On my latest singles cruise with Singles Travel International, I was on the Norwegian Bliss in beautiful Alaska. My group of 26 were predominantly all first-time travelers with STI. I know with that comes some jitters for our members: It may be their first time traveling alone, traveling to an unknown destination, and with a group of strangers. It would give most of us pause.
For me, also, there’s anticipation involved with being the concierge on every tour, even though I’ve been doing this for more than 10 years: What will the group be like? Will they enjoy their time? How can I make their trip unforgettable?
Not much can prepare you for the natural beauty of our 49th state; its splendor is undeniable. But even more stunning than the rugged coastline of Alaska’s Inside Passage was the camaraderie and joyous nature of my group! This was a group that had shown up to make friends and to participate and to see what this wonderful adventure had in store for them!
At the end of this 7-night cruise, I had one member say, “This was life-changing for me.” She said never before had she felt such a connection – a sense of belonging – to a group of women before. Another member told me that Alaska was a bucket-list destination for him and that being able to do it with a group of fun-loving and like-minded adults made it even more special. By the end of the week, our group was acting as if they’d known each other their entire lives.
I can honestly say that the most fulfilling part of my job is THIS! Meeting and learning from our wonderful members. Hearing their stories. And most of all, hopefully, making a difference in their lives.