Ever wonder how your baggage turns up almost magically outside your cabin when you embark and disappear the night before you leave? How all the foyers, bars and lifts are always clean and shining? Here is the secret!
The unsung heroes of the accommodation department are the Accommodation Assistants. This team is made up of Indian and Filipino Hotel Staff that form the back bone of the department. They undertake the task of bringing your baggage on board and sorting it so that your bag ends up outside your cabin. During the sea days they are busy keeping the ship squeaky clean from all those public toilets to the gleaming glasses around the atrium staircase. They vacuum all the stairway, foyers and bar carpets. They undertake upholstery cleaning and carpet shampooing as well.
In port days they are always at hand at the gangway to assist our passengers get on and off the ship, and keeping the ship in 100% tip top order. They keep the spa stocked up with towels and keep the gym equipment clean for use everyday. Like clockwork, everyday this operation goes on 24 hours at a steady pace.
Meet Roger who cleans my office amongst other duties - the best cleaner since the ship came into service!
Finally when you are ready to leave the cruise ship they collect your baggage from outside your Staterooms and have it off the ship ready for you to collect as you disembark.
Let’s give a round of applause to these unsung heroes who provide so much to your memorable holiday but are mostly standing in the background.
Another beautiful sea day and the outside temperature has dropped to 79 degrees F. I managed to get a nice break this afternoon on a sun bed with the gentle sea breeze and hot sun, the afternoon Purser's Grill - 30 minutes on the front and 30 minutes on the back! Chilled Perrier water to refresh the body and maintain temperature. You have to keep the tan up for this glamorous cruise business that we are in......
The Japanese Immigration Inspection has been running smoothly. The port talk for Shanghai was packed out today as you can imagine. So much to see on this Grand Tour of the Far East here on board the great white liner - ARCADIA.
'Always aim for the stars'!
That's it for now.