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While research shows that 63 per cent of millennials are more satisfied with seeking out new experiences than having material assets - you can't have it all.
A career means a steady income and financial security but dull days of dreary commutes and sitting in an office. However, travelling means an ever-decreasing total in your bank account - despite the views. But what if you could have it all?
Royal Caribbean has announced today that applications are open for the first ever Shore Explorer 'Apprentice-Ship'. The best part? It will pay the equivalent of a salary over £100k.
The lucky apprentice will be a 'global experience hunter' tasked with seeking out new on-shore experiences that will ultimately influence the brand's shore excursion programme for 2019 and beyond.
They will travel all over the world for three weeks this summer with Royal Caribbean, heading to, amongst other places, Japan, Alaska, Europe, the Middle East, and be one of the first to visit Perfect Day at CocoCay a new and exclusive private island in the Caribbean opening in May.
Their only daily task will be capturing their experiences on Instagram, Insta-Stories and IGTV.
They will then have the chance to enjoy a range of 'bucket list experiences' such as visiting a glacier in Alaska, exploring Osaka in Japan, white water rafting in the Norwegian Fjords and riding the world's longest urban zip wire in Dubai.
A Royal Caribbean spokesperson said: "We're looking for an adrenaline junkie who is not only hungry for adventure, but also has a unique ability to capture a moment and tell a story in a simple social media post.
"We already offer a huge amount of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime, on-land experiences as part of our cruise holidays - from zip wires and white water rafting, to walking on glaciers and hot air balloon rides. By launching this position, we're hoping that the winning candidate will take our shore excursion programme to the next level."
The successful candidate will be selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of The Vamps' writer & guitarist and contestant in I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! 2018, James McVey; Ben Bouldin, Managing Director Royal Caribbean International UK & Ireland; Nadia El Ferdaoussi, Travel Writer; and former apprentice, Russ Francis.
On becoming a Shore Explorer judge, James McVey said: "My jungle experience taught me that you really can't beat the thrill of exploring new destinations and experiences - whether on land or sea - and that's what becoming a 'Shore Explorer' is all about. I'm so excited to be working with Royal Caribbean to find the perfect person for this new 'Apprentice-Ship'; someone who has a passion for travel, exploration and seeking out new and extraordinary experiences around the world. And, of course, they have to be brilliant at sharing their adventure online too!"
Building on the success of its 'Intern-ship' programme two years ago, the lucky candidate will act as apprentice to Royal Caribbean's Instagrammer-in-Chief, Russ Francis, who was appointed the role following his application in 2016, and last year captured the largest cruise ship in the world, Symphony of the Seas, the cruise line's first Quantum Ultra Class ship.
The search for a Shore Explorer 'Apprentice-Ship' follows new research from Royal Caribbean that reveals millennials are adopting a 'do it' rather than 'own it' attitude, with almost two thirds (63 per cent) claiming to get more fulfilment from seeking out experiences than from owning 'stuff'.
Seeing the Northern Lights, going on safari, experiencing a hot air balloon ride, and visiting Canada, all feature highly on the bucket lists of millennials.
And 46 per cent of those surveyed cited visiting the Northern Lights on their bucket list, while comparatively only 18 per cent claimed that owning a home is currently a key life goal.
Applications are via Instagram (what else) and candidates are asked to share their best travel story, image or video (via a post, Instagram stories or IGTV), tagging @RoyalCaribbeanUK and #ShoreExplorer position closes at 23:59 on 1st March.
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