cruise life

Temples, and Mopeds, and Tuk Tuks...Oh My!

Image: Gangaramaya Temple  Haven't blogged in a while, but since we're in India now and I can't get off, I have some time!  This cruise started off with a day in Phuket, Thailand! Went out with some friends and got lunch. Green curry chicken and rice! Then we went on an adventure at got mopeds. I attempted to drive one, with not so much success, so I ended up riding with a friend. We drove to a waterfall. Not a big one, but pretty! We climes up a bit and got some great pics. Afterwards we headed back to the ship.  Our next stop was Colombo, Sri Lanka. A few of us were going to go to the tea plantation, but when we found out it was a 2hr taxi ride away we decided it wasn't worth it. I ended up going out with Diana. We found a Tuk Tuk, which is basically a moped with a car built around it so people can sit in the back, and he took us around to a few of the temples. They're gorgeous! The intricate decor and the Buddhas were very moving and wonderful to see. One of the temples we visited was built around a giant tree that they believe to have healing powers. In the temple you're required to remove your shoes, and cover your knees, they have skirts at the door for those with shorter shorts.  We ended our day by getting food at the mall. We both went with more local food...though there was a Pizza Hut and a Dominoes in the food court! Lunch cost us each about $4. We also went to the supermarket in the mall and picked up some snacks for this week. I found Mt. Dew! That made me super happy, I didn't think I was going to be able to have that till I got home.  So now that I've been fully doing my job for over a week I figured I should explain exactly what I do.  The Production Manager A is in charge of everything that happens in the theatre. I am in charge of everything that happens in the lounges. My day starts with me checking emails, then I take a walk around the ship to make sure everything is struck from the previous night. Throughout the day I continue to walk around the lounges and make sure set ups are happening when they're supposed to. I also spend about an hour and a half a day making the schedule for the next day. Sometimes I do spots for the shows in the theatre at night if we don't have enough people. I end my day in Reflections, the largest lounge, with whatever main event is happening that night.  I have another post almost ready to go, but I will wait to post it!  Love to all!

Image: Gangaramaya Temple

Haven't blogged in a while, but since we're in India now and I can't get off, I have some time!

This cruise started off with a day in Phuket, Thailand! Went out with some friends and got lunch. Green curry chicken and rice! Then we went on an adventure at got mopeds. I attempted to drive one, with not so much success, so I ended up riding with a friend. We drove to a waterfall. Not a big one, but pretty! We climes up a bit and got some great pics. Afterwards we headed back to the ship.

Our next stop was Colombo, Sri Lanka. A few of us were going to go to the tea plantation, but when we found out it was a 2hr taxi ride away we decided it wasn't worth it. I ended up going out with Diana. We found a Tuk Tuk, which is basically a moped with a car built around it so people can sit in the back, and he took us around to a few of the temples. They're gorgeous! The intricate decor and the Buddhas were very moving and wonderful to see. One of the temples we visited was built around a giant tree that they believe to have healing powers. In the temple you're required to remove your shoes, and cover your knees, they have skirts at the door for those with shorter shorts.

We ended our day by getting food at the mall. We both went with more local food...though there was a Pizza Hut and a Dominoes in the food court! Lunch cost us each about $4. We also went to the supermarket in the mall and picked up some snacks for this week. I found Mt. Dew! That made me super happy, I didn't think I was going to be able to have that till I got home.

So now that I've been fully doing my job for over a week I figured I should explain exactly what I do.

The Production Manager A is in charge of everything that happens in the theatre. I am in charge of everything that happens in the lounges. My day starts with me checking emails, then I take a walk around the ship to make sure everything is struck from the previous night. Throughout the day I continue to walk around the lounges and make sure set ups are happening when they're supposed to. I also spend about an hour and a half a day making the schedule for the next day. Sometimes I do spots for the shows in the theatre at night if we don't have enough people. I end my day in Reflections, the largest lounge, with whatever main event is happening that night.

I have another post almost ready to go, but I will wait to post it!

Love to all!

