Shavano Johnson is embarking on an opportunity of a lifetime and has grasped the chance to go places he never thought he would, all while earning a living.
This week Johnson boards a plane to Miami, Florida, to begin work aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas cruise ship, as a public space attendant.
Johnson said he currently makes a living in his small business doing face painting, which he hopes to expand after completing his eight-month stint at sea.
Royal Caribbean has been actively recruiting Bahamians for its vessels and Johnson took the chance to visit one of its job fairs. The rest is history.
“I saw the opportunity when they came over, they had a job fair, and I took the opportunity,” he said.
“I thought about it, and it is a good experience for me. I get to travel the world, get to see different places, as well as have fun doing it. The fact that I get to travel is the major thing for me.”
Member of Parliament for Pinewood Reuben Rahming said he is proud of Johnson, his constituent, for taking the opportunity to develop himself through employment with Royal Caribbean.
Rahming said he and his team have been trying to mobilize Pinewood residents so that they can take advantage of the job opportunities constantly presenting themselves.
“I believe the best way to develop a community is to cause the community to see people like them, from among them, doing great things,” he said.
“The best way to uplift a nation is to cultivate heroes from among the nation, and Mr. Johnson, from his humble beginnings, now has the opportunity to become a flagship of his community. It is indeed a pleasure to do whatever I can to support such a young man.”
Johnson and Rahming met with Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Michael Bayley on Friday after he made a presentation to the Rotary Club of East Nassau.
At the end of last year, Royal Caribbean completed the hiring of 200 Bahamians for entry-level positions on its cruise ships and several for its private island, Coco Cay, as it pushed to meet its deadline for the May 2019 opening of the first phase of the cay’s redevelopment. The hiring was carried out with the help of the National Training Agency (NTA).
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism