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."
That prompted a concerned look, then he
asked if we had received anything to compensate for it.
We didn't want or expect anything, so we told him the champagne was enough.
was nice about it and did appear to care.
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.
seems to be really glad to be here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
wanted to sit with the Captain or something?
Our waiter was Tadas, who was our assistant waiter on a previous Harmony cruise.
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
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.
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
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.