1 December 2005

Sonnenuntergang in DubrovnikI’m using today’s fast internet connection in Fort Lauderdale (we have DSL) to upload photos. The satellite connection can be compared to a 56K modem and is accordingly slow. Well, my contract on the Liberty in 2005 (May to New Year’s) was characterized by many memorable impressions. It has been the first time ever that a Carnival ship cruised in the Mediterranean. So, here it comes: Photos of a great season…
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17 November 2005

The Mediterranean season is over by now, and Carnival’s newest ship, the Carnival Liberty, is on her way to the Caribbean. We’ve left Civitavecchia on Monday and have been surprised by a fishermen’s strike in Barcelona the following day which forced us to turn off to Mallorca instead. Barcelona was our next port due to all the provision for the transatlantic voyage we had waiting for us there. The port has still been blocked, hence we anchored off the coast together with 3 other cruise ships and 45 cargo ships since 6AM. At around 5PM the strike was settled and we were clear to enter the port. While the provisions have been loaded until 5AM, our guests, 65 years in average, enjoyed Barcelona’s nightlife to the fullest…

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7 September 2005

Embarkation day is usually the busiest and most critical day of the cruise. We kick the passengers off the ship, starting at 6AM. This is happening in an orderly fashion with lots of announcements and many crew involved in getting the luggage for the right group of people off the ship at the right time. For us I/S Managers it means to get up early (7AM), start with our routine chores for voyage dropping and voyage loading and to be on standby for those critical systems that can crash. No time to get off the ship to see Rome you might think. Well, the three of us out here of course NEED to see Rome and we arranged for one person to get off if everything seems quiet after the first hour or so. Alain was first to go to Rome. I was second, and poor Chad didn’t have a chance yet to go. Well, here’s some info about my trip:

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1 September 2005

Alright, you’ve asked for it and you get it: Some of my ‘adventures’… I’m starting with a tour that I took in Messina. My friend Kim and I went with a passenger tour to the cute town of Taormina and then to the Silvestri Craters of Mount Etna. Kim is the A/V Manager, she’s from Australia and we’ve both been working on the Pride last year, so to see her here on the Liberty was a pleasant surprise! While we waited to get placed on one of the tour busses we ran into Bill, a nurse from Australia also, and Olga, a Nurse from Calgary/ Canada, who was working on the Pride also.

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