If you have ever dreamed of working alongside Disney characters then we have good news for you. There are job vacancies currently up for grabs with Disney Cruise Line that offer the chance to do just that. The role of youth activities counsellor could see you working on any of the company's four cruise liners, as well on its private island paradise in the Bahamas. The role involves looking after children aged between three and 17 who take part in the youth activities on board, and helping with meet and greet sessions with Disney characters. The downside? You'd need to leave Plymouth unfortunately - working for Disney Cruise Line would mean re-locating to the United States. Applicants need to be at least 20 years old, with a minimum of two years' of experience working in a similar kids’ camp environment. Being bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese is noted as a bonus, as is “microphone experience”. The shifts can be demanding, with a seven-day week working 70-84 hours … [Read more...] about Disney wants you to travel the world on its luxury cruise ships
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GUNS, knives and imitation bombs were smuggled on to ships at Britain’s busiest cruise port by undercover investigators. They exposed shocking security flaws at Southampton docks where 1.7million passengers set sail every year. A confidential report, seen by The Sun, revealed 16 knives, eight imitation IEDs and four imitation pistols were sneaked into terminals by investigators posing as terrorists. They were missed despite airport-style scanner arches, detection wands, pat-down searches and luggage X-ray machines. A fake IED left in a toilet cubicle was missed by a cleaner. Investigators carrying weapons and fake IDs were let into restricted areas without challenge. There are also claims the report has been buried and its recommendations not referred to the Department for Transport. Cruises are becoming increasingly popular with the younger generation — who are more likely to be recruited by terror groups. An insider said: “It chills me to the bone that so much … [Read more...] about Fake terrorists smuggle knives and fake bombs and guns through busiest UK cruise port
On a recent four-night cruise to the Bahamas on the 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory, a lively crowd was downing neon drinks at an equally fluorescent bar in the ship’s multi-story atrium. The casino was packed and smoky. This was old-school cruising, and everyone was loving it.Most ships have an official lifespan of 30 years, the amount of time it takes for the asset to depreciate to 15 percent of its original book value. By that measure, the 18-year-old Carnival Victory has passed the theoretical prime of her life.She’s still quite the moneymaker. By focusing on short, three- and four-night sailings from Miami to the Bahamas and back, the aesthetically outdated ship carries twice as many passengers per year as many similarly sized vessels. In fact, the Carnival Victory is just one of the many middle-aged and elderly ships that were built during a cruise boom in the 1990s but now make up a multibillion-dollar portion of the cruise … [Read more...] about Where Do Old Cruise Ships Go to Die?
THE latest luxury cruise ship on the block is fancy enough to impress private yacht owners like Roman Abramovich. The Scenic Eclipse, which makes its debut on August 31, with a maiden voyage season including the Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords. The 168-metre-long Eclipse is smaller than your average cruise ship with 114 rooms onboard, but it makes up for lack of quantity with its quality. Each of the 32m² suites boast their own private veranda and lounge area, with personal service of almost 1:1 guest-to-staff and butler service for every guest. The balcony suites feature a Scenic 'Sun Lounge' system that transforms the balcony into an all-weather conservatory style space, so guests can enjoy the view even in bad weather. There is also a penthouse suite on the ninth deck at the bow of the yacht, with 125m² of indoor space and a 60m² terrace. One of the most tranquil spaces on board will be the 55 square metre Spa … [Read more...] about World’s poshest cruise ship? Scenic Eclipse has helicopter hangar and a SUBMARINE
Their very geographical nature makes islands particularly prone to overcrowding – simply put, there’s not enough room for endless streams of tourists. Here are some of the most worrying examples of islands, many of which were once untouched, falling victim to their own popularity. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand Twenty years ago this little archipelago in the Andaman Sea really was paradise - and practically unknown - making it the perfect filming location for the big screen adaptation of The Beach, Alex Garland’s novel about the search for untouched backpacker heaven. Now as many as 5,000 people arrive each day on boat trips from the bustling mainland resorts of Krabi and Phuket, turning Maya Bay, the sheltered cove where much of the movie takes place, into a selfie-taking free-for-all. The situation has become so bad that Thai authorities recently announced plans to completely close Maya Bay for four months this summer (June 1 until September 30) to give the surrounding … [Read more...] about Paradise lost: Beautiful islands ruined by tourism