It's a tie between Miklos and Genardo. Both of them on our Grand Princess cruises.
If I really had to pick ONE, it would be Genardo. He was full of life and laughter and called all the women senora and all the men Boss. It was the way he said it that was so entertaining. He is an Italian. Miklos is from Hungary.
Yep, I sure do. Sarosh (waiter), Abash (waiter) and Bruno (wine steward). All great and we met on different Celebrity ships. As for which one is the favorite, each had there own personality and with there service keeps us going back and cruising Celebrity.
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It would probably have to be our very first waiter - Apollo (sp). We met him on our first cruise (aren't they the most memorable?) on the Nordic Prince in '91, caught up with him in the Grandeur or Splendour ('97-'99), and were pleasantly surprised to find him on the Grandeur (again?) in '01 as the Senior Head Waiter. He's been around a loooooong time. And..... he made every one of our RCCL cruises with him special.
I don't remember his name but I remember him because he was such a character. It was on the Old Pacific Princess in Alaska in 1987. It didn't matter what we ordeered. He was very single minded about food. He would always bring us what we ordered but almost every night he would bring us a "sooprise." It was always an entree and he was always right. Whatever it was, it was yummy. I remember he was Italian and gorgeous. Maybe that's why I remember him. I cared about such things back in those days.
I remember our favorite bus person. His name was "Sh." He was from China and one of the more amiable people I have ever met. Our waiter that cruise was awful, but "Sh" made up for all of his shortcomings and more.
Both of ours (we changed seating) were outstanding. Rus and Jiri, Carnival Spirit.
I probably wouldn't have even looked, but with reading all the reviews that named names before we went, I made it a point to remember the names of people who were good to us. I can also name quite a few casino dealers... <grin>
Our favorite has to be Dodo from Romania on the Century! When we took our kids on their first cruise in July 2000, he made sure they ate! He'd serve his other tables and then come back and make sure they liked everything, and if they didn't, he always had something else with him. He'd cut up my 13 year old daughter's meat everynight, and debone her cornish game hen and duck (she would have never even tried the latter, but he talked her into it, then made her a pile of delicious meat!) He'd trade CD's with my youngest son everynight (my son found out he was a "Rocker" like himself!)
We tipped Dodo more than any waiter we'd ever had before, or ever had since!! My kids still talk about him!
One of the best waiters I have had was Louis on the Dawn Princess but the most memorable thing about dining on the Dawn was the assitant waiter Kristina. She did an outstanding job and we always looked forward to talking with her whenever we saw her. Her attitude and her work ethic were the best I have seen so far. I know was moved up to waiter after she waited on us because we did back to backs and the second week when we talked to her she was now the waiter instead of assistant. She deserved to be moved up.
It's a choice between two -- Ivan on the Rhapsody of the Seas (he was so formal but I got him to crack up every night, and he always came by to chat toward the end of his shift); and Guy on Viking Serenade this year -- what other waiter from France insists on doing his Elvis impersonation at the end of dinner -- Mr Mike included.
What was even more funny was that a month later we were on Princess and a couple we met through cruisemates had Guy as a waiter 7-10 years earlier!
You bet I remember - Robert, Asst. Waiter, on the Elation 3 years ago. He was amazing. He remembered every night to bring my 4 y.o. neice her speghetti with sause on the side and a banana "splat" with only chocolate sauce. My daughter had her chicken nuggets in front of her every night without even asking. My wine was waiting for me too. We wrote a very nice letter recommending he be advanced to waiter and I do hope it happened for him. He made our cruise very special.
Waiter no-- asst waiter yes----- Roman----- I think he was the one who hooked my family on cruising-- especially my kids---- It was on the Elations inagural 17 day cruise-- We still talk about him today and miss him too--
But hopefully I will find a great waiter soon--- Sun Princess here we come.
The one from our first cruise in 1969 (can anyone ever beat a first timers experience?) and the one from our last cruise on the Carnival Spirit exotic western 12/01 were both the absolute best. Remembered we liked seafood (appetisers and entrees), ice tea (him) & water (me), beef had to be barely cooked, you get the idea. Worst was on a partial Panama canal transit with our kids in 1990. When hubby asked for prime rib and lobster tail on the first formal nite waiter said he could not do as different pick-up stations. Hubby asked "Do ou accept gratuities?" Guy got the idea real fast as we were 4 at a table totaling 6.
My first cruise was on Carnival Cruise line's "Carnival." My waiter's name was "O."
He was the sweetest. He always pulled out my chair for me, and laid my napkin on my lap. If I didn't make it to breakfast because I partied a little too late the night before( I was young then); he always worried about me. My busboy was really sweet, too. The combination of the two made the trip really special.
His name was pronounced Herman in english, but was spelled different in his home country of Columbia. We sailed on the Cunard Countess in 1989, and 1990. We always had a table for two and he was our waiter several times when we did two week cruises back to back. We would request his tables, and always got him. He was the greatest waiter that we have ever had. We often wonder if he is still working on cruise ships.
The best waiter I ever had was years ago on the Norway when the dining room was all Jamaican. These waiters were the best and always said "hello my lady" when you sat down at the table. They were also very charming! Too bad with this upfront tipping the service has deteriorated!