Once on one of our earlier cruises I was admiring a "work of art" from Park West in the ocean bar. There was a very nice woman there that was at my dinner table each night. We began to discuss the paintings and I mentioned how very much I liked that particular one but that it was too expensive for me.
The next week was my birthday and this amazing woman presented me with the painting at dinner that evening! Imagine my pleasure at this unwarrented gesture.
I was just wondering what random acts of kindness have happened to you on board. Or maybe you performed one for someone else.
Years ago we were in the Casino and I was playing a quarter slot machine. I had won a little, lost a little and didn't know exactly how many quarters were in my cup but there was probably something like $25 in the cup. I had been playing beside a cute honeymoon couple who didn't have a lot of extra cash and I could see they were having so much fun but alas had run out of quarters.
I felt bad they were going to have to leave...they were enjoying themselves. I was proud of them they knew their limit and were not going to over extend themselves. I stood up, yawned and said......That's it, I'm tired and going to find my DH. Bedtime. Good Night. They smiled and said Good Night. As I turned to leave, I handed them my cup and asked they please have some more fun and use them up for me.
They were so surprised and it made me feel good. Such a small gesture was a little surprise for a nice young couple.
I remember being so impressed on one of my HAL cruises at the kindnesses shown by fellow passengers for people who had suffered tragic losses while onboard.
On my Hawaii/South Pacific cruise last January ... a woman lost her mother a short while out of San Diego. Her mom had been sick, but she honestly didn't think it was near the end or she wouldn't have booked the cruise. But, three or so days after we sailed, she got a phone call that mom had passed. Her original plan was to leave the ship as soon as we docked at the first Hawaiian port, but several of her friends talked her out of it. The memorial service could wait until the cruise was over. There was no reason she had to run home and miss out on a vacation she had dreamed about for years. Once we got into our first Hawaiian port, a fellow passenger purchased a journal for her ... and encouraged her to sit in a quiet place each morning and write letters to her mom. This seeme to really help her focus her thinking on the fact that her mom was at peace now, and she should be too. Apparently her mom had been very ill.
I also saw fellow passengers go out of their way to help a woman whose husband had died onboard. She was traveling with her husband and adult son, and the husband was apparently quite ill. He was wheelchair bound and had some other health problems. After our last South Pacific port, on those six sea days back to San Diego, the husband died. The "Bright Star" call went out at around 11:30 at night and apparently onboard medical staff could not revive him.
Luckily the woman still had her son nearby to console her, but I could not believe how fellow passengers took the time to extend their condolences and offer whatever assistance they could ... from doing her laundry to getting her food in the Lido ... she had offers from every which way for any kind of assistance she might need. And that was just from her fellow passengers. HAL too did everything they could to console her.
Somehow I don't think you would get that type of consideration on a mega ship. There would just be too many people intent on having their own good time. That's what I like about HAL. Not just the caring crew, but the type of passenger they generally attract. Much more considerate of their fellow man.