Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > People > Chit - Chat for Cruisers
Register Forgot Password?

Chit - Chat for Cruisers Open Forum for non-cruise posts. Please refrain from inflammatory rhetoric that could be considered offensive. We reserve the right to edit or delete for any reason.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old April 21st, 2003, 12:03 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 4,017
Default POLL: What makes a great Cruise Director?

Everyone has their favorite Cruise Director... and there are a few names that elicit groans all around! In your opinion, what makes a great CD great? What was it about your favorite CD that made him or her your favorite?

Personally I haven't sailed with a cruise director yet whom I would term "great." The guy on the Millennium was better than the others, though. He was just more entertaining and scheduled a lot of interesting onboard activities.

Cheers,
Michelle B.


Carnival Fantasy


Land Cruise, Britain and Belgium

__________________
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now posting as MichelleP.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old April 21st, 2003, 02:32 PM
Denise77's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 407
Default Re: POLL: What makes a great Cruise Director?

Well, since the Paradise in June will be our first cruise I don't have the experience to back it up, but I would think that a great CD would:

1. Always smile and include everyone if possible in activities, encouraging involvement on a personal level.
2. He/She would have lots of humor and could "wing" if necessary in awkward situations to make the guest feel right at home.
3. They would schedule a well rounded activity level that would include something everyday for every age.
4. They would delegate menial task as to allow themselves more time to be included in activities.
5. They would know how to break the ice by exposing some bludders so that would make things down to earth, no mask.

Am I dreaming???
Denise

__________________
Paradise June 2003
Fascination 05 Bahamas
Fascination 05 Mx
Fantasy Dec 2 Big Easy to Mx
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old April 21st, 2003, 02:45 PM
AR
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: POLL: What makes a great Cruise Director?

1. An almost uncanny sixth sense to gauge the crowd's mood, likes, dislikes, wants and needs. This is a moving target--sometimes day to day--and it takes a sharp person to have a constant feel for this.

2. A genuine sense of humor, as opposed to a stock book of jokes. And a personal style that makes the humor flow naturally and spontaneously.

3. Real intelligence, combined with unfailing common sense.

4. Kindness and patience that are not forced or condescending.

5. The ability to instill these qualities in the cruise staff that work for him/her.

5. And, of course, a tremendous amount of interest in, and curiosity about, all sorts of people.

AR
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old April 21st, 2003, 05:14 PM
rollerdonna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Caribou River, Nova Scotia
Posts: 16,616
Default Re: POLL: What makes a great Cruise Director?

a great sense of humour, definately. And all of the above from AR.

Donna

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old April 22nd, 2003, 08:52 AM
PEB PEB is offline
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: I live in Duluth Minnesota
Posts: 644
Default Re: POLL: What makes a great Cruise Director?

To tell the truth I pay very little attention to the Cruise Director. Whether the Cruise Director is good or bad has very little effect on my cruise because I am not big on the shows and I am not one to participate in the games. I go to relax and meet new people which I do not need a Cruise Director for.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old April 22nd, 2003, 10:04 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 3,988
Default Re: POLL: What makes a great Cruise Director?

I think a great cruise director is the one standing on the stage on any cruise that I am on. Second, after the third bottle of Corona, they all are great.
Truly, I find that it is less the "persona" that they put on on stage and more the coordination of activities and the motivation of staff carrying them out. By the time most make cruise director they have the "act" down pretty good it is more the staff motivation and coordination part that I think makes a difference.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old April 23rd, 2003, 08:29 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Palmer, Massachusetts
Posts: 12,716
Default Re: POLL: What makes a great Cruise Director?

A good cruise director is only as good as his/her staff. If they have a great staff and he/she is a good leader/motivator than that's a great combo. I think that a CD and their staff need to be gregarious but not phony. Its as simple as a smile and a "good morning" or whatever when you catch their eye. I think that a CD really shines when it comes to "special events" or occassions. If you want something special done on the cruise, a good CD will do all that they can to help.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
POLL - Carnival's BEST Cruise Director?? Kuki Carnival Cruise Lines 41 April 6th, 2006 04:56 PM
POLL..What's IMPORTANT. GREAT ship, GREAT Food, GREAT Servic Kuki Chit - Chat for Cruisers 19 April 2nd, 2004 08:19 AM
POLL... WHO'S your FAVORITE Cruise Director?? Kuki Chit - Chat for Cruisers 24 March 19th, 2003 05:16 AM
POLL- What Makes for a PERFECT cruise in your book? Kuki Chit - Chat for Cruisers 16 September 29th, 2002 11:49 PM
Best Cruise Director?? Poll sami Carnival Cruise Lines 16 October 30th, 2001 08:16 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:33 AM.
design by: Themes by Design



Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1