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#1
Sheffield, UK
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Is the fabulous Roy Dearman.

Just had a phonecall from my very good friend & cabin steward Ady whilst Dream was sailing out of Palma to fill me in on a few bits. 7 days & counting
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#2
OXFORD
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Originally posted by Doc2410
Is the fabulous Roy Dearman.

Just had a phonecall from my very good friend & cabin steward Ady whilst Dream was sailing out of Palma to fill me in on a few bits. 7 days & counting
I thought he had retired I wish he had been on when we were on
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#3
Dorset, UK
8,661 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
Yes I thought he'd definitely retired this time too (but then again I've been hearing that for several years - I think he says it every Capt's interview!).
#4
Sheffield, UK
489 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Lol well thankfully not he was captain on our last cruise & is fab as you know.

Looking forward to my cruise even more now.
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#5
588 Posts
Joined Jul 2011
The new captain was supposed to be the chap who has been staff captain on the Celebration for the last couple of years, but whose name I'm afraid escapes me. Perhaps Roy is facilitating the change for a few weeks.
#6
Sheffield, UK
489 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Originally posted by Grez
The new captain was supposed to be the chap who has been staff captain on the Celebration for the last couple of years, but whose name I'm afraid escapes me. Perhaps Roy is facilitating the change for a few weeks.
No idea Grez, all I know is Ady called me at 10pm uk time as we'd been talking on iPad & I said I was watching the webcam. I asked who the captain is & he said they had changed over today (yesterday obviously lol) & it was the German one??? Can't remember his name, & now it was Roy Dearman Don't really care about the why's & where fors just happy I got the captain I hoped for
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#7
OXFORD
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Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by Doc2410
it was the German one??? Can't remember his name
Captain Torsten Olbrich Sorry, didn't like him or his stupid stories
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#8
Kent, England
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Captain Torsten Olbrich - I thought he was brilliant with his salty sea dog stories which equally horrified and delighted the passengers. A marmite captain

Captain Dearman told us he was retiring years ago. It must be part of his interview technique. He is of course Thomsons senior captain as they don't have influence over the Louis ships. If he retires who will be senior captain? Captain Torsten

Anyone remember Captain Alan Leach? I liked him, a good sense of humour. The crew called him Sir Alan.
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Thomson Majesty 2017
P&O Oceana 2017
P&O Azura 2017
#9
basildon
432 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by CRUISIN LINDA
I thought he had retired I wish he had been on when we were on

We had him a few years ago out of Corfu either Spirit or Celebration,he was lovely spoke to him a few times, was hoping he would be on Spirit this year,never mind.
#10
OXFORD
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Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by gunn3rs3
We had him a few years ago out of Corfu either Spirit or Celebration,he was lovely spoke to him a few times, was hoping he would be on Spirit this year,never mind.
We never saw him, apart from the formal night and he said he couldn't shake hands with passengers because of his hand. Last year on the Dream, he said he had injured it and this year he said it was better but his doctor told him not to shake hands or he would damage it again. I think the real reason is infection control, though why they don't say that I don't know

Last year on the Dream he didn't even come to formal night as, apparently, he had a cold. He was never seen around the ship and the joke was that he wasn't really on board and it was just recordings we were hearing He did however turn up for the formal night on the second week and we were all reassured

Roy Dearman was captain on our first cruise and so, of course, we have a soft spot for him
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#11
Sheffield, UK
489 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
As I said when we came back last year people on board thought Dearman was my sons grandfather as they became really close. Hoping he's on in Aug too when the kids are with me x
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#12
Doncaster
1,617 Posts
Joined May 2008
Originally posted by davecttr
Captain Torsten Olbrich - I thought he was brilliant with his salty sea dog stories which equally horrified and delighted the passengers. A marmite captain

Captain Dearman told us he was retiring years ago. It must be part of his interview technique. He is of course Thomsons senior captain as they don't have influence over the Louis ships. If he retires who will be senior captain? Captain Torsten

Anyone remember Captain Alan Leach? I liked him, a good sense of humour. The crew called him Sir Alan.
dave alan leach is now working as a captain for windstar cruises, the sea called him back
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#13
Livingston, Scotland
302 Posts
Joined Sep 2012
I like Captain Torsten. His daily tannoy greetings "laideez und gentlemen, let me tell you a story" ...........our proud white lady..........