First Cruise Down

Image: Sunset over the South China Sea  Hey everyone! I know it's been a bit, it's been difficult figuring out what exactly I should blog about, but here goes!   So the first cruise is over, we're back in Singapore. I figured I'd take some time to fill you in on the last few ports!  Nha Trang, Vietnam is gorgeous! Just don't try to drive there. We got off the ship and got a taxi to take us to the beach. The way they drive is super confident and doesn't seem reckless, but is definitely different. They weave in and out of "lanes" with no worries at all. It seems like more of a "if I move over, that guy will get out of my way" philosophy, and it seems to work for them. The beach was great, we spent about 45 minutes in the warm water, on a 90 degree day. I highly recommend it.  The next port I visited was Ko Samui, Thailand. We didn't do as much here, mostly walked around, got some food and bought a few things. The US Dollar equals about 34 Baht in Thailand.  Next was Laemchabang, Thailand. This is the costal city closest to Bangkok. There are some excursions for guests that take you in to Bangkok, but unfortunately I didn't have time for those. I only got out a little on the second day there due to the torrential downpour that started in the morning. But I was able to get a couple souvenirs. It's a bit dissapointing, but it gives me a reason to need to come back to Thailand at somepoint! I did get out the night before. Since this is an overnight port, after we finished work we headed in to Pattaya. Everything in Pattaya is open late...most of it from 7pm-7am, nightlife. I suggest looking some stuff up about Pattaya, and specifically "Walking Street" before visiting at night! We had some fantastic Thai food, followed by an amazing hour long massage, at 2am, for about $5 (200 Baht). When on Walking Street, I described it as a 'scummy Moulin Rouge,' we didn't do too much. We listened to a couple bands playing and met up with some other people from the ship. We finally headed back, and were back on board around 4:30am.  The last two days we've been at sea on our way back to Singapore. Sea days are long days for me, starting at about 10am, and ending around midnight (with a few breaks). Port days are much simpler, I check on things around 10, but then don't really start working till 4, ending by midnight.  So that's all for now. Tomorrow is my first "Embark/Debark" day so I'll let you all know how that goes, and I'll be posting a list of things I've found interesting when it comes to theatre onboard vs theatre on land!  Hope you're all well, Kate

Image: Sunset over the South China Sea

Hey everyone! I know it's been a bit, it's been difficult figuring out what exactly I should blog about, but here goes! 

So the first cruise is over, we're back in Singapore. I figured I'd take some time to fill you in on the last few ports!

Nha Trang, Vietnam is gorgeous! Just don't try to drive there. We got off the ship and got a taxi to take us to the beach. The way they drive is super confident and doesn't seem reckless, but is definitely different. They weave in and out of "lanes" with no worries at all. It seems like more of a "if I move over, that guy will get out of my way" philosophy, and it seems to work for them. The beach was great, we spent about 45 minutes in the warm water, on a 90 degree day. I highly recommend it.

The next port I visited was Ko Samui, Thailand. We didn't do as much here, mostly walked around, got some food and bought a few things. The US Dollar equals about 34 Baht in Thailand.

Next was Laemchabang, Thailand. This is the costal city closest to Bangkok. There are some excursions for guests that take you in to Bangkok, but unfortunately I didn't have time for those. I only got out a little on the second day there due to the torrential downpour that started in the morning. But I was able to get a couple souvenirs. It's a bit dissapointing, but it gives me a reason to need to come back to Thailand at somepoint! I did get out the night before. Since this is an overnight port, after we finished work we headed in to Pattaya. Everything in Pattaya is open late...most of it from 7pm-7am, nightlife. I suggest looking some stuff up about Pattaya, and specifically "Walking Street" before visiting at night! We had some fantastic Thai food, followed by an amazing hour long massage, at 2am, for about $5 (200 Baht). When on Walking Street, I described it as a 'scummy Moulin Rouge,' we didn't do too much. We listened to a couple bands playing and met up with some other people from the ship. We finally headed back, and were back on board around 4:30am.

