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#1
Chicago
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check it out..I just put it online so I will add/improve to it soon.
J

http://web.mac.com/cruisingjames
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#2
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Joined Aug 2004
Thanks for taking the time to do this. It will be great getting an upclose, personal and straightforward commentary on what it's like working on one of these ships that we love so much.
#3
Canada
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Joined Jun 2003
James:
I LOVED it! Your descriptions of how thick some people can be had me laughing - I am willing to bet money that they are the same people who complain about stuff being empty! I guess if you can't figure out how a simple dispensing machine works - everything is always "empty".
Some advice - when I was just a bit older than you, I took an opportunity to work in Europe - I had to live in a cramped cold water flat with roomates and we worked HARD at our job BUT it was one of the best experiences of my life. After that I knew I could cope with anything and make the best of it. When your job gets you down (and there will be times when it will) remember all you are learning about how to cope with life's challenges and what an amazing opportunity you have to see Hawaii and meet many different people.
Good Luck!
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#4
Fairhaven, MA, usa
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Nice job, James. Hope you're enjoying your time in Hawaii and on the ship.
I enjoyed the 'funny people' blog. Those are the same people who complain when they have to wait for the ice to be refilled!!!
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#6
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I enjoyed your blog. I am a former buckeye too!
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#7
Curacao
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Joined May 2007
James,
Hi there, I work in land based all inclusive, done so for many years. I, like the gent before me who worked in Europe, lived out of three boxes for 10 years as I worked the resort circuit in the US and Caribbean. Stick with what you are doing and you will know where to end up when you get there.

two funny comments that stick in my head always.

working Cayman...lady from the cruise ship is on the beach, points to the ocean and says "does this water go all the way around the island?" The guys in the watersports concession used to kleep a log of stupid tourist questions..they should have published it !!

working Bahamas
We know the water off the beach in Bahamas will have many lovely shades of blue.

Lady comes up to me and asks for jelly jars, empty ones. I am curious and say "what do you want them for?"

she replies...I just love the different colors of the ocean and want to bring them home.

keep on recording these and you will be able to write a book!!!!!!
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Fairhaven, MA, usa
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Originally posted by seacuracao
two funny comments that stick in my head always.

working Cayman...lady from the cruise ship is on the beach, points to the ocean and says "does this water go all the way around the island?" The guys in the watersports concession used to kleep a log of stupid tourist questions..they should have published it !!

working Bahamas
We know the water off the beach in Bahamas will have many lovely shades of blue.

Lady comes up to me and asks for jelly jars, empty ones. I am curious and say "what do you want them for?"

she replies...I just love the different colors of the ocean and want to bring them home.

keep on recording these and you will be able to write a book!!!!!!
Ha ha....
Good idea for James to log some of the stupid questions. Plenty of time to write a book when he retires someday.
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http://travel.webshots.com/album/560933191feRHJE
Dawn 11 Day & Majesty 7 day Menus, Bar & Dailies <small></small>
http://community.webshots.com/user/angelj

10.18.09 NCL Dawn again ( :
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#9
Fayetteville,NC
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Joined Jan 2007
Hi James,
My son is a recent graduate of Johnson & Wales U - Culinary.
How can he get the inside scoop? He has gone to the website and submitted his resume, but no response so far.
Do the contracts mostly begin and end in September?
I will try to email you later, my email is unavailable right now.
Thanks for any information!
Sharon
#12
Northern California
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Joined Mar 2007
Checked out your website again - I like the video blog and the new pictures very much! Keep it going.
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#15
Chicago
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Check out my blog about working on a cruise ship. Let me know what you think.

http://web.mac.com/cruisingjames
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https://twitter.com/cruiseshipcrew - Spent 5 years working onboard NCL as restaurant and Guest Services. Dealing with the daily service charge made me want to jump off a bridge.
SS Norway, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Wind, Norwegian Spirit, Pride of America, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Norwegian Epic, Carnival Pride, Carnival Glory, Allure of the Seas, Carnival Splendor, Norwegian Escape

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#17
Chicago
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Thanks for the comments everyone!
James
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https://twitter.com/cruiseshipcrew - Spent 5 years working onboard NCL as restaurant and Guest Services. Dealing with the daily service charge made me want to jump off a bridge.
SS Norway, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Wind, Norwegian Spirit, Pride of America, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Norwegian Epic, Carnival Pride, Carnival Glory, Allure of the Seas, Carnival Splendor, Norwegian Escape

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Norwegian Jade June '17, Norwegian Star Sep '17, Norwegian Bliss May '18

#18
3,218 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Looks like another of your fellow crew members have stolen your idea. Clearly however, there is no comparison.

I enjoyed reading the issues people had with the dispensing machines. Those stories were in my mind as I watched people do the same thing on my recent Pride of Aloha cruise.
#19
Arlington, Texas
760 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
great blog, thanks for putting it out there
My own first cruise was on the Norway as well (in the 90's) there will never be another ship like her!
#20
DFW Area, Texas
291 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
Hi James,
I have not been able to log on to your blog in a couple of days. I just want to make sure everything is okay. The last blog I read was just after you went and saw corp offices and everyone knew about you and your blog. And now, nothing. I just wanted to post a note here so you would know to keep us posted.

I'm hoping it's good news... maybe even a promotion for you!!! Let us know & I'll keep trying to log on to your website.
Take care & thanks again for all the work you do for your website. I love the photograpy too. Did you take all the pictures? or are some of them stock photos?

Thanks,
Andrea





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