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Old 07-30-2013, 12:07 AM   #16
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No big deal as far as I am concerned... I have seen this on Carnival, Royal, Disney, Norwegian and Princess over the years.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:20 AM   #17
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When we ate dinner in Cabana's there were a few tables with officers (in white uniforms) - 2 with families and 1 table of just officers.

Didn't impact our experience at all.

I don't get why it's an issue - it's not like they are pushing us out of the way to get to the chow.....
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:20 AM   #18
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Last year Captain Marco was sitting one table over from us on Castaway Cay at the eating area on Serenity Bay. We've run into CMs on shore while in port. It's good to know that CMs can get some time off while in port too, they work such long hours.

It's no different then running into people outside of their job at home. My DH sees the local news anchors at his Walmart all the time and he used to see the Univ of KY women's basketball coach there too. Or seeing a high up elected official at my doctor's office. When you work with the public, your private life tends to be a bit more public, especially on a confined area like a cruise ship.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:24 AM   #19
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I was reading a discussion on FB about passengers on another line being upset because they had to dine at the buffet with crew members. I was just wondering how people here on the DIS would feel if Disney started doing this.
Was the FB discussion about random CMs eating, or did they mean the crew dining room was gone and crew and passengers all shared the same buffet?
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:27 AM   #20
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I've seen several situations where CMs can use guest areas: I've seen an officer with what looked like his family traveling on board at the buffet. I've sat next to a non-Disney entertainer at the buffet. I've seen the Captain and some fellow officers eating table service lunch. I've seen a concierge running laps on Deck 4. I've seen a regular CM watching a movie in the Buena Vista Theater. I've chatted with a CM one evening as a fellow patron at the Cove Bar, and learned that off-duty CMs can be guests at the regular bars, but may not consume any alcohol (there is a CM-only bar down below or their staterooms for that). If they're not working, they can use Castaway Cay (although they do have their own private beach where probably most of them go), and they can go ashore for the day when in port.

So, there's a lot that off-duty CMs can do both on board and in port that are the same as guests. For the most part, they wear street clothes and you'd never know they were CMs from the ship unless you recognized them.
Ditto all of the above....we have also seen off-duty stage performers hanging out by the adult pool.

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Old 07-30-2013, 08:39 AM   #21
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Brent Davies sat down with us for breakfast back in 98, on the Magic. It was quite crowded and we had a rather large table for the 2 of us, so we simply asked if he'd like to join us. Had a wonderful conversation with him. I certainly don't mind any CM dining with guests!
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We experienced this on Holland America last year in Alaska. It was mostly officers and directors. My only complaint was that one side of the dining room was for them only on those night, but no signs were posted to let passengers know that. We were embarrassed when we realized we were sitting on the wrong side
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:07 AM   #23
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I do not mind it one bit. We sailed on Princess (the Ruby Princess) this past April, and ate in the buffet every night. (It was a casual cruise for us...basically getting away from real life.) In fact, we ate quite late each night as well. Every single night there were crew members eating with us up there. Actually, we did not notice them at first, but eventually started seeing their name tags. The two formal nights were the best as they all came to dinner in the buffet all spiffied up! A couple of nights we even saw the Commodore (captains of the Princess ships are referred to as the Commodore) chatting it up with his crew, often sitting with them for a short time. We really enjoyed the overall atmosphere!
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I can't imagine why it would be a problem. Unless there was boorish behavior (and I don't know why there would be) I don't see any grounds for disliking this.
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I can't imagine why it would be a problem. Unless there was boorish behavior (and I don't know why there would be) I don't see any grounds for disliking this.
Because some believe the "help" should stay where they belong. Some of us, the "help" in our daily lives while not being lucky enough to cruise, don't mind when the crew gets to let down their hair
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Other than stated above, we had no problems with it at all. What was really neat was that many of them had their families with them and it was probably the first meal of the day that they got to see their husband/wife/dad/mom, etc.
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Last time we were on a cruise when Brent was the CD, his family was visiting. We frequently saw him with his wife and child...at the buffet and on the pool deck just hanging out being a dad/husband. It was really neat.
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I love seeing the crew around the ship just enjoying some free time! They work such long hours, so they should be allowed to enjoy the magic of Disney, not just make it! I've also found most of the crew are just genuine nice people that I enjoy talking to. Everyone deserves to have some fun! I also value that Disney allows them to do things like enjoy Castaway Cay or go on excursions.
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I was reading a discussion on FB about passengers on another line being upset because they had to dine at the buffet with crew members. I was just wondering how people here on the DIS would feel if Disney started doing this.
Are they aware the crew sleeps on the same ship as them as well?
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