Travel makes one realize how small the world can be.
My parents just got back from a wonderful 12 day Mediterranean cruise on Oceania cruise line. It was half-way around the world that they realized the cruise director was someone I went to school with from first grade until high school graduation. It was my dear friend David Shermet!
He is bringing the same enthusiasm to his job that he has always brought to the party He has been working on cruise ships since 1992, after a few years playing professional baseball.
Congrats David on a job well-done!!! If anyone knows how to reach him, let me know.
I have interviewed cruise directors before, and you can imagine the unreal life they lead….always having to be “on” before a crowd, living on a ship, rarely in the same town very long…. If he or she has any family, that individual will get a few weeks at a time to visit, and in between home visits, some cruise lines will pay for the family to come on board and stay for a while. It is a totally different existence, and requires sacrifices. But those I spoke with love their jobs!!
I want to point out the interesting itinerary on this particular Oceania cruise my parents took – Culturally, historically, and spiritually rich. The ship stopped in ports like:
Porto, Portugal for some port tasting….
Bordeaux, France for some wine tasting…
Bilbao, Spain to see the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim among other things…
and the historic Normandy, France military cemeteries. My parents booked this cruise about a year in advance, with Normandy being the big draw. They have always wanted to visit. So you can imagine how lucky they were to avert the government shutdown – It closed Normandy’s American Cemetery and Memorial just ONE DAY AFTER they visited.
There is nothing they could have done had the site closed before they arrived – they couldn’t have waited it out because they were part of a cruise itinerary. Even though they bought trip insurance, it would have only reimbursed for the cancelled shore excursion, and they would have had to pay to take the same trip again to see Normandy.
You never know what is going to happen when you book travel far in advance. It is always a risk to travel… but it’s a risk that many of us as are happy to take. And some of us, like my friend David, even make it our lives.
***Photos courtesy of… my mom