I may not travel as much as I did back in the day, but you wouldn’t know that from the last six weeks. I hope bushels of flights are good for rehabbing a bad leg, but I tend to doubt it. Among the stops along the way:
- Traveled to Buenos Aires for the day (flying down Sunday night and back Monday night, both flights 2.5 hours late, ouch) to participate on the main panel at the Seatrade South America cruise conference. Made it by ten minutes. To the best of our abilities, I and my industry colleagues emphasized South America’s opportunity to grow its cruise business and the too high operating costs that threaten to undermine said opportunity.
- Gave a keynote speech in Birmingham, England (another day trip!) at the ACE Convention for UK travel agents. The theme of the conference was “Think Differently” and my task was to speak about different approaches to travel distribution that I have observed around the world. It was a nice opportunity to stress once again how much we appreciate the support the cruise industry has received this year from the travel agency community.
- Spent a classically frenetic week in Europe consisting of Monday in London, Tuesday in Germany, Wednesday in Italy and Thursday in Spain. This has not been an easy year in these markets and I would like to acknowledge my colleagues for their unflagging passion for Royal Caribbean International, the travel agents who support us and the guests from their countries.
Everywhere possible I continued with my rehabilitation. I started running on a normal treadmill in advance of being cleared by my doctor, so I will have to ask forgiveness rather than permission. Fortunately my table tennis lessons are intact. The best and most amazing part has been rowing five or six times on a Concept 2 erg (or similar) for the first time in 29 years. Please don’t tell anyone in the medical community.
Finally, after nearly 30 years of visiting Maine exclusively in the summer, I made it there in the fall for the first time. Supposedly, peak foliage week is the first or second week of October depending on the year. Beautiful. No wonder our customers want to go on foliage cruises.