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13th October, 2014

Day at sea 13th October 2014 En Route Southampton

I asked one of my Cadets to write a Blog about their experience on-board so please see below.

My name is Rebecca Everest and I am from Kent. I am a Deck Cadet on board. At the moment there are four Deck Cadets working on the bridge; myself, Daniel, Franklin and Harry. Since September 2012 I have been studying the Foundation Degree Marine Operations Deck Officer Course, which is split into 5 phases, 3 being at college and 2 being at sea. When not on board I study at Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton. At Warsash I have studied Stability, Tides, Celestial, Terrestrial, Chartwork, Nav Aids, Law and Meteorology. I have also completed some short courses including basic firefighting. At the moment I am in my last sea phase which will finish next April. I will then go back to college for 3 months to finish my degree and will hopefully be a qualified officer by July 2015.

Over the past 2 years of my course I feel I have gained a lot of experience on board. For the first 6 months of my time at sea I worked on deck with the Bosun. This consisted of chipping and painting and a lot of other jobs. I have completed 3 trips at sea on Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II. These trips are usually 3 months at a time. For my last trip to the present I have been on the bridge gaining watch keeping experience. I have been on all of the watches; 12-4, 4-8 and 8-12. At the moment I am on the 12-4 watch with the Officer of the Watch, Erik Lundgren, and Quartermaster, Donnie. The 12-4 officer of the watch is the navigator. He is in charge of planning all of the routes for all of the cruises and few other jobs.

I decided this was the career for me when my parents took me on cruises from the age of 4 to present. I still enjoy travelling with them whenever possible! My sister also inspired me; she was a 2nd Officer with BP Shipping but now works on land for Carnival in the head office in Southampton. From a very young age I have always told my parents “I want to become a Captain when I am older”, I would still like to see this dream come true! I feel that my parents are a huge reason why I chose this career, if I hadn’t had gone on cruises from such a young age I wouldn’t have known about a career at sea. They have been very supportive and I would like to thank them a lot!

In my spare time when I am off duty I like to go to the Captain’s cocktail parties to socialise with passengers. Last cruise I was lucky enough to be on the Captain’s farewell table! Also, if I have the time when we are alongside I like to try and go ashore to explore the ports we visit. My best memory of being at sea so far was seeing a polar bear last June in Magdalena Bay! When I am on leave I like to do what most girls love to do: shopping! I also like to try and go swimming. Before I started this career I was a competitive swimmer, swimming for Kent and London from the age of 4. I do miss it as it was a huge commitment of my life from a very young age. I have grown up to love the water and I still do! I hope my dream comes true in the near future and one day I become a captain!

Thank you for reading my blog, I hope you are all having a wonderful cruise on Saga Sapphire and I hope to meet you all soon!

Rebecca, or Becky as she likes to be known, is a first class cadet, and one her parents should certainly be proud of. She is a great asset to our team and will make a very fine officer and I thank her for writing for my blog.

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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