Petropavlosk was one of the most surprising stops on the world cruise as like most people I had a very stereotypical view of what Russia would be like and Petropavlosk was very very different from what I was expecting.
We had a breathaking run through Hawaii on our world cruise hitting ports in Maui, Honolulu & Hilo, and if I'm honest I really couldn't tell them apart except for my day in Honolulu. I was in over the halfway point of the contract and pretty burned out at this point and all I initially remembered from Hawaii was lots of bus rides upto Volcano craters.
It was all the Canadians fault really! After an epic Canada Day party in the crew bar the American crew were feeling a little competitive with the 4th July party coming up days later, and as a lot of the musicians and entertainment staff onboard were American it seemed only right they put on a gig in the crew which led to my first band night on ships!
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.