Archive for May, 2009

Had a beautiful ship day today… Probably could not have asked for better weather, it was gorgeous! Had such a great, easy day today… I am hoping they can all be like this! I did have to drive into Bangor for the paperwork and only got stuck behind one driver who was slow as molasses. Had a bagel and donut breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts, and made dinner at home tonight.

It didn’t pick up and get windy until later in the afternoon, and rained most of the evening, but I didn’t have to go out in it… So it was fabulous!

Brisbee and I are just about packed up to go to Tampa tomorrow, we have a layover in Philly, which is an airport I have never been too. I am hoping that it won’t feel so much like the hour that it will be, and we can keep on movin’.

Excited about Mom’s spaghetti dinner tomorrow night, home cooked food! And sleeping in my own bed, yay! Will update with the plans when I know more!


The Shorepath

Posted: May 30, 2009 in Bar Harbor

Brisbee in Agamont Park… The town pier is in the distance, where the cruise ship passengers pass through…
A guy loading his boat to go “lobstah fishin”
Along the Shorepath…
Inspecting the beautiful shoreline…
Again, the shoreline…
Brisbee pawprints…
After a long day exploring…

Brisbee and I went into town for a very long walk today… And it has been such a beautiful day!

The day was started with a trip to FedEx to drop off some packages to be mailed for the ship, small town however, and they were closed. Decided to have lunch at Epi’s Pizza, an egg salad sandwich, and ate in Agamont Park, Again, amazing sandwich!

Then a trip around the Shore Path, Brisbee had a great time sniffing everything in her path and I think I got some great pictures with my new camera, they are in the attached link. I think you have to create a username and password to log in and see them all, otherwise, I’ll attach a few tonight.

Looking forward to another ship day tomorrow, the Holland America Maasdam again. Should be a nice, easy day, they leave at 3pm, but I do have to drive to Bangor for a visit to the CBP office. And I fly home on Monday! Yay! Looking forward to a fun filled week at home… Plans are underway…!

Ship day!

Posted: May 30, 2009 in Bar Harbor
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Today was a mixture of emotions. I really enjoy having the ships in, because it means I am actually working… But with the freezing rain and the wind and the fog… Ugh. I wanted to take a hot shower and curl up with a good book!

Even with all of the weather issues, I really enjoyed the day. It went so well, and we had great response from both the ship and CBP for the full crew and full passenger inspection. Yay!

I had dinner at The Parkside Restaurant, awesome food. Cream of brocolli soup was just what I needed to warm up and the salad was yummy.

Headed to bed early and looking forward to a nice day tomorrow.

Rain rain go away…

Posted: May 28, 2009 in Bar Harbor
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So today was yet another rainy day… but tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful (keep your fingers crossed!)

I did a lot of errand running today, out to WalMart to pick up a surge protector to set up the new house phone (yay!) and the wireless internet and the cable, and now, believe it or not, I can do all these things at once. Hallelujah! I also went by to meet the Customs Officers working at the CAT Ferry this summer, I picked up another puzzle to work on, of Las Vegas. Looks like so much fun, definately on my list of places to visit!

I met some coworkers, Greg and Turner, for dinner tonight at McKays Public House,, they have an awesome shephard’s pie. Yummy! Lamb, whipped potatoe, carrots, peas… scrumptious. We went for a drink at The Green Room, ran into some old-new friends, and I am starting to feel like a local!

Greg is one of the key players in setting up the shore excursions in many of the ports that the company is based in, and Turner is brand new to the agent position. He was a Holland America pier coordinator in Portland for a while, which is similiar to my background as a Royal Caribbean and Celebrity pier coordinator, so it will be neat to see his take on things. And I remember how green I was, so it will be cool to show him the ropes now.

Settling down for the night now, the Maasdam is due in tomorrow at about 07:15, but she is bound to be early. It is going to be a busy day, but I am looking forward to getting into the swing of things. Hoping tomorrow will be dry, and warmer than the last few days, but I have my new fleece (which has become my new best friend) and a windbreaker to keep getting sick at bay.

I finally got the memory card for my new camera, so I am looking forward to taking and posting some cool shots of the ship and the town tomorrow. Look for updates!

So, Brisbee and I went for a walk into town today. Really chilly, but sunny, so it was nice to get out of the house for awhile. I found another little cafe that has just recently opened up on Cottage Street, and they make the best egg salad sandwiches!

I also checked out some of the shops in town. The ones closest to the pier are obviously cruise related, after being in several tourist-y ports myself, it is easy to pick out the ones that are catering to the cruise / vacation guests.

I found two really nice jackets, one is a flannel olive green with Bar Harbor and a lighthouse on it. Really nice, fits well, and is a little better that the horrible blue one that the company provided. I also found a gorgeous zip up that has the sheepskin interior… No longer will I have to wear three layers to stay warm! It also has Bar Harbor written on it. But not cheesy, just a small logo, real nice.

Getting prepared for the ship on Friday, it is a full inspection, all passengers and guests, so it should be quite interesting. I will be excited to see how quickly things flow here, versus in Tampa. Totally different line, different officers, and a start time of 07:00. Not quite as early as I am used to, which will be nice, and everyone here seems to work really well together, so I am hoping for positive results.

Tomorrow will be finishing getting set up for Friday, and confirming all the paperwork has been approved and all that good stuff. The same ship is in on Sunday, but that should be an easy day, no inspection, just the regular paperwork. I love ship days, because they pass so quickly, and it is fun to meet the new crew.

I ordered my memory card for my new camera, and I should hopefully receive that on Thursday, and hopefully be able to post some more photos of the area. I was shown a beautiful little walking trail along the shore, and I am looking forward to going back with the camera.

Other than that, the weather is supposed to be pretty nasty, with a lot of rain for the next two days, so I will be doing a lot of paperwork to prepare for the rest of the season.

top of Cadillac Mountain
Brisbee doing what she does best