Fantasy Island - Smiles, everyone...smiles!
When @FriFotos announced this week's "Smiles" theme, the first thing that came to mind was the old Fantasy Island show where Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalba) lined the staff up and told them to smile as the guests arrived. That became the catch phrase which is still remembered today.
Making Others Smile
The next thing that I thought about is how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to make other people smile each and every day. My job (if you want to call it a job) is to match your vacation dreams with reality. I know that once you arrive at your vacation destination (and possibly sooner) you are going to have smiles on your face. How great is that?
My Own Smiles
I've also had the good fortune to have had many opportunities to smile personally as well. For those that know me, you know that I don't really like to have my photo taken and my husband has to either work hard to get a picture with me smiling or catch me off-guard. Sometimes, I can't help but smile, like in some of the images I'm including in my submissions for #FriFotos.
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My all-time favorite cruise was on Celebrity Cruise Xpedition to Galapagos. As you can see in this picture, I had a smile from ear to ear as we embarked on one of our exploratory excursions via Zodiac boat.
You can read more about that trip in our blog post: Diary of Celebrity Xpeditions Galapagos.
The image above was taken on Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. I love penguins - even the stuffed variety, so that brought a smile to my face as well.
Another of my all-time favorite cruises was our trip to the Mediterranean. That trip started in Rome and ended in Venice with several stops along the way in Greece.
Here I'm pictured smiling in Santorini, which was indeed one of the best stops of the cruise.
What could be better than an unexpected surprise? I couldn't have imagined how beautiful Split, Croatia would be until we actually arrived at the KRKA National Park & Waterfalls.
Read more about this trip in our blog post: Diary of Cruise with Chris to Greek Isles
Would Any of These Make You Smile?
I suspect that they would bring a smile to your face if you love nature, history, seeing new places, or simply getting away from your daily routine.
Of course, every trip can have a unique set of requirements in order to bring a smile to your face. Knowing about the various destinations, the ships, the land resorts, tour operators, the do's and dont's for each destination, etc. means that I can play "smile maker" (kinda like a match maker for creating happiness).
Smiles from the Staff
Just like on Fantasy Island, the staff of cruise ships, resort destinations, hotels, excursion operators, and even passengers you meet during your trip can contribute to the enjoyment of your vacation. When they have smiles on their faces, you can't help but smile back.
Here, a few of the naturalists that were onboard the Celebrity Xpedition pose for a picture. During our short visit to the Galapagos, we learned a lot from them and really enjoyed the visit because they were fun to be around. They enjoyed what they do for a living and their smiles were genuine.
Add Your Smiles Photos to #FriFotos
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