Little Doll, Big Impact: Inside the Barbie Premium Experience
I believe it was around a year ago that a fellow Adventure Ocean Manager messaged me to let me know that she was going to do a “Barbie Cruise.” I imagined a sea of pink, Pantone 219c to be exact, and a ship full of excited young girls running around with their Barbie dolls. I giggled, just a little, and then had a moment of relief that she was the one tackling the project. Little did I know that one day I would be on the world’s largest cruise ship playing my part, Ken doll in hand, in the Barbie Premium Experience.
Managing a Floating Garden on The World’s Largest Cruise Ships
My name is Thomas Brownlee and I’m the officer in charge of Horticulture and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas. I got started in the field of Horticulture when I was in grade 11 as a summer gardener while on break from high school in Southern California, where I was born and raised. My degree is in Ornamental Horticulture and I hold a “Certified Desert Landscape Professional” certificate from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix— one of the most prestigious certificates you can acquire in Arizona.