"I`m from Hamburg, I was brought up in Hamburg so that makes me a hamburger."
#14
OXFORD
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Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by davecttr

Anyone remember Captain Alan Leach? I liked him, a good sense of humour. The crew called him Sir Alan.
Was he on the Celebration in 2008? I think he may have been captain when we did Colourful Coasts in December 2008
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#15
Kent, England
5,757 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Originally posted by mtt
dave alan leach is now working as a captain for windstar cruises, the sea called him back
Ah! once you get salt water in your veins

Windstar is a bit upmarket from Thomson?
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Thomson Majesty x 3
P&O Ventura x 6
P&O Oceana x 8
P&O Arcadia
P&O Britannia
P&O Aurora x 2
P&O Oriana
TUI Discovery
NCL Epic

To come
TUI Discovery 2017
Thomson Majesty 2017
P&O Oceana 2017
P&O Azura 2017
#16
Figheldean
3,104 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
staff captain on celebration is/was (I believe) capt richard watkins

captain torsten's sea stories are hilarious....always looked forward to the pre sailing captains speechs

captain roy is a great captain and often to be seen taking his meals in the buffet with the rest of us

my favourite was the scottish captain on island escape....whose name escapes me?? ) is it bathgate?) he used to put on a little show during the cocktail receptions before introducing the staff crew (duelling banjos with a coat hanger)
#17
Lancashire
299 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
We had a little Greek captain in charge on the Destiny both times we sailed. He was stood at the front of the ship in a little sticky out bit shouting at a harbor pilot. They were both going for it in a disconcerting way. Anyway we made it into the harbor and I held back from casually putting on my life jacket and went for breakfast instead. That was the only time we saw him. The daily announcements were always made by the cruise director.
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#18
Stockport
90 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by CRUISIN LINDA
Was he on the Celebration in 2008? I think he may have been captain when we did Colourful Coasts in December 2008
We sail with him a few time including his famous sail out of Liverpool on the Celebration, I think it was 9 October 2008. Would love to sail with him again. He used to give out the Strictly results out over the tannoy on the Saturday night.
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#19
Dorset, UK
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Joined Feb 2008
Originally posted by davecttr
Captain Torsten Olbrich - I thought he was brilliant with his salty sea dog stories which equally horrified and delighted the passengers. A marmite captain

Captain Dearman told us he was retiring years ago. It must be part of his interview technique. He is of course Thomsons senior captain as they don't have influence over the Louis ships. If he retires who will be senior captain? Captain Torsten

Anyone remember Captain Alan Leach? I liked him, a good sense of humour. The crew called him Sir Alan.
Yes we like Capt Olbrich too - he had a dry sense of humour and I always thought he came over as very personable and approachable. His smile seemed genuine and the crew liked him from what some told us.

And yes - do I remember Alan Leach? The very very best ever! Now there was a man who knew and cared for his crew. He once told us he knew about 80% of his crew by name - and true enough when he was around the ship (a lot) you could hear him addressing staff by name and asking after them and often their families too. Good for him!

The crew raved about him. One told me he and his wife were just getting off the ship ready for going home on vacation and Capt Leach was at the gangway too. Capt Leach did no more than take the wife's baggage off her and carry it to the coach for her. Such a gent!!! He was very straight talking.

I often wonder what became of him - clearly there was a parting of the ways with Thomson but what a treat if he were to come back - but not likely is it? But to me he seemed to fit so well with the warmth and friendliness of Thomson - wonder how Windstar compares. But our loss and all that.....................
#20
Kent, England
5,757 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Originally posted by kruzseeka
Yes we like Capt Olbrich too - he had a dry sense of humour and I always thought he came over as very personable and approachable. His smile seemed genuine and the crew liked him from what some told us.

And yes - do I remember Alan Leach? The very very best ever! Now there was a man who knew and cared for his crew. He once told us he knew about 80% of his crew by name - and true enough when he was around the ship (a lot) you could hear him addressing staff by name and asking after them and often their families too. Good for him!

The crew raved about him. One told me he and his wife were just getting off the ship ready for going home on vacation and Capt Leach was at the gangway too. Capt Leach did no more than take the wife's baggage off her and carry it to the coach for her. Such a gent!!! He was very straight talking.

I often wonder what became of him - clearly there was a parting of the ways with Thomson but what a treat if he were to come back - but not likely is it? But to me he seemed to fit so well with the warmth and friendliness of Thomson - wonder how Windstar compares. But our loss and all that.....................
I understand he did a few shore jobs but as mentioned above is now back at sea as a captain with windstar cruises.
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Previously
Thomson Celebration x 4
Thomson Spirit x 3
Thomson Destiny x 3
Thomson Dream x 2
Thomson Majesty x 3
P&O Ventura x 6
P&O Oceana x 8
P&O Arcadia
P&O Britannia
P&O Aurora x 2
P&O Oriana
TUI Discovery
NCL Epic

To come
TUI Discovery 2017
Thomson Majesty 2017
P&O Oceana 2017
P&O Azura 2017