Bravotv.com: At this point, we're almost halfway through your time on the Honor. How are you feeling? What's the mood like?
Sam Orme: At this point in the charter season, with back-to-back charters and having very little turnaround time, I am starting to feel the physical stresses of sleep deprivation and tired muscles. The abrupt change in lifestyle for me, having come from spending 40 hours/week in the office is rough. Everyone's patience is being tested, and people are being pushed to their breaking point, so the mood is tense! However, now we are all gradually starting to figure each other out, and with that should come more fluid charters (I hope).
Bravotv.com: You said in a previous episode that you wanted to have fun, but working on a boat is a lot of work. Do you think you were prepared?
SO: I definitely was not prepared! In my experience, people who work and/or live on the water are usually wonderful, successful, and pleasant individuals, who all know how to have a good time. When it comes to the character traits of a couple of Honor's staff, that's simply not the case. It was much different than I imagined it would be.
Furthermore, people think that working on a yacht in the Caribbean would be the ultimate awesome job, but on a yacht this size, it's actually just the opposite at times. Knowing that paradise is literally just outside your window (or porthole in this case), except you can't have it is such a tease.
Bravotv.com: The guests this week were difficult and made you do things like unpack/press all their clothing. What did you think when these requests came in?
SO: I don't think a request like that is unreasonable at all... unless your charter is only two nights long and you pack enough garments for a month. The phrase "overpacking" is a huge understatement here. Nevertheless, the iron and I bonded on that charter, and I have gained much respect for the people working at dry cleaners! Ha!
Bravotv.com: You shared something really personal with Kat — the details of your sister's passing. Why did you decide to do that? What is our relationship like with Kat?
SO: Kat is such a wonderful person and friend. I was able to connect with her very quickly. In fact, she is the only person I have ever shared that story with in so much detail -- ever! She approached me in asking about my sister, Tanya, and allowed me to feel comfortable enough to really open up to her about it. She told me it was OK to cry, and honestly made me feel so much better just to have someone who I could talk to about it with. It is part of the healing process and was such a huge help. A little compassion goes a long way. Kat is such a doll. I just love her.