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msblackjack 2 12.50%
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Luanne Russo 6 37.50%
susierphillips 1 6.25%
monkeythyme 0 0%
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Old March 16th, 2009, 12:45 PM
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Old March 16th, 2009, 08:29 PM
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I am sure we will be inundated with great stories. A behind the scenes book would make a great read, while on a ship..Good luck everyone!
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Old March 16th, 2009, 10:02 PM
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Edited to add: Ohhh Carp, it pertains to a carnival employee only.... hmmm don't have a story for that... darn....

My best encounter with a cruise ship employee was a threesome... WAIT it isn't what you think; haha;

the bartender on a Royal Carribbean ship loved us soo much; he invited us to help him tend bar; so Erik and I were both behing the bar serving up drinks; it was a blast. We were teaching him American jokes for his customers; we even taught him to ask the ladies "How's tricks?"' . With his accent and innocent face it was hilarious; of course, we had some explaining to do as some of the ladies didn't have a sense of humor. Needless to say, the bartender got great tips and thanked us for all our help . He dubbed us Captain & Mrs Bud Light.

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Old March 19th, 2009, 12:25 PM
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I cannot remember the name of the ship or the name of the employee but I can remember this much.

She was our waitress on one of the smaller ships we have sailed on. She attended to us sooo much that we became very good friends. She was at our beck and call in all the meals of the day on the very long cruise. She was from Romania.

One day she had an accident. Some how the area around their dining room station became greesy. In her fast movements she fell and enjured her head on the floor. She was taken away to the medics.

We became very worried about her so the next day we decided to go see her. As you know the Crew quarters are off limits to passengers. But hat did not stop us. We searched for her cabin and found her laying in bed. She was improving in her ailments but I could not help to look around.

Those cabins are Soooo small. 2 crewmembers to a cabin and gosh there was no room to trun around. Believe me the crew members do not have the facilities that we have above them.

Our waitress was back on duty the next day somewhat recovered from her fall.
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This should be easy for me, but I have blocked out our cruise experiences, until I am better able to deal with the memories of being with Joe.

I do have one that is on going. On the Valor in Dec. we did a B2B on the Valor. Joe and the rest of the family met two wonderful employees. Ron in the piano bar, and Nina in Karaoke.

Joe spent most of the time, with one or both of them for two weeks, and all became very good friends. They planned to keep up with Joe on his myspace, and maybe one day get him a job on one of the ships. (We all thought it would be a good experience for him)

When they found out that Joe had been killed, both did a tribute on his myspace. When they realized that Jim was maintaining Joe's site, they began to tell him wonderful stories about Joe.

Both have stayed in touch all these many weeks, and have given us many memories to hold on to.

Most of the time, you meet employees, enjoy the time with them, and never see them again. These two have truly gone out of their way to be apart of our sadness, and smiles.
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Old March 20th, 2009, 11:01 PM
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I recently had an interesting chat with a staff member on a Princess ship.
Since Princess is owned by Carnival, does that count?

I noticed Debbie right away, because she was a "woman of a certain age", not one of the usual perky, energetic young people we've come to expect on a cruise staff, especially on the front lines of the CD's entertainment staff.
She hosted almost all of our daily Trivia contests, and was always upbeat, humourous, and happy to chat with us.

When I saw her at the 50's Sock Hop, in a poodle skirt, bobby sox and her hair in pigtails, I thought "You go girl!"

Even in the Library, where her schedule sent her every day, she always had a smile, a joke, and a few friendly words.

At the end of the week, she hosted the Walk for the Cure fundraiser for Breast Cancer, and I had a chance to sit down and chat with her about how she came to be working on a cruise ship "at her age".

She told me that she had a life-changing experience about 5 years ago, around age 50. She got divorced after 25 years marriage, lost her father, and had a breast lump removed, all in the space of a year.
A friend convinced her to try a cruise to "cheer her up", and she was so smitten with cruising that she decided to make a complete career change, from being a corrections officer in a penetentiary, to working on a cruise ship!
She took to it like a duck to water, and has been cruising ever since.
Despite the long hours - (she showed me her incredible daily schedule!), and the sometimes cramped quarters, she truly loved her job, and it showed. Debbie always had a smile for everyone, even the "difficult" passengers.
When I commented to her that it was certainly a big change from a corrections officer to entertainment staff, she quipped "Prisoners, Passengers, what's the difference?" Funny girl!
Here's a photo of me with Debbie after the Walk for the Cure.
She was such a tiny little dynamo, and it was a great pleasure meeting her.



