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Keeping Afloat

Keeping Afloat

By Kabir
Following the life of Cruise Director Kabir, from Toronto to the 7 seas. Stories from all around the world, both past and present. This is a story of love, acceptance, leadership and empowerment. From attending film festivals and creating a life on land, to building a career at sea, Kabir works aboard some of the worlds best cruise ships. From adventures on board to in port, Kabir shares his story as well as the people he meets along the way.
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2.6 Becoming a Cruise Director - Part 2
My handover with Maxime is full of surprises and helpful tips and tricks. But nothing could prepare me for my first actual day of being Cruise Director. By the end of it, I was exhausted. And the politics of it all hadn’t even started yet. From running my first Guest Emergency Drill, to hosting my first Welcome Aboard Show, join me on what would be one of the most memorable cruises of my entire career at sea. It takes a long time to produce Keeping Afloat. You can support the show by heading over the and grab some exclusive march and cruise-related goodies. You can even save 10% by using the coupon code KEEPINGAFLOAT at checkout. I hope you enjoy the show! Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2021
April 29, 2021
2.5 Becoming a Cruise Director - Part 1
My childhood dream of working on a Cruise Ship and becoming a Cruise Director was finally coming true. In this episode I fly down to Miami for my official Cruise Director Interview and training. In addition to meeting two other Cruise Directors I’d be training with, I embarked on a Training Cruise where I would learn some important lessons about who I could trust. This is an action-packed episode!  If you’re interested in doing some shopping, head over to the Cruise Director Kabir store to pickup some Ship memorabilia and Cruise Director Kabir merch. Use the coupon code KEEPINGAFLOAT to save 10%! I hope you enjoy the show!   - Kabir.  © Cruise Director Kabir 2021
March 11, 2021
2.4 Falling Into Place
In this episode, I get closer to someone very unexpected. The truth comes out about Karter, the Cruise Director. Plus, things finally fall into place. Little did I know, but this would be one of my final cruises on the Oceanic Joy. Finally - my goal of becoming one of the youngest Cruise Directors in the world is getting closer and close. But there’s a lot more to go through before I get there 😉. In addition to creating this episode, I’ve also been teaching Dance Classes every Tuesday & Thursday t 6pm ET. Tune in to decompress, get fit and have a ton of fun. You can even get exclusive Keeping Afloat Apparel for 10% off when you use the coupon code KEEPINGAFLOAT at I hope you enjoy the show! - Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2021
February 2, 2021
2.3 Collisions
Wherever you are - you’re doing a great job. At this point, self care is so important. If you’re currently in a lockdown, hopefully this episode brings you some adventure.  From dealing with the wrath of Karter, the Cruise Director to handling a full-on emergency, this episode is full of drama.  Also, make sure to check out our new store! From iPhone cases to Keeping Afloat apparel, use the discount code KEEPINGAFLOAT to save 10%. Plus it supports Keeping Afloat, and allows me to produce even more episodes.  I hope you enjoy the show!  - Kabir.  © Cruise Director Kabir 2021
January 14, 2021
2.2 Please Say My Name Right
My new adventure was in full swing. There was no template, no guide book. In the end, I was responsible for myself and nothing else. Karter the Cruise Director isn’t took keen on my position, and he makes it clear from the start. But there is a saving grace; I meet a fellow Candian, as well as a whole new love interest.  Also, make sure to check out our new store! From iPhone cases to Keeping Afloat apparel, use the discount code KEEPINGAFLOAT to save 10%. Plus it supports the show. I hope you enjoy the show!  - Kabir.  © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
November 12, 2020
2.1 Starting All Over Again + Interview with Sheri from CruiseTipsTV
I decided to leave my contract early and head home. Changing jobs is always a gamble, but the question was still in the air; was this the best decision I ever made, or the biggest regret of my career? A new job comes with a steep learning curve, and this one was no different. From attending training in Miami and taking a “training cruise”, where I may meet a special someone, to meeting the CEO of one of our top clients, this job was like nothing I had ever done before. I prefer tackling challenges head-on, and that strategy would be proven extremely successful. Plus, I catch up with Sheri from CruiseTipsTV and talk about the cruise industry, funny stories and so much more. ( & If you’ve been enjoying Keeping Afloat as much as I have, please support us by checking out the Cruise Director Kabir Store, where you can find exclusive items; from Keeping Afloat Merch to workout gear and more. Use the coupon code KEEPINGAFLOAT to save 10%. I hope you enjoy the show! - Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
