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This is How You Remind Me

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2014 at 4:58 am

I think that everyone who lives away from their families has certain things that remind them of home. It’s always interesting to see what is most important to each individual person. For me, the winter has a lot of things that remind me of home. For one, Ukrainian Christmas, which we’ve talked about. Two other events this year really made me miss home:

Number 1:
Winter Olympics. As a horseback rider and gymnast, Summer Olympics are generally the one that I can’t get enough of, however my sister is a figure skater and has been since we were kids. Every Winter Olympics, as far back as I can remember, my whole family would gather on the couch with hot chocolate and blankets and we would watch the figure skating (also other parts, but skating is most vivid in my mind) and my sister would analyze the performances and tell us all about each move. We would also often be at the skating rink to see my sister in action. This year, watching the skating on the TVs on the ship, I really missed my family. Winter Olympics also of course, mean hockey, and that also makes me miss the sense of community and togetherness that hockey brings to any Canadian city, especially during a Canada vs US Olympic game!!

Number 2:
Oscars!! Oscar time is exciting for everyone and I always enjoy them no matter where I might be. But for some reason this year I could hear my mom and grandma’s voices in my head all day. Oscar time in my house was always followed by days or weeks of magazine page tearing out, dress examining, and decisive statements like: ‘we HAVE to go see this movie, it was up for an Oscar’. I think we only actually went to the movies a handful of times, but we were always really excited about the prospect of going. Even during the rest of the year, mom would come home with rental movies (and now that rental places are extinct, movies on Netflix, or Tivoed) for us to watch solely because they had generated Oscar buzz.

I’m not entirely certain why I am extra nostalgic this year, possibly because I haven’t really been home for a long period of time in two or three years. Possibly because even though we make our own families out here on the seven seas, nothing is quite the same as home. I do know that as much as I love what I do and where I am, I also love that I can still surprise myself with the things that send me home for a little mental family time.

This contract is flying by, 33 days until I am home sweet home! I can’t wait to criticize Oscar fashion choices and cozy up on the couch with my family!! What reminds you of home??

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Arts and Crafts

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

This post has been long in the making, sorry for the delay!! During the crossing we did a multitude of different activities from what we would usually do. One of those was arts and crafts. I know not everyone loves this kind of thing but I’ve always been a crafty type of person, it runs in my family. My mom is an artist, my dad builds everything, my sister is a do-it-yourself guru and I’m not really good at anything like that but I’ve been trying my whole life….(don’t worry, I do have skills, I’m the sporty one). So when the word came down from on high that we could do arts and crafts, I jumped at the chance to orchestrate it. Myself and a colleague of mine became the queens of arts and crafts and although at times it was stressful (imagine being mobbed by 200 ladies looking for a cross-stitch pattern) we really had a blast. Every day we did something new including cross stitching, balloon flip flop making, satin flowers, scrap booking and a couple other fun things. We really got to know the guests and made some fun things. One day we decorated straw hats and then had a parade down the promenade deck. Some of our lovely guests volunteered to have their photos taken for this blog so I can show you exactly how much fun we had!! My job is so awesome!!

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Jamaican Me Crazy!

In Uncategorized on January 16, 2014 at 11:22 am

I’ve been so excited and busy settling into my new role and preparing for the repositioning cruise that I forgot to tell you all about it!! We have left Miami for the final time, and embarked on a fantastic 16 day voyage after which we shall remain in LA!

We have been working hard to make sure we have enough activities to keep our guests all occupied for 8 sea days, plus Panama Canal transit day, which is kind of special, we are at sea technically but it’s such a cool experience that most of the guests spend half the day outside watching the locks. Writing new trivias, brainstorming new activities, orienting lecturers, comedians and fly-on magicians to our ship; all part of a days work for the entertainment team.

Now that we’ve set sail on the much awaited crossing cruise, everything is running pretty smoothly (knock on wood!!)! Our first port was Grand Cayman, and then we got to Montego Bay, Jamaica!! We had a chance to get out in Jamaica with most of the fabulous entertainment team and we had an amazing day on the beach. We’ve been working so hard and we all really needed a relaxing beach day. It was a wonderful team building day, we had so much fun and we all got a bit of a tan!

Coming up on the cruise we have Cartagena, Colombia; transit through the Panama Canal; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Those ports plus a whole whack of sea days make up our fabulous repositioning cruise. Stay tuned!!

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Settling In

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Well I’ve been here almost two weeks and it feels like I’ve been here my whole life. My roommate is amazing and my new best friend. My team is fun, supportive, and hard working. Working on a small ship is cool because the crew is smaller than the big ships and it makes you grow closer, more like a family. Of course you always become like family within your department, but somehow here it seems as though all the departments are like a big family. Each class of ship has it’s pros and cons and it’s really cool to experience each class! As far as my job goes, it’s amazing and I love it. I’ve always had too much energy and entertainment makes good use of it. All day long I’m running around, on stage, jumping, playing yelling and laughing. It’s hectic and busy and wonderful. It’s really interesting to experience a different aspect of the operation of a cruise ship. In guest services, you have contact with almost all the other departments to help solve the guest concerns, but most of your work is done from inside the office. In entertainment, it’s very hands on, you are constantly out with the guests, all over the ship dealing with electronics and musicians and dancers and microphones and technical difficulties. All with a smile on your face. I really love seeing the guests in a different light, where they are happy and having a good time. This cruise I encountered a few guests that cruised with me on the Legend and it was really lovely to see them again and have a chance to chat and catch up after the last few months. Needless to say they were surprised to see me in a host uniform but they told me I’m wonderful and they love me in the new position, which I can’t hear enough, lol. At any rate, enough chatting, check out a picture of my new team and I!!

