12 December 2013

One has heard a lot about the American South-West: The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Death Valley and other places of interest that solicit the patronage of the tourists. I’ve always had a great interest in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and California, and a few weeks go I’ve had the opportunity to see the area from a very unique perspective…
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6 August 2013

I’ve been working on ships for nearly 10 years now. Not until I’ve recently signed on the Breeze and familiarized myself with the upcoming cruises did I realize that the only Caribbean run I hadn’t been on yet was within reach: The “Southern Caribbean”. Been to all the other places just not down south towards Venezuela: La Romana (Dominican Republic), Willemstad (Curacao) and Oranjestad (Aruba). These terms alone bring up associations of the unspoilt Caribbean, white beaches, pristine reefs, blue water, white sail boats, friendly islanders, European flair. I wouldn’t bother with such an introduction if I weren’t about to find out what the Southern Caribbean is all about… Continue | Weiter »

23 July 2013

Carnival is all about fun. We’re the “FUN cruise line”, we’ve got the “FUN ships”, our guests are “VIFPs – Very Important FUN Persons”. I’m currently on the Carnival Breeze and Carnival is taking this FUN thing to a whole different level. They’ve invited a group of “InstaPros” to cruise with us and capture all the FUN things they see using Instagram, a social-photo-blog-type-network. I must say, these guys are hitting the nail on the head! Have a look: http://momenttracker.carnival.com.

Speaking of fun: Here is the webcam website for our ships: http://ships.carnivalentertainment.com/

14 June 2013

img_1700Three months and the most interesting project I’ve ever been part of – the transformation of the Carnival Destiny into the Carnival Sunshine. I’ve already commented on the transformation highlights in my most recent blogs and posted some photos. Here’s the final batch, marking the completion of the project. The Sunshine left for her inaugural cruise in the Mediterranean Sea on May 5. Continue | Weiter »

4 May 2013

img_1516Briefly uploading some pictures, this isn’t going to be a long contribution. However, here is quick summary: I had left Italy for 10 days to carry out a project on the Carnival Dream in the Caribbean, and have returned to the Sunshine two days ago – my luggage took a little longer. We are still in Trieste but we are getting ready for our first embarkation as the Carnival Sunshine this Sunday in Venice. Continue | Weiter »

22 April 2013

img_1098A few weeks have passed since I’ve last provided an update on the situation out here. We’ve kept busy, and so did all the other departments and contractors. The Promenade deck is coming together, and some areas are even finished already such as the deck 4 Steak House and Library Bar. They look very pretty! Continue | Weiter »

25 March 2013

imageThis is crazy. We get out this morning and the world is frozen. Insta-freeze Trieste after a rainfall and you get an idea of what things are like today. Thick ice on the streets, side-walks, trees and car windows…. We’ve scraped the car window with an FSS swipe card because that’s all we had at hand that came close to an ice scraper. Continue | Weiter »

24 March 2013

de_dd142By now the news will have trickled through: We won’t make the April 13 date for the inaugural sailing of the Carnival Sunshine. Instead, everyone will have a couple of more days (until May 5, to be more precise) during which their scheduled “interior repair and enhancement” work can get finished, such as replacing pipes and all sorts of cables, and building new public areas as well as cabins. Besides, the recent disturbing events in the cruise industry which have sadly enough involved Carnival vessels, have triggered reviews and suggestions which lead to the decision of trading the first two cruises in the Mediterranean with more time to deploy new safety features and sophisticated redundancies of vital systems. Continue | Weiter »

12 March 2013

de_dd73Funny how quickly Destiny became the Sunshine in everyone’s lingo. One doesn’t hear “Destiny” too often any more as the transformation towards a new identity progresses. Pre-manufactured steel blocks have been placed on top of the ship during the past days with the help of a gigantic crane. We now have a brand-new spa (even though it doesn’t quite look like it – all steel framing and no walls, scaffolding, temporary floor, no rooms, really). Lido deck is full of containers and building material. The Promenade deck is torn apart and it’s hard to determine what’s what. I’ve never seen anything like this before in my previous 13 dry docks and 6 startups. Continue | Weiter »

6 March 2013

de_dd36A rainy morning today, perfect for uploading a few photos from here….  Things are going quite well for our Shipboard Technology projects.  We’re right on target, we’re keeping up the good spirit while all around us things get demolished left, right and center.   Being out here isn’t necessarily something you’d do on a regular basis – noise, fumes, no elevators, curveballs – but we say “Bring it on!”…. Continue | Weiter »

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