A German Cruise Ship
The Vessel Ops class had the amazing opportunity to board the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship. We got a tour around the ship from the bridge apprentice, Tabia. She's actually studying what all of us seniors are doing right now. She's currently enrolled in a maritime college in Germany. A fun fact is that after two weeks of being on the massive ship, she knew her way around. When she took us to the bridge, I was speechless. The view was incredible and the navigation stations were fascinating. We met Captain Todd, we were well aware that he used to work on tall ships. He talked about his love for tall ships and he had recently been in a race in Florida on a German ship. He was an interesting person to learn about. When he was in graduate school he had accidentally checked that he spoke German fluently on a job application and he ended up on a German line. So he was forced to learn German. He remained on that line and his line is going great. I think that would've been a challenge for me, I admire his bravery. Every morning he has to make an announcement in German and it's his biggest fear. Captain Todd taught me a lot in just an hour. In the Maritime Industry, it's really all about building. You do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do. You may start out one way but anything can happen and if you keep trying you can make it anywhere. You can really do anything you set your mind to. The biggest thing is to just not give up. You'll get where you need to be it just takes time and dedication.