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Cruise Director Tom with Guest Relations Mgr Gary
It’s a quiet day for April Fool’s Day.   I show up at 9:30 am for the Cruise Director’s talk and not too incidentally coffee with  the ship’s Guest Relations Manager Gary.  These talks with the crew members are a really good idea because they are so informal and we spend so much time with the crew around.  It’s nice to get to know a few more of them a little better and to hear some of their stories.  Tom, the Cruise Director, is one of those lucky people who has a job that suits him perfectly.  He seems to truly love having a microphone in his hand, talking to people – that we’re a captive audience doesn’t hurt either.

The instructors provided by Holland America are very interesting.  My favorites are Frank, who shares port information (gathered over a lifetime’s experience) in a precise English accent sharpened by a dry English wit.  Kathy who teaches bridge is also a favorite – she has a “go for it – it’s only a game” mentality that makes you want to participate.  I also enjoy the photography lectures David Smith (see photo) and the history-of-all-kinds-of-thing lectures by Frank (see photo from yesterday).

Tonight is another formal night and we get dressed up again.  My husband actually agrees to dance with me (even though it’s not New Year’s Eve).  The crew has spent hours decorating the ship and I have Prom flashbacks.

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nonna says:
Thanks for the comments - but don't think I'm not having a great time. I am. And the next port, Funchal, has made long cruises a favorite way to travel. I'm going to be visiting places I would never get to see otherwise. I'm even going to Georgia, Russia and Bermuda on this trip.
Posted on: Apr 04, 2010
X_Drive says:
So far, so wonderful!! It sounds like a fantastic cruise!!! :D
Posted on: Apr 02, 2010
londonstudent says:
This is a great blog - thank you - but it's beginning to confirm all my worst imaginings about what a cruise would be like!
Posted on: Apr 02, 2010
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