Garrett Beier


Garrett Beier

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

Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes May 24th 2017

The last morning in Marrakech our guide who we would be spending the next 4 days with met us at our riad and lead us to where he had parked his Landcruiser - which we quickly dubbed our Japanese Camel. Our guide Ibrahim was only a few years older than us, apparently at least (more on this later), and was always ready with a joke which we started dishing out as well when the ice had been broken. Didnt take long until we had given the nickname Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) either. But I digress, on the first day Zlatan took us on a very long driving day, but luckily it had many stops to keep us entertained and stretch our legs. The day took us through the main mountain range of the country called the Atlas Mountains ... read more
Our rides out to the desert camp
Our Japanese Camel with Adina and Ibrahim
Hanging in the berber tent with some mint tea

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca May 23rd 2017

We've been home for nearly a week already so It is about time that I actually finish up the posts about Morocco. Ending our 4 days on the road with Ibrahim and the Japanese Camel in Fes, we made our way through a beautiful gate into the city and to our Riad. In Fes we stayed in a Riad which was stunning. It had been through a 3 year renovation and was covered in amazing tile mosaics and carvings inside. The Riad manager was almost tour guide like in his love for the building, telling us where to go, and his willingness to even take you to places so you cannot get lost or end up at a similar but different location. Our first meal in Fes was composed of an animal which works hard for ... read more
Walking in the Medina
Adina in an old school
Me in our Riad

Hello from Morocco! Adina and I are coming to you from our first country in Africa. After a very long travel day ending with a train in Marrakech and then making our way through the old quarter's twisting, weaving, and very confusing streets we managed to make it to our Riad. A riad is a kind of guest house with an interior courtyard. Part of the Islam faith is that you don't show outward wealth - so almost all of the buildings are as plain as can be on the outside but have immense tile mosaics, pools, terraced roof tops, and even plunge pools to escape the mid day heat. The old part of Marrakech - the Medina - is an absolute labyrinth of markets, shops, squares with markets, stalls, guys with monkeys, and even snake ... read more
Door at a Koranic School
Spice Store
Street Performer rocking out

North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta February 1st 2017

After a long time at sea and then coming home to the snowiest winter in a decade I cannot be happier with the decision Adina and I made to spend a week at an all inclusive in Mexico. Neither of us had done the all inclusive thing before, but I'm sure it will not be our last. Travelling on your own with a backpack and no plans offers some experiences and opportunities that you'll never get any other way - but not having to pack up for a week, being waited on hand and foot, and not having to worry a single second about what things will cost was the most relaxing vacation I've had. We decided on a smaller high end resort and could not have been happier with our choice. The fact that there ... read more
Sunny Skies!
Taco Stand!
Stuffed Jalapeno Taco

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland December 16th 2016

This blog is a few months behind - but I honestly thought that I had written this blog sitting in the airport in Auckland. But anywhow - I left you while we were in the Tasman avoiding a storm heading to New Zealand. Having cancelled a few ports and added a few sea days the guests were very unhappy to say the least - from the bridge point of view the 5 sea days in a row were incredible. Almost like a short break in the middle of a contract. I wonder if this is what people who do proper ocean voyages constantly feel like at work... Stopping in Tauranga was a pretty neat port - there is a small mountain at the mouth of the harbour so when you sail into the city from the ... read more
View from the top - Tauranga
Tower in Auckland
Beach on the Isle of Pines

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Coral Sea November 25th 2016

Greetings! I left you off headed into the Great Barrier reef on our circumnavigation of Australia. Sailing in the GBR was completely different than I had expected. Most of the area is completely non-navigable but other than a few areas that look light green when a reef is just a meter underwater it looks like open ocean. There was an area near Cape York – which is the most northern part of Australia which is so shallow that we slow down to give us some more room between the hull and the sea floor. The reason why this makes any sense is that there is a phenomenon called squat which actually sucks the ship closer to the bottom when you go fast in shallow water. After a couple hours of only 3-5 meters under the keel ... read more
One of the hundreds of hermit crabs that hung out with me on the beach in Darwin
One of the smelliest ships in the world

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Coral Sea November 4th 2016

Well it’s been some time since I posted – mostly because I’ve been extremely busy on the Radiance. But I have managed to get off the ship a few times and both see the sights and spend some time with some friends. One of the most exciting things on the Radiance is that nearly every cruise is different – it is also the reason why I as the nav officer am so busy. Our first 2 cruises took us to New Caledonia, some place I had never heard of. It’s a group of French islands 600 miles due east of Australia. The 2 cruises were both chartered – one being a rock music charter, the other directed to some older clientele (ancient) and focusing on classical music. The group of islands has 1 port with an ... read more
Radiance at anchor in Lifou, New Caledonia
Sydney Harbour and Opera House
Rad art in Hobart, Tasmania

Oceania » New Caledonia » Loyalty Islands Province » Mare October 10th 2016

It has been probably the most crazy few weeks of my time out at sea so far. I spent a 10 day cruise with my girlfriend Adina onboard, signed off in Athens, flew to Sydney, and joined the Radiance of the Seas. We’re on the way out to New Caledonia at the moment – honestly it’s not a place I had even heard of but it’s an overseas French Territory which should be nice. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The cruise with Adina was fantastic, it was a busy week but well worth it. We got off the ship for my first time in Mykonos. Usually we are tied up at a pier, but a bigger ship was in port with us so they took priority. Usually having to deal with tenders and everything is ... read more
Petros the Pelican
Adina and I

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Civitavecchia September 21st 2016

I keep saying I’m going to get around to typing up another blog but then… work, sleep, eating, ya know. Life gets in the way. When I do have time – getting off the ship is a high priority. I have managed to get off the ship a few times and time is still absolutely flying by. It’s strange to think that I have actually been gone for a third of this extremely long contract. Next cruise Adina comes cruising, and by the time that cruise is over a week later I’ll be in Sydney waiting to join the Radiance. Being on the 4-8 watch getting ashore is much easier –so I’ve been out in Sicily, Kusadasi – Turkey, and Naples as of late. The port of Messina is just a few kilometers from the Italian ... read more
King Neptune
Chicken Kebab Plate in Kusadasi
The fantastic staff at the restaurant in Turkey

Europe » France » Corsica » Ajaccio September 5th 2016

Where to start? What a crazy series of changes for me in the last while. I’m back at sea – and for the first time in 5.5 years I’m not on the Oasis of the Seas. I ended up being transferred to a smaller ship with a much more exciting itinerary. In the summer The Jewel of the Seas is based out of Italy and does mostly Greek island cruises with a few other Mediterranean cruises thrown in. I was going to be coming home a few weeks before the ship crosses over to the Caribbean for the winter season. But… things change quickly. Even before I flew to Europe I was told to expect a long contract as I might be transferred mid contract to a third different ship and that’s exactly what’s happening now. ... read more
View from the top - Santorini
Seaside in Ajaccio

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