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 last year too, on the Spirit, and she is one of the greatest friends I have ever made from ships. I love her to bits. I know I'll see her again, likely at home eventually as we're both from Ontario, but it was still hard seeing her go.
So Duain (the other teen director) and I were on our own, only half of
our teen posse. Though in the weeks that have followed we've done a good job making new friends, especially in other departments. We've had some good times . . .
But before that, actually during Jenny's last cruise, I got sick. Terribly sick. It started as something in my throat which was more irritating than anything else. But when I started to lose my voice, it was problematic - I can't work without a voice! So I went to the infirmary hoping they could clear it up. I was given a bunch of flu meds to get it out of my system. Within 12 hours of starting the meds, I was violently sick to my stomach. And I continued to be for the next 5 days! It was awful and I had the medical staff baffled. No matter what they gave me, I couldn't keep anything down. I couldn't even drink water - so at one point they put my on an IV just to get fluids in my body. They concluded it was a bad reaction to one of the drugs, though it lasted far longer than it should have. I was miserable. When you're well onboard, you
yearn for days off to just lie in your cabin and do nothing. But when you're dreadfully sick, those days of lying around doing nothing are far from enjoyable. Eventually the illness passed and gradually I was able to eat again.
In the last month, I've had some great days out in the ports. Sometimes I just go out to a cafe somewhere and use internet. Other times we'll just head to a beach near the ship and relax. Then there's a few extra special days . . .
One week in Cozumel, we went to Park Royal, a 5-star resort that allows us to buy day passes to get full use of their facilities, bars and restaurant. I used to go a lot my first contract and then had just been back the odd other time. Originally it was just Duain and myself and we asked a few others to go . . . it turned into a huge crowd of us - at least 20 crew. It was a crazy fun day. Every other time I've been there, we've spent the day at the pool/bar down by the ocean. This time it was packed, so we
instead went to the larger pool/bar nearer the guest rooms. This pool turns out to be the activity area. The staff there ran events the entire time we were there - and we partook in pretty much everything! Bracelet making, blackjack tourney, salsa classes, water games . . . Considering most of the crew there are involved in running activities onboard, it was fun to be on the other side of the events for a change!
I've been making an effort to get out and see some more of St. Thomas. One week, Duain and I headed to the Marriott hotel and just spent the afternoon by their pool, soaking up the sun, then cooling off in the water, then heating up in the hot tub. The hotel is beautiful, their facilities great and the view up the coast and out to sea was just awesome. That was a great day.
Then just this past week, a group of us went to Sapphire Beach (also in St. Thomas). I'd read that the beach was nice and I was eager to see something else new, so I got a group of us to go. We walked the beach, swam,
sunned, snorkelled. Another good day.
And between all of these things there have been the usual crew parties and drinks in the crew bar and parties in the disco. I've included some photos from those events here too.
I've got an exciting month ahead of me - 3 family/friend cruises and my birthday. February is going to be the best month onboard ever . . . stay tuned!
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