Posted March 30th, 2013, 08:01 PM
Last edited by WesW; March 30th, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Disagree strongly. Personally ran three (one with the help of another CCr) meet & greets on board the voyager last yr (24 days in April (Dubai to Istanbul) and then 18 days (Mumbai to Bali) in December. Easily I spent 20+ hrs organizing the meet and greets before we boarded. Ask any CCr who attended and they will tell you they had fun and enjoyed these M/G's. The difference (IMO) in the success of our M/G's was not the F& B manager but the CD, Willie Aames our CD (Dubai to Istanbul) hit a Grand slam for Dubai to istanbul (we held two M&G's). On the other hand Paul Reynolds (Mumbai to Bali) as CD hit a foul ball. My experience in running a half dozen of these on regent, is the CD is the center of gravity on whether they run well or not. Host Dan has it right, Regent relies on CC guests to organize when again, IMO, Regent should foot the bill--they don't contract with Cruise Critic, because Regent/PCH is very, very cheap.
Pix of one of the three Meet & Greets (we organized not Regent):
ps. am running three MG on Silversea this year, but the difference is when I engaged (last fall) the President of Silversea and I explained the logic behind supporting the M/G for Silversea (after six months when she engaged all six hotel directors on SS) she agreed. Now SS is working with CC to host formal Meet & Greets. They join Crystal, RCCL, Celebrity and Azamara (who have formal M/G's with CC) who put their money/where their dedication to their CC guests are.