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.

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WaHoooooo!

In case you are unaware, I am finally home!!!  Yup, that’s right, I have officially finished my first contract working with Disney Cruise Line.  And after a fantastic week vacationing with the family (minus a sister) in Disney World, I am happily back in good old Jersey.

These last four and a half months have been amazing.  Not only did I get to visit some beautiful countries, but I met and got to work with some pretty fantastic people.  The job itself is a blast (we do get to play with kids all day, after all) but it’s the people you work, eat, and live with 24/7 that make the difference.  They’re the ones that you go on adventures with, the ones you celebrate with during the good times, and the ones that you lean on during the bad times.  So to all my wonderful Disney Fantasy friends: Thank you! You’re all awesome and I’m so excited to see you all when I get back!  And if you’re not going to be there when I get back…poo – you make me sad.

But switching from a ship to land also means that I no longer know how to properly function in a normal society – which is a good thing I guess, because right now I’m just sitting on the couch, drinking a glass of wine with absolutely zero plans for the rest of the day/week.  It’s beautiful.

You might be hearing from me during this awesomely deserved vacay…but I’ll probably be too busy sleeping, eating, and playing with my dog, Milo, to notice anything else.  So, yeah…

Snooze ya later!

21, 20, 19, 18…..

I’m dead.

That’s my excuse for why I haven’t written a blog post in…forever.  I’m dead.  I’m tired, I’m exhausted, and I’m ready to go home.  Which is perfect, because I only have three weeks left!!! Huzzah! Yup, just three more cabin inspections, two more Crew Drills, and only one more trip back to the Mexican coast before I get to head back to the good old Jer-zee.  Oh, and what a send off it will be!  There’s six of us leaving together, which is a nice big group, and three of the others will also be going to Disney World the week after we leave.  So, basically, it’s going to be awesome.

But do you know what’s even more awesome? The other night I got to go take pictures with all the characters. Please enjoy the merriment:

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Pluto is totes my fave.

 

But today was an exciting day.  Not only did I get a new roommate (Bye Mel! Have fun back in Australia, see you soon! ), Becca (aka Be-Caaaaaaaaw), but I got to do Wave Goodbye, which is where we get to wave goodbye (go figure) to all of our guests that are disembarking.  The best part of Wave Goodbye is that you get to wear a giant Mickey hand as you wave.  Alas, it seems that this week Captain Hook had stolen all the Mickey Hands to add to his hook decoration collection, leaving my hand naked and exposed to the thousands of guests that passed through the gangway.  But it’s nice being able to see some of our kids one last time before they leave – you get lots of hugs.  Then, after waving goodbye for almost three hours, it was then time to turn around, walk into the terminal, and start welcoming all of our new guests for the week.  In less than an hour, we went from “Goodbye”, “Have a safe trip home, and “See you real soon” to “Hello” and “Welcome aboard.” Craziness.

I also got to have dinner in another one of the restaurants tonight – Animator’s Palate.  This restaurant is all about…you guess it, Animation!  Later in the week there’s an animation show, where the guests get to draw their own characters, which then get inserted into a movie montage, where they dance along with other Disney characters.  It’s pretty cool to see your own creation up on a giant screen waltzing with Mickey Mouse.  But tonight Crush came to visit.  Crush, the surfer dude turtle from Finding Nemo floats around the room by way of the television screens, talking to and playing with guests.  It was really a lot of fun, and my tummy is still super duper happy from all the deliciousness.

On one last note, we have a crew sale for the merchandise shops coming up during the next week or something, so if you have any gift requests (watches, shirts, Christmas ornaments, little girl princess dresses…), hit me up.

Toodles till Later.

Happy Halloween!

