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Old August 10th, 2012, 08:45 AM
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The most amazing feat that never ceases to amaze me is turnaround day. By this I mean the day the cruise ends for some but is an exciting and joyful beginning for a whole new group of passengers. At about 8:00 AM the ship arrives in the port. As the passengers arriving home at the end of their cruise leave the ship with their new memories the crews are hard at work to get the ship ready to go out again. The work begins many hours before the ship arrives in the port. The crew comes in the night to take luggage to be unloaded in the morning at arrival in port. While the passengers are enjoying the last breakfast and cup of coffee the crew is hard at work to make the next cruise happen on time. They are unloading luggage and trash. Stewards are getting the cabins ready for arriving passengers. Supplies are being loaded for the next cruise. Luggage for the arriving passengers is being loaded and distributed to passenger cabins. Food is being prepped for the arrival of the new passengers that will be boarding soon. The ship is being fueled for another long journey to take the newest passengers on their long awaited vacations. I just listed the basics. I am sure there is much much more going on behind the scenes too.
It is nearly time to leave and the passengers are completing the required muster drill. At the end of the drill the ships horns announce the impending departure. Passengers are taking their spaces at the rails and on balconies to wave goodbye as they sail past those left behind. It is a joyful new beginning. The bands are playing and the atmosphere is a happy one
The doors are closed and the walkways are pulled back from the ship. The ropes holding the ship in place are released and the ship is free. She slides away from the pier and heads out to sea.
All of this work goes on on turnaround day. The amazing thing for me is that all of this is done in the space of about 8 hours. Not just once but over and over again every week in all of the cruise ports. An amazing amount of work done in a short time. Kudos to the cruise lines for this accomplishment.

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Laura: Great post. I loved reading it.

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While boarding our cruise, we tend to forget all the work involved each and every day we are enjoying the ship/ports, food and entertainment daily. You brought up a lot of things we over look...Yes, tons of hard work in a short 8 hours and that is just the beginning for the crew.
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That was a great post Laura.

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And when you board, the crew is ready for you like they've prepared the ship just for YOU!!
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You are so right Donna, so much work for the crew. I never mentioned the shoreside people that put effort into each and every cruise. There are many reservationists and people taking care of special requests. Special needs are taken care of. The gifts we order need to be sent to the right place. Just little details that we never think about. It just amazes me.

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On one cruise we had late disembarkation and a balcony above one of the loading bay doors. It was fascinating to watch the fork trucks zooming in and out. The dock workers work hard but they get to go home at the end of the day. The onboard crew do all that hard work Laura described and then are ready to greet us with a smile.

Don't forget they may have said good bye to friends they have worked with for months and have to beginning training the new faces that show up.
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And don't forget all the crew members are as pleasent as if they just boarded the ship with us; eventhough it is more of the same for them week after week for months.

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Don't forget they may have said good bye to friends they have worked with for months and have to beginning training the new faces that show up.

That's a very good point.

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Thank you for all the kind comments. I do apreciate it. This post was posted in my blog that day but I decided to give it a run here and see how it was recieved.

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