JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Traveling Europe via Cruise Ship Job

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Hi readers!  Well, it’s been two weeks of working with passengers on board our river ship.  I should first mention to new readers that a river cruise ship is NOTHING like a big ocean cruise ship.  We work on a smaller ship that travels the rivers of Europe.  Right now, we’ve got 46 crew members and have the capacity for approx. 160 guests.

Our first cruise was a “Tulip Cruise” which started and ended in Amsterdam, with stops in Belgium and various other cities back in the Netherlands.  Then we started down the Rhine River (on an itinerary called “The Romantic Rhine” cruise) and will switch over to new guests tomorrow in Basel, Switzerland.  It’s been lots of work.  Miloš and I cover the reception desk during the day – from 7am to 9pm every day. Some of the time we’re there together, and then of course, now that I’m getting more comfortable at the desk alone, we work some break periods into that time frame.   The only big downside is that we can’t take breaks together.  One of us has to be at the desk.  So our together time is either working at the desk, or away from the desk after 9pm.  But at least it’s everyday!  No stretches apart!  🙂 We had our first crew show the other night, and I got to sing as part of the program.  It went great!  I sang “Poor Wand’ring One” from the Pirates of Penzance.  And I even passed out some business cards for Olde Towne Carolers to some of the American guests who wanted to know more about my singing.  We’ve had some great guests on board – one couple even bought me flowers – it was so sweet of them!   I thought I’d post some pics from a few destinations so far.  Enjoy!


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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