Friday, September 30, 2005

Crossing the Big Pool 4 the First Time

After a long day of working, just about an hour to finish my shift, my supervisor approached to me and told me "get ready for news", he said, could be bad or good, its all up to you. He told me......get your bags ready you are leaving in three days to Liberty. Wao, that was really a heck of a news, I couldn't believe it. It happens to be that Liberty is in Italy, europe, almost anyone's dream a place to go. So here I am, trying to get my stuffs ready. Only worry I have, is that I bought a guitar on ebay last week, and it will arrive to this ship in over a week. I am thinking hard what to do in order to get it to where I will be.
Well, that'll be all until next time I get a chance to get online.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Arrg...I think I've already written about this in the past, not sure though, however what a bummer with this. If anyone ask me what is the worst thing about working on a big company like Carnival Cruise Lines, I'd say, it is making and bonding with friends you will probably never see ever again. I mean, it is bad enough to be far away from home and your friends from you country for a long period of time and then to make some new friends that will last a few months? No way, I am upset. In this particular case for me is even worse. So I met about two years ago a girl during my very first contract on Victory and we were not very close to each other but we were friends and I liked her, but circumstances never allowed me to express to her my feelings and then nothing much happened apart from our not to deep friendship. I signed off that ship after a while and never heard or saw her again until two weeks ago, when she signed on the ship where I am at. I was so happy to see her again and my feelings toward her sort of began to live again, only to know today, that she is leaving tomorrow on transfer to another ship. I mean, I feel devastated, and God knows that this is such a silly thing, but I am pretty sad. I try not to blame myself, but I can't help thinking that if I had told her earlier on my feeling I know she wouldn't have taken the decision to leave, but then again, it was only two weeks, and I didn't want to rush on things. Why am I still single, many of my friends would ask, why don't I even have a g/f. Well, after giving it a long time of thinking, I'd say, painfully that besides the fact that I am not good with girls, in my present position I don't allow myself to fall in love with nobody, because I know it'll be only temporary, as you meet somebody today, and then after a few months either you or her go on vacation and both of us would sign on different ships. So what is the purpose of even trying to build a relationship that is likely to fail? Anyway, all this thinking won't change my present pain and sadness, I already prayed that God help me to walk through these days and I know he will and after a couple of days, all of this silliness will be over for good.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

A Miracle

Well it turned out that they were able to fix the problem with the rudder and we were not deployed to Galveston as the rumors said.
Yesterday as we hit our port of call of Freeport in Bahamas, we met with our sister ship Destiny. They are ongoing with Dry Dock for three weeks. Sad thing is that there is nothing but nothing to do or see or enjoy there in Freeport. Personally I dont see why someone would pay money for a vacation trip that includes Freeport as a port of call. It is not even a touristic place and downtown is as small as my house with really nothing much to do or see. Anyway, I am sorry for them but happy that while yesterday was a hectic day onboard as the mayority of the guests stayed onboard because of the previous reason, I got to see my beloved brother in Christ Alexis Abrego. So we met couple of years ago when getting prepared on a school in order to work on cruiseships and ever since then our friendship has been growing and growing despite the fact that we dont see each other so frequently. Destiny has a different itinerary in the caribbean so we never get to cross our ways, so it was a nice surprise to see the ship next to mine yesterday, but sadly I couldn't go inside his ship, and although he could come inside mine, I knew that he had forgotten that I was in Celebration, so I lost all hope to see him. I thought, well, by the time he receives me email, it ill be past long after we sail away from here. At 2:00 afternoon I was ready to get my nap, but decided I wanted to play first a couple of ping pong games, so there I was, when he approached me from behind, and man, what a sweet surprise. There he was. He came onboard mine, because he had to to some deal with our ship storeroom manager and to get to him he had to pass through the ping pong table area when I was supposed to be sleeping. We had such a great short time, talking and sharing many things about what God has been doing thru our lives. It really was God's intention for us to meet yesterday when all possble chances were against it. He knew I needed to talk to a good friend like him from my country. He was an answer to a need that I had and a message from God to me about something in particular. And even though he might not know it, he was used by God yesterday to bring a message from God to my life. God is never late and he knows when and how to work out miracles for his children.
Thanks Alexis.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Last four or five days have been excruciating for our ship's crew and guests, as the weather in this side of the world is really bad. Furious wind, huge waves, thunders and lightnings plus the constant movement from one side to the another of the ship, had us all vomiting and sea-sicked. Of course the ship's itinerary changes to avoid hurricanes and storms, but still we get hit by traces of the storm. Personally I thought I was used to the constant motion of the ship, but sadly I realized I am not completely inmune. To make things worse three days ago the rudder of the ship which has something to do with the timmonel and ability to direct the ship got broken, so the ship have been rocking extremely bad. So yesterday we went on an emergency trip to Freeport, Bahamas to see if they could fix the problem and they are still trying to get it fixed before today 11:00 pm. If it doesnt get fixed, word is that we will be deployed to Galveston, Texas to help with the survivors of Katrina for some weeks while they finish fixing the problem.