One of the great perks of cruising, just like those souvenirs, you collect new friends along the way. We would have to say our closests friends are those we have met on the high seas.
Today I headed out to White Bay Cruise Terminal. I know, I am a tragic who likes to hang out where the ships are ( hence why I am a Check-in Chick ), but I really had an excuse this time.
Our dear friends Meg and Mal from New Zealand flew in this morning to join the Sun Princess 42 night Asia and Japan Cruise.
We first met on our 2011 World Cruise and then cemented the friendship when we sailed together on the 90 day Round Europe cruise. It wasn’t just our love of cruising that drew us together, but the fact that we shared the same last name. Although not related by blood, it still feels like family.
I don’t know if it is just that we are getting older or we have been on too many Princess cruises, but I looked around that cruise terminal, I swear a lot of those faces looked familiar.
“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life” Michael Palin
I don’t know what it is about long cruises out of Australia, but once you have been on one, like an addiction, you can’t seem to stop.
Our next big cruises for 2016 & 2017 opened in a booking frenzy. Like seagulls fighting for the crumbs, cruisers were pecking at what ever cabins were left, trying to book their favourite or least something close by.
Both of the Cruise Critic Rolls Calls are filling with more and more people, with over half of the people we already know….
So we might grumble about heading off early to work, that is until we remember the bigger picture, and with a smile we know we are feeding our addiction!
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Cake from the Rhapsody
Cake from Radiance
As many of you know while I am not on or planning the next cruise, I can be found down at the Overseas Passenger Terminal as Royal Caribbean’s No 1 check-in Chick. Well actually yesterday I was no 9 or sometimes I’m 15 or even 23 depending which paddle I am assigned to.
If not on a ship this is my pathetically sad way of being as close to a ship as possible. Last weekend marked the end of the 2015 – 2016 summer season for RCL with the Rhapsody of the Seas being deployed to the Mediterranean and the Radiance of the Seas repositioning back to Vancouver for its Alaskan season.
As a thank you for our hard work for the past six months both ships rewarded us with cake and champagne.
Those very last passengers had to contend with the cheers and laughter congratulating ourselves for a job well done.