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The adventures of Carol Brown, representing Norwegian Cruise Line on a 6-month mission on the open sea to train the crew, explore new ports, seek new friends and experiences, and to boldly go where she has not gone before.

Carol’s log: Cruise Date: May 13, 2011 (At sea)

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. because I am to shadow the room service crew through breakfast service this morning. Again, they are amazing. They work together seamlessly and each tray’s presentation is wonderful on the way to their respective staterooms. It is too bad that crew don’t get to use room service.

After my observation, I have breakfast. This morning I choose eggs Benedict with salmon and spinach on English muffins. A bit salty for me, but delicious. The food in the officer’s mess is very good though some times the portions are so small you wonder why they bothered putting it on a dinner plate instead of a butter plate. But then again, it is all about the presentation.

Later I would have very tender pork ribs with potatoes, zucchini and asparagus for dinner and a moist yummy German chocolate cake for dessert. Lip smacking!

More shadowing in the gift shop, the photo, shore excursion and cruise rewards areas. These are money-making areas for the cruise lines and I was introduced to some unique sales tips. I also saw some things I could easily spend a great deal of money such as jewelry, clothing, purses and of course all those shore excursions. Even with my crew discount, I could quickly be working for free!

Oh, I’m supposed to tell you about vacuum toilets. This is what we have on the ship. You don’t flush, you push a button and stuff gets sucked in just the way a vacuum works, complete with sucking noise. These toilets are connected 50 to a line. If one toilet plugs up, 49 others do too. Not pretty. There is a “Flush What?” poster on the back of toilet doors as a reminder not to put anything but bodily waste and 1-ply toilet paper in the toilets to avoid a back-up. I’ve seen where all this sh*t goes but that is a story for another time.

Laarni and I are still working on the matrix. It is kicking our butts mostly because neither one of us is good at math. We can’t figure out if we are using the right formulas. The bar and pie charts we are generating are cute though. We hope that scores us some points with Filippo even after he realizes that the numbers are totally bogus! We need a mathematician!

You would think that because I started so early that I would end early but it doesn’t quite work that way. I’m still at going on 10:00 p.m. and have to force myself to call it a night. I have to remember that tomorrow is another day.

The voyage continues…


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