This is my last blog entry for the time being. Today I will leave the ship and then fly tomorrow to the Netherlands for the Senior Management conference which takes place on the old ss Rotterdam this year. After that I will go on leave until August 11. Then I will return to the Statendam, until December. See also the schedule on the blog under one of the other tabs.
The Senior Management Conference or SMC takes place every 18 months so that the head office can touch base, face to face, with those on the ships. That is made possible because there are two meetings, each of three days. I will be going to the 2nd one, and my relief who is flying in to Ketchikan, went to the first one. Three days of meetings to bring us up to speed of what is new in the fast changing world of the cruise business. There will be in total of about a 100 people attending and some sessions will be for all of us and then there will be breakouts, separate meetings for each function. With 15 ships, there will be at least 15 of each rank present. Apart from that there are some evening functions and that is a nice chance to catch up with old colleagues. As everybody in my age group has now made captain, you do not see each other anymore so the SMC is really the only time you can catch up. On days that the ships meet in port, there is hardly any chance as there is so much going on each day. So this is an excellent opportunity.
Therefore it is time to say goodbye. Thank you for being my faithful readers who are willing to keep up with my daily ramblings. I hope that sometimes I was able to insert a small pearl of wisdom or tit bit of genuine interest in the daily blog.
I will be checking my blog regularly as I have to clean the spam out and approve postings that are coming in.
Thank you again for all the support.
Over the summer I hope to add a lot of material to the captain’s website. I have nearly all the information complete until 1937 and a lot of photo material is coming in, so that can now be uploaded.
I also hope to complete a manuscript for publication, and publisher willing, it might come out over the winter months. I do not think that I will have an idle summer, but first to Holland. My wife will be waiting at the airport and then together we will go to see my 98 year old mother who has not seen her only son since I left for sea on March 15th.
Thank you all, I will be back