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Many years ago Ricki Dunn gave me some very valuable advice on entertainment. Firstly he said that show business was 90% show and 10% business. Any busy professional will tell you this is true. I think that advice applies to working on cruise ships regards traveling. Actually Ricki's second piece of advice was to understand that show business is all about waiting ... you are always waiting to go on stage, waiting to get paid, waiting for the next gig etc. If you want to work cruise ships you really need to understand that this is what it's all about ... waiting!

This weeks cruise is a classic example. I flew out from Vancouver to Toronto and then to Rome. When you arrive at the airport there should be (hopefully) a port agent to pick you up and drive you to the ship. It's always a relief when you see the agent standing there with a sign and your name on it. Of course the relief starts when you see your bag! So we drive 45 minutes to the ship. If you've ever been in a car in Italy then you'll know they love speed. When we reached the port the agent was driving so fast that he actually drove (smashed) through the barrier arm and broke the window of the car. In this case I was in the back seat which was just as well. He kept driving despite somebody driving behind us honking the horn, when he stopped at the ship I jumped out with my bags and didn't look back! I don't know what happened to him but the person honking the horn was the police.

I was on the ship for a week, and 'waited' for 4 days until I performed my show. Then waited another 3 until I had to flew to my next ship. Off the ship in Madrid and flew to Athens where again I waited for over 12 hours, giving me time to actually head in to Athens and have lunch. I should say that the driver in Madrid got up to speeds of 160 KMPH, this time I was in the front seat watching the world zoom by.
 As I write this I am finally in my hotel room after a 1 am flight to Alexandria Egypt, where it is now 4am in the morning having just got to the hotel. Upon arrival I was told my pick up to the ship was 7am!!

So Ricki's advice all those years ago applies to those wanting to work ships. Your travel time on ships is about 90% and your actual shows takes up only 10% of your time. Once you understand the concept of 'waiting' you'll be well on your way ... plus get a good book!
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Thank you Paul for that story - I can certainly sympathise with you.

Athens is a nice place to visit if you have the time.

If you get the chance to come to Istanbul, you will see that the whole city is just a cocktail of vehicles going at all speeds!

I survived only one season cruising and promised myself never to do it again. I guess I just had a bad itinerary - eight months of a weekly cruise with only one overnight around the Greek ıslands and to Turkey.

For me it was like a prison sentence. Every night at sea to get to the next port of call. A few hours here and there for yourself, but otherwise it was just putting on a brave face.



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Hi Lee
I am currently in Spain, however 2 weeks ago was in Turkey and Istanbul. I've been there so many times now I must be used to it because I love the place. However my favourite place in Turkey in Kusadasi, you can still get some great bargains there.

My act is aimed more towards older people so I very rarely get to cruise the Carribean or Mexican Riveria, which is way too busy for me. Most of my cruises are through the Med and Europe which I have to admit I love.
I'm not a huge fan of 'being' on a ship so every time I'm in port I'm the first one off and always spend the days exploring. In most cases ships are in port for about 10 hours a day (8am to 6pm) so that gives me more than enough time to enjoy the food and explore.
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Hi Paul,

Next time you are in Istanbul give me a mail - it would be great to meet up!

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