Shimaila Batlawala – Spa Dept

September 15, 2007 -

John Heald

Shimaila Batlawala - Spa Dept

Can you tell us how long you have been working for Carnival Cruise Lines? What year did you start and what is your current position? I started 2007 in August, and my current position is a hair stylist.

Where are you from and what is the best thing about living there?
I am From Vancouver B.C and the best thing about living there is the Whistler Ski resort (where 2010 Winter Olympics will be held) and snowboarding.

Are you married and tell us about your family?
I’m not married. I was born in Kenya, Nairobi. My mum originates from Tanzania and my Dad’s from Pakistan. I have 1 older sister and one younger brother. I moved to North America when I was 10 but was raised in Africa. My Mum is a Registered nurse and dad owns a jewels and antiques business.

What does your job involve. Describe what you do each day?
My job involves making people feel better about themselves by styling their hair and making them look as good as possible. My day-to-day duties involve one-on-one consultations and analyzing guest’s hair styles and giving them the best style possible. Also advising them on which products will help maintain there hair style. I help give a positive attitude in the salon to make the experience as enjoyable and relaxing as possible for each and every guest.

What is the best thing about working on a cruise ship?
Get to travel and see the world and meet all different types of people.

What is the hardest thing about working on a cruise ship?
Being away from your family for long periods of time.

Favorite things….

My Father the Hero


Way to relax
Sunbathing and relaxing by the pool…..back home is snowboarding

If you could do any other job on the ship for a day what would you like to do and why?
I’d like to be a Social Host for the day! – Its seems really upbeat and fun and I think it would be both exciting and challenging….I love a good challenge!

Favorite Port?
Venice – It’s amazing, I love the culture but more importantly for me it has great shopping!!!!!!!

If you could meet one famous person in the world who would it be and why?
Oprah Winfrey! Simply because she is just great and is a true example of someone who can go from nothing and make herself a millionaire. Also she is an excellent role model to millions.

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