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Sounds like info from the web_reservations people. They get the CD wrong quite a bit.

 

You're 100% correct! I asked specifically to them and alas, that's what I was told. Sorry if I was misinformed, my bad :cool:.

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You're 100% correct! I asked specifically to them and alas, that's what I was told. Sorry if I was misinformed, my bad :cool:.

Not your fault Tim, they should be able to give us accurate info.

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We sent an email asking who the entertainement, CD, Captain, etc was on the 11 September 2014 Cruise on Explorer. They said it was Leigh Xereb. Wondering if he's staying on longer or if that is wrong.

 

I believe Sept 6 is his last cruise on the Explorer.

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I believe Sept 6 is his last cruise on the Explorer.

 

I sent two emails to the Cruise Directors email asking if he or who might be on the Explorer for the 14 day repo cruise in November . Did not get a response. I will try other avenues.

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I'm really fond of Rich, and I hope he comes back to Liberty for my April 2015 cruise.

 

We are too and we hope he will extend/be back on the Grandeur for our

April 10 2015 cruise!

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Someone currently on the Allure has confirmed that Ken Rush is their cruise director this week.

 

Adventure OTS - Rob McNally started on May 4 (until when? Then who?)

 

Allure OTS - Ken Rush from Aug 17 for 2 months (Ken is moving over to Quantum in mid-October) Allan Brooks expects to be back on Allure for one more contract before moving over to Quantum.

 

Anthem OTS - Joff Eaton will be taking out the ship and continuing on as its regular CD. Ken Rush will also be onboard for the first 6-8 weeks doing behind the scenes duties to provide a smooth take out

 

Brilliance OTS - Dru Pavlov began on June 28. Until when? Then who?

 

Enchantment OTS - Marc Walker from July 12 until Nov 17, then Mitch Merucci from Nov 17 until Jan 19. Marc is taking leave for several days Aug 20 - Sept 1 to attend to a family matter. The Activities Manager is filling in.

 

Explorer OTS - Leigh Xuereb from May 8 until September 6, followed by Keith Williams on September 6 until Nov 1. Leigh is not sure if he'll be returning to Explorer on Nov 1st, or if he'll be reassigned (to Allure?).

 

Freedom OTS - Casey Pelter started Aug 10 (for 2 months? 4 months?)

 

Grandeur OTS - Ricky Matthews from July 18 until October 16, then Rich Edwards from October 16 until February 2015 (Schedule has been confirmed by Rich)

 

Independence OTS - Joff Eaton May 17 through October 25. Then who? (This is Joff's last contract on Indy - after his vacation, he is headed to the shipyard mid-March to prepare for taking out Anthem on April 22, 2015).

 

Jewel OTS - Dennis Charles started July 12 for 2 months, followed by Carly Boileau for 4 months, then Dennis for 2 more months (need exact handover dates)

Legend OTS - Topi Ylönen started in July. Keith Williams starts in November.

 

Liberty OTS -Jerome Sueur started June 6. Gordon Whatman starting August 24 to September 28. (Then will Jerome return? For how long?)

Majesty OTS - Carlos Torres started June 8

 

Mariner OTS - Dan Whitney started July 30 (until when, then who?)

 

Navigator OTS - Mitch Merucci Aug 17 until Oct 19, then John Perry for 4 months .

 

Oasis OTS - Drew Devine July 19 through November 15, then Ricky Matthews starts November 15

 

Quantum OTS - Jimmy Rhodes will be taking out the ship and continuing on as its regular CD for 4 months, followed by Allan Brooks for 2 months. Ken Rush will also be onboard for the first 6-8 weeks doing behind the scenes duties to provide a smooth take out. (Zach Stratford will be the Activities Manager)

 

Radiance OTS - Mike Hunnerup from August 22 through November 5, then Amy Fickert returns November 5 for approx. 4 months

 

Rhapsody OTS - Ken Jones from August 1 for approximately 8 weeks, then Graham Seymour will return at the end of September/beginning of October.

 

Serenade OTS - Mercedes Lafuente started June 28 *John and Katrina Blair are returning in November (needs confirmation)

 

Splendour OTS - Bill Brunkhorst for the European Season

 

Vision OTS - Steve Davis started on June 9 until October 4th, then Paul Rutter October 4 through December 12, then Steve Davis returns for 4 months

 

Voyager OTS - Lixin Fang began April 10 for the Asian season

 

 

Richard Spacey is now Manager of Entertainment, Activities and Family Strategy Development for Celebrity Cruises in their corporate offices in Miami, working alongside Becky Thompson. He will be CD on Celebrity Summit starting sometime in September.

