So, life has moved on a bit since I did my first cruise gig… I’ll spare you the Paulo Nonnis “He was the Cruise Director on the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria” gag, but I can tell you, we did line up at a table outside the port agent’s office to get our “letter from home” every Sydney turnaround day. In those days it was “snail mail” unless it was really bad news, then you got a telex. The only way to make a phone call home was to book an appointment time at the post office. As I said, life has moved on quite a bit since those days.
Staying in communication was one of the biggest fears about working on ships all around the world. “Man, you’ll go there for 6 months, everyone here will forget about you, you’ll lose all your contacts and you’ll have no gigs when you get back.” Read the rest of this entry »