We have recently added two more Travel People profiles in our Feature Stories section, one of the most popular areas on the website.
I always find it fascinating when I sit down to interview some of these people that their stories have never been put out there prior to this website.. They are not only interesting people but also some of the hardest working in the hospitality industry.
Too many times they get lost in the shuffle and many of their guest passengers have no idea what their jobs entail. The purpose of these interviews goes way back to my first travel writing assignment back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth and a trip meant leaving the cave in search of food.
I approached the travel editor of a large Canadian newspaper with an idea I had about going behind the scenes and doing profiles of the people who were responsible for your entire travel holiday.
I originally planned it to be a five part series but it ended up running to thirteen weeks as I realized how many layers there were to a successful vacation trip.
I began where you would begin in the days before the internet. I interviewed a local travel agent.. Next came an airline ground hostess, the airline Captain, tourist board personnel at the destination, the hotelier and on and on. The final story, and one of the most interesting, was the last person you see before getting in the car and heading home... the Customs and Immigration officer.
The response to the series was awesome and so began thirty-plus years of travel writing and broadcasting.
When the idea for this website came up I thought that you might be interested in meeting some of the people responsible for making sure your cruise goes smoothly, something about how they got where they are and what their job entails. During the process we have made some friends along the way but then again, isn't that what cruising is all about.
As I said before, they are some of the hardest working people in the industry and they deserve to be mentioned.
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