Did you know that the people in the travel industry have suffered greater financial losses than any other organized group during the pandemic?
Thanks for the memories
This article is a special tribute to the hard working cabin and service attendants of the cruise industry. Delightful people who hail from faraway places like Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Mexico and Bulgaria.
These industrious people are so grateful for work that they spend most of the year away from their loved ones so they can earn a living to support their families thousands of miles away.
Ever behind the scenes
They clean our cabins, wash our clothes, bus our tables, serve our food, take our pictures, and make funny towel animals to amuse us – all the while managing to remain virtually invisible so they do not intrude upon our ocean-going vacation.
Service above self
Cruise attendants are generally courteous beyond norms and ready to smile regardless of their personal burdens. They take a lot of abuse because there are people in this world who give it. They genuinely strive to please those that are placed in their care, week after week, month after month, cruise after cruise.
Waiting to serve
They are home now. Waiting for the end of a pandemic that has severely impacted their dreams.
They are from poor countries and therefore their suffering is greater than those of us from wealthier nations might ever imagine.
There are tens of thousands of these honest and diligent men and women waiting for the cruise industry to get back on its feet.
Awaiting your welcome
While we pray for an end to the pandemic so we can get back to pleasures like world cruising, let’s all look forward to greeting our next stateroom server’s smile and that first “hello, my name is…” and remember when it comes time to tip at the end of the cruise — be generous.
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