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Happy holidays from SEG! December 19, 2014

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Ty Olopai featured in The Miami Herald April 2, 2014

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Ty Olopai featured in The Miami Herald

Congratulations to Ty Olopai on his recent write up in The Miami Herald.

NCL Jewel Music Department January 3, 2014

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NCL Jewel Music Department

January 3, 2014

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Holidays at the SEG Office January 3, 2014

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Happy New Year from SEG! January 3, 2014

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Happy New Year from SEG!

Happy Holidays from SEG! December 20, 2013

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Happy Holidays from SEG!

Ben Trout- onboard the NCL Jewel! September 25, 2013

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Norwegian Jewel – Blog 1

Departures and Arrivals

“And you may find yourself, in another part of the world.
And you may ask yourself, well, How did I get here?”
David Byrne

How did I get here? How does anyone get from their home to Alaska? My journey began in the same way I imagine all journeys to Alaska began, from the Paleoindians, the European explorers during the Age of Discovery, to the prospectors of the Great Alaskan Gold Rush, from The Gateway to the Arctic…Atlanta. Looking down from the sky, you realize just how close knit the East Coast of the United States is. The landscape is buttoned with cities and towns, and tied together with ribbons of highway and cloverleaf bows. It’s like we all live in the same town. I fell right asleep and when I awoke, we were flying over what looked like the surface of an alien planet. It was brown and barren, with dried channels carved by ancient rivers. I later found out this was not an alien planet, but in fact was Wyoming. We arrived in Seattle, where I joined my shipmates and we boarded the Norwegian Jewel. Even after crossing a continent, you still have hundreds of nautical miles through the inner passage of the Pacific ocean before making landfall in Ketchikan, Alaska. In the future, I will go into detail about the Pacific Northwest, but for now let me tell you, it is worth every mile!

What have I been doing? Well, by night I am a principal musician. I play my little guitar and sing my little song and then tomorrow night, I do it again. During the day guess what I do. Go on, guess! That’s right SAFETY MEETINGS! And when you run out of safety meetings? Go look at the safety meeting notice board because you have not run out of safety meetings. I enjoy safety as much as the next person, and we all have seen what happens when things go wrong aboard a ship, but I can’t help but think the real reason for all the meetings is to keep people occupied. Idle hands are the Devil’s playthings.

Who am I with? The crew of the Jewel represent over 60 nationalities, and while they are majority Filipino, that only complicates things as the Philippines is a nation of 7100 islands and 170 languages. You may as well say the crew is made up of Earthlings. US citizens are few and far between. How few? If you were to form basketball teams based on nationality, the US squad would have to draft a Canadian. That’s not to say there aren’t any Americans, there are. They just happen to be Central an South Americans. The musicians are from far away places like Poland, Ukraine, India, Colombia, the Philippines, Australia, and Montana. I will tell you more about the crew later, but for now I’ll just say they are every bit as colorful and interesting as you can imagine.

Where are we going? Well, for the past fortnight , that’s right, fortnight, we have been cruising the Inner Passage. Next week we begin what is called a repositioning cruise, where we leave Alaska for New Orleans. On the way we hop along down the west coast, past Washington, Oregon, California, México, Costa Rica, through the Panama Canal, on to Colombia, México again, then to New Orleans for winter. That bit is called “The Crossing” and I sure I will have plenty to say about it. From New Orleans we cruise the western Caribbean, visiting places like Belize, Honduras, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. That’s right, Jamaica Mon! If I disappear on this journey, look for me in Colombia or Jamaica.

When do I come home? I will be home for the holidays, starting in November. Till then, I have a lot of adventuring to do and I can’t wait to tell you all about. From what I have seen so far, the places will be incredibly exotic, the people wonderfully strange, and the safety meetings terribly, terribly BORING!

Till next time… Take it Easy!
Ben

When We’re Not Producing World Class Entertainment… August 20, 2013

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When We're Not Producing World Class Entertainment...

SEG Recruitment Manager Bart Delaney and Entertainment Specialist Lesley Tascon at the Miami Color Mob!

Ben Trout featured in The Roanoke Times May 16, 2013

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Congratulations to SEG Musician Ben Trout on his recent feature article in The Roanoke Times.  Click here to read the full article and catch up with Ben!Image