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3+ Years of Traveling

So, we work on a cruise ship. That means we are constantly on the move. I used to think it would be glamorous to travel a lot. Think of a more elaborate “The Grand Budapest Hotel” minus the stolen painting part. Well, that’s certainly not how it is. But it is a damn fun way to live our lives.

The World Where I've Been

We’ve been so many places in the last 3 years, I’m having a hard time keeping up with it on the blog. Every day the door has been opening on new destinations and I’m too busy just enjoying the hell out of every minute we have. It’s been a great challenge keeping motivated to get out there, to do and see more. I know you’re thinking I must be crazy and you’d kill for my life. I say, we’re very lucky. But as they say, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.

Giants Causeway Ireland
Easy to see why Scottish Rockers look so pensive overlooking the cliffs.

I’ve done the math on our experiences and no amount of money could buy the things we’ve done. The best part is we can actually share our musical talents and love for living with all the people we come in contact with. We get to help spread joy and relaxation.

We’re young enough to enjoy very athletic activities and we do so. We’ve been biking in exotic destinations like Cozumel and Ensenada Mexico, Grand Turk, Dominica and more. We’ve zip lined over water falls in Costa Rica, climbed mountains in Alaska and Norway. Checked out ancient civilizations in Florence, Orkney and Edinburgh. Walked up to glaciers, weathered thunderstorms on the beach in Fiji, the floods of the freeways of Detroit and crashed a rental car in Tahiti.

I’ve spent 6 hours today going through photos from our travels as far back as March 2014 when we joined the Ruby Princess for a 5 month contract. I’m having a hard time narrowing them down to just a few. Guess I’ll just put up a bunch and you can tell me which ones you’d like to know more about.

Loch Ness Scotland
That guy behind Jake, Melissa & Cathy is petting Nessie!

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