Hello Family, Friends and everyone in between,
I keep on intending to update this more often but it takes me a good few hours to put together my blog and sometimes I just don’t have the time or energy. But today I have both, so here we go..
First of all thank-you so much to everyone at home for all my Birthday wishes. It really meant a lot and to know that people are still thinking of me on the other side of the world (although we can’t take the credit away from facebook for reminding everyone). It was a little overwhelming to log in a see 60+ messages comments and wall posts. The funny thing was that it was all a day early… hehe. I had just finished a busy embarkation day and starting to mentally prepare myself for a long and tiring sea day the next, I still had to get through the crazy day before I could really celebrate my birthday.
But seeing all my messages and comments completely lightened up my night and put my in the best mood ever for my special day.
Even though it was the first birthday I hadn’t been at home, I have made some really amazing friends and meet some really lovely people on here who made it such a nice day.
My mum and family had sent me a little package from home which I received on my Birthday it had arrived the day before in Vancouver. I got some really nice cards and a heap of laminated photos of the family, friends and our two new little pets. A kitten and a bunny rabbit called Marley and Angus. That was the best present ever, it made me cry. I had just been thinking only a few days earlier that I should go and get some of my photos printed from home. I had a day off today so I spend some time decorating my cabin/bunk bed wall with all my photo’s cards and a few other things I have pulled together. My little space is so much more cozy and inviting now 🙂 That was a great start to the day!
A bed fit for a queen!?!
My day at work was busy but quite successful. My seminar went really well, good bookings, as well as great feedback from my bootcamp, yoga and pilates classes. They were my busiest classes yet, I officially had no more floor space or mats left in yoga.
Julie the Art Director from Tassie and I
After work my birthday celebrations really began. I had had a little too much fun in Vancouver the day before and had treated myself to a new dress and shoes for the occasion. It happened to be formal night too so all dressed up, 7 of my closest girlfriends from the ship went off to dinner at 9:30pm (we have to always dine late) at Sabitini’s (a speciality Italian restaurant on board) to wine and dine. We had a ball and engaged in some very elaborate conversation. Dinner was great as always, they serve lots of small appetizer dishes. Then my special request arrived which was choc coated strawberries (courtesy of the pastry chef) which arrived for dessert as well as a Birthday cake (courtesy of the head chef). Yum! I was also spoilt by the girls, Tamieka and Lina gave me some gorgeous Swarovski earring. Julie a set of lip gloss (a girl can never have too many) and Heidi a cute little necklace… 🙂
Do you like me new earrings? Thank-you girls X
Then after dinner we headed down to the crew bar for dancing and drinks. It was a disco night (D.J., and traffic light theme party) so lots of people, it doesn’t get busy until 12:30 which is when most staff have finished work. We even gained an extra hour of partying because we changed time zones, BONUS!
Post crew bar was a very un-organised attempt at a cabin party, it was fun briefly. But at that point I was ready for bed… Time to call it a night as Annie and I wandered home, down the M-1 (Main crew passage way) up to deck 9 and into our cabina’s to bed, I dare not look at the clock but I think about 4ish sounds about right..
Our Birthday notice on the M-1.
What a great day/night! I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday on the Coral Princess…
Boy…. did I LOVE the sound of my alarm at 6:15am the next morning when I woke up for stretch class… NOT! Actually I did feel quite ok as I didn’t drink too much, but a slightly tired me was a work by 6:55am ready to take stretch class for two keen participants… Grrr! Lucky it was a Port day in Ketchikan so I had plenty of time to rest and recover ready for a busy afternoon of appointments.
Yesterday in Juneau I did a fire fighting course which was quite fun then had dinner in one of the passenger dining rooms, we had gained permission, (it is all about who you know and who you are friends with on the ship). Then today was a lazy day. It was my day off so I just caught up with things I had wanted to do, such as decorated my cabin with my new photo’s, upload photo’s on facebook and grabbed dinner off the ship in Skagway at a regular little place we go to. Now I am finishing my blog update at 9:55pm. Heidi one of my good friends the magicians assistant is putting on a speciality crew show tonight because they are trialing and filming a new show. It doesn’t start until 11:45pm because of the regular passenger shows. I might be a little tired for tomorrow, but I will be still be there tonight for moral support.
A true sports model can pose in any situation.
Fire fighting training… Something different and little bit fun.
Good old boat drill…. Not the most exciting 1.5hrs of my week, but it is all part of the job.
That is all for now! Two sea days now, so busy few days to come, then embarkation in Whittier. And after that we are set to do it all over again as we sail back to Vancouver over the following 7 days.
Until next time, take care.