It’s difficult to start writing again after you have ‘fallen off the grid’. You are not sure where to start and what is even relevant anymore. So we’ll start with a quick synopsis and go from there.
May: After finishing the repositioning cruise to Vancouver, the ship took off to Victoria for 10 days of Dry Dock. I had never been to a dry dock before and to be honest, while there was work to be done, it wasn’t as horrible as what some people said. They would cut the AC, hot water was not readily available ~ thus some cold morning showers ~ but the flip side was that we could go out in the evening, have some nice dinners in the restaurants and join a somewhat normal life for a few days.
During the 10 days Akis and I did manage to rent a car and head up to Long Beach for the day. More on that in another post.
After Dry Dock the weekly runs out of Vancouver began. There are only 3 ports and to be honest, I have only been out in 2 of them. 2 of the 3 ports require that we tender and it is a bit of effort as you need to wait for the guests to go off before you are able to go and then you need to make sure that you are onboard at least an hour before we leave. But the upside of this is that you get into a pattern which is pretty consistent.
Monday: Sailing the Inside Passage
Wednesday: Sailing to Hubbard Glacier
Friday: Icy Straight Point ~ the port I have yet to see
Saturday: Sailing the Inside Passage
And then it begins again. Unfortunately with Vancouver being an Embark port, I don’t get out to see people much. I have managed to catch up with a couple of friends at the Starbucks which is near the ship, but Powell and Heatley is not really the ‘cleanest’ part of town.
The other major event was Dad and Jane came to visit last week to take in Alaska ~ more on this in another post.
Over the past 6 weeks it has been a bit of a struggle with work. I have been very disappointed with some aspects of the job and the company. This has led me to considering other options. Right now Akis and I trying to sort out what it is that we want to do. Unfortunately planning is not a strong suit for either of us, so coming up with a concrete plan is proving to be difficult. We do have options however, some are looking for work in the UK as both of us will be able to work there within a short period of time, looking for work in Canada and Akis will come and be there until his paperwork is processed, we go back to Greece and I learn Greek in rather short order. While the other option of staying on the ship and both of us working here seems like a good solution, I have been less than pleased with how things are being handled by the office and realize that I need to ensure that I am treated fairly. So hey, if anyone wants to offer me a job…
Other big news ~ I’m going to be an aunt. Yep, Krista and Craig are expecting. I won’t be able to see the ‘developing belly’ if I remain on the ship, so I will need to rely on photos. If I do finish out the contract, I will be home about 3 weeks before her due date.
Akis will also be going home soon. He has been onboard taking over for Nikos, so he has been the boss man. He is scheduled to go home on the 15th which is long overdue. He has been onboard for almost 8 months. I will miss him when he goes, but also understand the need for vacation! We haven’t received a schedule so we aren’t sure where he is going back should he return to the ships. Hopefully that will come on Friday, and we’ll know more then.
Other than work, some movies and signing up for Facebook ~ which people who have know it can be addictive ~ life is pretty much the same. I am hoping to take advantage of being in Alaska as they have just opened up guides on the Shore Excursions, so you can bet that I will be looking to find some ‘interesting’ things to check out during my weeks alone here without Akis.