At 962 feet long, C6FV8 is not one of the biggest ships out there cruising about. But it’s damn big and yesterday, it was back in San Juan. unloaded a boatload of tourists, reloaded, thru the lines off and back she went. It can be fun and relaxing to be onboard a ship, plenty of activities if you want from just plain silly to normal stuff or do nothing if you so desire.
High up, with a forward look-out, sits the ship’s spa with floor to ceiling windows offering a dramatic view of the ship’s bow and horizon. it’s quite pretty. How about a relaxing massage? But TC doesn’t have much time to look out the window. The spa opens each morning promptly at 8 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. except when the ship has been in a port that day, then it’s open to a late 10 p.m.. Since C6FV8 is running an island hopping route and in port ever yday, TC is working from 8 a.m. until after 10 p.m. each night with only a scattering of breaks. The ship’s motto is all hands on deck at all times except for sleeping and brief interludes. This ain’t a pleasure cruise for the employees.
There at a book store in San Juan is the brown tiger on Skype video. Looking a little thin and considering he was already a little thin, it’s a bit concerning. He’s got to hurry back to the ship and needed to buy some things. “Don’t be writing about this on your blog“, he gives me a stern look. As he launches into a description of his week. So I won’t be able to tell you what he told me. Nope. But I can tell give you picture of what he was telling me. Think cat up in a tree and you can hear the yelping from all the way down on the ground.