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So I have just come back from dinner, pasta again.  Everyone who I have talked to who has been on a cruise assumes that crew eats the same food as the guests.  That is true sometimes.  Being an acupuncturist gives you certain freedoms that other crew do not have.  One of those is eating in the officer’s mess and unlike some crew we can eat in guest areas if it isn’t too crowded.  I think the food in there is a little better than the other messes, which are all down on deck 3.

Deck 3 is where most of the work on the ship happens.  It is where all the admin offices are, most of the crew living quarters, massive kitchens and on the Mercury it is home to the I-95.  This is a massive corridor down the port side of the ship and the traffic is always heavy.  Your trip down to the crew bar will have you in traffic behind pallets of produce (not just on embark day, they still have to feed 1,800 passengers and 900 staff and crew a day, so they move a lot of that food on pallet lifts), guys with enormous waist high grey plastic tubs full of stuff and lines of people going everywhere.

Some of the crew quarters and working facilities extend to deck 4 forward.  All the new hires got a tour of the ship today (don’t say boat and don’t say cabin- ship and stateroom respectively) The crew laundry is in 4 forward and you get any uniform related items washed for free and any casual clothing for $1.00/ load, which might have anyone who doesn’t like doing laundry pretty excited.  But when you realize that when you open the door to the 4 forward section that says “No admittance, crew only”  you are overcome with the stench of 1000 bowel movements… literally.  It seems that they, this is what I was told, “do something every cruise and, ya, it smells like that for a day or two.”  4 forward is where I had my first brush with being sea sick.

For most of the morning we had 35 mile/hour winds coming in just over the starboard side.  This had the seas at about 15 feet, or as they call it moderate.  It wasn’t that bad, but during my tour of the ship the line of 20 of us was stretched out and weaving down the corridor, almost moving like a snake.

It wasn’t too bad until we got into the poorly ventilated, hot and smelly 4 forward and that is when I started to think that I was no longer invulnerable to the illness of the seas.  Good news is that acupuncture works miracles on this one.  One needle in P6 retained for 15 minutes and I was good as new.

I’m going to see if there is anything on TV, OK here is something odd:  I was watching MSNBC (don’t judge) and they don’t run commercials on the boat, they just do the same annoying station promos over and over every place there is supposed to be a commercial break.  I think I would rather have commercial that to hear for the 8th time that Rachel Maddow is telling you something that no one else is.

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October 21, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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