Yes, I am perfectly aware that it is still September, but Disney doesn’t care. Ain’t nobody got time for that (waiting 5 weeks, that is)! So I’m just gonna cut to the chase and tell you everything you’ve been dying to hear, and start off with COSTUMES:
In Youth Activities, everyone gets to wear a costume. The managers are vampires, entertainment hosts are cops and robbers, boy counselors are wizards, and we girl counselors get to be witches. Fabulous, fabulous witches. And by fabulous I mean we get to wear a plain t-shirt with a neckline made for a sailor (the stereotypical, Moby Dick kind), black pants that are 2 sizes too big, striped stockings, weird fishnet hand thingys (….), and a witch hat. My hat even comes with a bonus friend; a puff ball spider named Franklin. Unfortunately, Franklin only has 4 legs so he’s not a real spider, but he’s kind of sensitive about it, so don’t mention anything to him.

Just like on Pirate Night, the guests all get really into dressing up for our Halloween festivities. Some of them are incredibly elaborate. I saw one family where the mom was dressed in an old Victorian dress, done up with an awesome powdered wig and everything, while the dad was a fantastic gladiator. Their two kids – one boy and one girl – where also dressed up to exactly match their parents. However, the trending costumes for kids in the lab would have to be (drum roll please….) morph suits! One of the kids this week, Jack, was wearing a morph suit of a fancy shmancy tuxedo, where the head/face part was just white. I never heard Jack speak a word that night; he just snuck around behind other kids, trying to freak them out. It was awesome….and yet also incredibly really creepy.

At night, in the atrium, there’s a big Halloween party and costume contest for all the adults and families. Again, everyone gets super into it, so it’s cool to see all of the contestants. There was a woman dressed as Maleficent (she stayed in creepy scary character mode the whole time), a couple dressed as the Disney Fantasy smokestacks, and a super buff dude dressed as Bane from Batman. And of course, there were at least two giant groups dressed as the 101 Dalmatians as well as every Disney Prince/Princess couple. In fact, there were just enough Jasmines and Aladdins floating around that no one noticed when our real Aladdin showed up to casually enjoy the festivities. There he was, hanging out on Deck 5, two decks above the party, watching the action down below while being surrounded by kids and families on either side of him, and no one even took a second glance. I don’t know if he was either disappointed or proud of himself.

 

On a completely new and unrelated note, have I ever told you about where I live on this ship? I live forward, at the very front of the ship, right above the anchors and right behind our main Walt Disney Theater. This means that there is a lot of weird banging and rumbling noises happening throughout the day, and that the hallway down below is frequently filled with fog from the dry ice machines. Officially, I live on Deck 3A, in between 3 and 4, but according to the ship’s schematics this is actually Deck 41, but the room numbers begin with the number 8…so, basically, what I’m trying to say is… I live in Narnia.

Be jealous.

What Am I Eating?

I have dessert every night.  Not because the desserts in the crew mess are particularly good, but more so for the sugar rush to get me through the end of the day.  Tonight was no exception.  However, tonight’s dessert was particularly exciting because it came with its very own game: “What Am I Eating?”

The cake looked edible.  There were plenty of people in the mess with a plate of it on their tray, so it must be good, right?  It looked like some kind of vanilla/chocolate mixture (marble cake, perhaps?), with pink icing on top (weird choice, but okay) and some coconut shavings thrown in (sweet, I love coconut!).  I grabbed a plate and returned to my table (naturally filled with other YA staff, because, you know, we can’t do anything without each other).  Upon closer inspection, I decided that this was most definitely not marble cake.  I was getting more confused by the second.  The “chocolate” part was both smooth and chunky – it’s very own enigma – but I was still pretty sure that the “vanilla” part was normal cake…I think.  Next to me, Trevor looked down at the pink mess on the plate and asked if it was any good.  “I don’t know; do you want to try some?” I offered.  “No, I only eat things that look appetizing.” Touché, sir.

I took my first bite with some trepidation. Yup, there was definitely some semblance of cake in there, but there was more.  Oh, so much more.

Every bite was an adventure – a journey of culinary discovery.  One minute I’d be crunching away on a walnut, and the next I’d taste the sweet tang of pineapple.  There was chocolate mousse, slices of apple from Sunday’s apple pie, lemon jello from last night’s desert, vanilla pudding from….a couple days ago.  It was fascinating and I ate every bite.

