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Meet the team: Alex Jowett

18/02/2015

Deck Officer and Second Officer, Alex Jowett, tells us about his life on board

Alex Jowett, Deck Officer and Second Officer

I love spending time in the Caribbean sunshine, but the snow-covered mountains and the northern lights are fascinating, too! - says Alex

What does your job involve?

I’m a Second Officer, which means I’m the Captain’s representative on the bridge and am in charge of the safe navigation of the vessel. I monitor the boat’s position; adjust speeds to ensure our estimated times of arrival are maintained; take action to avoid getting too close to other ships; make statutory reports to shore-side authorities; ensure the environmental policy is strictly observed; and, finally, maintain accurate records of all events.




What’s the most exciting part about working for P&O Cruises? 



Every ship’s itinerary is different and we never do the same cruise consecutively, which means, as staff, there is always a different place to plan for and get excited about. We are also approaching the launch of Britannia and as a Brit, I’m really proud to be on such a grand British vessel.


 





What do you enjoy most about your role?

P&O Cruises sets the Carnival Corporate standard for bridge watch-keeping procedures, which is now employed on all Carnival Corporation ships. Of course, P&O Cruises have very high standards for their Deck Officers and I take a lot of pride in my work.




What are the day-to-day challenges you face in your job?

As our location changes from day to day, so do the challenges. One day we could be transiting the Gibraltar Strait, dealing with heavy traffic and many ships passing at close range, whereas the next day we could be at anchor, holding the ship in a position that will best aid a smooth tender operation. Two of the key skills for this role are the ability to be practical and adaptable.




What is the best part of your job?

I love being part of the big team, where everybody has a role to play. It’s this sense of unity that makes the job so rewarding. Being able to explore the world and sample the cuisine and culture in different countries is very enjoyable, too. As is being able to see West End-style entertainment on the ship!





What has been your favourite destination so far?


How can I choose just one? Sailing into Stockholm on a clear, crisp morning is stunning and passing the Statue of Liberty on the approach to New York is spectacular. I love spending time in the Caribbean sunshine, but the snow-covered mountains and the northern lights are fascinating, too! My favourite place to dock is Sydney. Sailing in and out of Sydney Harbour always feels special.




What’s your favourite thing to do on board?

I love meeting both guests and crew members from all walks of life. It was one of the main reasons I chose to work on a guest ship rather than a cargo ship. When I have some spare time, I love getting stuck into a good book in a quiet, sunny spot on deck and getting some fresh sea air.




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