We boarded the ship today in Norfolk, VA. Mom and Dad dropped us off at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center Port. The faculty and staff were allowed to basically drive up to the door with our bags where we were greeted by friendly staff that collected our bags to deliver them to our cabin. We were then immediately greeted by the Dean of the Fall 2010 Voyage, David Gies who made us feel right at home. David and his wife Janna, who is also on the voyage, have seen us in several productions at the Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville, VA, so we felt like we knew each other already.
We boarded the ship after filling out our H1N1 questionnaire and next received our ID cards which will serve as our room key, credit card and mode of entry on and off the ship. Finally, we headed to our cabin, number 4074, 4th Deck, port side. Our bags arrived shortly after so we unpacked and then got a private tour of our new home by the lovely Lauran. Soon after that we had our first faculty/staff meeting where we learned that we have a very talented faculty from all over the world. I think it would be safe to say that we are one of the youngest faculty members here. We will learn so much from our new peers!!
Finally, we had our lifeboat drill in our big orange life-jackets, where Nancy was told to stand in the back because she forgot to wear closed toe shoes...whoops!
So far so good. We are very happy with the cabin and all of the people we have met so far.
Things we learned today:
-We are on a ship, not a boat
-We live in a cabin, not a room
-We are on deck 4 not the 4th floor
-Semester at Sea folks are very nice!