John’s update on his contributions to Haiti relief was the 100th entry in the short history of the blog, according to blog historian Lyan Sierra-Caro. You’re free to comment on the blog at any time of course, but I particularly encourage you to comment on the first 100 entries as a body of work.
The blog has become a part of my professional existence, i.e., it’s another generator of deadlines to be met. Sometimes it’s fun to do, sometimes it’s a pain. Like life!
With all the hard work the team is putting in these days, I’m looking forward to writing about the fruits of their labors in the upcoming months. These are not easy times in the business world, but the team is determined to improve our guest experience and stay at the forefront of innovation in the travel and leisure space.
The most tangible development in the near future will be the arrival of Allure of the Seas in just over six months. We are very pleased with her construction process and so we just announced the addition of a 12/1 four-night sailing as we were able to do with Oasis of the Seas last year. The 12/5 seven-night sailing will continue to be the maiden voyage but the four night will allow the opportunity to sail on a brand new ship at a lower price point. We are planning a special call at Labadee as the one stop on the four-night cruise.
After this I promise to stop talking about my running for a while. Last weekend I was on Royal Caribbean’s six person team (known as “Cruise Control”) at the Palm 100. That’s a 100 mile relay race from Ft. Lauderdale to Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale. In a race lasting nearly 12 hours we came in second place by 54 seconds. In the last 25 miles we reduced the winning team’s lead by about five minutes but it wasn’t quite enough. None of us are happy about finishing second for the second year in a row despite improving our time by an hour over last year. Next year we need to win. Having said that, the same commitment and camaraderie that I see every day at work was evident throughout the race. David, Bo, Kara, Camilo and Dan were a pleasure to race with and I am determined to improve my performance in 2011. In fact, I’ll put it on paper. This year I ran 15.9 miles in 7:03 per mile. Next year I will do 17 miles in under 6:55 per mile.