How it All Began
SQL Cruise way back in 2012, I thought the idea of hosting training sessions aboard a cruise ship was a swell idea. However, talking my wife into going with me on the cruise or even letting me go on my own was next to impossible. Don’t get me wrong, my wife and I love cruising and we even took a cruise to our destination wedding in Bermuda. But no matter how I argued, my wife would not budge. We have a 2 year old daughter and it’s pretty hard for my wife to leave her for more than five minutes let alone leave her behind for an entire week. So I figured the SQL Cruise idea would have to be shelved for a couple of years until our daughter got a bit older.
MSSQLTips and Sponsored by Dell Software. The speaker was Derek Colley and his topic was “Are Your SQL Servers Healthy?” which covered various aspects of proper SQL Server configurations, setup, and maintenance. But the biggest thing that caught my eye was that Dell Software would be giving away one ticket to SQL Cruise just for attending. I figured I’ll never win the raffle, but at least I’d get to hear more about SQL Server. Well a few days later, I get an email from a marketing representative from Dell Software congratulating me for being the winner of the SQL Cruise raffle. My response to him was “Are you being serious?” As it turned out he wasn't joking. Now all I had to do was convince my wife to go. It took a few weeks to get all of the logistics in place, but we were finally able to make it happen and accept the award from Dell Software. Just FYI, grandparents make the perfect babysitter for a week-long trip away from your child.
The Networking and Friendships
Nothing like this would be possible without sponsors such as Dell Software, SQLSentry, Red Gate, New Belgium Brewing, and B-Side Consulting. I have to give a big thank you to Dell Software since they were generous enough to give away a ticket. All the sponsors played a big part in the event, and they provide DBAs with top-notch tools for making our jobs a lot easier. Yes, even New Belgium Brewing. They provided some really good wheat beer, Snapshot, for the bon voyage party on the night before departure from Miami.
Tim Ford (b|t) is the mastermind behind the SQL Cruise. I’m not sure when he first came up with the idea of SQL Server training aboard a cruise ship, but it definitely was the work of a pure genius. I must have thanked him a dozen times over the week for creating this event. And I’m pretty sure my wife thanked him just as much. On some days, I think she had more fun than I did, and she’s not even into technology. One other thing I noticed, is that Tim doesn't do all of this work by himself. His wife, Amy, seems like she plays a big part in the planning and coordination.