Back to the Grindstone

After an adventurous start (aka having my first flight cancelled and then flying into the tiniest airport I’ve ever been to at Grand Cayman, where I was then abandoned by my arranged driver and had to find my own way back to the DCL port), I’m finally back on the Fantasy, hard at work once again.  But this time around I get to work in the Oceaneer Club!  The Club is connected to the Lab, where I was placed during my last contract, so I’m still with the same age bracket of 3-12, but the Club side is designed for the smaller kids.  It has rooms like Pixie Hollow, Monster’s University and Andy’s Room, and the Club’s entertainment program consists of shows such as Tinkerbelle’s Talent Show, Big Top Fun Fest, and Pluto’s Pajama Party.  So far it’s been a nice change.  Even though I jumped into the middle of this last cruise, I met some really great kids, and I’m excited for the next one.

Even more exciting though is that we will soon be getting our new uniforms (pics to follow, I’m sure), and this week we are starting to use the new Oceaneer Bands, which are replacing the now defunct Mickey Bands.  I’m sure there’s going to be lots of hiccups and snafus this week, but hopefully we’ll be able to make the best of it.

But I know that what you guys really want to know is where I’m living, am I right?!  Success – I’m living forward again, at the front of the ship, on deck 3! Yay! Phew.  And I’m all settled in with my roommate, Becca, nesting with lots of pretty magnets and streamers on the walls.  And now that I’ve made my first weekly pilgrimage to Target/Starbucks, I’m all set.

While I’m looking forward to this week’s cruise (Bad Ass Coffee in St. Thomas, here I come!), this last cruise was especially cool because, due to the crappy weather, we weren’t able to dock in Costa Maya.  So instead we went straight to Cozumel, and then docked there over night.  Having a late night/overnight in port is awesome.  And strange.  It’s weird to walk around a place that you’ve been to so many times but never at night.  And getting off the boat was also quite the adventure, as the waves were still pretty damn choppy and were sending cascades of water across the pier.  But we all survived and no one got fired (that I know of…).  And that’s what I call a good night.

I hope the rest of you are enjoying the cold and snow back in America.  I’ll think of you as I’m building sand castles in the sun.


PS.  This last cruise taught me that I am completely useless at French.  I might have to work on that…


Contract #Two!

After two (yeah, that’s right, TWO) trips to Disney World, a Hanson concert, a Bacon family-filled Thanksgiving, a North Carolina Christmas, and countless hours of HGTV, my vacation has finally come to an end and I am headed back to the sunny Caribbean aboard the Disney Fantasy.

In fact, if it weren’t for a certain blizzard causing all sorts of mischief, I would already be back at work.  Alas, my flight got canceled and now I get an extra weekend on land before I fly out to meet up with the ship in Grand Cayman.  Good thing too, because I didn’t do a very good job of packing this time around and could use the extra time…

But anyway, this next contract is probs gonna be totes weird.  New uniforms, new computer system, new hires I haven’t met yet, and even the possibility of new ports.  But there will also be some lovely faces missing from the Fantasy family, from those that will not be coming back or who have been transferred to other ships, and that will probably be the weirdest part of all.  To those of you gone, know that I already miss you.  To those of you still on board, know that I’m super excited to see you!!

My new years resolution (or at least the thought that just crossed my mind that I’m going to pretend has been an intentional resolution this whole time) is to keep this blog as updated as I can.  Hopefully as much as I did during my first contract. So, we’ll see how that goes.  Regardless, the next time we share another one of these lovely internet chats, I’ll be back hard at work in the middle of the ocean, and I’ll be able to share all sorts of delighting news, like whether I’m living in the ship’s ghetto or not! Oh boy, can’t you just feel the excitement?!?!

Until then…Stay classy, San Diego/World.