Chinese New Year

This past Saturday, February 16, ended the two week celebration of the Chinese New Year. All of the staff at Atlantis Submarines that it could get busy but we were very surprised at how busy it actually got. A normal day usually consists of two submarines. One holds 64 passengers and the other 48 passengers. The tours start at 9:00 a.m. and finish with the last tour being at 3:00 p.m. The two week Chinese New Year holiday was so busy for us that there was a 3rd 48 passenger submarine added and quite a few days we had 2 of the 3 submarines start at 8:00 The average passenger count for the New Year holidays was 1000 passengers a day! Every hour on the hour the submarines were either fully booked or close to it. It was so busy that I worked 12 days in a row and worked an average of 13 hours each day! Each day I do the Japanese narrations and by the end of the 12 days of working I started to dream about work! Also, all my dreams have been in Japanese for the last two weeks! On Monday, the 18th, it finally started to get back to normal again and today, Wednesday the 20th, there were only 2 submarines. It has already been decided that next years’ Chinese New Year Holidays will be what is called a “black out” period. This means that nobody can go on vacation during that time. This past two weeks two people were on vacation and it made it very difficult for the rest of us.

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