It’s been 12 days since I’ve left Malaysia to join the ship. Time has passed so quickly that I was just living in the moment, one day at a time and everything seemed so vivid yet so blurry that I’m beginning to question the reality of things, haha. I guess that’s how I will sum up shiplife at the moment. You live in the reality and your reality is your life onboard the ship. Everything else outside is somewhat irrelevant.
The company has been really lovely to us and took care of our needs pretty well. We had a pickup from the hotel in Honolulu to the ship and there were people at the immigration point waiting for us to bring us to the ship. We got to the crew office and the managers from our department took us to our rooms and once everyone arrived we were handed over to our trainer.
It was a complete whirlwind from that point onwards – getting our uniforms, going for training, getting lost around the ship, getting our crew IDs, flu shots…it was really nice of the company to organize the training for us, especially those who are new to ships. We learnt our emergency signals, what to do during a fire or when we feel sick as well as stuff about the company. We also made plenty of friends and it was really nice to find people you have things in common with. Kinda sad that we’re all transhipped to different ships now, some of them are still together but well, not me.
I’ve read some horror stories about the food in the crew mess and let me tell you, the food in my ship was amazing, at least to my standards. I often have to fuss about what to eat and this is a nice change from having to settle my own meals to being fed with yummy, proper food. I’m trying to take less portions as I am in danger of getting fatter and fatter.
The ship that I was in is relatively small and could hold about 2600 passengers. It wasn’t super hard to navigate once you know your way.
I’ll be going on my new ship tomorrow and I’m pretty nervous about it. What if I get a horrible cabin mate? What if everyone’s nasty? Well no point worrying plus the itinerary is going to be awesome. I’ll be doing Caribbean for 2 weeks and will be sailing off to the Baltics from April onwards! Perhaps I should focus on that thought…