This is Daja-Vu (sp?) for me! The following is a New York Times article about a cruise ship running aground in Alaska.
Cruise-ship runs Aground in Alaska
My first full-time "gig" was as a musician for a trio onboard a cruise-ship. We played lots of swing, rumbas, cha-chas and other lounge-type music. It was great! The cruiseship was the S. S. Rhapsody which was owned by Paquet Cruises at the time. During the spring of 1984 (don't remember the exact date), one of the officers was attempting to maneuver the ship to prevent it from running agound as the tide was going out. Well. . . he zigged when he should have zagged (don't know the exact nautical terms for steering a ship) and the ship ran aground!! (Oops!!!) We ALL lost our jobs on that day!! The location was Grand Caymen (I think the island was Georgetown, if I remember correctly). Paquet cruises offered to fly everyone to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. However, we were on our own from there! Of course, being a young 24 year old at the time, I didn't save money. I spent it. Lots of it. Barely had enough to fly to my parents in upstate, New York. Sadly, others had even less. It was an experience that I'll never forget!
As a young adult, I had LOTS of fun as a "lounge lizard" working on a cruise ship. Anyone else here ever work on a cruise ship?? Anyone else have a cruise ship story to share??
Cruise ships make great vacations! They are also another opportunity of employement for a musician. One has to remember, though, that not every day is smooth sailing. . .