Today is the day I leave to San Diego to board the ship The Statendam and head off on my eight months journey as a cruise ship photographer. I am nervous to say the least but I will give as much detail and feedback on this adventure I can possibly cover.
My thoughts on the contract itself suffice it to say is “eight months?” I am not sure why its not either six months or even a one year contract. Eight months seems odd however, it’s a good chunk of time, almost the same time I spent abroad in Japan.
I have not received the most detailed info about the trip and what to expect. Please note I have a special circumstance and did not have to go on the ship and meet face to face for the interview process. I am sure if you are to go on the ship, speak with the crew and see firsthand how life is like then you would have detailed info about what you would be getting into. Most of the info I have received over email and facebook has been general and simple info such as booking a ticket, simple camera set up equipment and a very very general guide on what to bring as far as clothes, toiletries and misc items.
As far as what to expect for the cruise itself I was given good detailed info about what to expect, what life is like on the ship and the work process. As we have established the contract is eight months and I will be traveling to Alaska, Bahamas and South America. Room, Board, Food, and “living expenses” are paid for so all the money I obtain over the eight month contract I keep. Say for haircuts, laundry and alcohol purchases. I will be sure to share with you the living conditions and daily activities in the next few days when I arrive on ship.
Until then, see you behind the camera.