Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Time Flies on the Oasis

It's 10 1/2 weeks until the end of my contract (and 44 days till my birthday!). It seems crazy that I've been here so long already. I'm not going to lie though, I am starting to get a little tired.

It's been almost a month and a half since I wrote last, what have I been up to since then? I don't even know if I can remember.

Well, on the 21st, my mom and my sister came to cruise. That was super exciting. I went out to dinner most nights with them, and luckily Bry got to come a few times too. I also saw a couple of the shows. Bry, being the awesome roomie that she is, covered a shift for me so that I could go. Then to say thank you I got my sister to buy her a beer from the pub we're not allowed in :) haha. I only really got to see them in the evenings, as I was working during the day, or they were on an excursion. I was lucky enough to get most of the day in St Maarten off so I got to go on an excursion with them. It was a see and sea tour, so a bus tour through both sides of St Martin/St Maarten, and a glass bottom type boat tour as well. I didn't like the boat part, felt super awful with how much it was rocking. We got to stop in Marigot, the French capital, and do some shopping. Or in our case, walk around a bit and buy frozen yogurt. I'm kicking myself for not buying Bry a shot glass that had a skull and crossbones and said "same ship different day". I'm hoping we can get to the French side before our contract is up, even though it's an expensive taxi ride. I think they enjoyed their week, I hope they did. Saying good bye on Saturday was the hardest thing to have to do. They had to meet for their tour at 7:45, and since I started work at 9, I met them at 6 in the morning and we had breakfast together. I waited with them until they got called to get off the ship and then walked with them to the promenade. I was going to walk them all the way to the gangway, but I didn't feel like having to walk down the whole promenade crying. Apparently there was another couple on the tour with them that saw me walking away. It really sucked. I thought having them visit would make the rest of my contract easier, but so far it hasn't. It's made me even more homesick.

We've had a few people leave, and new people come on board. Including our manager this week. Actually as I'm writing this, I still haven't met the new manager (he came yesterday). I think the crew changeover is one of the things I'm struggling with the most. I don't like change to begin with, but then I get used to certain people or things being a certain way, and then they're different. 

We've gotten off a few times in port. Sometimes it's hard trying to work around both mine and Bry's schedules to be able to get off. We don't do too much when we're off the ship, mostly just walk around, look in shops and usually find somewhere to eat lunch. We're still hoping to be able to play with dolphins in Mexico, and I still really want to do the Labadee zipline (I'm trying to convince Bry to do it also). I have a whole list of things I wanted to do, but somehow I don't think I'm going to get it all done.

I had to do lifeboat filling again. And I'll probably have to do it at least once more before I'm done, as they do it every 3 months. At least this time I was sitting with people I knew so it made it seem a lot quicker. I've also had to do assembly station leader training. So basically going over everything I have to do in case of emergency and in passenger drill every Saturday. Turns out I knew most of it already, which is a good thing since I've been doing it for almost 3 months. I also had glow party and parade rehearsals. I'm still not on stilts, but one of the guys is leaving soonish so I might be next on the list. Fingers crossed. Our route for the parade changed a little bit, but what we were told to do, and when and where we need to be at the end don't really coincide, so our new motto for the parade is "screw it, just give'r" and as long as we don't run over any small children, penguins, artwork or guys on stilts, we're good. For glow party one of the girls from sports is leaving in 3 weeks, so I'll probably have to step up and do the other 2 choreographed dances. I'm not sure how well that will go, I think I've got half of both dances, and I still struggle with the one I have to do each time.

We still go out to dinner a lot. Still mostly Sabor and Johnny Rockets, but we've also been to Chop's and 150 Central Park. Both are specialty restaurants that cost extra (like $39 and $30), but we went on discounted days (either special days for crew or formal nights) so we got it a little bit cheaper. I got filet mignon at Chop's, and I was super excited that I could get spinach with it. Sad that I was excited about that, but it was delicious. 150 Central Park is a set 4 course menu, so I was a little concerned about that, but it ended up being really good. For the main you have a choice between fish or beef, so I obviously chose the beef haha. They have 2 different menus, one for each half of the cruise, so I'll hopefully be back to try the second menu.

I've done a few more lessons. I'm still not awesome at it, but I'm getting better. unfortunately we haven't really had much time to ride in the past couple of weeks. It was pretty cold in the evenings for a little while, and then with my family coming we just didn't get out. Now we're getting into the high counts for spring break so it's going to be tough to find time to ride in the next couple weeks as well.

As I'm counting down the last half of my contract, I'm starting to stress myself out about what I want to do next. Do another contract, go back to Blue, find something else, and if I do another contract do I try and work on my vacation or do I just take time off? Plus then not knowing what ship I'll be offered or how long m vacation will be is hard as well. I need to stop thinking about these things until closer to when I have to actually deal with them. But overall I'm still enjoying myself, so that's a good thing.

