Garrett Beier

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Garrett Beier

From contracts sailing some of the biggest cruise ships in the world to traveling the world for pleasure, it's all here!




So since I last left you off Amy and I have finished our trip in SE Asia. We spent 5 days scuba diving in the Andaman sea and then spent a few days just taking it easy at a resort town. Scuba diving was absolutely amazing! We did 15 dives over 4 days and got our Advanced Open Water certifications - which among other things means we did a night dive and a deep dive down to 30 meters. We saw tons and tons of fish and other sealife: stingray, seahorse, 2 kinds of sharks, shrimps, crabs, eels, and even a manta ray! In the resort town we took it easy poolside and did almost nothing but take it Easy. That is except ride elephants! And we took them for a swim too! After a rather ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 21st 2014

Hello again, I left you off last time as we had just arrived in Ho Chi Minh City. Since then we've spent a few days in HCMC, bussed to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, spent a few days there, boated to Siem Reap to see the temples of Angkor, and then bussed to Bangkok. HCMC: was really cool and we did some pretty awesome things. Vietnam is seriously cheap so things like the zoo cost 60 cents... But on the plus side the western world hasn't intervened here so you can get 6 feet from a rhino. We also went and visited the tunnels that the Viet Cong had used during the Vietnam war. These were pretty interesting and even though the tunnels had been enlarged for tourists it was tight. Let's just say I'm not the ... read more
Angkor Wat
Shootin
Eating a spider!

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 12th 2014

Hello from Asia! For those of you who don't know Amy and I are on a month long trip that takes us from Vietnam across Cambodia to Thailand. At this point we just arrived in Ho Chi Minh City after spending a week in and around Hanoi. First thoughts are that HCMC is a much more modern city than Hanoi. This being the first time either of us have been to Asia we've had some adjusting to do. We mostly stuck around the old part of town in Hanoi. Street food is a big part of the locals lives and we dove right in as well. While sitting in a 6" tall plastic chair 2 feet from a hundred motorcycles wizzing by we've eaten pho, steamed buns, grilled meats, spring rolls, traditional sub sandwiches, strange delicious ... read more
Street side Pho
Water puppet show
Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cozumel November 14th 2013

Well it has been a very long time since I’ve blogged, but here I am! After a year away from the Oasis of the Seas I am now back onboard. Things have been pretty good so far, and it’s been very nice coming back to a ship I know. That being said, this will be the first time I will be at sea over the holidays which other than the Royal Caribbean Christmas gift I assume will be business as usual. The weather has been a very interesting blend. It’s obviously not summer as there is worse weather in the atlantic which kicks up some decent waves for the run down to theVirgin Islands. And just last night while approaching theYucatanPeninsulawe ran into 5 meter waves being blown out of theGulf of Mexico. But then you ... read more
4 cruise ships within 3 miles of us
Meeting Friends all over the world as always
Sunrise over the Caribbean

Oceania » Australia December 8th 2012

A delayed hello! I apologize in advance that there are no photos in this :( I am not traveling with a computer and have been using friends laptops for photo uploads. The next post will be when I get home and I'll be sure to toss up a few more to make up for it! Since the past update I've been in the wilderness in and around Goulburn, seen the Australian capital, eaten Kangaroo, and visited with friends on cruise ships in Sydney where I now am. In Goulburn I stayed with a friend from the Independence. So it had been a while and was nice to see another friendly face. I had planned on taking the train there from Sydney but upon reaching the station I found out that the train had been cancelled and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 29th 2012

Hello again! This has been a fantastic week in and around Melbourne. The weather has been mostly cooperating, and today it was 39.5 degrees! It hardly cooled down so we found ourselves seeking refuge at the beach as it was still 38 at 7 pm... Earlier this week 3 of us suited up in the VW camper van and drove the Great Ocean Road. This road heads west towards Adelaide along Australias southern coast. It's a beautiful drive and it's full of different landscapes that range from jungle to rocky headlands. We saw dozens of wild koalas, emus, parrots, and even an echidna (which is similar to a porcupine and is one of only a few egg laying mammals). But unfortunately we didn't see any kangaroos. Then I did the sightseeing thing in town and spent ... read more
12 Apostles
12 Apostles and I
Cricket

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 24th 2012

Hello again! I'm now in Melbourne, my time in Brisbane has come and gone and things went very well. I spent a few days sight seeing and a few days offroading and camping on Fraser Island. After my friend Mel left for Sydney I was staying in a hostel right in the thick of downtown in Brisbane. It turned out to be quite an awesome place, and asides from the obvious smell of BO it was in a perfect location and I had some awesome roomies. Brisbane is right on a large river, aptly named the same as the city and therefore has a lot of shoreline. Because there is no beach though there is a fake lagoon with nice clean water in an area called South Bank, free to use and with a wonderful view ... read more
Downtown Brisbane
Shipwreck and our Trucks
Dingos are in this area

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane November 18th 2012

The last time I had blogged I was still at sea. The last month of my contract went well. But basically nothing interesting happened. I didn't leave the ship, but I had my parents and a friend onboard. My parents planned their cruise for late in the fall to avoid the brunt of the hurricane season. But they happened to be onboard for our encounter with Hurricane Sandy. Which was hands down the worst weather I have ever encountered at sea. The weather reports showed a rather conservative outlook on reality and the morning of our arrival in port everglades we had encountered waves that were 30 feet tall, and winds in excess of 100 km/h. We somehow managed to get the pilot onboard and safely entered Port Everglades. But now I'm in a completely different ... read more
Mel and I
Kangaroo and Joey
Burleigh Beach

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cozumel October 4th 2012

Hello Hello! Pardon my lack of updates and ignore your frustration to those who I promised an update a couple of week ago because an update this is. That being said, life isn’t as interesting as it was as a cadet and there’s only so much interest I can talk about. The last month I spent most of my time on the night watch, this had me being on the bridge from just after midnight to 830 in the morning. After watch I’d do the rest of my work and I was generally finished by noon. This was convenient for going ashore if I managed to make it to bed at a decent time and do it all over again. I managed to make it ashore a couple times too! I’m now on the evening watch ... read more
COLD on the night watch
Falmouth
Sunrise at Sea

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale September 1st 2012

It’s been quite an interesting month here back at sea. For those of you who don’t know; I finished my third year of school in the end of July and am now a licensed marine officer! A few weeks after the last exam (which was oral) I found myself back on the Oasis of the Seas. The nicest thing about coming back to a ship which I had been on before was how easy the transition was. Being able to focus on getting familiarized with the new job and do so without getting lost was rather convenient. Not to mention seeing quite a few familiar faces! I started out on day watch, which was a great way to start out, but inconveniently it removed all my chances of going ashore. The first few weeks were pretty ... read more
Beautiful Sunrise at Sea
My room
Beachin it!




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