Cartagena, Columbia Part 1

Speaking of journey’s we certainly have had our share of adventure already. Our first day where we could get off the ship, we thought we would venture on foot from the port in Cartagena to the center of the old city. There are some famous land marks there and we heard some great cafes as well. It’s kind of interesting how the port areas in every country are clean and beautiful…. also very safe. When we disembarked the ship, we were greeted by ladies with giant bowls of fruit resting on their heads. I’ve never seen such colorful fruit in my whole life. It’s so hard to describe the reds and pinks of the melons. They were much brighter and more vibrant than any flowers from my garden at home. As we walked from the ship to the actual port stores it was super humid and about 99 degrees. I felt as if I was melting.

Greetings from the Coral Princess

We have almost made it through our first 10 day cruise in our 3 month assignment on board the Coral Princess. It’s been a bit of a challenge to get on the internet every day due to some of the training and scheduling required to work on board the ship. However, since we are now almost back to our turn around port in Ft. Lauderdale, I feel as if we are getting into the swing of things. We perform between 3 and 6 shows a day depending on if we are at sea or if we are in port. We’ve met so many wonderful people from far away lands and close to home too. It’s amazing how nice all the other crew members are on board. I guess though if you think about it, we’re all in this ship together and if everyone is polite and pleasant it does make for a better journey.

Getting to know our way around the ships corridors for the first few days were a bit challenging. It seemed like just when I thought I knew which way was up I would get turned around. But after a bit, I started to figure out the little tricks to know which stairwells lead to what areas. I still have some paths to work out, but over all, I really think I’ve gotten the critical routes down.

Yesterday, while I went for a walk on the promenade – also known as deck 7 – I saw an amazing school of dolphins playing in the waves at the bow. I have never seen so many dolphins not even on tv. It was exciting to watch them jump, flip and play with each other. It was very exhilarating to see them. It made me want to jump in and join them. (Obviously I did not!) I wish I had my camera, but I think that I will have plenty of opportunities to see them along the way.

I’ll be posting more frequently from our journeys now that I have figured out how the scheduling works, how to get online on the ship and what ports have good internet access in cafe’s.

Hope everyone is doing well out there.
We love and miss you.
Melissa & Jake