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Paula Nicol

Adventure Ocean Manager

Paula Nicol
Paula is outgoing, enjoys traveling, and loves working with kids. All of which makes her perfect for the job of Adventure Ocean® Manager. So if you're bringing your kids with you on your cruise, Paula will be the one to make sure they're having a great time (so that you are too!)
What's your typical day like?
It always starts with Adventure Ocean. I run activities for the kids all day and night. A group of kids come in for morning activities, we do a variety with them, and then they come back for an afternoon session and again in the evening.
What do you love most about your job?
Working with kids, traveling and meeting so many different people.
What are your favorite places to go, in terms of travel? Where do you prefer to go the most?
I've been fortunate enough to sail to many of Royal Caribbean's destinations. Right now I would say Hawaii is my favorite, with Maui definitely being my favorite port. I also like the Mediterranean.
What are some of the most popular activities for kids?
Evening theme sessions are always well attended. Star Wars Night is a popular one. Water games/ Water balloon toss/ activities. Gegaball is a form of dodge ball they play, but the kids don't actually throw the ball at each other, the ball stays on the ground. The kids absolutely love it. It's the highlight of every Royal Caribbean cruise.
What's been your most challenging experience so far?
Itinerary changes are definitely challenging in trying to meet the new demographics. I've been fortunate enough to be on several new-build teams, which is challenging in a positive way because you're starting from the ground up. We start with blank pages, blank cover, and pretty much blank everything.
What's your most memorable moment working for Adventure Ocean?
Partnering with the Make a Wish FoundationTM for kids whose wish is a cruise. It's the staff and Adventure Ocean Managers' job to make sure their stay on board is rewarding and to make all their wishes come true. Over the years, it has been one of the highlights seeing them come on and be really excited about their experience.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Seeing the Adventure Theatre grow and develop. It always takes a while for a program to get up and running to the way it's supposed to be. And, continuing to implement some of the newer programs and try make them better.

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