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Loving Australia

Kevin Cremona with The Three Sisters rock formation in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales – a couple of hours west of Sydney – in the background.

Kevin Cremona with The Three Sisters rock formation in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales – a couple of hours west of Sydney – in the background.

Travel to many is refreshing, to others adventurous and to other people it is business as usual and part and parcel of their daily work.

For  Kevin Cremona from Santa Venera, a purser with Emirates for the past 12 years, work has enabled him to see the world. But he loves Australia.

“I love going on vacation to Australia whenever possible. Irrespective of whether it is Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, all served by Emirates, there is so much to see and do.

“Mostly, I prefer adventure holidays to experience Australia’s unique wildlife and activities, such as water rafting, wall climbing, horse-riding, diving and kayaking.”

Like most other Maltese cabin crew living abroad, Kevin has remained close to his family, which is very much part of the Maltese culture. He adores and misses his nephews and nieces, Maise, Elise, Zeyan and Kion in Malta. Ever since he moved to Dubai, he has made a lot of friends as he quickly settled in the new cosmopolitan city. His career gets him to meet new people and new crew members every day.

As a purser, Kevin is the team leader responsible for managing and instructing cabin crew members on every flight – on either a Boeing 777 or Airbus A380 aircraft.  Once on board, he ensures that the high standard of safety, service quality and delivery are met efficiently for the experience and comfort of passengers.

“I help cabin crew in First Class, Business Class and Economy Class identify their strengths and areas of further development; when one is motivated, one is never satisfied and at Emirates we always try to exceed expectations with a smile.

“This training prepares for those times when we need to master with great tact a difficult situation that may arise on board.

“Apart from engaging with customers and making my team unite as one on each and every journey, my job entails communicating with the company via report e-mails and other administrative tasks.”

Asked what he looks for when he travels to Australia, Kevin says he loves revisiting the Gold Coast off Brisbane, the Mornington Peninsula, with its variety of hot springs and spas, and Fraser Island off Queensland coast.

“What impresses me most is the country’s amazing natural beauty, the spectacular natural parks and the massive, never-ending beaches. Australia is home to one of the world’s most beautiful ocean drives – the Great Ocean Road, home of the Twelve Apostles, an amazing experience which I recommend to everyone visiting at least once in their lifetime, remarkable waterfalls, rain forests and breath-taking views,” he adds.

“Australia is mostly renowned for outdoor experiences and every time I visit I always seek to explore new places.

“When in Melbourne, I visit close friends who have moved there. Together we go hiking and trekking, sometimes quad biking and cycling.

“We have also tried our skills at diving, skydiving and bungee jumping. Much fun. Remarkable memories. There is one more thing that makes me want to go back to this island continent.

“Apart from the nature, activities and the friendliness of the Australian people, I like the great selection of international top-quality food on offer, the cool cafes, the gastro pubs and the breweries. Wherever you go you are bound to sample fresh and local produce with a fabulously friendly service.”

Would he recommend Australia as a holiday destination to Maltese people even if they don’t have any relatives or friends there?

“Certainly. Allocate time for a longer holiday than usual, experience the Aussie lifestyle and you will realise on your way back to Malta that it’s best to start planning your next trip to this continent while asking yourself why you have not travelled to Australia before.”

He says: “The experience of a long-haul flight is a very pleasurable one, with many comforts in all classes, gourmet cuisine and a vast selection of onboard entertainment, even when flying Economy Class.

“Maltese citizens who hold a Maltese passport have the opportunity of obtaining a working holiday visa for up to two years, provided they are  aged between 18 and 35. This holiday and work visa aspect is a great opportunity to explore the beautiful country, gain knowledge and grab one of the many opportunities Australia has to offer.”

Emirates flies on a daily schedule between Malta and Dubai and operates 77 flights each week to Australia, most of which are flown with its flagship A380 aircraft.

www.emirates.com/mt

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