While some passengers feel that a cruise director can make or break their onboard experience, I’ve never noticed that it made a big difference in mine. Not until encountering Jaime, that is. Her energy and enthusiasm is positively infectious and she leads the pack when it comes to engaging passengers—it’s been a long time since I’ve seen activities and deck parties so well attended on any ship. She does it fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, and never slows down. She even got me and my bad knees dancing along.
Only twenty-six, metro Detroit native Jaime became involved in theater as a young girl and moved to interactive dinner theater before graduating from Michigan State with degrees in community relations and psychology. Jaime wanted to travel after graduation and—having been on cruises in the past—her mother suggested she go to sea. As a result of her encouragement, Jaime began her journey with Carnival Cruise Lines five years ago as a member of their entertainment staff. On her move up to Assistant Cruise Director, she served on ten ships and was part of the Carnival Splendor inauguration team where I first encountered her. Presently Jaime’s position is Acting Cruise Director on Carnival Liberty and she looks forward to being assigned to her own ship. She’s never forgotten her roots as an entertainer and credits her voice coach Debbie Tedrick with instilling in her a sense of integrity and honor.
As one of three female cruise directors presently sailing with Carnival Cruise Lines, Jaime looks upon her gender as a positive—women are happy to see one of our own in charge. In addition, she enjoys her role as “mom” to crewmembers when they need a bit of compassion and understanding. For others who would like to follow in her footsteps, she says they should let their personalities shine through and answer all the questions they are asked when interviewed. Applicants should only apply if they want to work hard and help passengers have a good experience on their cruise.
Jaime finds it great to reconnect with passengers who’ve sailed with her before and her advice for cruisers to make the most out of their vacation is to be involved. As a rule, I don’t often turn the television on in my cabin, but I tuned in for Jaime’s “Morning Show” on a regular basis while aboard Carnival Liberty to follow her incredibly fun and entertaining interaction with my shipmates.
If you think Jaime looks familiar—as I did—and don’t recognize her last name, “Dee” is short for Deitsch. It was a pleasure to meet with her and hear her story and I hope our paths cross again in the future.
Thanks for sharing a bit of time with me, Jaime, and for posing with my travel kitten Pres!
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