We always talk about passenger exchange days. One trip is coming to an end, the next one is starting immediately. And how often do we, that work here on board hear "oh, so you are going on holiday again?" when going onboard for work.
So today it is time for a little clarification. And this is a rather typical work day...
06:00 hours- wake up, check mails, any last minute changes? (after going to bed at 2am- I am a night "owl")
07:30 hours- announcement for guests, information about wind speed/ temperature/ arrival time
08:00 hours- arrival at Hamburg harbor. Ship is cleared but... luggage is still on board as it is taken from deck 7 out to the pier and from there to the terminal building.
08:45 hours- luggage is out, guests are leaving the vessel and the shuttle busses are leaving...
09:30 hours- nobody is in the terminal building anymore... Good bye to you! And hope to see you again soon!
10:00hours- meetings, meetings, meetings... Everyone wants something at the same time... Port guests are arriving, there is a press conference going on etc etc etc
The stewards are busy preparing the cabins for the afternoon, everyone settles accounts from the last trip, getting ready for the new arrivals. Daily programmes are printed for tomorrow and suddenly there are a 100 things in ones head.