Well here I am on board the Carnival Imagination. Having not been on a Fantasy class ship since Guest Services college (which seems like eons ago), I’m a little rusty on where everything is, so there is some random confusion currently. I also don’t have things like a name tag with my current position (I’m wearing my guest services one, much to the confusion of my colleagues) or uniforms or any idea how to proceed once on board. Fortunately my team is amazing and helpful! I rushed to the storeroom to get uniforms and made it in time to help lead the sail away party! What a different experience than embarkation as a Guest Services Associate. It felt very strange not to be behind the GS desk and in whites. At the deck party we led the guests in line dances and waved goodbye to Miami! However, I LOVE entertainment. It’s so much fun, and it’s really cool to experience our guests having an amazing time! More later, it’s time for a trivia!!!
Today’s amazing moment is brought to you by my dear friend Alexey aka RP, aka Blexey, aka my Bestie. I have met some amazing people on the ships and in my travels. Some of which I won’t ever see again, but will always remember and some I know I will be connected to forever and will see again. The fabulous people I have encountered will always stay with me because I’ve learnt something new from each of them. Some, however, make me wonder how I ever lived without them, and I know I’ll never be able to live without their presence in my life. Alex is one of those, we were attached at the hip for most of our contract, through all the ups and downs of ship life, and exploring Europe. Through office dance parties, heartaches, adventures and misadventures. Alex is one of the only people who can keep up with me; getting up at 5am, running in the pouring rain to catch a train out of Venice to Verona is a chance we both jumped at when everyone else told us we were crazy and stayed in bed. This picture is one of my favorites, the Russian sunset in the background and us laughing hysterically at who knows what. Every time in look at this picture, a million stories and memories flood my brain and I can’t help but laugh. We look so happy and I love it.
The next amazing moment I want to share with you as one of the highlights of the last 7 months is sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar. The first time we did it, it was in the wee hours of the morning and we could only see the headlights of cars and bridge lights. The second time we sailed through it was daylight. It was so amazing to see Europe on one side and Africa on the other. In the daylight we were even able to see the rock of Gibraltar. Magnificent!! This photo makes me remember how far we came and it also reminds me of all the times we gathered together on the open deck to watch for something life-changing.