At sea on Queen's Day - day 38
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Today is Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day in the Netherlands and since we’re on a Holland America ship, we are celebrating. The ship is decorated with banners in a color that could be orange if you want it to be orange or could be red if you wanted to use it later to decorate for the Fourth of July. We are dressing up for dinner and it’s almost obligatory to have some form of herring as an appetizer.
The most interesting part of the day was an interview conducted with the ship’s ten singers and dancers. They are all in their 20’s and 30’s and each signs an 8 month contract to work aboard these ships. Each contract is individual so the cast members change as they move from ship to ship and even on the 110 day around the world cruises they don’t remain on one ship for more than about 50 days. Since almost all of their expenses are covered and they are guaranteed a salary for those 8 months, they can save most of their earnings while traveling the world. They might miss out on a Broadway or Las Vegas show but it is a great way to have steady work and still be in show business performing for an audience. By the way they perform one show a week, more or less, with 1 ½ days off and the rest of the time in rehearsal. It’s not a life I would chose or ever have been capable of doing but it is an interesting opportunity for them.