Rising Above – Paolina Naik Dessai

Paolina Naik Dessai


My fascinating and exciting journey began in January of 2003!

I feel empowered by the GCO leadership listening to mine and all employees’ feedback, working continuously on improving everyone’s work and shipboard experience, and providing equal opportunities for personal and professional development. Being part of CMAS, SURF, Apex Secure Inventory, EVERI Kiosk and BetMGM projects has in turn allowed me to share these exciting Casino operation upgrades fleetwide.

There are many individuals within our company, shipboard and shoreside, who have believed in my abilities and potential, and propelled my career at times when I have doubted myself. My gratitude goes to all of them for sharing their time, efforts, and knowledge! I am thankful to Gina Rita, MJ Beligon and Selina Gabon for teaching me the cage operation, Lorraine Macaulay for sharing her SURF knowledge, Ovidiu David for his guidance and last but not least Andrew Dedels for his unwavering support and dedication!

My childhood dream has always been to travel the world and visit places. Working on the ship has fulfilled my dream along with meeting people from different countries, cultures and walks of life. My family and friends are also able to see the world through the pictures I take and the food recipes I learn on my journeys, or as Hans Christian Andersen has beautifully said:

“To move, to breath, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live.”