October 27, 2020
1.24 The Most Dramatic Moment of my Career + Guest Interview: Getting In Trouble On a Cruise Ship
This is the final episode of season 1. We will be back in a couple of weeks, so be sure to follow me on instagram! This week we’ve got a special guest, Sarah from the show Behind the Crew Door (links below), a podcast that discusses the reality of working on a cruise ship with Sarah and Tom as your guides. We talk about the interesting ways you can get in trouble while working on a cruise ship.  Plus, my transition to a whole new ship. Despite never having been to this ship before, my Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director are both all too familiar. From being put into a gorgeous cabin to having my boot ripped off my foot, this was an ending like no other. In the end, it’s one of my most memorable two weeks at sea because it shaped my entire career. I hope you enjoy it!  - Kabir.  © Cruise Director Kabir 2020  Behind the Crew Door
September 17, 2020
1.23 Volleyball, Bad Boyfriends & Tilting Over
Another transatlantic arrives, and this time with my Dad on board! In contrast to my last one, this cruise would be like none of the others I’d done. From the ship tilting over, to a medical stop and a surprise twist, I was mentally and physically exhausted. Plus a look into the industry as a whole.  As anther ship heads to the scrapyard, some cruise lines begin to operate. Is it safe to cruise? Listen to find out. Until then, stay safe and be well.  - Kabir.  © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
August 30, 2020
1.22 Liars Club, Dating While Married & Fire 🔥
Things heat up and cool down all at the same time. I find out that the person I’m dating isn’t who I thought they were. Plus a missed port becomes the least of my worries. I also wanted to take a moment to recognize some of the amazing ships that are being scrapped - ships that created so many amazing memories. Pullmantur’s Sovereign & Monarch (Former Sovereign of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas) have arrived in Turkey for scrapping. Carnival Fantasy, Fascination, Inspiration and Imagination have also gotten the axe, and are en route for scrapping as well. While it’s incredibly sad, it leads to more innovation and a cleaner overall cruising fleet. Thanks for the memories, and onwards to new beginnings. Speaking of memories and beginnings, two more episodes of season one - our inaugural season - coming soon! Season two is already in production with a big surprise coming soon. Wherever you are, stay safe and be well. - Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
July 25, 2020
1.21 Champagne Showers
Drama central descends on my latest ship. It all starts with being held up at immigration. Plus, some drama between the senior officers and who they’re dating. I learn a valuable lesson; demanding respect gets you nowhere, that’s something that has to be earned. Respect is a two way street.  Stay tuned for the last few episodes of season 1. We’re in for one heck of a ride! Hoping that you’re keeping healthy and safe.  - Kabir.  © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
July 5, 2020
1.20 Romance at Sea: The Dating Scene on a Cruise Ship
Dating on a Cruise Ship is a whole different ball game. A relationship that lasts a month on land is equal to a year on ships. It’s about proximity and pace. Plus, my Dad decides to visit me. And I discover a new skill that helps me handle the ups and downs of my chosen career. Please make sure to check out my stuff in the links below! Plus, updates on the Virtual Signature Dance Class - on Instagram Live every week! Until next time, stay groovy! - Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
June 20, 2020
1.19 Almost Missing the Ship
Missing the ship is not a fun prospect! But what’s worse is having to face the consequences when you almost do. And, there are some very interesting guests on board. From to being taught some valuable lessons, this episode focuses on the nuances that I was starting to notice. Thanks for tuning in! Don’t forget to keep up with everything I’m up to by following the links below. Plus, updates on the Virtual Signature Dance Class - on Instagram Live every week! Until next time, be well. - Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
June 12, 2020
1.18 The Politics of Working on a Cruise Ship
From heartbreak to getting in trouble, this episode was about navigating the politics of working on board. Like any workplace, it’s bound to get messy sometimes. Plus, I answer some listener questions from Instagram.  If you’re enjoying the show so far, feel free to show your support with a small monthly donation. It helps to give me the resources to continue producing more episodes. You can support the show by going to and clicking on the “Support” button. Thanks for tuning in!  Don’t forget to keep up with everything I’m up to by following the links below. Plus, updates on the Virtual Signature Dance Class - on Instagram Live every week! Until next time, be well.  - Kabir.  © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
