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Old January 14th, 2008, 03:14 PM
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Will be sailing on the Inspiration in a matter of day . Can those of you who have sailed with Risa Barnes as C.D. tell me your opinions?

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It has been a few years since we sailed with her. She was fine. I don't remember any un-necessary or loud announcements. She was friendly when we ran into her at one of the ports. I witnessed her helping a couple get back to their inside cabin on Main (the husband was disabled and the wife was clearly overwhelmed with the wheelchair) ...all the way to the cabin. She had just gotten back from the beach herself. They thought it was a "nice" fellow passenger who had helped them.

The programs and games ran smoothly...so all in all...I would give her an A.
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I really liked Risa. We are from the same "neck of the woods" and we spoke for about 10 minutes one day when I just saw her walking around, visiting with passengers. I thought she was very approachable, and really seems to love her job.
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We sailed with her last Feb and we both thought she was great. We liked her alot better than the CD that we had on the Triumph back in Oct. She has personality and gets involved. We are looking forward to sailing with her again in April.
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We had Risa on the Celebration in Feb 06, she is a great C.D. very friendly when you meet out and about. Enjoy your cruise.
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Ditto what everyone said! She was very personable but yet professional.
She seems to love what she does, and it's contagious. I think you will really enjoy sailing with her!!
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She reminded me a lot of Lisa Remini. I thought she was great! Very nice and fun!
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Risa was the CD when DH and I cruised Celebration back in Feb of 06 and she was great, Dh was in the welcome aboard show and my name was also mentioned as it was my birthday and any time we saw her on the ship, which was alot because Celebration is a small ship she addressed us by name, which really impressed me. She was alot of fun and very personalbe.

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She reminded me a lot of Lisa Remini. I thought she was great! Very nice and fun!
Leah Remini...I thought so too!!!
my wife thoughtI was nuts (but that's nothing new)
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Risa's cool. She's a South Carolina native. We've had her on four of our six cruises.

BUT, we just got off Inspiration on Thursday (10/29) and the CD for our cruise was Skip. Is there a change happening soon?
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Risa is OUTSTANDING! I love that girl!!

She's the most amazing organizer I've ever seen. She's great with the passengers, constantly, and will do pretty much anything she can to make a voyage special.

She's one of the best cruise directors I've ever sailed with!!!



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This is a very OLD posting someone posted to so the ship information is no longer valid. Risa is currently assigned to the Carnival Fantasy. She is currently on vacation.

All I can say is that Risa is avoiding me. She was suppose to be on the Blogger's cruise and got pulled to do a charter. Now I am sailing again on the Fantasy and her vacation has been extended for her to go to a Cruise Director Conference onboard the Carnival Imagination Nov 16-20th.

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Dang... I missed the date of the OP. Somebody resurrected it and I bought right into it. Oops!
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Risa is OUTSTANDING! I love that girl!!

She's the most amazing organizer I've ever seen. She's great with the passengers, constantly, and will do pretty much anything she can to make a voyage special.

She's one of the best cruise directors I've ever sailed with!!!



Hi, Risa!!!




I found her to be the worse CD I have ever sailed with. She was too matter of fact, no humor in her monologues. Couldn't sing, tell a joke, humorless, timing was off except when she did the little joke with a kid about putting a quarter under his pillow and it would be five dollars the next morning.
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Dang... I missed the date of the OP. Somebody resurrected it and I bought right into it. Oops!
Don't worry....you are not alone!!!!

It happens to all of us at some point.
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I found her to be the worse CD I have ever sailed with. She was too matter of fact, no humor in her monologues. Couldn't sing, tell a joke, humorless, timing was off except when she did the little joke with a kid about putting a quarter under his pillow and it would be five dollars the next morning.
Just shows that no CD is going to "good" to every single person.

Just as in real life....no individual is going to gel with every other individual in the world.

There are folks that LOVE Steve Cassel and he was by far the worst CD we have ever had.
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I found her to be the worse CD I have ever sailed with. She was too matter of fact, no humor in her monologues. Couldn't sing, tell a joke, humorless, timing was off except when she did the little joke with a kid about putting a quarter under his pillow and it would be five dollars the next morning.
Wow, I am really surprised to hear that. We thought she was fabulous. But, to each his own.
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That would be me
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We really loved Risa when we sailed with her in 2001.
Sure hope her vacation is over and she will be on the Fantasy when we sail on her three days after Christmas.
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Risa was CD on my Inspiration cruise last November. While the CD doesn't make or break the cruise for me, they can enhance the cruise experience. Malcolm Burn has been my favorite and I thought he really set the tone for two great cruises for me. Risa and Butch are two I felt that didn't really come across that way to me.
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