Recognizing the women pursuing a career in the maritime industry!

Disney Cruise Line recognizes and celebrates International Day for Women in Maritime on May 18 each year. On this day and throughout the year, we recognize the contribution women make as they take the helm in their role and lead teams forward in the industry. Our Disney Cruise Line crew is made up of empowering women navigating their careers on the high seas with might and excellence.

Recently, we connected with couple of those women and asked them about their experience working on the engineering team aboard our ships and why they would encourage other women to be part of the maritime industry.

Meet Sara, a second engineer aboard the Disney Fantasy, and Marta, a third engineer aboard the Disney Dream. These two engineering officers share their journey at sea and the learning experiences they’ve had along the way

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Tell us about your role!

Sara: As a second engineer, I ensure operations at the ship’s engine room run smoothly. I work closely with the entire chief engineer team to oversee all aspects of the vessel’s mechanical systems including propulsion, power generation and auxiliary equipment. I also supervise the engine room crew members that conduct routine maintenance, troubleshoot technical issues, and ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations.

Marta: I’ve been working as a third engineer with Disney Cruise Line for over a year. My goal is to maintain the ship’s machinery in optimal condition to always ensure safe and efficient navigation. I am proud to be part of the percentage of women working in on this team. Women can still do the same job to the highest possible standard.


What inspired you to pursue a career at sea with Disney Cruise Line?

Sara: I’m originally from a small coastal town in northern Italy, where I spent my childhood surrounded by the sea. The attraction to the ocean and the desire to explore led me to pursue a maritime career. What makes working for Disney Cruise Line special is the unparalleled emphasis on creating magical experiences for both guest and crew members alike. The company’s commitment to excellence in customer service and attention to details sets it apart in the cruise industry. Disney Cruise Line also fosters a culture of teamwork, creativity, and inclusivity, making it a rewarding and inspiring place to work.

Marta: I am from Poland, and I have always dreamed of combining my passion for traveling with my career. I love discovering new places, and I realized that working as an engineer at sea would give me a lot of opportunities to travel. I also knew that Disney Cruise Line is expanding in every aspect, and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. This company is also very inclusive. From the first day I stepped onboard the ship, I felt included. That also meant that I was part of a team, and everyone had the same opportunities to grow.


As we celebrate International Day of Women in Maritime, what would you say to other women who are interested in a similar career working in the maritime industry with Disney Cruise Line?

Sara: I would encourage others, especially women, who are interested in pursuing a career like mine to believe in themselves and their abilities. Don’t be deterred by any preconceived notions about gender roles in traditionally male-dominated industries. Instead, focus on your passion, dedication, and willingness to learn. Seek out mentors and supportive networks within the industry to guide and inspire you along the way. Remember that diversity strengthens teams and fosters innovation, so embrace your unique perspective and contributions. Above all, never underestimate the impact you can make and the doors you can open for yourself and others by pursuing your dreams fearlessly.

Marta: To be successful in a similar career as mine, you must be determined in your role and believe that you can achieve anything. I strongly believe that. Sometimes you have to work hard to achieve the career of your dreams, but it always pays off. Believe that you have what it takes and that you have the power to achieve anything you want.


What does it take to be successful in your role?

Sara: It takes a combination of technical expertise, strong leadership skills, and adaptability. Being able to effectively manage and motivate a team is essential, as well as having a keen attention to detail and problem-solving abilities. Continuous learning and staying updated on industry advancements are also crucial to keep pace with evolving technologies and regulation. Additionally, effective communication and collaboration with other departments are vital for smooth operations. A strong commitment to safety, diligence in following procedures, and the ability to remain calm under pressure are indispensable qualities.