Over the years and cruising I keep in touch with several crew members by e-mail. I was wondering if you also do the same and have you ever met up with those crew members when you cruised again?
For some of these people they love to hear from a passenger. You just need to exchange e-mail address and explain that the individual is special and would like to keep in touch. They are far away from home and an e-mail from us tells them that we enjoyed their service. It gives them someone to write and keep in touch while they are away from their families, and you become a friend.
So far we have not met again with these crew members, but someday we will. The reunion will begin, as if we were family.
This was before the universality of the internet, but I met a wonderful man on the Fascination in 1995, and we kept in touch via letters, post cards and phone calls and arranged to see each other several more times, and in 1997 we were married! Now he lives in Arizona with me, and we keep in touch with crew members who are friends of his from his Carnival days. Does that count? lol
We sailed on the voyager a couple of summers ago and had a wonderful waiter, he was working his way through college in Hungary. Anyway our youngest really hit up a friendship with this guy and this year while Joe was finishing his senior year in England our waiter friend invited him to come to Hungary for a week, where he took Joe site seeing, fed him, let him stay at his house with his family. Joe said it was the best week he spent in Europe and they are best friends now and email every week.
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Re: Crew & Passengers meet again????
When we sailed on the Victory in August 2000 we were in the dining room checking on our seating assignment when Ronnie, the waiter from our last 7 day cruise on the Celebration came up to us and said Hi. He spotted us first. He was a wonderful waiter, unfortunately since it was only a 2 day cruise to nowhere, we couldn't get changed to his station.
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We were minding our own business on Meridian one cruise, trying to decided on a wine with dinner, when a guy at the next table said, "Try the Cabernet from XXX". Who the heck was this dude? Turned out he'd been our wine steward on two different cruises and was no longer with the cruise line.
Last Horizon cruise, there was Sarah whom a lot of people remember as the Social Hostess from the Millie cruise. Also, we had a cabin steward who swore he remembered us from an Alaska cruise.
On an Alaska cruise our room captain turned out to be a waiter we'd had on Meridian.
We've had dinner with the same Captain three times. I think I was wearing the same outfit all three.
On Rottie last spring, one of the "fig guys" recognized me from some other 'dam cruise.
We've also run into passengers we've cruised with before.
As I write this, there is a Croatian waiter from the Crystal Symphony, previously from Celebrity where we first met, who is asleep at my home visiting me while he is on vacation between contracts. On Jan. 27, we will take a cruise together on the Millie, his very first cruise as a paying guest. Yesterday I exchanged emails with the Restaurant Manager on the Zenith and a cabin stewardess on the Century, and earlier this week I received a letter and pictures from a bartender on the Horizon. So I completely agree about how nice it is to keep in touch with the crew. I love cruising and it does make all the difference in the world to get on board and immediately know some of the crew. And it's really great to know that others of you enjoy this as well.
Last night I was up VERY late and was on-line. My message light went on and when I checked my e-mail at 3 A.M, I found a message from our dining steward who took such wonderful care of us on Maasdam this past May and again in July.
We are dearly hoping to see him again this May.
We received (and sent) Christmas cards to many HAL crew members. Because we have cruised so many times for so many years on HAL, we have become true freidns with many of the crew.
It is so special to us when we arrive at a "dam" ship to hurry aboard and see who is aboard.
I've kept in touch with some crew members on Royal Caribbean via e-mail, letters, phone calls. Everytime I go back to a Royal Caribbean ship it's like going "home" because I always see a crew member I've met on a previous RCI cruise. What really surprised me was when some of the crew members not only remembered my face, but actually remembered my name! Now that's "family" and people wonder why I keep cruising on the same ships? Of course, I've booked some of my cruises because there is someone "special" on a ship.
I cruised on the Majesty of the Seas fourteen days over Christmas and New Year's. The last night the head waiter told me when I come back not to worry about where I'm assigned in the dining room that he would always have a table for me in his section. Just this morning a cabin attendant called me and the cabin attendants on Deck 3 are still talking about me! A lot of it is because I took time to talk to them and that means a lot to them.
My wife and I have been very fortunate to not only be able to keep in touch with some crew members, but also have run in to a number of the same people on differant ships at a later date! I am also delighted to say that we have developed a pretty good relationship with more than a few of them and one has become so close that she has vacationed at our home once and we have met her and friends and family on other vacations. She is like a sister to us now and just part of the family. I sincerely hope that we never become so involved with our own needs and desires that we stop meeting and making friends with those wonderful people we meet onboard ships, be they crew or passengers!
I went on my first cruise with Royal Caribbean just a few weeks ago and had an absolute blast - you are so right about them remembering your name, which I find amazing since they turn a new crew each week. They made me feel right at home. The service, food and entertainment were outstanding and now I am hooked. When can I go again?
I do wonder though if anyone out there knows of any success stories between a crew member and a passenger? I met this incredible guy who I have been corresponding with since my return. In fact, he was on my machine the night I got home. My friends are mostly supportive, however, many think that I have lost it, to even think that something so geographically challenged even has a chance. My thoughts are you only live once and why shouldn't you take risks and pursue what might be the best thing that ever happened to you. Any feedback?