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3rd Of­fi­cer, Se­abourn Odyssey

ewis Scott draws a lot of sat­is­fac­tion from the re­spon­si­bil­ity of bridge duty. It is a role he has played on much larger ships, but it is a dif­fer­ent sen­sa­tion to be pi­lot­ing a ves­sel car­ry­ing 800 peo­ple than one that car­ries 16,000 con­tain­ers. One of the things he likes best about work­ing for Se­abourn is the em­pha­sis on safety. “I like Se­abourn’s com­mit­ment to safety and at­ten­tion to de­tail,” he says. “Ev­ery day we have a meet­ing about where we are go­ing and the weather – you just don't get that with other com­pa­nies.”

Lewis was born is Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land, and lives in the Scot­tish Bor­ders and North Ber­wick, by the sea, con­fess­ing that he likes “… be­ing a half hour from the cap­i­tal but still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing all four sea­sons in one day!” His school­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Ply­mouth was fully sponsored by a large con­tainer-ship­ping com­pany, and he has am­bi­tions to con­tinue. “From the mo­ment you get your first ticket as an of­fi­cer of the watch you are men­tally driven to be­come a mas­ter,” he ad­mits. “My goal is to have my cap­tain’s ticket by the age of 30.”

When not on board, Lewis is an avid hiker. Re­gard­less of the weather, he can be found as­cend­ing the near­est peak, ac­com­pa­nied by his cocker spaniel and Jack Rus­sell ter­rier. He likes to spend his hol­i­days in cooler des­ti­na­tions such as ski­ing in the Alps, since he spends his con­tract pe­ri­ods in the trop­i­cal realms with Se­abourn. One destination he will never for­get is en­ter­ing Mil­ford Sound in New Zealand’s Fjord­lands Na­tional Park. “I was on the nav­i­ga­tion bridge when Se­abournOdyssey was en­ter­ing the fjord,” he re­calls. “The mist slowly cleared as the sun came up to re­veal the vast val­ley. If I am hon­est, I can’t re­ally de­scribe it!”

For Lewis, the in­ter­ac­tion with guests is what makes work­ing on Se­abourn ships so ap­peal­ing. “At noon dur­ing a sea day, I was to plot the ves­sel po­si­tion on the pa­per chart in Se­abourn Square. A guest asked where we were – so I asked whether he would like to plot the ves­sel po­si­tion. And he did! What bet­ter Se­abourn Mo­ment than say­ing that you nav­i­gated the ship? I ended up hav­ing a cof­fee with him and we talked about the weather, dif­fer­ent meth­ods of nav­i­ga­tion and so forth.”


Ex­ec­u­tive House­keeper, Se­abourn So­journ

When Se­abourn guests re­mark about their stew­ardesses, the term they fre­quently use is “magic.” There is a cer­tain amount of science in the magic, how­ever, and the wizard in charge of that on Se­abournSo­journ is Ex­ec­u­tive House­keeper Rita Mathisz Darbakk. Rita was born and raised in Pécz, in south­ern Hun­gary, but six years ago she moved to the beau­ti­ful city of Budapest, which she loves for its history, restau­rants and cos­mopoli­tan bus­tle and ac­tiv­ity. Af­ter she earned her uni­ver­sity de­gree, she sur­ren­dered to a life­long dream of trav­el­ing, and took a job on a large cruise ship. In 2003, a friend who worked on Se­abourn ships alerted her to a re­cruit­ing op­por­tu­nity and she de­cided to ap­ply as a stew­ardess.

“I planned to work for just one con­tract, to be able to buy an apart­ment,” she re­calls. She found the travel highly ad­dic­tive, and the work en­vi­ron­ment very sat­is­fy­ing. “I had never had such a nice work­place be­fore,” she says. “I loved ev­ery day!” She also pro­gressed in her ca­reer, and met a Se­abourn staff cap­tain from Nor­way, Sig­urd Darbakk, whom she mar­ried last year. “That was 13 years ago,” she laughs. “Now I have my apart­ment, and I met with my hus­band and af­ter all these years still I keep telling my­self: just one more con­tract, just one more….”

The cou­ple has two homes, his in Nor­way and hers in Budapest. When they are in Hun­gary, she likes to visit her par­ents and sis­ter in Pécz. And in Nor­way, they en­joy driv­ing trips around the coun­try. “So even on va­ca­tion I am trav­el­ing,” she notes.

Of the many places she has sailed with Se­abourn, Aus­tralia and New Zealand hold spe­cial ap­peal for her. ”I love Aus­tralia for the beaches, and walk­ing around in Syd­ney is some­thing I never imag­ined my­self do­ing.” A fan of read­ing and cin­ema, she found vis­it­ing the Hob­biton movie set in New Zealand to be a “life­time ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Rita does cher­ish the idea of be­com­ing a mother some time. Mean­while she has her en­er­getic band of do­mes­tic ge­nies to man­age, and the large seago­ing fam­ily of Se­abourn guests whose ev­ery wish is her com­mand and whose care is in her charge.

“All through my years with Se­abourn,” she says, “I have al­ways con­sid­ered all my guests spe­cial and have al­ways made sure that they en­joy the Se­abourn ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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