Good points. OP is new to these boards, his only 5 postings were those early in this thread. He did give a fair amount of detail, so hoax does not appear too likely; but I do wonder why he hasn't returned.
As a PS, my view concerning a ship's officer being relocated stems from my twice being relocated, once two days, once five, as a junior officer in the US Navy to make room for "VIP" guest passengers: Congressmen, cabinet officials and others frequently sailed on Navy ships as a sort of PR freebie. Annoying, but not that much hassle. In this case, his personal effects would have to be relocated for the time, but he would likely be on watch or otherwise be able to "hang out" - to accommodate an elderly passenger who could not be decently asked to just hang out.
Quite a different situation for a Congressman to relocate a Junior U.S. Naval Officer than a guest on a cruise ship to relocate an Officer.
JMO but I don't think of these situations as being anything close to the same.
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