I’m curious: When making your choice of a cruise (ship, destination, and/or cruise line) does the quality of the vessel’s crew have any bearing on which you choose? On Seabourn Quest this morning, on the second of three pre-inaugural shakedown cruises, I was amazed at how many crew members greeted me with comments like — “welcome back,” or “how have you been since Sojourn?” [I cruised on that Seabourn ship last fall.]
Beyond the fact that I find it amazing talent that these onboard staffers have such a great memory for names and faces (and I was told last year that Seabourn, on each ship, sends out head shots of all passengers so crew can greet them warmly), it’s a great feeling to be remembered. And a nice chunk of the five stars Seabourn cruises often warrant on both member and professional reviews on Cruise Critic, has to do with its simply amazing staff, which at this point I’d rate superior to any other luxury line.
At a press conference this morning onboard Seabourn Quest, the line’s newest ship, Rick Meadows, the line’s chief, showed a photo taken the other day of the 47 crew members who’ve presided (or more properly beavered through) the opening of the fleet’s three new vessels. Seeing such loyalty, commitment, and great smiles was a highlight of the moment but certainly, on this shake-down cruise, not by any stretch the only highlight of a three day cruise whose only significant flaw is the fact that it’s already almost over.
So back to my original question: Are there crew members you wouldn’t cruise without?
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