Things Ship Life Makes You Grateful For – #5: Windows

#5: Windows Crew cabins do not have windows unless you are someone special (management or officers, mostly). Living inside a tiny, closed-off room with only a florescent light inside can really start to drain you, especially since many job positions on board make it difficult to see the sun for days on end. Story time!…

Things Ship Life Makes You Grateful For – #4: Driving

#4: Driving I haven’t driven in nine months, due to time spent in Brazil with my boyfriend’s family and then time spent in the cruise line’s studios on land prior to the six-month contract starting. As a driving-lover, it is something I missed incredibly within only a few weeks of being on board. Driving, to…

Things Ship Life Makes You Grateful For – #3: Cell Service

#3: Cell Service Unending cell service! Crew members are constantly on the hunt for good wifi so they can keep in touch with everyone back home, but as an American, it’s easier to just use cell service when we are in home port. Unfortunately, that’s only about six hours a week. Oh, and service doesn’t…

Things Ship Life Makes You Grateful For – #2: Fresh Air

#2: Fresh Air You’d think out there in the middle of the ocean, we’d be getting so much wonderful fresh sea air, right? Only, no. I’m pretty sure one of the main reasons everyone’s health wanes over the course of their contract is actually the quality of the air being piped into our cabins and…

Things Ship Life Makes You Grateful For – #1: Solid Ground

#1: Solid Ground As in, ground that doesn’t rock beneath your feet. Sure, I got off the ship quite frequently, but it has been a full six months since I have been on land after 6:00 PM. Spending the night in a bed that doesn’t automatically rock you to sleep is a delight.   Story…

Digging Deep

He regarded him with the newfound respect one shows for a man who has managed to discover one of your innermost secrets before you yourself have.

Survival

“Look not to the cities,” he warned. “To the steel and concrete, to the stress and importance and lofty desires. You will find the future in a much different place.” He leaned in to share his secret. “Look to the old, the crumbling, the established – look to what has survived. The past is the…

Illusions

“There are two things I know for sure,” he muttered to the wind. “Everything around me is an illusion, and I am in control of that illusion.” The wind only laughed its gentle laugh.

If Only…

“I wish I were rich, for then I would have the money to give to others in need. Then I could make the world a better place.” “I wish I were powerful, for then I would have the power to make good changes for others. Then I could make the world a better place.”  …