The last two days we've been at sea on our way back to Singapore. Sea days are long days for me, starting at about 10am, and ending around midnight (with a few breaks). Port days are much simpler, I check on things around 10, but then don't really start working till 4, ending by midnight.

So that's all for now. Tomorrow is my first "Embark/Debark" day so I'll let you all know how that goes, and I'll be posting a list of things I've found interesting when it comes to theatre onboard vs theatre on land!

Hope you're all well,
Kate

Some Interests

Hey Everyone!  We've been to our first port, and are now on to the next. I don't have a lot of new info on the tech theatre end, as I've mostly just been shadowing and seeing how things run. But, I thought I share some other things that have come up.  1) Schedule for PSM: It's pretty much a 'make your own schedule' type job! There are places I need to be at certain times, but when I take breaks and when I actually start my day is completely up to me. I schedule all the AV guys, and then supervise, make sure things are getting done, and help where needed.  2) The View! Anywhere you go on this ship the view is incredible. Being in the middle of the water with no land for miles is wonderfully peaceful. And having the ability to watch the sunrise and set with absolutely no obstruction is incredible!  3) Interesting Tip #1: If you take a cruise and want to swim, do it between about 6:30-10:30pm. The pool is pretty much empty because everyone is at dinner, or has turned in for the night!  4) Crew Perks/Extra Perks: So the crew on board has crew activities...these are usually things that happen between 11:30pm-1am, when the guests are asleep, and everything is closed. Last night was Persian Garden...sauna/Turkish bath. And tonight was Solarium, the indoor 'adults only' pool and hot tubs. There are karaoke nights, and BBQs, and movie nights as well! As a Production Manager, I get some extra perks as well...I get to eat dinner (breakfast, and lunch on port days) at OceanView, it's a buffet style dining hall for guests. There are also sections that make the food to your liking, steak, fish and pasta! And an Ice Cream Bar!! Also, due to the fact that I supervise the lounges and the events that take place in them, there are very few guest areas that are off limits to me. And tonight, the main event was "Mamma Mia Mania" and I ended up on the dance floor for about 15 minutes, just cause!  5) The ports...I'm going out to my first one tomorrow in Nha Trang, Vietnam! I'm definitely excited to start exploring. There will be more on this later, I'm sure!!  Love to all!

Hey Everyone!

We've been to our first port, and are now on to the next. I don't have a lot of new info on the tech theatre end, as I've mostly just been shadowing and seeing how things run. But, I thought I share some other things that have come up.

1) Schedule for PSM: It's pretty much a 'make your own schedule' type job! There are places I need to be at certain times, but when I take breaks and when I actually start my day is completely up to me. I schedule all the AV guys, and then supervise, make sure things are getting done, and help where needed.

2) The View! Anywhere you go on this ship the view is incredible. Being in the middle of the water with no land for miles is wonderfully peaceful. And having the ability to watch the sunrise and set with absolutely no obstruction is incredible!

3) Interesting Tip #1: If you take a cruise and want to swim, do it between about 6:30-10:30pm. The pool is pretty much empty because everyone is at dinner, or has turned in for the night!

4) Crew Perks/Extra Perks: So the crew on board has crew activities...these are usually things that happen between 11:30pm-1am, when the guests are asleep, and everything is closed. Last night was Persian Garden...sauna/Turkish bath. And tonight was Solarium, the indoor 'adults only' pool and hot tubs. There are karaoke nights, and BBQs, and movie nights as well! As a Production Manager, I get some extra perks as well...I get to eat dinner (breakfast, and lunch on port days) at OceanView, it's a buffet style dining hall for guests. There are also sections that make the food to your liking, steak, fish and pasta! And an Ice Cream Bar!! Also, due to the fact that I supervise the lounges and the events that take place in them, there are very few guest areas that are off limits to me. And tonight, the main event was "Mamma Mia Mania" and I ended up on the dance floor for about 15 minutes, just cause!

5) The ports...I'm going out to my first one tomorrow in Nha Trang, Vietnam! I'm definitely excited to start exploring. There will be more on this later, I'm sure!!

Love to all!