Will My Cane Float? That’s a question I ask myself all the time. It’s one I was asked as a fresh-out-of-college, small ship Cruise Director when an elderly passenger prepared to snorkel in the Caribbean. At first I laughed it off. But then, pulling together all of my experiences at sea with people from around the world, ports I’d never heard of, and challenges I’d yet to face, I realized how well it could represent my approach to life. Here I was in my first job, living with, working for, and socializing with people who were at the other end of the life spectrum. They’d been there, done that, and came to me and the crew to cap it all off with an unbelievable vacation. What an opportunity to grow and, ultimately, to learn how to live.
I took the job because I wanted to see the world’s most captivating places. What I never could have imagined is that today, it’s not the places but the people I experienced them with that have provided me with the most vivid memories.
I created this blog to share stories of my time at sea. But I’d love to hear from you too. If you’ve worked in the cruise industry and would like to share stories of your time at sea with retired America (humorous and inspiring — don’t be cruel) then don’t hesitate to write in. Even if you simply see travel as the key to a long and healthy life, I’m always up for a good story.
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