Aside from the family and friends that I left back home, here's a brief list of five things I really miss while living on the Adventure of the Seas.
Washers and Dryers
On the Adventure, a good laundry day is few and far between. To be fair, laundry isn’t the most fun activity in regular life. But here, we have the choice between one mediocre washer, a washer that leaves brown streaks on your whites (unsettling), a dryer where the door might open and stop drying, and a dryer that takes close to two hours to properly dry one load.
And that’s when they’re available. Yep, in the staff laundry room there are only two washers and two dryers, so good luck. And forget about separating. You’re lucky if you get to do a single load. If you do find a free washer, you better hope no one leaves your clothes in a wet pile on the floor. Although, I did have one really awesome day when I came back to find my dry clothes neatly folded in a basket. So nice. But in most cases that won't happen so you better get back to your washer before it's done.
Apparently on other ships the laundry situation is better, but I’ve never had such a hard time doing a basic chore. At Bay Vista, where we live during rehearsals, you have to pay to do laundry, but at least there’s bound to be one available. And they actually work. What a concept. All in all, I have never missed having my own washer and dryer more than I do while living on the Adventure of the Seas. Enjoy it people.
I can reach into my bathroom cabinet while I’m taking a shower and I use the toilet to shave my legs. Enough said. To say that I’m SO ready for a bath when I get home is an understatement. But at least I have the stunning beaches of Antigua and Curacao to bathe in, so I guess it’s not so bad.
Land after dark
This is one I didn’t expect because it’s something I hadn’t really thought of prior to joining the ship, but we rarely are on land later than 4:30 p.m. and it’s something I took for granted. Every once in a while in Aruba or Curacao we have late sail-aways which means we don’t have to be back onboard until 10:30 p.m. and we are always over the moon to actually walk around while the sun is down and the stars come out to play. I’m jealous of the ships that do overnights in certain ports. Sometimes crew member rent AirBnBs just to sleep on land for one night. Night life is definitely something I miss.
I actually hate cooking. But I couldn’t be more excited to get into a kitchen and cook my favorite meals. We eat the same foods from the mess week after week with a few highly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed meals out in the ports. I about cried when I had avocados for the first time in months. Thanks Nourish Cafe in Aruba! The idea of being able to eat avocado toast whenever I feel like it is something I cannot wait to do come June 24. This experience is giving me a new appreciation for food and I plan to actually learn how to cook and enjoy it.
It’s incredible how much we use the internet in this day and age without realizing it. I need help with my MacBook? Click ‘Help’. Nope, no internet connection. Reading an ebook? Click on a word you don’t know. Dictionary not available, no internet connection. Using your Duolingo App to learn Spanish. Not today, no internet connection. It’s so annoying. Feel like listening to Ed Sheeran’s new album? Forget it. You should’ve downloaded it because it’s in your iCloud and guess what, you have no internet connection Kaylee.
Luckily in the Caribbean, all of the ports have restaurants and cafes that offer free wifi for us to do what we need to do. And we are able to buy wifi on the ship (at a ridiculous price and with not nearly the speed to actually download anything) but it’s there if we need it. And I guess it’s a good thing to be made aware how heavily I rely on the internet and how to disconnect from that. I miss it though. I love the internet.
I’m sure this list will grow as the next four months go by. Ship friends: what do you miss most when you’re at sea?