Here you will find my adventures while I live and work on board a Princess Cruise-liner.
My job is my 'NeverLand'!
(Hannah, 23, New Zealand)
Packing again… This time for a holiday! Flying to Los Angeles tomorrow with my sister Kyra to visit DisneyLand!!
So excited! While there we are going to visit a passenger I met, Pam, in San Diego and we will spend a day in San Francisco. It’s going to be a full on 11 days in the states… Bring it on!!
I got on the plane, and sat down next to a three year old and her mother, thinking this was going to be tedious, turns out that beautiful little girl is the best behaved three year old I have ever meet, sitting next to them was a delight! I don’t usually sleep on planes, so two glasses of wine defiantly helped, I maybe got about six hours sleep total which is more then I ever get on a plane, I didn’t even watch a whole movie. The flight went very fast! On arrival to Auckland, New Zealand, once though customs and retrieving my luggage I missed my connecting flight, but was quickly put onto the next one with was only a half hour wait.
My sister Kyra picked me up, and I popped into church to surprise mum and dad who I had told I was arriving in the afternoon, not early morning. I walked in and sat behind them at the end of the service, I said something and mum turned to looked at me and had to do a double-take! Have spent all of today sitting on the floor of the lounge in the sun chatting with family members as they come and go, full family dinner tonight, let the chaos begin!
Home sweet home!
I signed off on the morning of the 8th August, concluding about 5 and a half months onboard the Star Princess. Its had its ups and downs, I have met so many wonderful people and the odd person that I hope to never cross paths with again, but that is just how it goes. Time split between Hawaii and Alaska has been very enjoyable. Four roommates, two cabins and maybe a total of seven days off in total all contract. Some wonderful cruises and others you wish you could have blinked and it was over, this contract has been an adventure and a half.
But has ended on a high, an enchanting last month although I leave this ship saying goodbye ‘see you soon’ to the love of my life.
Signed off in San Fran, did immigration, was handed a shitty appraisal – which was completely unfair – said my goodbyes and disembarked. Thankfully Fiore had time off and joined my cousins (who live locally) and I for lunch on the pier, which followed the hardest goodbye I have ever said in my life. Luckily my Los Angeles trip falls when the ship is back in San Fran so I will be back for a day visit with my sister, in 22 days… and counting!
Two days at sea, two days until its time to go home… Packed and ready to go, but if my medical didn’t expire in three days, and I didn’t have plans to DisneyLand I would comfortably stay two more months to be with Fiore, but sadly I do have to go. Two very heavy packed bags… It won’t be goodbye, its I’ll see you soon!
Skagway was another hot hot day, went out with Fiore and Angie (my roomie), wondered into town, and showed Angie the main road, so we showed her the whole town. Had lunch ashore at the Pizza Station, caught a few others there, then came back onboard, seeing as I am IPM in Ketchikan this voyage, that may have been my last time in Alaska, possibly ever. I spent my night off packing, I have been mentally packing for few weeks now and slightly stressing, I came with two full suitcases and I defiantly have brought my fair share, turns out I can fit almost everything into one case, how I don’t know!
Juneau was a really nice hot day, Fiore and I spent the whole day together which was really lovely. Went ashore and went shopping, which was brief, but while waiting for the shuttle back to town we sat in the sun with our coffee chatting away which was the highlight of my day, endless conversation, just him and I. The afternoon was spent back in the port area, popped into a few jewellery stores looking for a Pandora charm to sum up my contract, ended up with a merry-go-round, which to me links Hawaii to San Francisco and San Fran to Alaska, so far I have a charm for each contract, A gift box for my first contract, a hot-air-balloon for the world cruise and now this one. Fiore also brought me a charm, a passport; this represents the beginning of our story, linking back to how we first met.
I swapped with Peipei and did disembarkation again, it’s an earlier start, which I may or may not have slept through – ah well, was a great night’s sleep! Disembarks took little over two hours so I was done by half 10, and headed ashore an hour later. Had a few little things to do, swap a gift, buy a gift and just be ashore!
Turnaround night started much better than last cruise, I made a sale on the first night, that’s usually a sign of a good cruise, much needed after such a miserable total in my store last voyage. But now day three into the cruise and I am half was through my target already so I’ll be leaving with a bang!