Kaj Turunen, Hotel Director NCL Pearl... Guinness World Book of Records Nominee

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#1
219 Posts
Joined Sep 2004
We had the pleasure of sailing aboard the NCL Pearl over Christmas & New Years and meeting Kaj Turunen, Hotel Director. We have contacted the Guinness World Book of Records and nominated Kaj for the prestigious award of welcoming the most number of passengers back on board a ship in one day from any cruise line. It didn't matter whether it was raining or sweltering Kaj was there to greet all with a smile whether you were sailing on NCL or not. Great Advertising for NCL a Crew that Cares.........Kudos Kaj and NCL. The Tusa's (See Photo Below)

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#2
Nashville, TN
419 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
I had the honor of being on the NCL Spirit where Kaj was subbing in as Hotel Director while someone was away for a few weeks. He was wonderful. Remembered me by name from the cruise critic meet n greet. He threw a lobster bbq for the staff one day while we were in port to thank them for the hard work they had done on the 2 cruises before (hurricane closed the port of NOLA).

A good Hotel Director really made a difference for us!
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Tim

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#3
Ontario, Canada
624 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
You are right! We met Kaj last year on the Pearl and he was everywhere!
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#4
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Joined Dec 2008
Here Here.... A fine gentleman.
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#5
Midwest US
801 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Originally posted by source
We had the pleasure of sailing aboard the NCL Pearl over Christmas & New Years and meeting Kaj Turunen, Hotel Director. We have contacted the Guinness World Book of Records and nominated Kaj for the prestigious award of welcoming the most number of passengers back on board a ship in one day from any cruise line. It didn't matter whether it was raining or sweltering Kaj was there to greet all with a smile whether you were sailing on NCL or not. Great Advertising for NCL a Crew that Cares.........Kudos Kaj and NCL. The Tusa's (See Photo Below)

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I don't know when the man sleeps. We saw him morning, noon, evening, late night. He's incredible. We had the honor of being invited to dinner with him one evening of our recent cruise on the Pearl. It was splendid. He deserves any accolades he receives.
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#6
Ottawa, Canada
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Joined Jun 2005
I thought you were recommending him for putting up with the world's worst passenger, but I like yours more

Well done
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#8
NY
357 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Met Kaj on the Pearl, in fact he picked up our bar bill one night in Posh...nice guy
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#10
Helsinki, Finland
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Originally posted by roger001
He must have replaced Klaus, who I thougt was outstanding when we were on the Pearl several months ago.
My fellow Finn Kaj was HD on Pearl when we were onboard in Jan 2011 so I'd assume that either he's been subbing there quite a lot or Klaus was actually the temp.

Kaj is truly amazing HD, I hope to sail with him someday again.
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