There are points in every contract where you want nothing more than a day off just to recharge the batteries as it were but this is usually impossible given the nature of he beast. There are always guests to keep fed, entertained, or otherwise occupied doing things onboard and ashore.
Every now and then, however, fortune smiles upon you and you end up in a situation where you get to have a few quiet hours. This cruise, for example, I'm handing over the position to a guy who is pretty experienced and has happily taken over pretty much everything starting on the second or third day of the trip.
As you can imagine, this has given me quite a bit of down time. Today I slept until eleven in the morning, ordered room service for lunch, watched a couple of films, and generally spoke to absolutely no one all day - it was glorious. Granted, this isn't exactly an every day occurrence but it is one that I will seize when available.
Tomorrow, I'll go into Wellington to enjoy my last time there in the foreseeable future... After our general emergency drill of course. I've done all the touristy stuff I want to do in that city so I'm going to be boring and sit in a cafe with a couple of friends, sip coffee, abuse the wireless internet, and maybe venture over to my little crepe place before heading back to the ship.