Well i'm currently working as a Videographer on the cruise ship 'MS Maasdam' doing the Canada and New England run, just came back from the 'Voyage of the Vikings' cruise which did the whole of northern europe and then were off to the carribean in 2 months time.
I'm all about the travel which is what attracted me to this job, i've done a lot of travel in the past with family, school, university and by myself so i know that travel is what i want to do with my life. That combined with a degree in drama and new media i thought what better way to travel and work in my chosen profession that as a videographer on a cruise ship.
Having a lot of new experiences some good some bad which is usual, some love life drama's, some work drama's but the friend i am making and the places that i'm seeing are fantastic and make it all worth while!
Places i have been so far :- India, Nepal, China, Borneo, Thailand, USA, Canada, Dubai, Romania, Hungary, Scandanavia, Iceland, Greenland, and all over the med.
October 26th 2010
The past few days have been completely awesome! The carribean is everything that i thought it would be if not better! Everyday i'm in a new, amazing place! And this is my job!!!! Sometimes i cant really believe that all this is real. I know i complained a lot while i was in Canada but that was boring in my eyes, grey, wet and cold, not really something one associates with cruising. But now, its sunny every day, theres music and drinks and food. Theres something beautifull everywhere you look! So far weve been to Half Moon Cay, which is holland america lines private island in the Bahamas, where i got sunburnt and had the outline of my sunglasses on my face for 3 days! Then yesterday was St. Croix. Which was nice but no where ... read more
September 27th 2010
Ok, i've decided. I am no longer going to be the miserable person that i've been in the past few weeks! As much as i complain about this job, it is still the best job i've ever had, and there is literally nothing this perfect for me back at home. But at the same time, being on a ship is limiting me from experiencing the rest of my life. Its good for me in a professional sense but its kind of like being in prison, not that i've ever been in prison mind you. But i cant really meet someone because a) i have a room mate b) either them or me will leave eventually and c) i work long hours so cant see them anyway. I think i'm just missing working 8 hours a day, ... read more
September 5th 2010
Bar Harbor always manages to bring me out of the bad mood that embarkation day always puts me in. The sun is out, i can spend time with friends, and drink all the smoothies i can handle. Theres another ship in the harbor today, apparantly its a royal carribean ship. Its massive! Hurricane earl was a whole load of nothing! We only get CNN on the ship for our news and they made such a big deal over it, telling us that there would be 30ft waves and 100mph winds. It got really foggy and then rained for about an hour, that was it! I was expecting damage, i was expecting the gangway to end up in the water, i wanted whales flying into the side of the ship. But nooo....everyone is very dissapointed. Also i'm ... read more
September 2nd 2010
Our entire itinery has been completely ballsed up by hurricane earl. If we had stayed on our origional route then we would have sailed right through the center of the storm, so weve sailed straight to Boston to try and ride it out. By the time it hits us it will only be a force 2 hurricane but its still a hurricane. Theyre taking the gangway away and keeping all crew on the ship because weve got no-where else to go. But being on a ship is probably not the best idea when there are 30ft waves crashing into the side of us. I'm actually quite nervous, everyone keeps telling us there is nothing to worry about, but i know they just say that to keep us calm. I mean dont get me wrong i know ... read more
August 28th 2010
He left today. I was kinda hoping that i wouldnt have to watch him leave but the bugger came and found me on the gangway. Grr shouldnt be this depressed. I'll get over it. Anyway on a ligher note i did a bit more photog training during the embarkation process, i think i did pretty well considering it was my first time. I can always do better but practice make perfect i suppose. I've got the general emergency drill later. I have to stand in an oven like escape staircase with my life jacket on guiding passengers to the lifeboats, its not fun but i guess its important. Although if we do start to sink....i'm gonna be the one panicking! My room mate left today as well which means we have a new photographer on the ... read more
August 26th 2010
Ok so here go's my first entry. Working on the Maasdam is deffinately an experience. I have never worked anywhere so dramatic! The thing about working on ships is that every little thing gets blown up to 5 times bigger than it really is. The lows are extreme lows, and the high's are extreme high's. For example, had a thing with another crew member and when it ended it felt as tho i was getting divored or something. Obvisouly it was nothing, and in the real world it wouldnt really have bothered me. And then in greenland i was stood out on the bow of the ship gazing up at these mountains covered in fog with icebergs surrounding the ship and i was in complete awe that this was my job. Being on the ship i ... read more