I got an email today dunning me for another blog entry. How cool is that? The question is whether it truly came from a reader or whether it was Lyan Sierra-Caro in Corporate Communications writing under a pen name.
Indeed it was an exceptionally busy week mainly because of the annual Cruise Shipping Miami conference. There were two nights where there was no point in even taking my laptop home with me. That virtually never happens.
Amidst the craziness, there were some nice moments. I enjoyed our lunch with the delegation from Singapore. Although the people have changed over the years, my relationship with Singapore goes back 20 years now. The current representatives are wonderful discussion partners as it concerns the business and I look forward to seeing Singapore’s new cruise terminal come online in 2011.
This will probably harm my image but I also enjoyed my time with the media. I suppose since I am writing this blog I am also a member of the media (for the second time, the first being as a sportswriter for the Daily Princetonian). Many of them talked about reading this blog. I kept asking why, as in WHY? If there is any pattern of response it is – because it isn’t marketing speak. Whatever that may be, I will try to avoid it.
A third source of enjoyment was meeting the Royal Caribbean alumni who attend the conference. The overwhelming majority still have a keen interest in our business and our people. They love to ask about Oasis of the Seas and take pride in it even if they haven’t been with our company since before the project started. It is the outgrowth of 40 years of hard work by countless current and former people and our many partners.
My next entry will be about a few developments in our business so let’s get the personal updates out of the way:
– to my absolute chagrin, I found out the hard way that the new version of Brickbreaker on the Blackberry doesn’t automatically end at 80 times around the 34 levels like it used to. So, as a birthday present to a close family member, I voluntarily ended my game at just over 1,434,000 points on the 81st time, about 100,000 over my previous high score. The infernal thing didn’t even register the new high score. To paraphrase someone, a good game of Brickbreaker is the mark of a gentleman while a great game of Brickbreaker is the mark of a misspent adulthood.
– Lots of races. Ran a point to point 5k against a constant brisk headwind which made a good time impossible. However I was right with people who are usually 30 – 45 seconds faster than me. I have lots of excuses for why I haven’t gone under 19 minutes yet but in any event I am still getting better all the time.
– With my family I visited Seafarer’s House at Port Everglades which is the charity that is honoring me with its Golden Compass Award at their fundraiser dinner in May. It is a temporary refuge for crew from cruise and cargo ships to speak to family by phone and internet, buy food and electronics and spend time in the chapel if desired, among other things. The staff is incredibly dedicated as you may have guessed. We were there on a Sunday and we heard it’s pretty busy there on Saturdays when Oasis of the Seas is in port.