Well, it’s Day 5 of my ship life. My week has been jam packed with training, rehearsals, practicing, getting lost, and playing shows. On Sunday, after a morning of training, we had two welcome shows to play that night. I have an extremely sweet roommate who works in the entertainment division as well, and everything I packed fit into my cabin! Sooooo all in all it’s been ok.
Right now I’m in Aruba enjoying a little break. Apparently the hardest shows were on Monday and Tuesday night-one called “Stage to Screen” and the other was a guest entertainer named Domenick Allen (Foreigner member?). We’ll be working every day, but I think the shows will stay the same every week except for the guest entertainers, so we’ll only have a couple shows a night and our days will be free.
All the people on board have been super friendly and helpful. They always help me when I get lost (because the ship is a maze in the crew areas), and the musicians have been fun to hang out with. They are all guys, but there are a bunch of girls who work in the spa who will be on the ship for a while, so maybe I’ll get to know them better? My bass had a bit of a problem, but I figured out how to fix it so everything is fine. I need to post pictures, but this is the first time I’ve been able to get off the boat in a few days and we just walked around one of the beaches. I think we can sign up to do crew excursions, and those will be better picture taking opportunities.
Yesterday I found out where to get rolls of toilet paper, fresh towels, and linens. Definitely a good moment. I found the library on the ship too! And they had a Tom Robbins book-he’s one of my favorites. Things are getting better, I just have to keep getting used to it.