Jacki Murphy

Half-Heartedly Trying to be Famous on the Internet Since 1999

Does Anybody Know What Day It Is?

One of the most interesting aspects of living out at sea is that you completely lose your sense of time. You measure things in terms of cruises instead of weeks, and in ports of call instead of days. Yesterday was Bar Harbor, today is Saint John, tomorrow is Halifax. I can tell you that it is Wednesday, but only because I just pulled out my phone to check. This occurs across all cruises and itineraries. You can be sailing in 7-day circles around Mexico, landing in Los Angeles every Saturday, and you still never know what day it is. The … Read More

On The Occasion of Having Been at Sea for Five Years

Almost a year ago, I found myself in possession of an invitation to the ship's monthly service awards luncheon. I was a bit confused - it wasn't my birthday, and I certainly hadn't been nominated for employee of the month. But as I thought about it, it dawned on me: I had been with the company for five years. Five years. I'm honestly not entirely sure how it happened. When I started applying for cruise ship jobs in the fall of 2010, my main motivation was simply a job wherein I would not default on my student loans while simultaneously … Read More