Dave Chapman has left RCCL. He is taking an extended break, and then he will be moving over to another cruiseline.

James Andrews is a real estate agent in Sydney

Mike Szwajkowski is a Canadian Mountie

Leo Papa at Cornell University working on a Master's degree in Hospitality Administration/Management

Anna Bass is now Client Services Manager at ISS London

Abe Hughes is Director of Port Revenue Operations at Royal Media Partners

João Pereira is studying Portuguese/English education and translation at Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas in Brazil

Kirk Detweiler is now CD with Silversea cruises.

Simeon Baker - married a dancer, had a baby girl and is a sales exec at a Porsche dealer in Saskatchewan

Matt Baker - Sim's brother - recently married and living in Wales. They bought a pub called the Tiddley

Kieron Buffrey - CD with Holland America

Tom Canosa - teaching 6th grade science in North Carolina

Peter Benfield and Johnny Osborne have emigrated to Thailand

Anthony Richards is living in Miami with his wife, and is working for Royal Media Partners as Manager Port Revenue Operations

Rico du Breil is now a CD with NCL

Paul Lancaster is no longer with RCI, and resides in England

Abel Jeney is International Manager at Kingswood Education and Adventure in London

Parker Cristan is living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - staging/choreographing for local theater

Ashley Kerr - married and living in Vancouver BC, working as a marketing rep for a PR firm

Karen Maybury - has a consultant/pr/entertainment agency

Jannie Cloete - leading expeditions on small ships

 

Where is Warren Allen? (aka Warren Melhuish)

(If anyone knows the whereabouts of other former RCI cruise directors, I'd be happy to add them to the end of this list, as there seems to be a lot of questions about them)

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It's now August 24 (at least it is on the east coast), so let me be the first to welcome back DonnaK. I hope you had a wonderful cruise. :)

 

Thank you Karen! I appreciate the attention you gave to updating the list while I was gone!

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When I was on the Majesty of the Seas, 8/4/2014, the cruise Director was a woman.......Michelle something from Brazil?....it was NOT Carlos

Adventure OTS - Rob McNally started on May 4 (until when? Then who?)

 

Allure OTS - Ken Rush from Aug 17 for 2 months (Ken is moving over to Quantum in mid-October) Allan Brooks expects to be back on Allure for one more contract before moving over to Quantum.

 

Anthem OTS - Joff Eaton will be taking out the ship and continuing on as its regular CD. Ken Rush will also be onboard for the first 6-8 weeks doing behind the scenes duties to provide a smooth take out

 

Brilliance OTS - Dru Pavlov began on June 28. Until when? Then who?

 

Enchantment OTS - Marc Walker from July 12 until Nov 17, then Mitch Merucci from Nov 17 until Jan 19. Marc is taking leave for several days Aug 20 - Sept 1 to attend to a family matter. The Activities Manager is filling in.

 

Explorer OTS - Leigh Xuereb from May 8 until September 6, followed by Keith Williams on September 6 until Nov 1. Leigh is not sure if he'll be returning to Explorer on Nov 1st, or if he'll be reassigned (to Allure?).

 

Freedom OTS - Casey Pelter started Aug 10 (for 2 months? 4 months?)

 

Grandeur OTS - Ricky Matthews from July 18 until October 16, then Rich Edwards from October 16 until February 2015 (Schedule has been confirmed by Rich)

 

Independence OTS - Joff Eaton May 17 through October 25. Then who? (This is Joff's last contract on Indy - after his vacation, he is headed to the shipyard mid-March to prepare for taking out Anthem on April 22, 2015).

 

Jewel OTS - Dennis Charles started July 12 for 2 months, followed by Carly Boileau for 4 months, then Dennis for 2 more months (need exact handover dates)

Legend OTS - Topi Ylönen started in July. Keith Williams starts in November.

 

Liberty OTS -Gordon Whatman starting August 24 to September 28. (Then will Jerome Sueur return? For how long?)

Majesty OTS - Michelle Pimentinha (need dates)

 

Mariner OTS - Dan Whitney started July 30 (until when, then who?)

 

Navigator OTS - Mitch Merucci Aug 17 until Oct 19, then John Perry for 4 months .

