Every month, we interview a crew member of DFDS Seaways about the goings on aboard a cruise ferry. This month I spoke with Magda (38) about her work in the Sea Shop on PRINCESS SEAWAYS.
Who are you?
I am Magda, I am 38 years old and I come from Poland.
How did you end up working for DFDS Seaways?
I started on the ship Admiral of Scandinavia and then worked on KING OF SCANDINAVIA, QUEEN OF SCANDINAVIA, DUCHESS OF SCANDINAVIA and now on PRINCESS SEAWAYS.
How long have you been working for DFDS Seaways?
I have been working for DFDS Seaways for 15 years and started in 1998 to work on the ADMIRAL OF SCANDINAVIA.
What work do you do?
I first started working as a waitress. After 2 years, I started in the Sea Shop as a shop assistant. For the last 5 years, I have been team coordinator in the Sea Shop on board PRINCESS SEAWAYS.
What do you like about working on a ferry?
I particularly like the working hours. I work 8 weeks on board and then I am off for 4 weeks. Brilliant!
What does you day look like?
Every day, I open the Sea Shop at 08:00 for our passengers. The shop is open until we dock in Holland and 30 minutes before we dock in the UK. After we have docked, I work another 2 hours to restock the shop and take an inventory. Then I have 3 hours off. That is when I like to relax. Sometimes I go shopping in Newcastle until the shop opens again from 17:00 till 22:30.
What is popular with passengers in the Sea Shop?
We primarily have Dutch, English and German passengers on board. Dutch passengers like to buy malt whisky (especially when on offer), clothing by Gant and perfume. British people like to buy wine, Toblerone chocolate and Pandora jewellery.
What has been your most enjoyable moment on board?
It is always enjoyable on board! I cannot think of one specific moment.
What should everybody know about the Sea Shop?
We always have good offers which you cannot find on shore.
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