Ocean City Days

Thoughts from a family beach trip last week: Mid-September. Few people play on the beach. We’ve rented the same condo for two years now, and it feels familiar and comfortable. Five of us stay in this place that sleeps twelve (maximum), so we usually congregate in the kitchen or living room. Most days we wake…

Land Lubbing

About four months ago, Jason and I signed off the Radiance for the last time as employees. When we got engaged we considered doing another contract, but we decided to take a break and sort out our lives on land. Since he’s from England and I’m from Iowa, we have visas, a wedding, and a…

Two Months to Go

I know, I didn’t finish writing about vacation. It was wonderful! It was over in the blink of an eye! It was also six months ago. At some point I may get around to adding pictures/detail, but to sum up:  1. Berlin is a cool city, Anna is one of the gems from my Radiance…

Port Douglas

   I almost slept in today. Jason’s parents are cruising, and the week has flown by in a mix of Samba Brazilian dinners, shows, Park Café lunches, breakfasts in the dining room, and days in both Airlie Beach and Cairns, Australia. They signed up for a snorkel excursion to the Great Barrier Reef for today,…

Australia Circumnavigation

Well, everybody (as in family members who happen to read this), it’s been a while since my last post. We left Sydney on February 26th and traveled all around Australia, stopping in Bali and over to New Zealand before arriving back in Sydney today, March 31st. We got a whole new cast of singers and…

South Pacific

We’ve been in the islands for the past couple cruises, and guess what I’ve discovered… I miss winter. Oh my gosh. When I walked off the ship the air was so thick and hot that no matter what, you sweat instantly. I don’t know how some people manage to look cute in weather like this,…

Tasmania Cruise

I’m back and already pretty settled on the ship. This is my first time in Tasmania, and today we’re in Hobart. I’m still jet lagged and sleeping random hours, so I didn’t get up early to hike. Instead I’m walking around the city with some friends from photo, shops, and the bar: Rhiannon, Kaitlyn, Nadine,…

Fourth Contract

I’m sitting in the Minneapolis airport, charging my phone, and I can hardly believe I’m getting ready to fly to Los Angeles and then to Sydney to start another contract. When I signed off Serenade in September 2012 I planned to live on land. I got a job at a before and after school day…

Back on a Boat!

Ok, this post is late. I signed on to the Radiance of the Seas on June 13 in Vancouver. I enjoyed my jobs at home, but I kept getting antsy and traveling every chance I got. In October I asked Royal Caribbean if they had any bass contracts available, and they offered me this ship…

Vacation/Life on Land

  All right, I’ll be honest. I’m calling this a vacation because I still feel as though I need to go back on a ship someday (probably in this upcoming year), but for now I am living on land. I wanted a change at the end of my last contract, and there were gigs here…