This last Saturday brought with it a farewell to the cast of singers and dancers that have been here for the last eight months. Their departure signaled the arrival of the new cast to the Westerdam; fourteen fresh faces to get to know. It's a given that, having been with Holland America for so long, I would know at least a few of the new cast and, true to form, I know two of them.
It was nice to see the last cast for a couple of weeks before they went home but its just as good to see the new people coming in. Quite a few are brand new to ships; it's refreshing to talk with them and get back a little of the feeling I had when I joined my first ship. Equally, I'm sure there will be a veritable cornucopia of opportunities to play some good natured pranks on them.
As of writing this were only a few days into the two week long install so I haven't quite memorized all of their names yet but I would say I have at least half committed to memory. Anyway, being in the middle of a shift I should probably get back to work.