It is my last week in Alaska!! Only 9 days before I go home!! I am sooo excited, it felt like this day of being so close to home would never come…..8 months, although not long in the grand scheme of life, I suppose, has been a long time. I am going to miss most of the team, my roomie, the things that we saw or do that only we get tho ‘joke’. Same as the team on the first ship. But….I am ready, as we all are! Everyone I started on this team with, except one, is leaving this Sunday and I leave next Wednesday! I will have two days with a new team all except one whom I stated with and two that just came on yesterday and today and a new roomie, I would guess. We both got out suitcases out the other day! Exciting! Now just to pack….the not so fun part….or when to find the time. Of course, maybe packing will be fun because it makes the reality of going home soon seam more real! Right now my suitcase is a mobile wall in the cabin that I have to pick up and re-locate when I want to move around the room. It will be interesting when we both have our suitcases open. The only option will be sitting on a bed. Or else we need to grow wings. Ha. This season end, both of Alaska and my contract, has had some strains inside the team. We persevered and made the company happy with our success despite the circumstances which is good. We are better and going to finish strong! There was a medical emergency but that individual is healing! Prayers for him would be much appreciated as there is still a long healing process yet to go. I am grateful for all the beauty of God’s creation that I was blessed to see, for all the learning and teaching equipping me to work with people and become better at this style of photography, for the opportunity to have a job, for the joy of returning home, for the freedom of options no matter how scary options can be sometimes, for stepping father outside my box as far as communication with people, and for the sweet friends I was able to meet. So, I bid this contract adieu. It had its ups and downs, just like anything. I am glad I did it. I knew I would be questing it if I never tried. We will see what happens next. For now bed, then nice more days, then HOME!!! Definitely where my heart is!! I am looking forward to seeing everyone from there very soon!! Until then, ta ta for now!
Yep. A month it has been…again. Ha. Here I am in a little coffee shop on a rainy day here in Alaska with some hot chocolate! Approximately six weeks, exactly 41 days to go with my contract! I have enjoyed my time for the most part! I have enjoyed getting to know new people, seeing new sights that I may never see otherwise! I am glad to get experience within my field! Despite the ups and downs, which I know happens in every job, it is a blessing that my first job is within my area of study and that I get to travel, two things I have always wanted combined! I have been learning and have been stretched which is good. I am ready for a break though! Ready to be home for a while, ready to see friends and family and do things I used to do before this all began! 41 DAYS!!
There has been one week in particular that has been the highlight of my journey! My parents and my aunt and uncle came on a cruise with me!! It was my parrents first cruise and they said they enjoyed their time and would do it again! They got to see what I see, feel what I feel, smell what I smell every week! What a blessing!! Looking forward to seeing them again!
Well that is all for now! Talk to you all later, before I depart!
Seems like approx. a month seems to be my time frame between posts. Ha. I guess Im not very good with this blog thing. Still in Alaska doing the same run! It is fun to see the changes as the snow melts and that waterfalls start running! Lots of rain, I wish I could pack it up and ship it home! I have had the opportunity to meet a family member who lives up here in Juneau a few times. That has been fun and like a little connection back home! My family is coming on a cruise with me soon!!! I am SOO excited!!! I am getting to know some people here who share my faith, so that is encouraging!! This last week and this week are special weeks where dancers and starts from the show Dancing with the Stars are here! So, that is fun! That is about all the updates for now. God bless!
Hello Everyone! I am back in the USA now! So, it has been quite a while since I have posted an update. It is quite easy to loose track of time here. I am in Alaska on a new ship and it has been about six weeks already! The weather is definitely different from the Caribbean, haha. I now own thermals, and it is June. It is soo beautiful up here, everywhere is the beauty of the Lord’s creation! I love the snow capped mountains, the abundance of green, the clean air, the glaciers and the bald eagles flying overhead. I have had the opportunity to far to go on a couple tours. I have seen some humpback whales, seals, sea otters, sea lions and … jelly fish. It is nice to be able to spend an extended amount of time going to the same places to get the opportunity to become familiar with these places. I am also grateful to be in the sates again for easier communication back home. That is nice to have after four months of minimal contact. The end is getting closer and closer and I am excited that I get to go home in three months!
It is my last cruise, last 11 days, on the MS Maasdam! Wow, its hard to believe the time is almost here already to transfer ships and head to Alaska! I am very excited for this new experience, a new and bigger ship and a new place I have never been! I am grateful to have started off on this ship, a good place to start off and get first experience with ships! It is also the end to the Caribbean season which all the crew, at least the revenue departments, are glad about, ha. This ship will head up to Canada for the summer after these 11 days. I am headed to a bigger ship with a younger summer audience so I hope rising to the occasion wont be do difficult, a little challenge is good though. It will almost be like two contracts for me in a way, approx 3.5 months here and 4.5 months there. Praying this last cruise here finishes well!
