Constant State of Change

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm

I reckon it’s time to update you on where in the world I am, isn’t it? 
As I finished up a fabulous vacation in Orlando, I got a call from my office proposing a change in my schedule. Of course I absolutely love the Sunshine and was excited to go back, however I was given the opportunity to install my position on a few other ships. Sounds like an adventure, yes?

That’s what I thought too! Not all ships have Media Managers, but we’re getting close to having it rolled out fleet wide. I’ve just come from the Carnival Victory, out of Miami, having successfully completed my first roll out! 
I was very excited to be offered this opportunity, as I am getting a chance to not only teach someone a new job, but also to be in charge of installing the position. It’s quite a large task, I won’t bore you with the gory details, but there is a lot that goes into the process. I also believe that teaching things to others brings huge growth to the teacher as well as the student. I am learning more and more about how to be the best I can be at my job with every passing day. 
That being said, it’s also a bit of a hectic schedule for me for the next few months. Two weeks on the Carnival Victory just passed and now I’m flying to Long Beach, California to do two weeks of installation on the Carnival Imagination. Needless to say I’m excited to go back to the Imagination, I had a lovely contract there last year and will certainly get to see some familiar faces. 

I have two other ships scheduled after the Imagination, however I’m not at liberty to reveal them just yet as they aren’t 100% confirmed. But don’t worry, you’ll be excited.  
For now, I can only tell you that change is good, I’m learning lots, racking up lots of airmiles, and seeing lots of old friends. Stay tuned!!

Feels Like Home

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm

One of the questions I get asked most often as a cruise ship worker is ‘how do you cope with being away from home for so long’. The answer is more complex than you might think. Over the years I’ve discovered that for me, the concept of ‘home’ is just that, a concept, and a very fluid one at that. Wherever you FEEL at home, to me, is home! More often than not, it’s people who make you feel at home. You hear it said all the time ‘home is where the heart is’…..that’s not just a cliche. Therefore, I’m quite often at home in the most unexpected places. 
Of course, let me preface the rest of this post by saying that I miss my family the most, wherever they are is home. And I have fabulous memories of my hometown and other cities I’ve lived in. That being said, I have two examples from my last vacation that illustrate precisely what I’m talking about. 
This past vacation I was fortunate enough to spend some quality time with two women who are very near and dear to my heart: 
Jaime Dee is an amazing cruise director from my Carnival Sunshine family whom I worked with last contract. I’ve known her less than a year, but feel as though I’ve known her my whole life. We can run around the ship or in port having adventures, or doing work, and are somehow never bored. She is one of the most caring, funny and intelligent women I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. We get along like a house on fire so when vacation time rolled around and we happened to be off work at the same time, we made plans to spend some time together. I flew to Texas to meet Jaime, and although we didn’t travel far and wide, it was one of my favourite vacations to date. Somehow it felt like coming home, I felt like I’d always belonged there even though it was my first visit. Jaime and her family made Texas feel like home, for that entire visit, there was nowhere else I’d rather have been. 
After Texas, Jaime and I flew to Las Vegas, and enjoyed some great shows, good food, and adventures. From there, Jaime continued her vacation elsewhere, and I met up with another incredible woman. 
Chelsea Webb and I have been friends for close to, if not longer than, a decade. We have seen each other through heart breaks, triumphs, and everything in between with no judgement. We’ve lived in the same house and we’ve lived thousands of miles away from each other. No matter what, she supports my achievements, picks me up after disappointments, and keeps my secrets. These days we don’t get to see as much of each other as I’d like, but whenever we can, it’s always an adventure. Chelsea and her beautiful dog Phish, met me in Vegas and we drove back to Victoria in her truck (Her Majesty). For those of you who aren’t sure how far that is….it’s about 2,100 kilometres to Vancouver and then an hour and a half ferry ride to Victoria. That’s a long time to be in a vehicle with a person. For every one of those 2,100+ kms, that truck was home. We laughed, had dance parties, took a thousand selfies, and talked about life. For that entire road trip there was no where else I would have rather been. 
At the end of the day, I never have to be away from home for as long as people think, because I have some amazing people in my life who make sure I’m never far from home. I am very fortunate to have a half dozen of these such people in my life. These wonderful ladies are two perfect examples of how I find a home in unexpected places. Wherever they are, the world is clearer, more centred, less chaotic. It’s home. 

Chelsea, Phish and I on a hike. 

Jaime and I in Vegas. 

Under The Sea

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2015 at 8:34 am

  Having grown up on an island, I’ve always been a water baby. I love swimming, floating, paddling around and all kinds of general water-based merrymaking. Since I began working on cruise ships, my love of the ocean has only intensified. I’ve always been fascinated by the mystifying undersea world and all the creatures that live there, so becoming a scuba diver was something I kept in the back of my mind for a long time. The timing was never quite right, or the locations I was cruising to did not lend themselves to learning to dive, or my work schedule didn’t allow for it. However I finally managed to get myself certified as an open ocean diver and have been eagerly exploring aquatic paradises ever since. 

Working on a cruise ship is great for divers, the ship brings you in, you dive, you go back to work. It’s incredible. I’ve been able to dive in world class dive locales while still working. Lots of my ship friends dive as well so I’m generally not hard pressed to find a dive buddy!
One of the most incredible dives I’ve been on so far was a two tank dive in Aruba around two different ship wreaks. The ocean life was so vibrant and varied, plus who hasn’t wanted to roam around a long submerged shipwreck?! If you’re a fan of the ocean, I highly recommend exploring it via scuba diving. But stay safe and keep your dive buddy close, it can be a dangerous sport!!


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