 

Oasis OTS - Drew Devine July 19 through November 15, then Ricky Matthews starts November 15

 

Quantum OTS - Jimmy Rhodes will be taking out the ship and continuing on as its regular CD for 4 months, followed by Allan Brooks for 2 months. Ken Rush will also be onboard for the first 6-8 weeks doing behind the scenes duties to provide a smooth take out. (Zach Stratford will be the Activities Manager)

 

Radiance OTS - Mike Hunnerup from August 22 through November 5, then Amy Fickert returns November 5 for approx. 4 months

 

Rhapsody OTS - Ken Jones from August 1 for approximately 8 weeks, then Graham Seymour will return at the end of September/beginning of October.

 

Serenade OTS - Mercedes Lafuente started June 28 *John and Katrina Blair are returning in November (needs confirmation)

 

Splendour OTS - Bill Brunkhorst for the European Season

 

Vision OTS - Steve Davis started on June 9 until October 4th, then Paul Rutter October 4 through December 12, then Steve Davis returns for 4 months

 

Voyager OTS - Lixin Fang began April 10 for the Asian season

 

 

Richard Spacey is now Manager of Entertainment, Activities and Family Strategy Development for Celebrity Cruises in their corporate offices in Miami, working alongside Becky Thompson. He will be CD on Celebrity Summit starting sometime in September.

Dave Chapman has left RCCL. He is taking an extended break, and then he will be moving over to another cruiseline.

James Andrews is a real estate agent in Sydney

Mike Szwajkowski is a Canadian Mountie

Leo Papa at Cornell University working on a Master's degree in Hospitality Administration/Management

Anna Bass is now Client Services Manager at ISS London

Abe Hughes is Director of Port Revenue Operations at Royal Media Partners

João Pereira is studying Portuguese/English education and translation at Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas in Brazil

Kirk Detweiler is now CD with Silversea cruises.

Simeon Baker - married a dancer, had a baby girl and is a sales exec at a Porsche dealer in Saskatchewan

Matt Baker - Sim's brother - recently married and living in Wales. They bought a pub called the Tiddley

Kieron Buffrey - CD with Holland America

Tom Canosa - teaching 6th grade science in North Carolina

Peter Benfield and Johnny Osborne have emigrated to Thailand

Anthony Richards is living in Miami with his wife, and is working for Royal Media Partners as Manager Port Revenue Operations

Rico du Breil is now a CD with NCL

Paul Lancaster is no longer with RCI, and resides in England

Abel Jeney is International Manager at Kingswood Education and Adventure in London

Parker Cristan is living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - staging/choreographing for local theater

Ashley Kerr - married and living in Vancouver BC, working as a marketing rep for a PR firm

Karen Maybury - has a consultant/pr/entertainment agency

Jannie Cloete - leading expeditions on small ships

 

Where is Warren Allen? (aka Warren Melhuish)

(If anyone knows the whereabouts of other former RCI cruise directors, I'd be happy to add them to the end of this list, as there seems to be a lot of questions about them)

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Hi Donna

 

I wrote to RCI Australia via Facebook private message re: the CD for Voyager of the Seas for the repositioning and Australia season and have been advised that it will be Chris Brown from Australia. RCI confirmed Chris will be on the ship on 25 November for Singapore to Sydney.

 

So it seems as though the web_reservations people really do give out incorrect information. I will do my best to find out how long Chris will be on Voyager when we board on 25 November.

 

Cheers Aleisha

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Hi Donna

 

I wrote to RCI Australia via Facebook private message re: the CD for Voyager of the Seas for the repositioning and Australia season and have been advised that it will be Chris Brown from Australia. RCI confirmed Chris will be on the ship on 25 November for Singapore to Sydney.

 

So it seems as though the web_reservations people really do give out incorrect information. I will do my best to find out how long Chris will be on Voyager when we board on 25 November.

 

Cheers Aleisha

 

Chris Brown was Activities Manager on my last 3 Voyager cruises.

I am thinking Royal may have the Activities Manager and Cruise Director mixed up.

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Frankie Portera (Oasis & previously Explorers Activities Manager) has just tweeted that he is joining Enchantment tomorrow for a week as CD and will then be back on vacation

 

 

Next cruise: Oasis of the Seas 12-night Westbound Transatlantic 15.10.2014

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Chris Brown was Activities Manager on my last 3 Voyager cruises.

I am thinking Royal may have the Activities Manager and Cruise Director mixed up.