Hello from St Thomas, USVI! It is nice and cool here today! Not so much this morning but now it is nice! I am thinking of takin a nice walk to town along the waters edge for my exercise for the day! We are in the second to last cruise here in the Caribbean an all repeated locations! It is neat to have a familiarity with these places! God is good for allowing this time in my life while working within my field! Yesterday in San Juan, Puerto Rico I was able to call home and it was surreal that I was talking from an island so far from home! I am striving to keep my find within the bounds of 24 hours as I read in my devo book that the days are separated into that amount of time for a reason! Dont worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has worries of its own! God has great promises and all we have to do is give our days, our thoughts to Him and He handles the rest! It sounds so easy but yet natural tendency is to continue looking to far ahead and worry about everything in sight. Ha. What to do with us?! It is a job and I encourage you that if you ever go on a cruise, take your picture every time. You don’t even have to look at it later but it makes the photographers and their bosses happy to have the numbers :) It has been a nice job, like everything it has its days. Good is good!
Hello! Wow, it is the end of March! Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and we are in Half Moon Cay once more! Last time we were there it was St. Patrick’s Day. We should make up some holiday for the next time we are there, ha. I want to wear bunny ears or something, but don’t have any. I hear there might be someone running around in a bunny costume! Bering there last time was a lot of fun even though there was little free time for us, work was fun because we got to take pictures of people on the beach and walk though the crystal clear water of the Bahamas! I am down to approximately five and a half months left already! Often the days seem to creep by but then looking back on the whole it has gone by fairly quickly. Its hard to believe that I have only about a month left on this ship before I transfer to Alaska for the rest of my contract! I am working on preparing myself for the hustle of the next ship. It is one of the big ships too. Haha, I’ll probably be asking for some of the slow days from this ship after I’m there for a while. I am really looking forward to a pick up though and also the beautiful sights! Apparently two other crew that I know are transferring to the same ship so that will be neat to have some familiar people from the start! One is starting the same day as me I think and the other a month or two later. I do admit that I wish I could see at least one run of Canada, but still hoping I’ll get to go in the future someway! It was great to re-visit some islands on this cruise, already knowing some places to go and things to do! It felt good to have a familiarity with a place. It is always wonderful to visit new places too, and fun when I get to go on an excursion with some of the guests for an inside look of the island! I know we are all, crew anyway, looking forward to San Juan, Puerto Rico again for CVS, ha, and I get to call home there! We visit several new ports this next cruise which starts the day after tomorrow, so that is exciting! Three ten day Caribbean journeys left until May 3rd when I board a plane again. Until next time!
So, it has been a while since my last update. There has been a whole cruise in between! I am now on the third cruise of my contract. We left yesterday. Another Caribbean run but with some different places! The last cruise was ten days. So much faster than 49! Every day was quite full and it took some getting used to… this cruise is 14 days so a little less crazy, hopefully. I will get used to it and now that I know what it is like I can learn to adjust with the changes! It is better business wise! We went though the Virgin Islands last cruise and it was quite funny looking back on how crew fled to CVS! Who would have thought CVS in Puerto Rico would be a jackpot! It was wonderful :) I also got to speak on the phone with my parents on the phone since it is a US port which was even better! The end of each Caribbean cruse we will and have gone to Holland America’s private island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. It is beautiful! We were there on St. Patricks Day and wore green leprechaun hats while taking photos of the guests. Our Ocean Images regional manager is here. She came on march 8th in Florida and is here close to another week. She has been a lot of help and I feel and have been told that I have been improving since I got here and since she has been here and has given us training! She is also very nice and it is actually nice having her around! We have re-visited one port already. Dominica. It was neat to be able to be able to say that I have been there before! Of course, it was only the week before :) I will talk to you all later! Best wishes!
Well, I’m back in the Caribbean! Being here always makes me want to watch the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Maybe I can find them in the crew office where we are able to borrow movies. =p We are stopped in Barbados for the day and am taking advantage of the free wi-fi! I am in a little shopping mall area in a terminal not far from the ship. I feel at home, hehe, its not very different from the states in here. I am planning of going out to see the sights for a bit today. I will be coming back to Barbados about four times I think since all the runs from the end of this cruise in five days until May are Caribbean. I also look forward to hitting the gym on the ship today! I need to get rolling on that, get a routine going! Its about time to shed some pounds, well, more like a lot of pounds! Maybe I can do some jogging along the beaches in some of these places. That would be fun!
Internet connection has been decent enough that I have been able to upload pictures up to date on my facebook account! The link to my site is https://www.facebook.com/nichelle.trulove .
Bom dia! Today is the last day in Brazil! Crazy that it is over already. Yesterday was the last port in Aler Do Chao but we are still traveling though the Amazon today and I think will be officially out some time tonight. Wonderful ports though and I am so grateful that God gave me this opportunity to see Brazil even if I am technically on my own (human wise) and work is slow! Many times I was able to venture out with fellow crew which was nice. I have now been working for a month, a week and three days! 6 3/4 months to go! I am used to the routine of the job and I’m learning to relax with it. I’m becoming more comfortable in the studios and setting up a sequence of poses, which makes it easier for me and makes the guests feel like I know what I’m doing. Ha. Sometimes just getting them to smile is a chore. There have been many great ports! A port in the Amazon, Boca Da Valeria, has been one of my favorites. It is a small village but soo green and lush! There were children all over the place, greeting us as everyone came off the tenders and holding all sorts of wild animals as if they were pets. I saw three sloths, a monkey, a money-like animal, a rat-like animal, several little green parrot-like birds, a toucan, a huge beetle and a baby alligator. I also got to go on a canoe ride down the river to another little village and back. Three sea days, three ports, two sea days and then a new crowd and a new cruise, to the Caribbean!