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Amazing Moments: Strait of Gibraltar

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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.

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Change is Good

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Ok I’ve been dying to talk about this for a little while now but I didn’t want to say anything until it was official! However, it’s done and dusted and now I can put it on the Internet. I am transferring departments to be an Entertainment Host! I will still be with Carnival, but I’ll be in a very different role. Calling trivias, bingos, running games and deck parties! Of course it’s not all just fun and games, there are lots of other duties involved which I won’t bore you with right now. I’m very excited for this new opportunity. It’s not that I have any problems with Guest Services, I love GS. However, I love the entertainment department. I love being on stage and I think I have a personality very well suited to this position. I really appreciate being in a company that allows me the latitude to try out another department. It’s a fairly long process but I’ve made it through and now I am pleased to announce that I will be joining the Carnival Imagination on November 29th as a host!! I’ve had so much amazing support from my team on the Legend and I’m thrilled to start this new adventure! Another amazing thing I’ll get to do with the Imagination is a repositioning cruise through the Panama Canal which I’m very excited about!! So if you’d like to cruise with me in my brand new position, check out http://www.carnival.com and search cruises on the Carnival Imagination!! I can’t wait to see you all there!!

Amazing Moments: Trevi Fountain

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

As I enjoy my delightful vacation, I’ve been going through all my pictures and remembering all my magnificent adventures. I have been so many amazing places and as I sift through my memories, certain pictures and stories keep coming back again and again as highlights. So I wanted to share some. Today’s photo is from my last day in Rome. The whole day was an amazing experience and the following picture of me tossing a coin into the Trevi fountain just reminds me of it. I can’t not look at this picture without it making me super happy. From the ring I’m wearing that was a gift from my two favorite guests on a Venice sailing to Barcelona, to the smile on my face, to the fountain itself, to the story it reminds me of, everything about this picture will always make my day!

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Quaqartoq in Pictures

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2013 at 4:12 am

I know, I know, I’m on vacation and I’ve left you all hanging! Don’t worry, I have plenty of things to say and opinions on life, Miley Cyrus and cruise ships. But for now, I’m doing some resting, thinking, reading, and reflecting upon the last 7 months. As I sift through mountains of memories, I really am starting to process everything. I just wanted to share with you some pictures I took in Quaqartoq, Greenland. I can’t even find the words to describe how stunning it is, so just look.

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Liverpool, England

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

The deviation of this past cruise, while maybe not ideal for some, was very exciting for me. Partly because I’ve fallen madly in love with England and was so excited to see another part of it, and party because of the Beatles. The Beatles were a favorite band of my parents, particularly my fathers, and therefore I grew up listening to their music. For me, the Beatles make me think of home and love and family and warmth and just plain old good music. Of course, on a grander scale, the Beatles are a massive part of pop culture and the landscape of music, which means all their favorite places and influences in their hometown of Liverpool are very much commercialized. Random sidebar, when I was last in Amsterdam, we saw the hotel where John and Yoko famously hid out in for a crazy amount of time. During this cruise, my darling friend Andrea from Hungary whom I worked with on the Liberty has joined the team and so off we went to see as much as we could possibly see in Liverpool. Starting off on the HoHo we toured the city and planned where we wanted to stop and spend more time. Next we took the 2 hour ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in an amazing bus to all of the important Beatles places. We saw their childhood homes, their schools, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, and so on. I really enjoyed hearing all the tour guide’s stories about the musicians and their childhood. The bus played Beatles tunes the whole way and we sang along of course!! After the Beatles tour we got some lunch at Tesco (a store I will really miss when we get back to North America, by the way) and made our way down to the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played a total of 292 times (and many, many other musical geniuses as well). Inside we enjoyed the acoustic music of several fabulous musicians (of course some Beatles songs!!) and gazed at the music memorabilia all over. Being a very big fan of live music, I could have stayed forever, but alas, not possible and we got back on the HoHo to stop at the other places we had wanted to see. Specifically, the Anglican Church, the largest in England, and a beautiful building with very loud bells!! A short souvenir stop ended our Liverpool day and we hurried back to the ship, trying to beat the sudden display of cold treacherous English weather. I could have stayed a lifetime, England I love you and your people (and their accents)!!
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Cruise Along the Lysefijord

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

This post is a teeny bit delayed because I’ve been trying really hard to keep up with the UK isles stuff, and I somehow missed getting this one in! Norway is utterly sublime, and while we were in Stavanger we had the chance to go on a cruise down the lysefijord. We boarded our lovely boat and off we went. The fijords are amazing. It actually reminds me a bit of BC, it made me homesick! We went to an amazing waterfall right next to Pulpit Rock, and drank the waterfall water! They took us all around the fijords and then up to a little campsite/restaurant type place where they served freshly made waffles and homemade strawberry jam. Of course I couldn’t eat the waffles but I drank coffee and watched everyone else enjoy their waffles, all the while marveling at the beauty of the fijord and the mountain ranges surrounding it. As we passed Pulpit Rock we could see people up on the top of it, and later some guests even showed me some pictures they had taken from way up there. The next time I return to Norway I will most certainly be headed up to that brilliant vista.

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