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Silver Dining Room

In Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line, Cruise on December 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

One of the funnest things  I got to do with my parents was eat in the main guest dining room all week. It’s amazing to see what the guests see. It’s a whole other side of the ship!! Every evening, the dining room staff do a dance or sing a song of some kind and it almost always involves everyone flinging their napkins around wildly….so of course I joined in!! Today is my birthday!! Steakhouse tonight!! YAY!

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Always have fun

In Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line, family, friends on December 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

It’s really important in life to have fun…I like to surround myself with people who make me laugh……like this

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Best ever

Family Time

In Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line, family, fun on December 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

I was SO SO happy to have my parents here for a week. I got to show them all my favorite places and where exactly I’m sitting when I skype them!! We went out for the day in Cozumel and took a few photos around Puerta Maya!! I had so much fun!!

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Three Amigos restaurant has the best photo ops EVER!!

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Papa Parsons and I in front of the Liberty!!

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Three Amigos again!

My team

In Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line on November 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

My team is just the best ever. We all got together for a birthday last week and had such a lovely time. Just wanted to share a photo from that.

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Two Ships Passing….

In Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line on November 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Last week we were in port with our sister ship, the Carnival Conquest and I took this shot of the Conquest sailing away into the sunset.

I thought you might like it….

Kon Tiki Part 2

In adventure, beach, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line on November 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Silly me, I totally forgot to put a few more photos in the first Kon Tiki post, so here’s a few extra for your enjoyment!

 

The Kon Tiki Boat!

Alex, the bartender/first mate/limbo champ who lives on a sailboat

Honeymoon Bay, Water Island. Apparently sometimes the locals put up a big screen in between those trees and project movies at night and enjoy drinks and food!!

Just another day in paradise!

 

I liked this tree

Matt and his dog Shady!!

 

“What kind of dog is she?” I asked…..
“She’s a coconut retriever” He said…

 

 

Hurricane Sandy

In adventure, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line on November 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I’ve been meaning to write about Hurricane Sandy forever now, and since it’s another rocky night on board, now seems like an appropriate time to do it. I’m sure you’ve all been wondering how we’re doing out here. I actually think the safest place to be is the ship. Judging from the damage I’ve seen in the US due to Hurricane Sandy, I’d say I’d rather be out here. We sailed right through the tail end of sandy, and it was VERY rough!! There were literally points in the night when the ship rocked so hard that my whole body was in the air over my bed. Drawers and cupboards kept opening and shutting in our cabin, items flew off shelves, and we weren’t able to sleep for several nights. The waves on the hull were so loud it actually sounded like pieces were being ripped off the ship. There were hundreds of seasick people, including some of my coworkers. I never felt sick, but I did get a bit of a headache. They closed all the open decks for the safety of crew and guests, but I was in the engine room at one point, and on the surveillance cameras you could see waves coming up and over the lower open decks. We had guests sleeping in the lobby with their life jackets on. Working at the desk was difficult, there were times you had to hang on to avoid falling down. Walking around the ship you would take a step and feel the ship drop out from under your feet, or toss you side to side. I tried to workout at one point and decided it was too dangerous because I was getting tossed side to side on the treadmill!! I spoke to friends on other ships who didn’t get to dock in their home ports. The Ecstasy (my training ship!!) missed docking in Port Canaveral and had to spend an extra day at sea. You can imagine the massive logistical nightmare with all the guest’s flights and transport home having to be cancelled and re-booked. Several other ships missed docking as well, we were very fortunate, our arrival into Miami was merely delayed, but we made it in only a few hours later than expected. It was unreal! I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. In the end, we made it, and although there were a few people bruised from falling down, no one was seriously injured. All in all, it was quite the adventure!!

