I have been quiet for much too long for which my apologies. However in the past period an un-expected and exciting development took place with the result that my career is making a partial turn. Not that I will leave the sea behind but I will be at sea in a different way. I will be employed by the company as a travelling trainer.
Since last year the company and I have been discussing the idea to use my long years of experience for training, auditing, reviewing and implementing new projects. That means that I will go around the ships as a travelling trainer captain, supporting the captain(s) old and new on board with refresher courses and implementing new things that are being introduced.
This will not mean that I will be leaving the sea. On the contrary I will be spending the same amount of time at sea as before. It just will not be on the same ship. I will be visiting all the ships in the fleet one by one.
When the decision making process was going on in relation to this, I refrained from blogging, although I had a lot prepared for the history side of it.
This new function brings an exciting new angle towards the blog. Instead of creating blogs about the same route for weeks on end, there will be now different ships and different routes.
Also there will be tantalising glimpses of what a renowned and well established company such as Holland America does, to keep its Ships safe and Staff up-to-date in the modern cruise environment.
I will start blogging again from now on and as soon as this new travelling trainer captain function has been fully developed, there will be a sailing schedule and I will take you around ALL the ships, all the cruises and around a larger part of the world as well. (*)
In the beginning it might not be every day, although the uploading of historical stuff will recommence as well, but as time progresses, I should be able to get back to a daily routine.
(*) no doubt this will include a lot of insights about airport waiting areas.