After the Aaskov Sisters, identical twins Amber and Jacquelyn, graduated from Nichols College in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in hospitality, they were not sure what they wanted to do, but did know they wanted to travel. Through research they discovered American Cruise Lines, applied online, and shortly after began working as Stewards together on board the American Eagle, “We thought it would be a great opportunity and a good experience for the future.”
Q: What is a fun and memorable experience you have had?
A: One very memorable experience we had was with a guest during our fourth week aboard. We met someone who graduated from the same college, which is amazing because Nichols is such a small school in Massachusetts. We connected from the beginning and he was so pleased with his choice to cruise with us. Additionally, we had a big family this week that chose to sit at our tables for the duration of their cruise. Making connections with groups of people in such a short time is really a unique thing to experience.
Q: Plans for the future—what’s next?
A: After finishing being stewards, there are no immediate plans, but we want to take many different options into consideration. We would love to spend our time traveling and seeing parts of the world we haven’t seen before. We also both might look into applying for a management position with the cruise line because we’ve really enjoyed our time here.
Q: What do you like the most about this job?
A: Definitely the crew and passengers we’ve encountered and befriended thus far. When we first got here, we were scared because we did not know anyone. But after our first week on board, the people we worked with became our boat family. We have made lifelong friends with our Eagle crew, and also with the passengers. Making people happy is what we love to do.
Q: What is something unique about you?
A: Well our senior year of college, we were voted “life of the party” as our senior superlative.
Q: What are your favorite ports of call?
A: New Orleans, Memphis, and Baton Rouge. Those were the three that we enjoyed the most because they are so different from New England and there was a lot for us to do on our breaks.