May 6th, 2011 4:36pm
As you well know, I work in the world of vacations. My job (and passion) is to create memories of a lifetime for people. As you might expect when it's prime vacation time I'm busy facilitating those moments. In other words, during vacation season I'm unable to take a vacation.
Some of you may be saying "but didn't you just go rafting down the Colorado, through Grand Canyon?" Yes, I did. And it was (and is) an adventure of a lifetime. However, because I was the trip leader & chef I was usually busy. It wasn't as much of a relaxing time as you'd expect. Don't get me wrong - I'm not upset at all. I'll gladly do that trip again and again! It's amazing. But it wasn't a bonafide vacation.
Well, I’m finally getting to go on a REAL vacation. It’s actually my honeymoon and we’re doing a cruise. We’re going to the Caribbean on Oasis of the Seas. It’s Celebrity Cruise’s largest boat. It’s a friggin’ floating city complete with 7000 people. It’ll be like floating around the ocean on the Las Vegas strip.
Regardless, I’m looking forward to this in the biggest way. I don’t have to plan ANYTHING other than what I’m going to wear. I don’t have to plan food, itineraries, guest-care items . . .NOTHING. Tina asked me what the first thing I would do on board - I said that I was going to sit in a deck chair and order someone around: "hey, pool boy - fetch me that napkin". I most likely won't do that but it sounded good at the time.
So, right now we're working like hell to get ahead so when we get back we don't have to work hard to get caught up. We're training people to answer the phones, take reservations, staff tours, etc. It's fun actually.
I get to take a vacation from vacations!
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