First week DONE!

I have to admit that I’m really enjoying working at Princess Cruises. The company and people seem really great and like I’ve said before, I’m absolutely thrilled to have a 250-yard commute on foot!

I’ve been picking things up pretty quickly with the reservations system. We’ve had several quizzes—all of which I’d gotten 100% on, but I blew my midterm yesterday, only getting 99%. So much for a perfect record…

There really is a lot going on behind the scenes. I’ve traveled a lot in my lifetime, but never worked in the travel industry. It’s pretty interesting to see things from the other side. I’m still thinking, though, that if I don’t get back into training here that the real place for me is out in the fleet onboard a ship. Who knows where this will eventually lead.

Last night, we got together at Matt’s and played three rounds of DBA—and I was 0 for 3 , but it was still fun. Something satisfying about a game night that’s actually fun and a game that you can play three times in one evening to a satisfactory [sic] conclusion. I hope we do more of it.

First Days at Princess

I’m halfway through my first training week at Princess Cruises, and so far it’s really interesting. It has been 12 years since I’ve started with a new company and that’s a different experience. It’s also been since 1990 that I’ve worked with a mainframe system like Princess uses for its reservations booking so that’s different. I have scored 100% on all my quizzes so far, and I’m proud of that. There’s a lot to learn, but it’s not rocket science and I think I’m getting the hang of things pretty well. Of course, the real proof is when I get upstairs and have to answer real reservation phone calls!

The best thing in the world is being able to walk across the street to work. It sure has given me a whole new perspective on my overall quality of life—it’s so much more relaxing and comforting when you don’t have to spend hours and hours out of everyday fighting traffic getting from home to work to home again. I get to come home and eat lunch—which is much more economical—and relax and refocus. I’m pretty happy with the way things are working out.

I’m also happy to know that I can get my friends and family on cruises for 50-60% off too! But I want to go on one now…

First Day, New Job!

Today I began one month of training for my new position at Princess Cruises. I’m going to work in their call center.

Huh?! Where’d that come from?

Well, while I’ve throughly enjoyed my time at leisure after leaving Amgen, the money doesn’t last forever. I decided to take a job to help defray some of my expenses while I continue working on things like my voice work. Ergo, the Princess Cruises gig.

And did I mention that they’re literally right across the street and I have a commute of about 200 yards? That’s probably one of the biggest fringe benefits. That and 50%+ discounts on cruises…

Anyway, I think it’s going to be an interesting job, though I intend on moving elsewhere in the company after my first 6 months are up. Like into their large and excellent training organization—or even shipboard (though that would negate the 200-yard commute benefit). The company is really good to work for and it’s both travel and education related—two of my passions. I’ll keep you posted!