For any previous crew out there, you remember coming out of layup. That’s where we are now. The boat used to tie up for maintenance a month or two each winter and then the first crew of the season helped get her ready for passengers. It seemed that on embarkation day at 11am we always still had cardboard on the floors, plastic over furniture, equipment in the hallways, etc. I was always filled with a panic that we would never be ready in time for the first guests to arrive. But somehow it all always magically comes together just minutes before the first guest.

Well, today is the day. The hotel opens at 3pm and this morning is still a flurry of activity. Hoses are being relaid under the dock, equipment is being put away, things are being organized, etc. But having survived many a first cruise out of layup, I know things will come together in time.