Saturday, December 19, 2009
Melbourne. Last week. A suspicious package arrives on the dock, which does not have any sort of label and isn't on any of the package manifests. The drug sniffing dogs come and they go ape-wazookies. But not for drugs. For bomb making materials. Four hours later, the passengers can get back on board, the port is open again, and we are underway. I have no idea what the package was, but thankfully it wasn't addressed to me.
The airborne bomb? Norovirus comes to the Sun Princess. On my hall, nonetheless. Needless to say, I stayed as far from the quarantined cabin as I could.
Got my "jab" for the H1N1 virus. Had a sore arm, but nothing more than that.
Can't believe the holidays are here and the year is almost over. I remember last holiday being in New York City, and now, here I am in Fiji. Wow.
So we are in Bay of Islands, New Caledonia. It is absolutely gorgeous. The weather is fabulous, and the scenery is amazing. I tried the local fare, which was some sort of veggies cooked in banana leaves with chicken, or some sort of meat... it was good. Bland, but good. Did Tribute last night and the night before. I was a tragic mess during the finale for the second show last night. Man, there is no escape if you make a mistake in the choreography. I stood there looking around like a lost animal. Totally missed at least three counts of 8. Thank goodness I am out of the way and off to the side. I looked like a freak, no doubt. Ah! Live theatre!
OH! So the big news is that PGT has finally seen some sort of logic and extended our contract up through to dry dock. I had been wondering why they were sending a new group on just before dry dock, which is amazingly stupid, but now we get to stay on board for another six weeks! I get to go to Asia! I will post my ports later. My new arrival date back in the states is April 16th.
Enjoy the pics of New Caledonia and other places I have visited since the last post.
And everyone have a safe and happy holidays! I miss you all!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Ugh. Flu caught me and just about threw me into the propellors! What a horrible week I had. Locked in my cabin, pretty much under quarantine, yet still having to do shows. Wouldn't you know, they never recorded our sick tracks, so there was no way around it. Have they still made the sick tracks? Of course not. That would be taking initiative and thinking ahead. Boy. Hindsight is 20/20.
Not much else to report, though. I didn't get off the ship for five days, so I have nothing new to show you, I don't think. I might post a picture just to pretend to be creative.
Sydney today is very muggy and humid and redundant! Been trying to do some Christmas/Hanukkah shopping, as well as secret santa stuff, but to no avail.
Okay, so here are some pictures of Wellington, where i caught my flu. It was low 40's, very windy, and now I know that I am closer to Antarctica than I originally thought.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
My cabin! Tacky, I know, but hey, it worked for the kickoff party I had. Most of the decorations are already gone, as I gave them to the cast for their rooms, but I still have the tall tree and a bunch of lights everywhere.
Oh! Something else I learned last night during Piano Man... yellow tape is NOT glo-tape. When the lights go down, the tape disappears. This is when we hit our heads on the overhead lights as we are climbing a ladder to get to our places.
The picture here is of Fjordland. It was absolutely gorgeous. Reminded me of Alaska.
Wellington, New Zealand. It is cold and windy here. I thought it was supposed to be the summer here! What's up with the 40-50 degree weather? It has been rainy for the past couple days, which kept me on the ship yesterday in Christchurch, but today I had to get out and see Wellington. I am so glad I did, too, as it is art deco HEAVEN! I love this place! Well, architecturally speaking. I accidentally walked into a coffee factory today, which was interesting. The people just kind of looked at me wondering what I was doing there. I, of course, pretended that was exactly where I was supposed to be, told them what a great job they are doing and to keep up the good work. Then I left.
Okay, so finally, some new pictures of where I have been and what I have been doing. It has taken a while, but enjoy.