Over Thanksgiving I took a 5-day cruise. It was an older versus a newer boat. I wanted small versus mega. I needed quiet and old school just for a little while. And that is what I got. In abundance. The food was…okay. Not gourmet. With all of the great catered events and restaurants I visit and review, it was tough. But I was on vacation – so I decided not to complain…too much. But it was the entertainment that I really found interesting. The costumes were a bit … tacky. It was like the ’80s revisited in a way. Too many primary colors placed on one stage at the same time for me. The lighting was decent. Nothing earth shattering or ground breaking, but good enough for me to take notice. The entertainers themselves were fine. There was an aerialist couple – and they performed two times. I kept wondering if it was due to low ceilings, but I couldn’t figure out why they couldn’t add more to their acts. But here’s the thing that really got me – they were not nearly as good as what that we see in the events industry daily. It made me think of how far the events industry has come. We constantly raise the bar and better ourselves. From weddings to corporate and even what we do at conferences for each other – we continually evolve.
We are an incredible industry that keeps getting better. Guess I will continue to attend events – and next time I cruise, I’ll hit the Epic for some Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams and The Second City Comedy Troupe. After some freestyle dining (there’s a churrascaria and various other options), I can finish my night at Howl at the Moon.