How to Enjoy A Career from a King’s Residence to the Open Seas: Elisabeth Vogel


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Ep. 177 - Elisabeth Vogel was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and trained at Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten, a 5-star hotel in Munich. Hear about her experience working as the Assistant Executive Housekeeper for King Hussein in Jordan. She is an expert at treating guests like royalty! Experienced in all aspects of hospitality including kitchen, service, housekeeping, and finance, Elisabeth Vogel is a hotel director for Azamara Pursuit. She was formerly a food and beverage manager for Azamara and is an excellent host with an eye for the overall picture and leadership for the team. She has always gone for the jobs that were fun and what she thought would suit her best. In this episode, Elisabeth shares her interesting career journey from a personal assistant to a rich and famous German family to working for King Hussein of Jordan. Listen in to learn about the joy of finding fun and joy in a career you enjoy even when it doesn’t have a fancy title. You will also learn how to be a fair and empowering leader who leads by example.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to be fair, firm, and consistent with your team as a leader
  • How to lead with example as a woman leader to empower other women
  • Why you should go for a career in what you like to do and what you’re good at

"Go for what you do best and what you like to do, because it's important." -Elisabeth Vogel

In this episode you’ll discover:

How her mother and her family moving a lot as a kid influenced who Elisabeth is today [0:37]

She describes her role as the director of a cruise ship and the teamwork it involves [1:33]

Elizabeth on her career in housekeeping which includes working for King Hussein of Jordan [4:19]

What it was like working as the personal assistant to a rich and famous German family [9:24]

The challenges she faced working for that rich and famous German lady [12:33]

Her experience working for King Hussein of Jordan and the challenges she faced [13:18]

She explains why she loves her job on the cruise ship more than if it were on an actual hotel [18:27]

How she promotes and empowers women working under her on the ship [19:24]

Why she chose a career she loves and she’s good at rather than the titles [20:41]

Elisabeth advises young people to go after their own desires [23:15]

How technology is slowly changing the cruise ship industry [24:18]


From Hamburg, Germany, Elisabeth was trained in Munich at the Kempinski Hotel. From there, she spread her wings to make her first experience working abroad. Elisabeth ended up in private households in Switzerland, England, and Jordan, working as a house manager and personal assistant.

After that, she settled down in Frankfurt where she worked in various service-oriented enterprises for 16 years before she discovered the cruise ship industry.

Elisabeth was hired by Sea Cloud Cruises to work on Sea Cloud II as Hotel Manager from 2-13-2017. In 2017, she saw a presentation of Azamara in Berlin and immediately handed in her CV. She is now a Hotel Director for Azamara Cruises.


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