June 6, 2020
1.17 The Drama of Holidays at Sea
Christmas and New Year in the same cruise? It was crazy. I celebrate my first Christmas and New Year at sea. Plus, my first official date in years.  Thanks for tuning in - and please make sure to subscribe, and check out the Facebook & instagram pages for more! Plus, updates on the Virtual Signature Dance Class - on Instagram Live every week! Until next time, be well.  - Kabir.  © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
May 29, 2020
1.16 The Porthole & Budding Romance
In this episode, I turned 21, and yes, it was incredible. That combined with a full cast install, the Vice President of Entertainment being on board and a new love interest, it made for one of the most memorable cruises of my career! Hoping that quarantine life is treating you well in the meantime 😃. #WeWillBeBack - Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
May 19, 2020
1.15 Working on a Cruise Ship During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In this episode, we break from our usual structure. This is the story of my time aboard my ship during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It was an experience I’ll never forget and I’m so honoured to be able to share it with you. Stay healthy and stay tuned for another episode that’ll cover my 21st birthday at sea. Until then stay healthy and I wish you the best! - Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
May 11, 2020
Bonus: Guided Meditation 🧘‍♂️
This is a guided meditation for absolutely everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have practiced before or if this is your first time. It’s easy to follow along. You can perform this practice absolutely anywhere - in your home, outside, or even if you are out and about. Focus on your breath. Be kind to yourself. And most importantly allow yourself to embrace the sounds which surround you, for these are the sounds of real life. Embrace this practice in the best way that you can. 🙏🏽 Mindfully, Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2020 Credits The inspiration for this practices content comes from my dear friend and mindfulness practitioner, Elaine Smookler. The incredibly beautiful background music is provided by Chris Collins from For more information on mindfulness, check out Jack Kornfield He has some fantastic insight, and is a massive source of inspiration for me. And of course, to the person that introduced me to my mindfulness practice, my Mom, Parmjit Rathaur ( and
April 18, 2020
1.14 Everything is Fine, My Favourite Ships, Contract 2 & Someone Gets Fired
I’m still on board my current ship, and it looks like I’ll be here for a while. But in the meantime I’m also enjoying writing music, new podcasts and taking in the sunshine ☀️. This is also an ode to the industry I know and love so much. I mention some of my favourite ships; Celestyal Olympia (Sunbird) Freedom of the Seas, Queen Mary 2, Celebrity Century, Mercury and Galaxy (Marella Explorer 2, Marella Explorer and Mein Schiff Herz). In terms of my journey, it’s November 2015 and I get some interesting news before my contract starts. As soon as I get to the ship all sorts of drama unfolds around me, including a Captain being fired. That and so much more! I hope you and your family keeping healthy and safe. Wishing you all the best 😄. - Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
April 12, 2020
1.13 It’s Time to Head Home
The world has changed. The industry I know and love is on a complete pause. Listen in to hear about where ships are headed and what it’s like on board. Plus - my story continues with my first time being at home after my first contract. From handling a family crisis to catching up with the life that I had to put a pause on. This episode chronicles my journey in real time - and my current contract coming to a close. That, and so much more; I hope you enjoy it! I’m also doing virtual Signature Dance Classes on my Instagram, so make sure you don’t miss out. I wish you good health and positivity 🙏🏽😌🚢. - Kabir. © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
March 21, 2020
1.12 The News That Changed My Life
My Mom comes to visit me and delivers news that shakes me to my core. Suddenly, my whole life changes. Plus, in current time, I’m settling into my new ship. Life is all about change, and this episode definitely doesn’t let me forget it. This episode also has exclusive pictures on my Instagram and Facebook pages, so make sure to take a look after you listen. Thanks for tuning in! 🚢 - Kabir. © CruiseDirector Kabir 2020
February 18, 2020
1.11 Reykjavík, Finding Love and Trivia Captains
My Roommate, Charlie, arrives to the ship, just in time for a cruise to Iceland and Norway. Once the dread of my day, Trivia becomes my new favourite activity after implementing some regulations and a self proclaimed title. Plus we cross the arctic circle - ceremony and all - and I finally find a ship romance. In real life I get ready to head back to work and begin 2020 with a new mindset. As always thank you so much for listening 🙏🏽🚢🇨🇦❤️. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. - Thich Nhat Hanh © Cruise Director Kabir 2020
