Anna Maria’s Adventures Abroad

Discover a new skill. Taste a new flavour. Laugh till it hurts. Or just relax and refresh. However you choose…find a new you today. This was our mantra for the 84-day cruise around South America that started 11 January 2017.  We visited around 14 countries, explored 28 cities and went on a 4-day excursion and land tour to Cusco and Machu Picchu. I now have certificates for the “Crossing the Dateline” (twice); “Crossing the Equator”; “Rounding Cape Horn” (twice, the temperature was minus 10 degrees) and one for transiting the Panama Canal. We celebrated crossing the Equator, Australia Day, St Patrick’s Day, Carnival and Chinese New Year.  I took close to 10,000 photos on my iPhone, which I am sure I’ll bore you with when I next visit your facility!

On ‘sea days’ there were many planned activities mostly based on guests’ requests; these came under headings of “Refreshing Morning”, “Relaxing Afternoon” and Enchanted Evening”. A typical sea day for me started with a stretch and abs class followed by a half hour in the gym at 7am; breakfast, then a meetup with my new Trivia buddies or attending an enrichment lecture on an upcoming city/country. In the afternoon it was usually lazing by the pool or meeting up with new friends at an arts and craft session or art auction, or something else that looked interesting.

After dinner it was off to a show or a movie. The food at each meal was varied and delicious; all diets were catered for. Once a month we had a fire drill and evacuation exercise which were mandatory for all guests. The captain had to fly the ‘yellow’ flag when we had norovirus and influenza outbreaks and, as you know, regular “hand washing” and isolation was paramount to bring these outbreaks under control.

I have now attended two Twilight meetings since my return on 17 April and I can see that Twilight is forging ahead into what is already looking like a productive and positive 2017. I am looking forward to contributing to our business objectives to improve the resident care delivery.

Anna Maria Nagy,
Executive Officer