Category — Manager’s Insight
By Don Dean, Senior Director of Finance and Human Resources, The Cruise Web, Inc.
Once we had decided that the topic for this month’s newsletter would be Celebrating at Sea, I began to think about our cruise consultants as they talk with clients about cruising plans and the stories and pictures that come back to us after our clients cruise. I had a revelation – cruising is always a celebration at sea. Let me break down my thought process for you.
There are special events with groups, such as weddings and family reunions, that are the obvious celebrations at sea. By definition, the event is a celebration, and by taking place on a cruise ship, the celebration factor is heightened. Our cruise consultants enjoy researching and recommending to clients a cruise that meets the needs of a group and takes into consideration many factors such as the vision of a bride, the size of a group and the age range of the cruisers. Further, our Groups Department can be invaluable in navigating the challenges of booking a group cruise involving many people (see our Spotlight article). These group celebrations are ideal for a cruise ship, as once everyone is on board, you can relax and depend on the ship’s crew to take over and do what they do best: provide outstanding service, excellent meals, fun entertainment for guests of all ages and memories of a lifetime. We always hope that the cruisers will share their memories with us when they return home. [Read more →]
December 18, 2012 No Comments
By Arthur Balin, Assistant Sales Manager and Senior Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web.
When most people think of cruising they usually think of the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, but cruises sail all over the world – from glaciers in Antarctica to deserts in Dubai. That is why I’m so glad that we can feature South America in this month’s issue of The Current. [Read more →]
May 23, 2012 No Comments
By Mike Harris, Sales Manager, The Cruise Web, Inc.
It’s that time of year again. The falling leaves will soon be replaced with white, cotton-soft snow. Blinking lights now playfully animate our evening drives home. Families travel long distances to be with the ones they love, even if only for a little while. But for some of us, the holidays are the best time of year for a different reason. The holidays give us yet another gift – the gift of time off, and an opportunity to get the heck out of Dodge (thank you, Santa).
For those of us ready for a break, and keeping our Travel Tips theme in mind, I offer you a few of my own “real life” cruise tips (all of these tips coming from rather humorous personal experiences). Consider this my holiday gift to you. Enjoy.
1) A great way to stay in shape during your vacation is to visit the ship’s gym. I’ve never seen one in person, but I’ve heard they are nice.
2) Don’t bet on black. Or red for that matter. Or any of the numbers. In fact, stay away from the ship’s casino all together. Unless you’ve figured out a system, like I swear I’ve done for the next time.
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December 14, 2011 7 Comments
By Don Dean, Director of Finance and Human Resources, The Cruise Web.
Over the last six newsletters we have been introducing our Management Team in this column. I am Don Dean, the Director of Finance and Human Resources at The Cruise Web.
By the time you are reading this newsletter, I will be cruising on the Island Princess as part of an industry event sponsored by Princess Cruises and Cunard Line. As my wife, Sara, and I began focusing on the itinerary for the cruise, we had a conversation about the scheduled formal dining evening. Much of the conversation turned nostalgic as we reminisced about how travel has changed over the years and much of that change related to attire. I recalled that as a newly minted accounting graduate the first accounting firm for which I worked had a dress code of suit and tie for business travel; which for me resulted in wearing a tie during several cross country flights and even on trips deep into Mexico during the summer. [Read more →]
September 21, 2011 22 Comments
By Rosalind Smith, Business Development Manager,
The Cruise Web, Inc.
Since this is my first time writing our Manager’s Insight, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Rosalind Smith, I’m Business Development Manager for The Cruise Web and it’s my pleasure to kick things off for our Fitness newsletter. Who would have thought? The most non-athletic woman alive has become one with somewhat athletic abilities and has been chosen to introduce our Fitness-themed newsletter and write a “Fit for Cruising” blog.
In the not so distant past, the most athletic adventures I’d ever engaged in were my power musical weekends to New York City, consisting of three Broadway shows, decadent dinners, delightful lunches and countless taxi rides within 48-hours. Then, one July 4th weekend, I suffered an “athletic injury” in an effort to attend an outdoor performance of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. That knee injury started my journey into an active and healthy lifestyle. Cycling (specifically indoors) became my staple. After feeling and seeing the changes in my body as well as my overall heath, I slowly progressed to strength training, yoga and endurance activities – only to be sidelined by athletic injury #2, the other knee. [Read more →]
July 20, 2011 2 Comments
By Mike Harris, Sales Manager, The Cruise Web, Inc.
My name is Mike Harris, I’m a Sales Manager at The Cruise Web and I’ll be presenting this month’s Manager’s Insight. As a new father, writing our Manager’s Insight about “Nightlife” seems a little foreign to me. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not that far removed from the college days filled with late nights in local haunts. But for the past 8 months, my idea of “nightlife” has been more of a “shut the door quietly or you’ll wake up the baby” kind of atmosphere (that’s usually followed by a loving “And if you wake her up, you’re sleeping outside” reminder from my wife).
But sometimes as I’m doing the usual 8pm tiptoeing, I can’t help but think about how much life has changed for me, and how the idea of “nightlife” has changed in the past few years for my wife, Amy, and I. I also can’t help but think back on how much cruising has been a part of our lives so far (insert reminiscent dream sequence here). [Read more →]
June 22, 2011 3 Comments