It wasn’t till I got to the hospitality desk at the cruise ship port check-in that I felt remotely important.
Out of the shuttle, after stopping at a 7-11 to buy gas and waiting for a couple of Disney Cruisers to finish their shopping sprees at the food court at the airport AND at 7-11. What could they possibly need? Mickey and the gang were waiting for them!
I followed the people until I got to someone who looked like he knew something. He didn’t. Then another. She didn’t know either. Then another. Still getting blanks looks, but definitely getting closer to the ship.
“Can I see your booking ticket?”
“Um, all I have is this assignment letter.”
“You’d better go to the hospitality desk.”
“Hello, Mr. Belew. We’re glad to have you here. Please fill out these forms and we’ll have you on the ship shortly.”
” … ”
“Just enjoying the moment. Thanks for your help.”
I think I was one of the first 20 people to get on the ship. Partly because I got here so early. I left the night before to get here. But mostly because the hospitality desk was waiting for me. And I know this because they take your picture right before you board, then post them in the lounge by time of boarding so you can find them. Yup, top 20.
Lunch on the ship was being served at 11 and my stateroom was going to be ready at 1. What to do but head for the food.
Point – cruise ship speakers are taken care of. Next it is my turn to give back. After all, that is why I am here.