Voyage Sales Specialist for the Most Famous Liners in the World, that I made history on board Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 doing the full World Voyage.

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  1. 1.HI.MICHELLE MAY I BE THE FRIST TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR BLOG .I LIKE YOU STOOD ON THE FORESHORE OF HYTHE IN THE 1960 AHD CAN REMEMBER THE GREAT QUEENS AND MANY MORE GREAT SHIPS AND THINKING ONE DAY I MIGHT SAIL ON A SHIP SO IN 2002 IT WAS OUR 25 WEDDING ANNIVERSARY OFF WE WENT ON THE BEST SHIP THE QE2 SOME 30 VOYAGES ON ALL WITH CUNARD HOPE TO MEET YOU ON 1ST OF AUG WE CAN SHARE OUR MEMORIES.

  2. Chris & Margaret Rose says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Whilst unfortunately, I don’t work for Cunard, I do share your passion for the most iconuic shipping line.
    I can remember as a boy seeing both the Queen Elizabeth and the Queebn Mary sail from the Ocean Terminal in Southampton.
    I have also watched the QE2 sail past the Isle of Wight!
    My dreams came true when we sailed on QM2 to New York and then joined Queen Elizabeth on part of her maiden world cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles.
    I am quite sure your job is fascinating and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
    Very best regards

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