I make and teach art. The rest of the time, I travel. After Spain, England, Uganda, California and years of tour guiding, it was time for the next big adventure. Working for Carnival Cruise Lines. I signed onto my first ship in December 2006. Sevent contracts and twelve ships later and I've been around the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska.
What have I put my hard-earned cruise money to? More travel! Oct - Dec 08 I travelled around South Africa. Sept 2010 I went to Fiji which had been at the top of my travel list for years. Making dreams come true!
Currently I am a part of the inaugural team to bring out the brand-new Carnival Magic. I'm spending the spring/summer/fall of 2011 sailing around the Med - including Spain, France, Monaco, Sicily, Croatia, Italy.
More adventures to come . . .
February 12th 2011
The month that I've declared will be the greatest month onboard ever has gotten off to a great start! This last week, my sister, Alexis, and brother-in-law, Kevin, came to cruise with me - for the first time! I was so excited to see them the day they arrived. I couldn't sleep the night before because I was so excited! I was like a little kid. We really packed our port days with fun. First, in Cozumel, we went to Park Royal, the resort that I love going to with the crew. A couple of my friends - Duain and Nicole - joined us. We spent the day lying in the sun, hanging in the pool, eating, drinking and doing the odd activity run by the resort staff. The highlight of the day was the water ... read more
February 4th 2011
January has now come and gone. The month started with a bunch of goodbyes . . . The Dream Teen Team was being split up. First Kritina (my co-director) left to go home for vacation. I miss her in the club so much! I have never enjoyed work on the ships more than I have the 2 months I was working with Kristina. We worked so well together, had the same balance of wanting the teens to have a good time, but ensuring the rules were being followed. We laughed and laughed and laughed all the time. I never dreaded going to work because I had her through it all. Then a week after Kristina left, Jenny (one of the directors for the younger teen club) left to transfer to another ship. I worked with Jenny ... read more
January 2nd 2011
The holiday season has hit the Dream! It can be really difficult being away from home, family and friends during the holidays. But this year, between work keeping me busy and friends keeping me happy, it has been a good time. We've broken from our regular itineraries and did a 9 day cruise that included both Christmas and New Years. It was extremely popular, the ship booked solid and tons of families. So work in the teen club has been very busy. In addition to all of the teens we have onboard, we've been having technical crises all the time . . . in the last week we've had a fire, a flood and a complete power outage - all in our DJ booth! I'm so happy to have Kristina here as my co-director. We keep ... read more
December 23rd 2010
I got a visit with my family today! My Mom, step-dad Lee, sister Melanie and her boyfriend Andrew are all in Cape Canaveral for a warm getaway and staying at a friend’s condo only 10 minutes from the cruise terminal. So early this morning I was up and off the ship to get picked up by my parents. They took me back to the condo where Mel and Andrew were getting breakfast sorted. We had breakfast together and talked excitedly about my recent news that I’ll be spending next summer cruising in Europe. After a bit of visiting at the condo and a phone call home to talk to my other sister, Alexis, we headed back to the ship. I’d gotten permission to bring them all onboard to see the ship! They have all cruised before ... read more
December 21st 2010
The holidays have arrived in full force onboard the Dream! Kristina and I have been working on making decorations for our club which we’ve finally hung up. It’s not quite as elaborate as the décor job I did last year on the Spirit, but it still looks pretty great! It also means that it’s time again for the Holiday Show, an extra show that the entertainment team is all involved in. Our teens are taught a little hip hop number by the ship’s onboard breakdancers and perform it as part of the show. So we take the whole club out to watch the show and some get up to actually perform. I really enjoy the holiday show, mostly to watch the youngest kids from camp carnival get up there. They are so cute! There is something ... read more
December 16th 2010
This afternoon I was at work in my club. The teens were playing video games and I was making some holiday decorations. The youth director onboard came into the club with her ship cell phone, my boss from the Miami office was on the phone for me . . . to give me some exciting news . . . I have been offered the position to be the Club O2 Director (the job I always do onboard) for the start-up team for Carnival’s brand-new ship, the Carnival Magic. The Magic will begin sailing in May 2011 with set-up happening in April for our department. The ship is currently being built in Italy which is where I’ll be sent to start up the ship. The Magic’s home port will be Barcelona, Spain and will sail to the ... read more
December 14th 2010
Today we’re in Belize and a crew tour was offered. Jenny, Duain (the directors of the younger teen club) and I signed up to go together and we were part of a group of about 40 crew members. Belize is a tender port, so we started the day with a 20 minute ride to shore where we then boarded a smaller motor boat. That boat took us down the coast a bit to a nearby river. We spent about an hour sailing up the river searching for wildlife. There were tons of different birds in the mangroves at the sides of the river and swooping overhead. We saw some crocodiles too and our guide even pulled up close to shore by one. It was just sitting there sunning – until it suddenly leapt back into the ... read more
December 13th 2010
The last couple weeks have been hectic, emotional and tiring. It was my third week on the Dream when I got the news from home that my Grandpa Hedley had passed away. A lot of chaos ensued, but I managed to get home to be with my family for the funeral. I had a week at home then to rest, see family and get my head wrapped back around work. Two days ago, I flew back to Florida and rejoined the Dream. Luckily, it was quiet for the week and a bit that I was off the ship and because I have a co-director (Kristina), I wasn’t really needed at work. However, the holidays are fast approaching which means more families onboard and more work for us! Every year the cruise line sponsors different groups for ... read more
November 23rd 2010
This week is American Thanksgiving which means schools are out, families are on vacation, the ship is packed and we are busy in the teen club! I am so happy to have a co-director for the busy holiday cruises, especially on this ship because it is so huge. Kristina and I work really well together. Thankfully, considering how many teens we have onboard, so far things have been going really well and the group is fun and friendly. Today we were in St. Thomas which is the day we offer a teen excursion. Not surprisingly with the number of teens onboard, we had a half dozen sign up to go out on the tour with us. Kristina, myself and half a dozen teens met with the rest of the tour group outside on the pier and ... read more
November 20th 2010
I’ve made it through my first week on the Dream and so far so good. I’m lucky that I have some friends here from previous ships. Circle C is the younger teen club and the directors of that club are the closest thing to an immediate co-worker that I get. Jazzy was the Circle C director on my last ship, the Spirit, and Jenny was her replacement (for when I was in Hawaii and Alaska). Currently Jazzy is finishing up her contract on the Dream and Jenny has arrived to replace her! It’s great seeing them again. There are a few other familiar faces around the ship and I’m working at meeting new people too. On the Dream we alternate between cruising the Western and Eastern Caribbean. This week was our Western run which took me ... read more