End of High Season — the final two weeks
Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
17Trip End Sep 17, 2011
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week stint of 700 kids on board all of whom speak every language but
English, we finally get our drop in kid count. This cruise, which so
happens to be my second last cruise, has a kid count that only reaches
180 kids on board the Norwegian Jade. Now this still can be a decent
amount considering an average of 60 kids in each age group. Yet, because
we are in Europe and especially Italy, the center does not receive very
many kids. When our counts were 700-800 w were getting about 500
registered and about 350 would show up at least once. If you do the same
math for this weeks cruise. We should only see about 100 register and
60-70 show up once. This makes for a much more relaxed environment.
There are many good things about this and also a few bad.
allows this to be so rewarding and relaxed for myself is the fact that I
am finishing my contract on the Norwegian Jade in less than two weeks.
To be able to have low season at the end of the contract just takes all
the stress of work away. Not having to listen to fifteen 2-5 year old
cry and complain in Italian, Spanish, German, French and English at all
times of the day is a godsend. Not having to explain the games we need
to play by shouting in all the languages is a blessing. We simply
explain softly and only if there are kids other than english speaking we
repeat. With low season also comes lower hours. For instance, our 13
hour sea days just got cut down to 9 hours because we do not need people
in the center as much. Low season really is something nice to look
forward to and to experience. Not always though can it be truly a
vacation at work.
With the end of high season comes the end of
generic stress to make sure every child is safe and not killing each
other. Yet, with almost no kids in the playroom (less than 15-20) it
becomes the counselors who be become bored and dangerous. Playing pranks
that almost sent a co worker home due to injury is just an example. Ahh
good times. As for being bored I really cannot emphasize this enough.
Having maybe 20 children in the playroom spread out across all age
groups really brings the high energy we once had to a standstill. The
activities we would run take so much less time to complete now than
before. This means a 3 hour theme night seems like 6 hours due to the
speed at which things are being completed. Facepainting takes 30-45
minutes to complete with two counselors. Now with one it can be done in
under 10 minutes. High volume games such as gaga ball, time bomb and
more have no place in our schedule now. This drives me nearly insane
with boredom. I'm sure many of the counselors feel this way too.
Oh well, just under two weeks until I am home on a 6 week vacation.
It's well deserved after working for approx. 180 days straight without a
day off. To sleep in, no uniform, put my feet up and not have to listen
to a child for 6 weeks is going to be fucking great.