Kon Tiki: St. Thomas

In adventure, beach, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line, Uncategorized on November 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I went on an adventure in St. Thomas last week!! It’s kind of a funny story because I got delayed in the ship and was supposed to meet my co-workers outside on the pier to go on a Kon Tiki Tour! So I was rushing and running around and made it outside finally (2 minutes before the Kon Tiki boat was supposed to leave)!! I found the Shore Excursion manager and he ushered me off with the tour operator, and I made it on the boat. Once I got on the boat, the captain introduced himself to me, and I met all the crew and I began to look for my friends. The Kon Tiki boats have two levels so I assumed they must be up on the top deck enjoying some sun. So up I went. No friends. Back downstairs I went. Still no friends. The ship left……and I was by myself with a boat full of strangers. I allowed myself a sulky moment and then decided to make friends with the tour operators, and random strangers. All of the tour guides were wonderful and I got to hear all of their life stories. St. Thomas is a US Virgin Island so it’s governed by all the same laws as the US, therefore, the tour operators were all American. It’s a very interesting dynamic over there, because it’s a Caribbean island, you expect things to move slowly, and be more relaxed, like a typical Caribbean island. Which they do; however there’s still the twist of it being an American island. It’s a very dynamic mix. The first mate was also the bartender, and limbo champion. He had a really interesting story, he’s an American who grew up on a sailboat with his family and they ended up settling in Tortuga, a British island. He was allowed to stay there as a dependant on his parent’s work visas and then when he was 18, he and his dad went on another sailing trip around the Caribbean. When they got back, because he was too old to be under their visas anymore, he couldn’t stay. He tried to get another visa, but as we all know, visas are a tricky business, and he ended up sailing over to St. Thomas, and living there. He even lives on his sailboat!! I love hearing other people’s stories, everyone has at least one and the more you travel, the more interesting ones you hear! Kon Tiki was great, they sail around with you in this little boat, with a Caribbean steel drum band playing the whole time. First you stop at a coral reef where they lower these neat glass bottomed viewing areas so you can see right into the ocean. They tell you all about the fish and coral that you can see, and then you head off to Honeymoon Bay and have an hour or so on the beach. One of the tour guides is dating the girl who works at the beach shack where you can get food and drinks and they have the sweetest dog that he brought out to play with us. They rescued her from Puerto Rico and she was so well trained and just gorgeous! After your hour at the beach, you head back to your ship and they do a big group dance and a limbo contest!! It was a lot of fun, and I made some new friends! Maybe next week I’ll go say hello again!!

The view of downtown St. Thomas from the Kon Tiki boat!

And of course, there’s my home!!

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The lovely beach we hung out at

My new best friends!

The Con Tiki boat!!

Tulum

In adventure, beach, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line on November 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

A while back, I got the chance to go on a lovely excursion with my dear friend Valeria. We had such a wonderful time, we went to the Mayan ruins at Tulum!! It’s so amazing to have the chance to get off the ship and see these amazing sights!! Take a look at the photos!!

 

 

As you can see we had an amazing time!!!

Symbiosis

In Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line, Cruise, travel, traveling, work on November 13, 2012 at 1:58 am

First of all, let me apologize for being such an absentee lately, with the bad weather and a lot of extra work, I haven’t been able to get much posting done. However, I do have a lot to say, I’m just trying to get it out there!! Here’s something I’ve been working on for a while, I’ve had it sitting in my ‘blog’ document file for a while and just haven’t been able to finish and post it. Oh, I also jsut wanted to say to the other amazing bloggers out there who have followed me lately, I’m very very sorry that I haven’t had a chance to check out your blogs as well, my internet on board is very very limited and most of the time I just get on long enough to post what I’ve written beforehand. As soon as I’m in a port for a few hours I promise to pay more attention to the rest of the world!! Thanks for your patience and for following my adventures!!!

Guest Services is such an interesting place to work. We are, in essence, the hub of activity on the ship, like the nerve center of the brain. We are where everyone goes for problems/questions/complaints/compliments/lost items/found items/crying fits and pretty much anything else you can think of. 

As you can imagine, it gets pretty hectic. There are some other departments that we rely very heavily on to get our job done quickly and efficiently. Issues come to us and we call other departments to get the work done. Specifically, housekeeping. In any hotel the front desk and housekeeping work very closely, but it’s even more so on a ship. The way ship housekeeping works is that we have cabin stewards who do the cleaning of the cabins, turndown service, etc. Then there are the floor supervisors who have sections of decks that they are responsible for, they each supervise a certain number of cabin stewards/cabins. Then there are the housekeeping manager and assistant manager who are in charge of everybody! So in any given day, many different things can go wrong or be perceived to have gone wrong on a ship. Guests call us at Guest Services, we call the appropriate department. Nine times out of ten, we call housekeeping. We have a neat excel document where we can input the cabin number that’s having an issue and the spreadsheet gives us the cabin steward’s phone number and the floor supervisor’s phone number (they all carry cell phones) and we call whomever is on duty at the time. Sometimes we have to call what feels like a million times in a shift, sometimes not at all. Either way, the moral of the story is that housekeeping and guest services are best friends. There’s a certain time of evening when only one floor supervisor is on duty, so ALL the other cell phones get forwarded to that person. Often I’ll end up calling that supervisor a dozen times in one shift to assist me with various tasks such as checking temperatures in rooms, opening safes, pulling out trundle beds, changing remote control batteries or any one of a hundred different requests. The floor supervisors and housekeeping crew work SO hard everyday and I couldn’t do my job without them! Obviously this kind of symbiosis is present in all kinds of other work places. Somehow we feel more connected here than I ever have in any other hotel or resort. Partially I think it’s because we not only work together, but live, sleep, eat, and play together. Although this is also true for resorts where the staff live on property, when you are on land, you can go places, you can get off property. On board, the longest you can leave the ship is for a few hours at a time. It creates a very different dynamic, and I’m pretty sure I adore it!