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Meet the team: Paul Webb

02/02/2015

Production Manager, Paul, reveals what life is like backstage

Production Manager, Paul Webb

I love going to see the Broadway shows in New York. They’re terrific! - says Paul

How long have you worked for P&O Cruises?

I joined Oriana in 2005 as Deputy Production Manager.

 

What does your job involve?

As the Production Manager on Aurora, I manage all the entertainment and shows. I lead a team of 10 technicians and we plan all the technical requirements for the entertainment and sports activities on the ship. Although these things happen in the background, most of our guests will see our work during the unique, West End-style shows.

 

Describe Christmas on board.

The atmosphere is fantastic, even though it’s definitely one of our busiest times here in the entertainment department. As we’re all away from our families and friends, the on-board community becomes and even tighter than normal.

 

What’s the best part of working for P&O Cruises?

I really believe that P&O Cruises gives each and every guest its all to help them get the most out of their time on the ship. They help everyone experience the true feeling of cruising, not just holidaying at sea.

 

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The way it has taught me so much about the rest of the world and particularly how different people react during difficult times. For example, when Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines, all the Filipinos on board bravely carried on working really hard in the face of such tragedy. I believe that if I didn’t work on the ship, my view of the world and its people would be very different.

 

What has been your favourite destination so far?

New York, because I love going to see the Broadway shows. They’re terrific. The most amazing place I visited this year was Papua New Guinea. While we were there, the volcano we were visiting erupted, which was an absolutely amazing sight.

 

What’s your favourite act on board?

The Music Festivals at Sea have been one of my favourites as I'm really into my classical music. Gareth Oliver, the ventriloquist, is one of the funniest acts I've seen in years. In fact, the last cruise he was on I laughed so much it hurt. He’s fresh, he’s vibrant and the audiences love his mismatched shoes!

 

Describe the exciting things coming up for you at P&O Cruises.

On a personal note, we're due to dock into San Francisco on 25 January, which happens to be my 50th birthday! How lucky am I? The greatest thing of all is that, no matter how many cruises I do and how many challenges we face in our ever-changing business, I still wake up every morning and think 'wow'!

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