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It was our first visit on a Royal Caribbean ship last spring. We took a four day short cruise out of FLL. One day, we thought it would be very nice to have lunch inside the main restaurant. Imagine our surprise when all of the staff were lined up to greet us. Someone, I forgot who, asked us for our card and I happiily waved him off. Anyway, we were seated and we could not believe that the Captain was seated right next to me. It was then that I thought, "oh no, what's going on". Well, we had a delightful conversation; he is the Captain of the Enchantment, and he was such a charming man. Lunch was wonderful, too. beef wellington! Wow, we picked the best time to eat lunch! All of a sudden it occured to me that this must be some special luncheon for cruisers with, say 25 or more cruises. Uh oh. Well, we knew that the way our table partners were carrying on. We had such a nice lunch though, with the fine wines flowing. Toward the end of the luncheon, I turned to the Captain, laughed at something he said, and spilled my entire glass of red wine on his very white uniform. I was mortified. Every staff member in the dining room came running and I was terribly embarassed. The Captain was so sweet.
He laughed and said to me that the next time I am visiting the Enchantment, that I am to have dinner with him. What a classy guy!!!!!!!!!
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I am pretty sure Paul means an "encounter". While I have had encounters with other guests on board, unfortunately I never made it with one of the crew. Although, on the Regal Empress there were some really cute bar gilrs that were being quite friendly. I tried but was unable to hook up.
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Uh, Dave, I'm not exactly sure that's what he meant by "encounter". Of course, we could use some clarification on the matter.
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Oops! I missed the assignment.
On our first cruise, it seemed we were always crossing paths with our assistant waiter [Sigrid] during the days, probably because she was working the lido buffet. One morning she confided to us that she was going to have the afternoon off in Ocho Rios and could not wait to get to the Burger King. That night in the dining room, she told us she had barely made it back to the ship after downing two Whoppers and still had one last Whopper in her room for later. She told us she got so tired of all the "good food" on the ship and just needed her "junk fix" occasionally.
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Ummmm Paul? When does the judging and awarding of prizes take place?

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Hi Paul,
It's May 1. Who won?
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I do not know if this qualifies as an encounter with an employee but it is an amazing coincidence.

On February 25th 1983 We boarded the Carnival's Festivale for my very first cruise. We were sailing out of Miami to Nassau, San Juan, Puerto Rico and St Thomas. We were in our cabin unpacking when the cabin steward knocked on the door. He came in and introduced himself to us. His name is Franklyn. He attended our every need that week and made our first cruise special.
On February 25th 2007 We boarded Carnival Pride at Long Beach California. As we were unpacking the cabin steward came to introduce himself to us. Imagine my surprise when I saw Franklyn. It was exactly 24 years to the day since my first meeting with this gentleman. Considering the size of the fleet and the numbers of cabin stewards in Carnivals fleet I find this to be an amazing thing. To even have the same steward twice is amazing. Then add in the fact that it was across the continent, the long span of time and the exact anniversary.

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Sorry, but I amended the top message last night to say I would still take entires over the weekend.
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Can I ask why my name was not included in the voting? I did make an entry, and everyone else's was included......

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I vote for Donna!
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When does the voting close on this?

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So, do we have a lucky winner yet? Enquiring minds want to know!

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Well, since I'm not going to win, I checked it out from the library!

It's pretty good actually, so far. It's a tale of wild crew parties, naked debauchery, sleep deprivation -- and when that's all over, serving the passengers!
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I received my book in the mail yesterday.

I wanted to take a minute for those who voted for me, and to Paul for going to the trouble to do this.

I thought all of the stories were good, and deserved to win, so if you would like to read it, maybe we could pass it around.

Luanne

PS Paul, thanks for the extras. It never fails that when I need uplifting, someone always comes through for me.
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I voted for Dave The Wave because it showed good common sense on the part of the Ship's crew to not have any "close encounters of any kind' (only kidding DTW)

on a serious note, I actually like them all...can they all receive the prize
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