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)
Juneau I had fire training, assigned randomly by management, a group of crew members from all departments are sent ashore to do a fire training course, which was pretty boring but playing with fire extinguishers is good fun… had enough time to visit Tracey’s Crab shack again and make our weekly visit to Viking.
Juneau was a quiet day, group of us went to Traceys Crab Shack for lunch then to the movie, saw 22 Jump st, which was a good laugh. Pretty quiet day all round.
Skagwway Anne and I grabbed lunch together, and Victoria, I said goodbye to Deon with Michelle and Steph at a nice bar we found in Victoria few cruses back.
Said goodbye to Deon this cruise, sucks! Hope to see my friend again soon, two back to back contracts, its been an amazing time!
Thing are pretty good here, I am really enjoying Alaska, even if it just turns out to be a day around town. My shop onboard has been pretty busy, been making some good sales, and having a rep in the store means an extra person to talk with when it’s quiet. I have a new jewellery specialist, Andre; he has been here two cruises now. Very knowledgeable, which works to my advantage. Pei Pei is the other jewellery in the store, she replaced Kate few cruises back, lovely, but first contract with no experience and her English is pretty poor, I trained her in everything she knows so she has learnt from the best :P I do get a little frustrated sometimes but I try not to get worked out over it, I started new once too.
My manager has chilled out! Thankfully, he is the reason my contract started out so negative and stressful. But all is well now and actually at the end of this cruise he is being tran-shipped which is about to make a boat load of people very happy (pun fully intended).
Socially the ship is getting better, we are in green level, we are a healthy ship currently so all crew activities are back on and running – it’s the first time we have made it back down to green level since the second to last Hawaii cruise, we have lingered in and out of yellow and red level, so it has been pretty miserable, I kinda keep a little cooped up in my cabin for a wee bit but have been out each night lately, have a good social group in the crew bar.
The Wardroom became pretty average as of late so the crew bar is where I spend most evening.
Living with Michelle is still awesome, very fortunate to have such a wonderful roomie, we say we are flatting rather than in a cabin cause it fells very homely in here J
Since we have been out of red level we can use passenger areas again. So have been watching shows in my evenings where we have been finishing early, enjoying the bands in the wheelhouse bar and visiting the skywalker nightclub here and there, get all dressed up and have a night out. We are lucky here as we can get dressed up in our own clothing and go out in passenger areas – nicely dressed up obviously.
We have had a few crew parties, beach night and band night, we had wii dance up for anyone to have a go at few nights ago which was good fun.
I have just battled off a pretty nasty cold as of the last few days, had a signed off day so sleep a wonderful 16 hours! Was great! I swear this ship hates me, I have a bigger medical file here then my doctor at home does for my whole being!
I have two cruises left after this one and then ill be flying back home, which I am really looking forward to a week of downtime before I fly right back over to LA! Bring on DisneyLand
Ketchikan this week I went Zipling, which as always is good fun. I have done it Costa Rica but can’t resist doing it again. Was a passenger tour, took us out 30mins from the port into the forest, where they had seven zips set up, it was so nice being out in the fresh air! Was a little cold but so fresh lush and green that was most of what made the day. The zips where fun and it all ended with a massive slide which you sit in a sack and my do you pick up speed, good fun!
Skagway doesn’t have a lot to offer in the town, you have to head out and do a tour which I am yet to do, so for now it just consist of a lot of walking around and wondering and eating! Michelle, Deon and I went out for lunch to the local brewery restaurant, nice local beer on tap and wonderful meal. The rest of our day was spent souvenir shopping… We docked beside a Disney ship which was pretty cool, first time I’ve seen on that wasn’t on the travel channel.
We visited Tracey Arm this voyage rather than glacier bay, we started work normal time so I didn’t get to see it, I had my TV on the webcam channel was I was getting ready, saw lots of icebergs but otherwise not much else, next time I need to get up earlier.
Victoria we visit so we can officially leave the states for the ‘jones act’ which allows our stores on board to be tax and duty free, was a short stay this week, arriving at 7am and sailing at 1pm, so was a sleep in day.
An hour after setting sail we had a medical emergency which ended with us lowering the passenger in a tender and being taken ashore, then our ship sailed backwards to catch up with the tenders return. Finger crossed the passenger is all well now.
One day back to San Francisco then we will start it all over and I rest my count down… Six Alaska cruises to go.
I really like Alaska, and even the sea days heading in. the view from the ship is wonderful especially as we come through the channel just like last voyage, this cruise even after three days at sea, once we made it into the channel out of the open waters, the sea changed to flat crystal like waters, and to top it off, as the sun set this day the sunset was orange and purple and it reflected back on the water, and our sister ship the Grand came past us and it looked so beautiful and majestic, just as we must have looked to them!
Our shops are busy on the sea days, my public speaking skills have improved immensely since my last contract, only doing a few TV bumpers – pre-recorded adds – but it gets my face out there. But doing many many seminars/presentations I don’t even care anymore, get me a big group of people to talk to and I’m away! I’ll admit, I do like the attention a little!!