January 15, 2020
1.10 The Time I Almost Got Arrested
2019 was an amazing year - I spent so much time with my family, and worked across two cruise lines. This year was full of hardships are well; and every single one was a learning experience. This is the story of my journey home after a date. It was quite the adventure to say the least. Wishing you a safe and exciting New Year! 🚢🍷 Thanks for listening, now let’s cast off! © Cruise Director Kabir 2019
December 31, 2019
1.9 Christmas 2019 - What It’s Like to Be Aboard Over Christmas
Christmas is such a special time of year! It’s a time to bond with family, friends and to be greatful. But, what are the holidays like on board - when you’re away from the people you care about most? It’s different and it takes on a new meaning. Thank you for all of your support this year - please make sure to share the show so we can keep it growing. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 🎅🏽🎄🎁. The past is history, the future is a mystery but the true gift lies in the Present - Unknown. © Cruise Director Kabir 2019
December 24, 2019
1.8 Agadir, Dad Visits & Everything Changes
My ship is currently in Morocco, plus my parents are aboard. Could life get any better? In just a short while I’ll be headed home for the holidays. In the story, my Dad and Grandmother come to see me aboard my ship in the Baltic. That was an experience like no other. Plus, I transfer to my new ship - and it was like inception; an almost identical ship but with completely different people. Make sure to head to my Facebook page to check out my day in a Agadir! 🇲🇦 🚌 Thanks for listening, now let’s cast off! © Cruise Director Kabir 2019
December 15, 2019
1.7 Youngest To Date
A crazy busy two weeks meant I was a bit behind. But we are back! At this part of the story, I’m about to begin my first week as Activity Manager. It was of learning experiences and valuable insight. Plus, I get some great news from back home. Thanks for listening, now let’s cast off! © Crusie Director Kabir 2019
November 22, 2019
1.6 Transatlantic Chaos
A ship never stays in the same place for long. Now it was time for my ship to sail across the Atlantic to our new home port; Amsterdam. That, plus, I get told some career-changing news! Make sure to check out my Facebook page to see the pictures referenced in this episode. Thanks for listening, now let’s cast off! © Crusie Director Kabir 2019
November 3, 2019
1.5 Getting the Hang of It
From being the only Activity Host on board and running around, to getting aboard the biggest cruise ship in the world, I finally feel like I’ve got the hang of this job. Plus a lunch with Angie, my mentor, helps to boost my knowledge of what’s actually going on. Thanks for listening, now let’s cast off! © Crusie Director Kabir 2019
October 29, 2019
1.4 A Hard Lesson to Learn
This episode uncovers my first encounter with politics in the workplace. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but an important one to process. And since I encountered this situation, I’ve learned how to approach problem solving mindfully and with compassion; tools that are essential and invaluable in the workplace. Plus, there are a few other surprises along the way. Check out my Facebook page for exclusive pictures of my very first solo cabin! Can’t wait to hear from you soon. 😁 © Crusie Director Kabir 2019
October 21, 2019
1.3 Living That Crew Life
In this episode, I finally have a week to absorb all of the information as it arrives; from trainings to a new manager. All of it is brand new and exciting. Plus, I get to meet Dale, the Cruise Director. At the time, this was as daunting as it was informative. I’ll be doing a Q&A show very soon, so make sure to send your questions to me!,, and Cant wait to hear from you soon. © Crusie Director Kabir 2019
October 14, 2019
1.2 What Did I Just Do? My first day on board.
My first day on board is met with all sorts of new details and challenges. From not knowing where “Tween Deck” is, to having to do an emergency drill with no training. The switch from being a guest to a crew member is an immense challenge. It is a steep learning curve, but it just makes me think; what did I just do? Am I cut out for this? Amongst all that self doubt was the truth that this would be the best decision of my life. For up-to-date adventures make sure to check out my Instagram page; . Thanks for listening and enjoy the show 😃.
October 7, 2019
1.1 Why I Wanted to Work on a Cruise Ship & First Moments
The story of how I started to work on a cruise ship. In February 2015, I decided to follow my passion and take up a life at sea. The goal: to become Cruise Director by the age of 22. But could I handle everything that working on a ship came with? In this first episode get a glimpse into why I did it and what it’s like on my first day.
September 28, 2019