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Old 06-21-2012, 11:50 AM   #11
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Is this slight creepy? Almost tantamount to stalking?

Yes it's great to have the same cruise staff or server, stateroom host etc on your next cruise, but actually tracking them down to the ships and when they are on vacation?

Surely as long as you have great service, wouldn't it be good to meet new CM's and if the old ones are aboard say Hi to them?
Creepy? Tracking them down? No, not really. Much of the information is provided BY the cast member themselves. If they do not want you to know when there are on/off the ship, or that they moved to another ship ... they will not say anything. On the other hand, I have booked cruise dates specifically to coincide with a server's schedule ... and servers have been known to extend their contracts, so they can be reunited with previous guests.

Those of us who have sailed more than a dozen DCL cruises have developed relationships with numerous personnel. Many guests communicate with cast members via Facebook ... some guests go on a land-vacation to visit a cast member in their home country (the cast member would not delve into this, if they did not want the guest to visit).

Currently, I send monthly care packages of US chocolate *goodies* to several cast members. They let me know when they are going on vacation, and when they are returning. Their fellow cast members can get extremely jealous when they see the care packages received. Sending a care package is usually GREATLY appreciated ... as it tells the cast member how much they are appreciated. I have had some cast members tell me it makes them feel good - especially when they are so far away from home!

I sailed the Maiden Fantasy, but my Main Dining Room server (since 2008) had been promoted to Palo. I was provided with a list of suggestions (from my former server), which served as the basis for this thread. So, if anyone would like to request a server ... this thread can provide numerous opportunities to select an appropriate cast member (requesting a stateroom host is a different situation).

Having sailed on dozens of cruises, I have had many different servers. Some are OKAY, some are GOOD, while others are FABULOUS. I'd rather opt for a FABULOUS server as opposed to an OKAY server. This thread provides feedback for FABULOUS cast members, and makes it easier for guests to select a FABULOUS cast member. Since many guests tend to TIP generously for extreme service, this thread is tantamount to providing the cast members with more money in their pockets. They way I look at it, this thread is one more way of thanking the cast members for their dedication and service.
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