With the rate I'm going I might have one more post up before I come home. Stay tuned. :)

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Officially a Sports Staff!

I got my 90 day evaluation, good news they want to keep me. I managed to get into lessons before my 90 days were up, thankfully. I've only done a few, but they've gone alright. Having a 90 day eval means that I've been here for 3 months already, which is insane. Time has been so weird, like it feels like I've been here forever and some days go by so slow, but then at the same time it feels like I just got here and then it's the end of another week. I think if my math's right, I have 16 voyages left.
I'm trying to think of what I've done since I wrote my last blog post. We did mid line rescue training for the zip line. That was fun. And I actually mean that haha. Bry hated it, but despite dangling in the middle of the line she did really well. Everyone was kind of surprised at how well I did. I guess because I'm new? But it's similar equipment to what I've used before and I pay attention. I think I did my final rescue the second fastest (damn only 2nd lol).
I just realized I haven't written anything since the Christmas cruise, which was over a month ago (it's February tomorrow!). So let's see, the New Year's cruise was actually probably busier than Christmas. We got more commission from flowrider lessons as well. We had to blow up balloons for the balloon drop on the Royal Promenade. It was fun, had about 100 or so of us and took around an hour. I got to watch the acappella group Home Free on New Year's Eve, they were really good, and then partied with the sports team a bit before heading to the Promenade for the balloon drop. Unfortunately my camera died just before midnight, which I was super upset about.
I got a stuffed Dave the Minion from Bry for Christmas! Haha. I got her sriracha candy canes. I have also been ordering probably too much stuff online. But it's just so exciting having an American address and not having to pay a stupid amount in shipping and customs.  After I get my next package I probably won't be ordering anything for a while. 
I've finally officially been off in all 6 ports. Falmouth wasn't super exciting, especially since we only had like 2 hours to walk around. Did actually have a couple exciting port days in the past couple weeks though. We got to do a team building wave runner tour in Labadee. That was awesome of our supervisor to do that for us, it was kind of a thank you for our work over Christmas. It was fun, but I also felt mildly uncomfortable. Felt like I was going to fall off even though Bry wasn't going very fast, and even though they gave us the option to switch drivers I didn't want to. But at least we didn't fall off (2 guys did though).  
And then this past week in St Thomas the Quantum was docked at the other pier, and since I had most of the day off I managed to hook up with a couple people who had a friend on the ship and we went to visit. That was a fun day. We got to tour the ship, and then we ended up doing the ifly, which is the skydiving simulator. That was fun but uncomfortable as well. Super cool of them to let us do it.  Then we went to the Windjammer for lunch, which was delicious. They have fresh baked cookies which makes the whole place smell delicious. It has a different feel than the Oasis for sure, but it's a nice ship. I was in super tourist mode. Took so many pictures, and then my camera died. Luckily I had my phone with me so I used that for the rest of the afternoon.

Bry and I got asked to go ice skating to be in the background for something they were filming, so of course we said yes. We thought there'd be quite a few people there, but it was only the two of us and the guy that was talking, so that was kind of weird. But we got to go skating so it was fun.
Gone out a few times as well. Dinner, mostly to Sabor and Johnny Rockets...ok, only Sabor and Johnny Rockets.. And gone to a few shows. Didn't get to go to the ice show when we planned because it was super packed. But watched Come Fly With Me a few times. As well as the aqua show  I don't even know how many times. We watched from the front row and as usual got soaked. The cast was splashing more than usual, because they enjoy it way too much. We actually joked with them later that we weren't totally drenched and they had to try harder next time. This week we watched from by the rockwall because Bry had later doors and I really wish we could have been in the front row because the theatre was packed, even the second and third rows were filled and we would have gotten them drenched (because let's face it, we're horrible people lol).
We even went to the bar a few times! Lol. I still don't drink though. We had a sports girls night in one of the girls' cabin. Watched a movie and ate junk food. It was fun.  Bry and I also convinced Wesley to do Harry Potter trivia with us, because we can't ever get to the guest one. So he added even more questions, ended up being 90,and I only got 79 right :( upset about that actually lol. I beat Bry though :) haha.
Other things I've done; parade and getting slightly better at figuring out what I'm supposed to do, Glow Party still working on getting my dance right, spot lighting for the ice show which was kind of fun even if I was a little spastic, did a lesson with all Canadians which was awesome, and got chocolate from a guest which was also awesome.
I think that's about the extent of what I've done. I'm super excited because in 3 weeks my mom and my sister are coming to visit!  So my next post might not be until after that (because let's face it I'm a bit of a slacker haha). Anyways, stay tuned for that!