With Lisa Bauer writing a blog entry for me every day during the Allure of the Seas’ crossing from Finland to Florida; it felt as if I’d been on vacation! Thank you, Lisa for another series of fun and informative entries on the wonderful new features of our beautiful new baby.
Although I have to go back to work writing my own blog posts, this job isn’t all bad. For example, yesterday I had a great experience with the director of the movie “Jack & Jill”, while the production team was filming some action in the pool area. It was the first time I have been literally in a Director’s tent while he and his associates are saying “action”, “cut”, etc. It was a pleasure to meet Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes. It was even more of a pleasure to hear each of them speak about the awesome experience their families are having during their time onboard. So, what do such movie stars have in common with millions of their fans? They had no idea how unbelievable an Oasis-class ship really is until they came onboard Allure!
For the second year in a row, this week is almost comically busy. Technically I “checked in” for the current non-sailing that lasts until we actually sail on the 19th. However, for a variety of reasons, I will not stay onboard overnight until the 20th. Don’t even try to figure that one out. One of the conflicts is with our industry association (CLIA) meetings that happen every November. I bounce back and forth amongst the ship, the hotel where the CLIA meetings are going on, the office in Miami, and my house, generally hitting at least three of those four places every day. Plus, my training continues in earnest following my great track success in Sanford, Florida two weeks ago where I won a gold medal (1500m) and a silver medal (800m) without actually beating anyone. Don’t worry, in December I will try competing against other humans.
Allure of the Seas is truly beautiful. Central Park is already completely planted and in great shape. We completed all of the U.S. Coast Guard inspections and the USCG was highly complimentary of the ship, our officers, and our crew. Everything is gearing up onboard for the inaugural cruises. Our U.S. Sales Force is having its meeting onboard and getting ready to host their travel agent producers starting on Friday. There are so many plans to execute that items worth an hour’s discussion get maybe three minutes. In the end, however, our people come through in a big Wow way. That is the real reason why I have a great job.