Published: March 7th 2007March 6th 2007
Coffee: Nectar of the Gods
It's Tuesday Morning and I am sitting in Volcanoes Coffee Shop enjoying a mocha and some free wireless internet before I head off to some not-so-faraway lands (the Caribbean just doesn't feel far away compared to Asia or Europe or some other exotic place) to begin my new job as a videographer for Carnival Cruise Lines. I leave from Miami this Sunday....omigosh that's in five days!
Although the Caribbean didn't seem as exciting as some of the other cruises I've heard of, my boss Teo has kept me excited with enticing stories of hiking waterfalls, state-of-the-art gym facilities (does any one know what Hydraulics
means?), and little side comments like, "Carnival helps all AV (video) staff get their diver's license for all the underwater videography you'll be doing, but, of course you don't have to dive in the Cayman Islands if you don't want to
..." I have a feeling he's done the recruiting thing before he started practicing on me.
I'm not exactly sure what I'll be doing as a videographer, but I've been given a few hints. I'll be one of a team of four videographer's aboard the ship, one person
like me and two manager's. I'll have tons of on-ship responsibilities (repositioning satellites, filming weddings and activities) and will also be going on shore-excursions (diving, kayaking, city tours, and lobster bakes in the country...) with the passengers. At the end of the week a "cruise video" is put together in a similar fashion to a video for "My week at high school summer camp," and sold to passengers. I've heard the videos are cheesy and fun. Just my style :)
Therapy vie Rambling
I've decided to keep a blog while I'm away to keep my favorite people updated on all my adventures and entice you with a few pictures in hopes you'll come visit me during my ridiculously long 8-month contract :) Visit or not, I hope you'll be entertained with a few stories and snapshots. I'll be missing you all terribly, and sharing a little bit of my world with you will be therapeutic (I'll imagine you're bobbing in the ocean with me, trying not to look bored with my over-zealous accounts of....sand
Snapshot from my Future Photo Album
In my sleepless excitement, I've scoured the Carnival website looking at my
itinerary, ship set-up, and off-shore excursions and thought I would share a few of my discoveries and a few statistics with you before I embark...
The ship I will be living on is quite a hunk of muscle with
- 13 decks
- 1,100 crew
- 2,700 passenger capacity
- 7-story Atrium
- 21 knot Speed capability (I heard that's fast...)
- amongst about a million dining rooms, bars, pools, shops, and other city-like establishments
- I've also learned: of the 82 shipboard videographer's employed by Carnival Cruise Lines, 12 of them are women...
Of Carnival's 22 ships, the Victory was in my top, mmm...five ships I was hoping to be assigned to (next to the one's that go to Europe, this is pretty much my favorite). The Victory is a ship that reposition's
, meaning it doesn't go through the same itinerary over and over, but switches it up and goes to different places. I'll have about four different itineraries throughout my 8 months aboard, heading all over New England, Canada, and the Caribbean.
I am excited and scared out of my mind to explore the world again and learn the craft of
videography (hopefully) a whole lot better than I know now. I'm hoping for some wild, unpredictable adventures and challenges to come my way!
I'll be adding to my blog a few times a month, so if every other week or so seems a little much to be getting 'blog updates' from me, just let me know and I'll stick to sending you long, drawn out emails instead :)
Thanks to everyone for reading my ramblings! I'll be thinking of all of you often and wishing you were here with me!
There are more photos below