I had my 30th birthday onboard the Sun and unlike the Coral I had been there for more than a few weeks at this point and also unlike the Coral I didn't get called to see the HGM and get a verbal warning the next day either. If I'm honest I can't remember much of the day of my birthday but I think it might have been a formal night which as we've established is a big night for the photo department. Which would usually mean filming a Champagne Waterfall, A Captains Speech or some kind of atrium party, because we were mid world cruise there was nothing special we were filming that night.
My personal situation on the ship was not going well midway through the world cruise, I had a frosty relationship with my senior who was a brilliant videographer but we just didn't click socially and some of that was down to the implosion of the photo team. At this point all my friends on the team had left Amanda, Matt, Lena, Sam, Travis were gone and with my cabin being on a different deck from the rest of the team and my video room being in the spa, there was a real disconnect from the rest of the photo team.
Dravuni Island still sticks in my mind as one of the most visually stunning places I've ever been in my life and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go there twice.
As part of our Asian run during the WC we headed to Sihanoukville, Cambodia, a sleeply small fishing town that on the face of it didn't have much to offer, this was back in 2008 and we were even docked in a container port in the middle of nowhere and with a bus journey to get us anywhere near civilization.
If you have worked on ships for any amount of time you will have most likely spent some time on a 7 day cruise in either Alaska or the Carribean as they are the two most popular cruise itinaries, and after 2 months of Alaska on my first contract we were heading back their as part of the Sun's World Cruise.
One annoying habit my new senior had was he would drop stuff on me at the very last minute which absolutely winds me up and on this particular day, I forget the port of call but I had made plans with friends to go ashore and just as I was about to meet them at the gangway my pager buzzed (should have left it in my room!!!) and 'Ah bro you're gonna hate me but...' He was right I wasn't happy! 'So I need you to film this safety video in one of the main restaurants in about 30 minutes'