The 2011 Miami to Cozumel SQLCruise training event is just weeks away, so I’ve been reflecting on how fantastic that event was in 2010. The picture below pretty much sums up how I constantly felt during that experience.
In addition to days of training, I was rubbing elbows constantly with other folks who share my excitement for database technology. It seemed like one could spend nearly every waking hour comparing notes, sharing experiences, discussing problems encountered (as well as those all-important solutions), and talking about plans for using SQL Server in the upcoming year. After the cruise, the folks I traveled with became active bloggers, organized and spoke at SQL Saturdays, moderated online events, and even presented at the PASS Summit.
There’s still time to get on board one of the 2011 cruises and add your name to the attendee list. When I was at SQL Saturday #49 last year, several people asked if they could bring their family or other travel partners on the cruise, and the answer is “Yes!” The cruisers’ travel partners, even the ones who aren’t fellow geeks, added a lot fun and interesting perspectives to the experience.
It’s not a surprise that some of the 2010 cruisers are heading back out to sea again in 2011. I paid for the entire experience out-of-pocket and would do so again. In fact, it seems easier to justify in 2011. The training certainly looks more intense. Each cruise has a special guest, Kevin Kline (Blog|Twitter) on one and Buck Woody (Blog|Twitter) on the other. There’s an impressive list of sponsors.
Yes, it does seem like it should be easier to decide to go on a SQLCruise in 2011.
UPDATE 2011-02-16 07:25 I decided to become one of the “return cruisers” on the Seattle to Alaska trip!