Posted by: gardner310 | March 2, 2009

End of Cruise #2

End of Cruise #2

Two down and ??? to go.  We just finished our second 10 day cruise and feel much more comfortable with the job.  We got through the reporting for cruise #1 and found the G drive for posting.  I am learning my way around the ship, although there are corners I have not visited still.  I made use of the library in the Explorations Lounge and finished a book by Philip Roth, Exit Ghost.  I made sure this trip that I got a couple of hours in the sun with the book, pretending I was a passenger in a far corner. This is the hardest part for me, getting some time alone.


Beach Day at Half Moon Cay

Beach Day at Half Moon Cay


I miss my solitude and my girlfriends.  The crew is great and very friendly but much younger.  I think it is wonderful that they are taking advantage of working on ships, something my own son did for a short while.   I have always encouraged my boys and their friends to see the world.  My own tag line is “See the World Before You Leave It” and I am doing my best to take my own advice.  But I miss the companionship of friends my own age.  I think this becomes more valuable the older we get.  Here is a shout out to all the girls back home.

I will be posting to the other blog for the next two weeks while I am in Africa.

Come visit me there!  Ciao.

Gardner Formal


  1. Oh my gosh you guys, I am so jealous. Amy Barbera just sent your blog to me and I am so happy for you both. How exciting, except for being in that small little cabin with Mike!!! I’m not gonna lie! (jk Mike, you know I love ya!) I don’t even know how to get on your list, I will just try to keep going to this site for continued stories. I enjoyed them all, especially the sloths. That is where Meg was supposed to go when she was in Puerto Rico but was quarantined with Denge fever.

    • HI Bev,

      Welcome to the the world of cruising. It is an interesting adjustment but we doing fine so far, even in the inside cabin. We need to step up our sales, though, or we won’t be doing this for long. Hopefully the next few cruises will be better that way. I did not know Meg had Denge fever-ugh! My regular email address is if you want to touch base.

  2. Thanks, Joanne, this is a wonderful experience for those of us at home! Are you responsible for selling land excursions? I seemed to have missed that. Regards, Barb

    • Hi Barb,
      No we don’t sell land excursions but we do help shore ex getting passengers disembarked for the trips at Panama and Costa Rica. It’s fun to do, just early morning work. Keep reading.

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