This week I was assigned to the teens program. With only 7 teens on the manifest, I was worried about the whole program being cancelled, so I actively sought out those teens. I went up to the “Sail Away” party out on the pool deck, as we left Philadelphia, and met two teens that I gave info to. Another joined us on her own accord the first night, and then with the help of me making fliers to drop off at the rooms of all the teens on my list, I managed to scrounge up another. All week I’ve had 4 teens come out to programs, although sometimes only getting 1 or 2 of them. Unfortunately, I’ve had to cancel a lot of the programs, as they required big numbers and we just don’t have them… right now. Working with the teens has been fun though. Although I’ve been disconnected from the Kids Korner and the other children and staff, I’ve had privileges working with the teens as well - like being able to eat in the regular passenger areas with them often. It also means I get to go to the show every night. It also means a late start to the day, but later evenings working as well.
Ship life is continuing to be everything that I expected it to be. There’s always lots of drama from staff relationships to gossip. I’m trying to stay on the outskirts of the bad drama. I’ve had a chance to meet more people this week. Being out with the teens at the deck parties means that I’ve had a chance to spend more time dancing and laughing with the cruise staff and entertainment staff as well. One morning I was on swiping duty, so as I swept passengers’ cards to get off the ship for the day, I got to know some of the security officers as well. I’ve made friends with everyone from my cabin stewards to bar staff to dancers to hotel staff to the cruise director. It’s been fun. I think that’s the nice thing about the small ship; you do get to know everyone fairly well. It’s sad though, as there’s always someone going. This week I made friends with one of the cruise hosts and he’s leaving Saturday! Life on a ship I suppose.
This week I didn’t get off the ship. The first day in port, Nicole, Steph, and I went up to the sundeck and tanned. The second day was FAR too hot, and we spent most of it hanging out in our cabins. We had intentions of going to a different beach on Wednesday, but it was raining, so Nicole, Steph, Kate, and I snuggled up in bed and “watched” a movie (we all fell asleep).
Next week is our last week in Bermuda. I’m determined to get to one of the nice beaches on the South shore, as it’s listed in the ‘book of 1000 places to visit before you die’ that Alisa gave me for Christmas. I gotta check it off!
I hope you’re all enjoying the fall weather of home. I’ll be joining ya in another week when we change itineraries and are doing the Canada and New England route.
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