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Wouldn’t it be nice if your job was like be­ing on a per­ma­nent hol­i­day? Where your main task was to make sure ev­ery­one was hav­ing fun? Well that’s what Rob McNally does aboard one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ships. “My of­fi­cial ti­tle is Cruise Di­rec­tor aboard Royal Caribbean’s Ex­plorer Of The Seas cruise ship. In this job, I have been lucky enough to travel the world to amaz­ing des­ti­na­tions all over Aus­tralia, Europe, USA, Canada and Mexico, as well as the gor­geous is­lands of the South Pa­cific.

I’m re­spon­si­ble for ar­rang­ing a huge va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment for our guests, such as ice show spec­tac­u­lars in our iceskat­ing rink, mu­si­cals and stand-up com­edy in the theatre, dress-up par­ties, theme nights, trivia, ball­room danc­ing lessons, pool com­pe­ti­tions, craft classes, game shows, karaoke and sport events – it’s pretty much round the clock, non-stop fun!

One of the cool things about this job is that each day is dif­fer­ent. I host a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties and events, min­gle with our lovely guests and I host shows in our beau­ti­ful Palace Theatre, which fea­tures spectacular Broad­waystyle shows each night.

I do love per­form­ing and mak­ing peo­ple laugh. I know I’ve done a great job when the whole au­di­ence has the gig­gles. I also dream up fu­ture cruises and cre­ative events with the rest of the team – which can lead to some pretty crazy ideas!

To get into this in­dus­try, I started out work­ing in a hol­i­day camp in Eng­land, where I hosted a va­ri­ety of trivia, game shows and events as the En­ter­tain­ment Man­ager. I then de­cided to try the same job on a cruise ship and now here I am, a Cruise Di­rec­tor for Royal Caribbean – one of the coolest jobs in the world!

The most re­ward­ing part for me is get­ting in­volved in a va­ri­ety of fun events and putting smiles on peo­ple’s faces, all while trav­el­ling the world and meet­ing peo­ple from loads of dif­fer­ent coun­tries.”

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