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Background Information

Employment History

Cruise Director

World Cruise

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Mediterranean 1998 [cached]

David deHavilland came out of retirement to be the Cruise Director for the World Cruise.

Barry ranted about misinformed travel agents who told their clients things that weren't true and then Crystal had to pick up the pieces or shoulder the blame later. He simply couldn't stand working on board anymore, so that's why he chose to do the shore program. He is trying to scout a port in India to replace Bombay because everyone hates it, including the crew.
He talked about the poor condition of the Cunard ships, including the Royal Viking Sun. Everyone had talked of Crystal buying it, but he said it is in such a run-down condition that it is less expensive to build a new ship than to attempt to fix up the Sun. In his opinion the Vistafjord should be scrapped. He thinks the Sea Goddess ships would make a good fit with Seabourn. He felt that the QEII should be refurbished and transferred to Holland America, but doubted that would happen.
Barry wasn't optimistic about Crystal actually building a third ship, although he claimed the company had a very good year.


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Treasures of Alaska [cached]

After being on hold for the front desk for over fifteen minutes, Dave went down and talked to them in person.

The front desk clerk asked if we enjoyed our stay, Dave said, "Sort of.
We received an invitation to dinner with David De Havilland, the retired cruise director, for tomorrow night in the dining room.
David De Havilland came out and spoke for a few minutes, which was entertaining, as usual for him. He seems to be really glad to be here.
Then David spoke briefly and it was over.
There were place cards on the table, so when David arrived and wanted to sit next to us, he was out of luck. He really warmed up to us on the 2002 World Cruise, but he has always been way too busy to have a real conversation.
We chatted a bit before the other guests arrived, which was quite pleasant. He really is a nice person and has a lot of insight into how things work, or should work. He was a Cruise Director for several cruise lines, totaling thirty years in that job. He seems slightly bitter about being forced to retire at age 60 due to "company policy", but he did say he doesn't blame Crystal for that. Apparently, the insurance company has something to say about it, too. It really is too bad because he is very talented and the guests love him. You'd never guess he was over 60, if that. Someone asked if he had to host a table every night and he said that he only has to do this six times, which isn't too terrible. He did say that he never once was able to sit down with guests in the dining room while he was a Cruise Director, so it could be that he will enjoy these evenings.
The evening was enjoyable, but most of it was idle chit chat, as is usual for this type of thing. There were eight guests, including David, at the table. A woman at a table behind us was clearly annoyed at not being included in everything, but we have no clue why. Maybe she wanted to sit with the Captain or something?
Our waiter was Tadas, who was our assistant waiter on a previous Harmony cruise. He was overjoyed to see us again and was especially amused at our casual responses regarding our order. You had to be there, but he was very amused by the memories.
After eating, it was 11:00 AM, we made it just in time to the Round Table Discussion hosted by David de Havilland in the Galaxy Lounge.
Then, Thomas made everyone sing Happy Birthday to David, who had been trying to keep his birthday a secret.
Once in the lounge, David de Havilland stopped us to thank us for the birthday card.
The evening entertainment for tonight is "As If We Never Said Goodbye" presented by David de Havilland, featuring Richard Berman, Lane Blaylock, George DeMott, Cody Gay, Mike Goddard, Gary Hunter, Tara Khaler, Jennine Jones, Lori Moran, and Bernard Walz.
Our photos from the Crystal Society Party were finally posted, so we cashed in our free photo letters and bought the one of us with the Captain and Andrew , plus our special photo with Ron and David.
Dave asked for some assorted berries with whipped cream for dessert.
After brief speeches by Ron and David, they counted down and shot off a confetti cannon filled with sparkling metallic paper.
On the way up to the room, we ran into David in the library, so we stopped to chat with him and say our goodbyes. He really does seem to be a very nice person and it was a pleasure to get to know him a bit better now that he is retired. He wants to come on the final cruise also, but since it is completely sold out he isn't sure that is possible at this point.
Bill went to retrieve the car from the garage about a block away while Dave waited with the pile of luggage outside the terminal.

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Dave endeared himself to the Crystal reps by rolling his eyes behind an obnoxious guest's back.

Dave had a banana from the fruit bowl to tide him over until lunchtime.
When the party let out, David de Havilland, the Cruise Director, came out and told Scott, the piano player, to start playing again. It was past his usual time and he said something snippy. That didn't go over well with David and he did end up playing, as he should under the circumstances.
Dave had the halibut as it should be, but he felt that the sauce was a bit odd with a slight metallic taste and would have preferred the fish plain, which is no problem to get if you remember to mention it.
The stewardess was just inserting her key in the lock when Dave turned the knob and scared her. She thought we had already left.
David, the Cruise Director, came out as usual after the show and attempted to garner interest in some of the evening activities. He said that there are so many exciting activities on board that it is, "too bad none of you have ever seen them. We only have them so we can talk about it in the brochure. It was funny, but also true.
David stopped us in the hallway outside of the theater to tell us that if we need anything or if anything isn't right, to be sure to let him know and he'll take care of it. He then just started chatting like we were old friends. He usually doesn't give us the time of day, but lube him up with a few drinks and he loses all inhibitions. He wants to have dinner with us, which is fine with us, but we'll believe it when we see it. He is aware of the fact that we rarely leave the ship, but we have no idea how he would know that.
On the way out, we crossed paths with David de Havilland , Ray, the priest, and Artie, the World Cruise Host. We didn't stop to talk to any of them, but Artie appeared interested in talking to us for the first time. Luckily for us, he was surrounded by admirers and couldn't escape.
Dave has two days of menus to catch up on in the diary.
Dave finally bought the Crystal beach towels he looks at every cruise.
Dave asked Mario if the food at lunch in the Lido was always the same as the Dining Room. At first he claimed it wasn't the same (believe us, it is exactly the same), but eventually he believed us. He was shocked to say the least. He said he would check with the chef and see why because he thinks it is supposed to be different to give guests more variety. His take on it was that if it were the same, it wouldn't be from now on.

Biography Free Audio Downloads on TeachOutLoud [cached]

Bob Mills, who wrote scripts for 85 Bob Hope specials in the 1970s and 1980s, talks candidly with Cruise Director David DeHavilland aboard the Crystal Harmony.

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