Celebrating World Maritime Day: A Family Tradition at Sea

Lisa Arney

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Signature Experiences

Yousef Kareem

by , Communications Manager, Disney Signature Experiences

Kat and Jan Mapa lived just seven houses down from one another, growing up in their village in Escalante, Philippines. It wasn’t until they were adults that they reconnected and fell in love. Jan, an assistant bartender, is a third-generation seafarer who has worked for Disney Cruise Line for ten years. He didn’t want to be away from his love of the sea or his love for Kat, so he encouraged her to join the Disney team as an assistant server after they married. Now they’re working aboard the Disney Fantasy, making magic for guests and sharing their adventures around the world together.  

In celebration of World Maritime Day, listen as Kat and Jan share their story of life and love on the high seas.

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