Read below to learn a little about one of our newest shipmates. Welcome aboard Melisia!
Did you grow up in New York?
I was born and raised in Jamaica W.I., and migrated to Brooklyn, NY when I was ten years old. Although I love New York, Jamaica is always going to be the first answer when asked where I am from. I love Jamaica because of its perfect year-round weather and because a large portion of my family is still there. It’s where my roots and childhood memories lie!
What College did you go to? Why did you pick it?
I attended Boston College where I studied Communications. BC truly is a great university because it challenges students on all levels, especially academically. Helping others is a large part of BC’s culture, which was important to me when I began my collegiate career and still is to this day. The university offers many great ways to be of service to communities in need all over the world – from the Pulse Program to Service Immersion Trips to Nicaragua.
How did you hear about Entertainment Cruises?
After completing my internship at Edelman in December, I began to look for new opportunities in Marketing and Public Relations. I came across the Marketing Coordinator position at Entertainment Cruises on Monster.com (Monster.com really does work). I sent in my resume, not knowing if I would get a reply because I know right now so many people are looking for positions, and Marketing is a pretty popular field. But I got more than just a reply!
Had you been on the Spirit of New York, Spirit of New Jersey or Bateaux New York prior to getting this position?
While I was at BC I cruised on the Spirit of Boston. An on campus organization, AHANA Leadership Council ALC coordinated a boat cruise each year to welcome students back to campus, which I always made sure to attend!
What have you enjoyed most so far in your new role?
I am a self-starter, so helping to streamline the Marketing efforts for each brand in New York is what I enjoy the most. I also love the creative aspect of my new role.
What is the environment like at Entertainment Cruises?
The environment at EC is the best, simply because everyone is friendly and works together to help each other every day. I’m sure it is not only the OSS that fosters such a great environment, but also the types of people that work here.
I know you recently visited the Corporate Office in Chicago and went on the Spirit of Chicago with some members of the Marketing Team – how was it? Any fun stories from your Dinner Cruise?
The Spirit of Chicago is great. I cruised with the Marketing team on a Tuesday night and a senior citizen group from New Orleans was on the ship with us! I had more fun than I ever expected. The DJ was lively and got everyone on the dance floor! We were doing the electric slide and the cha-cha slide. It was also beautiful to see the older couples dance to slower numbers like At Last by Etta James and upbeat songs from the 50s and 60s.
How does the Spirit of Chicago compare to the Spirit of New York/New Jersey?
I would have to say the Spirit of Chicago is my second pick after the Spirit of New York. They are both great experiences with different but spectacular views.
Lastly, please tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your favorite quote? Book? TV Show? Reality TV Show? Who do you aspire to be like? What do you hope to accomplish at Entertainment Cruises?
I am very excited to be at EC in this role. I get a sense of satisfaction every time I walk in in the morning and go home at night. A feeling I would not trade for anything.
I live by this quote because my grandmother would always repeat this to me and my cousins growing up.
“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight. But, they while their companions slept were toiling upward through the night.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When I am not at work I love to catch up with my family, listen to music – especially reggae, read magazines and watch the Food Network and HGTV.
I have always admired my grandmother and mother because of their strength as women. Outside of my family, I look up to Oprah and Michelle Obama because they’ve paved their own paths to the top in their respective fields and have remained grounded through it all.
At EC I hope to get familiar with all of our brands and reach new audiences that may have never heard about Entertainment Cruises. In addition, I hope to grow professionally whether through going back to get my Master’s or through company-wide programs.
Thank you Melisia, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you a little better!