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I work on cruise ships. We can’t get back to normal if we can’t require vaccines.

The Washington Post

Alissa Musto is a musician, singer and songwriter who has entertained audiences around the world as a guest entertainer on luxury cruise ships. She is a former Miss Massachusetts and Miss America finalist and has a master's degree in music business and entertainment industries from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music...Read more

What’s missing from pandemic-era travel? Plenty.

The Washington Post

Turndowns and emptied wastebaskets are not the only things missing from the hotel experience. Alissa Musto, a musician from Boston, has noticed the disappearance of coffee in the lobby. “I didn’t realize how much I’d miss it,” she says...Read more

I’m a Cruise Ship Entertainer, And I Have No Idea When I’ll Get Back to Sea After Coronavirus

Conde Nast Traveler

"Alissa Musto is a singer-songwriter on the MS Rotterdam, performing in a dueling piano show called Billboard Onboard. Early into her cruise ship contract, Holland America announced it was suspending operations and sending home all passengers and non-essential crew. At the time, she was three days into a two-week Panama Canal crossing. When we caught up with Musto last week, she was hunkering down at her parents’ house in the Boston suburbs. She is eager to return to ship life, but when that will happen is anyone’s guess..." Read more

16 Travel-Inspired Virtual Classes And Experiences To Check Out This Week

Travel Awaits

"Audiences at cruise ship shows may have more of a say in the entertainment, says Alissa Musto, a professional cruise ship entertainer. "As a piano bar entertainer, longer cruises will consist of more 'all-request' performances rather than standard, themed shows with definite setlists," to ensure guests don't hear the same songs over and over again...” Read more

How Traveling Enriches Your Life: 49 Expert Travelers Comment

OutWit Trade

"Traveling has enriched my life in ways I could have never imagined, and the fact that performing music, my true passion, has brought me these opportunities is a dream come true. Visiting over 30 countries, I have been exposed to so many amazing cultures, languages, foods, historic landmarks and natural phenomenons...” Read more

An Open Letter To The Guys We Meed on Our Travels

Bidroom Blog

"Alissa emphasises that we aren’t travelling to look for love: “Although randomly meeting a solo foreign female traveler is a great start for a rom-com, we’re not all traveling by ourselves because we’re single.” In fact, for 42% of women, the primary reason to travel solo is to gain independence and freedom — not a date...” Read more

What It's Like to Be on a 40-day Long Cruise

Reader's Digest

"Audiences at cruise ship shows may have more of a say in the entertainment, says Alissa Musto, a professional cruise ship entertainer. "As a piano bar entertainer, longer cruises will consist of more 'all-request' performances rather than standard, themed shows with definite setlists," to ensure guests don't hear the same songs over and over again...” Read more

7 Women Share What It's Really Like To Work On A Cruise Ship

Refinery29

To find out what it's really like to work and live on a cruise ship, we spoke to seven current and former employees. We talked to a dancer, a pianist and vocalist, a fitness instructor and spa manager, a wig designer and stylist, a groups and event manager, an English hostess, someone who worked with the kids' program and in future sales. Ahead, these women share the best and worst parts about the job and even spill some juicy stories from their time on board...Read more

Frequent Travelers Share Their Favorite Airplane Hacks

Readers Digest

"Alissa Musto, a professional musician who travels about 10 or 11 months out of the year, says she usually waits until she's already at the airport to check in rather than checking in early. "When you check in, the airlines are hoping you're going to pay extra to sit by the window or where there might be a few empty seats next to you, so they're going to assign the less desirable seats first," Musto says. "If you wait to check in, you have a better chance of getting assigned a more desirable seat, which they're hoping someone would pay for..." Read more

13 things smart travellers always do before a flight

Readers Digest Australia

"Great, did you just sprint all the way to your gate only to find out it was switched to one much closer to where you started? “Sign up for flight updates on your phone,” says Alissa Musto, a professional travelling musician and singer-songwriter. “If your flight is delayed or security lines are long, you’ll get updates in real time so you know what to expect when you arrive at the airport and can plan accordingly..." Read more

These affordable weekend getaways are perfect for your next (cheap) girls' trip

Yahoo Life

"Miami tends to get a lot of love, but traveling musician and blogger Alissa Musto said we shouldn’t forget about another Florida city: Fort Lauderdale. “I’ve flown to Fort Lauderdale for $100 round trip,” she said. In addition to sandy beaches, you can’t miss attractions like the Instagram-worthy Bonnet House Museum & Gardens or the Everglades..." Read more

6 Ways to Avoid Stress While Traveling For Work

Choice Hotels Blog

“I’m frequently traveling for work, and my favorite way to alleviate stress is getting in a good workout,” says Alissa Musto, a professional musician. Among her stress relief tips..." Read more

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