Today I was reunited with an old friend; someone I have not had the opportunity to see in several years. As these things always go on ships though it was like we had only seen eachother last week. Julie Barr was one of the first comediennes I had the opportunity to work with in Holland America Line back in 2004 on the ms Zuiderdam.
From back in the day we had a core group of friends within the entertainment department made up of primarily technicians and entertainers. James Cielen, Edge the Juggler, Julie Barr, Paul Teichgraber and myself were thick as thieves and, from the start, had always been good friends.
Now we're here on the Nieuw Amsterdam together. It's a little strange for me since I have quite a few friends both onboard and throughout the fleet but there's something about knowing and getting the opportunity to catch up with people who have known you for a long time that doesn't compare. I'm sure this feeling isn't unique to ships but it may very we'll be an enhanced feeling due to the intense nature of ships.