The Gift


THERES A GIFT In every cruise

Is my third cruise. I am remembering why I came back. It wasn’t to be the best practitioner in the fleet. The best is measured by how much revenue a practitioner makes a week.

It’s not because I like to travel. I hardly get time ashore. After a sea day I am too tired to go anywhere or want to be around people.

It’s not because I missed working in a five star spa. I actually have to pay $31 dollars a day to be here. It comes our of my pay. I am only paid 15% of the revenue I make and I have to work hard to keep the 15% auto gratuity. A lot of guest like to take it off.

You see…

At the beginning of every cruise I hope for connection, a good laugh, memorable moments and things to be thankful for. 

This past cruise, I met this beautiful family who one by one came to visit me in the spa. First the Father who then introduced me to his wife (who I thought was his beautiful girlfriend), who later introduced me to one of their sons.

This boy’s father shared with me this wise question, 

‘What’s the meaning of life if you don’t know the secret?’. 

I thought, this ‘being’, how precious, he speaks my language. In parables and philosophical phrases.

This young man’s father is a man who is thankful and aware of the power of stillness. He walk into my waiting room and says, 

‘I’ll wait here patiently and pray’.

This young man, who this man raised... Is just as gentle, charismatic, peaceful and patient. Who tells a beautiful love story about his parents and has a family to prove it.


My gift this cruise, is this families reflection in the reflection of my own. The hardest thing about being at sea is being away from the family that make you laugh a lot. The kind of family you can’t wait to hangout with.

Thank you for cruising with us @patrick_nassar and family. You all radiate a deep since of compassion, joy and happiness. You made my third cruise unforgettable. I adore your family. See you in 7 months. 

Antonika Chanel

I help others breakthrough physical and mental health challenges using holistic medicine modalities. I empower women to take back their power and embrace womanhood. I give people around the world their first experience with Acupuncture on the Regal Princess PCL