Hints and Tips
What do I wish I’d known before I came on the ship?
Actually Christine Peirce was fantastic in giving me advice; so here are some hints and tips for the ocean adventurer.
- Crocs are really useful. Easy to get on and off. The fashion on board is to wear them with socks?? I have flip flops which are good but I think Crocs (ugly though they are) are probably better.
- Three pairs of hiking shorts and one pair of long trousers are all you need, along with 5 or 6 T shirts. A fleece is always handy. You won’t wear anything else.
- Velcro is great for sticking mugs, computers, memory sticks to a surface as, is that rubber matting. The RRS James Cook has loads of the matting on board. It’s amazing!
- I bought a series from Amazon – Silk, with Maxine Peake – to watch on my Ipad but because I have no internet connection I can’t watch it – even though I downloaded the programmes to watch offline. The limitations of the internet are frustrating, I hadn’t realised how much I rely on it – even in everyday conversations to check facts and figures.
- Matt says he always brings his own pillow case which he uses as a laundry bag. You have to tumble dry everything and the washing machine automatically adds the powder.
- There are plenty of books in the library and a huge DVD collection that you can borrow on board.
- Before choosing sides for table football note the predominant roll of the ship.
- Be prepared for fresh food to run out quickly. I am looking forward to eating an apple.
- The showers are great but you do need to stand astride with one foot against the wall to keep your balance.
- Shift patterns of 4 hours on 8 hours off mean that you never get more than 6 hours sleep in one stretch so an extra nap between shifts is essential.
- You can buy a few essentials in the bond BUT generally anything that you’ve left behind is left behind.
- The sea is incredibly beautiful and changes all the time.
- Not on aboard directly but…..I was worried about the sea survival course but actually it was great fun – Thank you Fleetwood.
- Ensure that everything you bring with you works and that you don’t need to download anything once you are on board.
- If you are a real coffee lover bring your own coffee machine.
Happy Birthday Mark Maltby 🙂
Will with Nigel.