It’s nice to know that, even when you skip dessert some nights, you’ll still have the chance to try them again…all together…in one dish.

Now I remember why I usually stick to my staple: chocolate soft serve and cocoa krispies. Delicious.

Lies, Scandal, and Matrimony

I got married yesterday.

It was the perfect day and it was going to be the perfect night – it was Pirate Night after all.  I had a ring and everything.  Sure, the ring was made of green ribbon and it kept coming untied and falling off, but that didn’t matter to me.  It was beautiful and special and it was mine.  Our wedding ceremony was simple yet romantic – the high five that we shared as we passed each other in the hallway can only be described as magical.  There were fireworks (or at least there were going to be… later, during the pirate show out on deck 11).  I had always thought I was just another yellow shirt to him, just another counselor with whom he shared the occasional glance.  I remember the sheer joy and trepidation I felt the first time one of the kids told me that Pirate Pete wanted to marry me.  I didn’t believe it at first.  I was ready to dismiss the whole thing to the fantastical whims of the children’s imagination (there was already one marriage that ended quickly in divorce the day before).  But then, all of a sudden, there he was striding toward me, ribbon ring in hand.  And now, I couldn’t believe it, I was the happy wife of Pirate Pete.  We were going to sail the world together.  We were going to plunder and pillage the most beautiful places together.  I was sure that I would never feel more alive than when I had my Pirate Pete by my side.

And then he left me.  After 30 minutes of blissful matrimony, I was informed that Pirate Pete had left me for Poopdeck Sally.  I was inconsolable.  Even the children could not stop my tears.

I never should have married him.  I should’ve listened to the other kids.  They told me that he was too old and that he had weird red hair (never trust a man with weird red hair).  They told me that I should’ve married Lee, one of the counselors, instead.  At least Lee has a respectable career in Float Fun Trivia.  He’s a master of Disney trivia facts and is surrounded by ice cream – real ice cream! Do you know how rare it is to find real ice cream on this ship?  Yes, Lee should’ve been the one for me.  But it’s too late now, I’ve lost my chance and Lee has moved on.

What do I do now?  Perhaps Detective Noah Clue is single…

I got a ticket for the long way round.

Two bottle whiskey for the way.  And I sure would like some sweet company, And I’m leaving tomorrow, what do ya say?  When I’m gone, When I’m gone, You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone, You’re gonna miss me by my hair, You’re gonna miss me everywhere, oh, You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.  I’ve got my ticket for the long way round, The one with the prettiest of views, It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers, it’s got sights to give you shivers, But it sure would be prettier with you.  When I’m gone, When I’m gone, You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone, You’re gonna miss me by my walk, You’re gonna miss me by my talk, oh, You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ve watched Pitch Perfect twice this week and I still can’t get the song out of my head.

Celebrities – Yesterday I got to ride in an elevator with both Mickey Mouse AND Pluto.  So basically what I’m trying to say is, it was a good day.

We All Speak Kid – The other night I ended work with two kids, Santiago (Santi) and Victoria.  Neither of them spoke a lick of English aside from the names for colors, but we spent over half an hour, just the three of us, laughing and making fun of each other while coloring.  It was beautiful and amazing.

Kid Math – during Disney Trivia, while discussing why there are only 99 puppies in the movie 101 Dalmatians (hint, there are 2 adults and 101 total, therefore 101-2=99 puppies):

Counselor: “What do you have when you take 2 away from 101?”

Child: “4!”

Questions – There are a lot of silly questions from guests that don’t think before they speak.

Guest: “Do the stairs work?”

Counselor: “If you use your feet, they do”

The Target Effect – I went to target this morning to get face wash.  I came back with face wash, gum, trail mix, Pringles, jolly ranchers, tootsie pops, Mickey Mouse band aids (I already have a full box of regular band aids), a water bottle, sunscreen, and nail polish.

 

Later, Aligator

In a while, Crocodile

See you soon, … Spoon