 

 

Darryl Dyball will be the Activities Manager as per his announcement on his facebook page. He was on Granduer and went on vacation, his 24 July FB post says he is joining Voyager mid September and heading to Australia.

 

So maybe Chris Brown has been promoted. What is he like?

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Darryl Dyball will be the Activities Manager as per his announcement on his facebook page. He was on Granduer and went on vacation, his 24 July FB post says he is joining Voyager mid September and heading to Australia.

 

 

 

So maybe Chris Brown has been promoted. What is he like?

 

 

Thanks

Chris will be good.

But Luke and Gordon have set a high standard for Voyager in Oz waters.

 

 

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Hi Donna

 

I wrote to RCI Australia via Facebook private message re: the CD for Voyager of the Seas for the repositioning and Australia season and have been advised that it will be Chris Brown from Australia. RCI confirmed Chris will be on the ship on 25 November for Singapore to Sydney.

 

So it seems as though the web_reservations people really do give out incorrect information. I will do my best to find out how long Chris will be on Voyager when we board on 25 November.

 

Cheers Aleisha

 

Adventure OTS - Rob McNally started on May 4 (until when? Then who?)

 

Allure OTS - Ken Rush from Aug 17 for 2 months (Ken is moving over to Quantum in mid-October) Allan Brooks expects to be back on Allure for one more contract before moving over to Quantum.

 

Anthem OTS - Joff Eaton will be taking out the ship and continuing on as its regular CD. Ken Rush will also be onboard for the first 6-8 weeks doing behind the scenes duties to provide a smooth take out

 

Brilliance OTS - Dru Pavlov began on June 28. Until when? Then who?

 

Enchantment OTS - Marc Walker from July 12 until Nov 17, then Mitch Merucci from Nov 17 until Jan 19. Marc is taking leave for several days Aug 20 - Sept 1 to attend to a family matter. Frankie Portera is filling in.

 

Explorer OTS - Leigh Xuereb from May 8 until September 6, followed by Keith Williams on September 6 until Nov 1. Leigh is not sure if he'll be returning to Explorer on Nov 1st, or if he'll be reassigned (to Allure?).

 

Freedom OTS - Casey Pelter started Aug 10 (for 2 months? 4 months?)

 

Grandeur OTS - Ricky Matthews from July 18 until October 16, then Rich Edwards from October 16 until February 2015 (Schedule has been confirmed by Rich)

 

Independence OTS - Joff Eaton May 17 through October 25. Then who? (This is Joff's last contract on Indy - after his vacation, he is headed to the shipyard mid-March to prepare for taking out Anthem on April 22, 2015).

 

Jewel OTS - Dennis Charles started July 12 for 2 months, followed by Carly Boileau for 4 months, then Dennis for 2 more months (need exact handover dates)

Legend OTS - Topi Ylönen started in July. Keith Williams starts in November.

 

Liberty OTS -Gordon Whatman starting August 24 to September 28. (Then will Jerome Sueur return? For how long?)

Majesty OTS - Michelle Pimentinha (need dates)

 

Mariner OTS - Dan Whitney started July 30 (until when, then who?)

 

Navigator OTS - Mitch Merucci Aug 17 until Oct 19, then John Perry for 4 months .

 

Oasis OTS - Drew Devine July 19 through November 15, then Ricky Matthews starts November 15

 

Quantum OTS - Jimmy Rhodes will be taking out the ship and continuing on as its regular CD for 4 months, followed by Allan Brooks for 2 months. Ken Rush will also be onboard for the first 6-8 weeks doing behind the scenes duties to provide a smooth take out. (Zach Stratford will be the Activities Manager)

 

Radiance OTS - Mike Hunnerup from August 22 through November 5, then Amy Fickert returns November 5 for approx. 4 months

 

Rhapsody OTS - Ken Jones from August 1 for approximately 8 weeks, then Graham Seymour will return at the end of September/beginning of October.

 

Serenade OTS - Mercedes Lafuente started June 28 *John and Katrina Blair are returning in November (needs confirmation)

 

Splendour OTS - Bill Brunkhorst for the European Season

 

Vision OTS - Steve Davis started on June 9 until October 4th, then Paul Rutter October 4 through December 12, then Steve Davis returns for 4 months

 

Voyager OTS - Lixin Fang began April 10 for the Asian season; Chris Brown (former activities manager) begins November 25 for the repositioning and for the Australian season. (Darryl Dyball will be activities manager beginning mid-September)

 

 

Richard Spacey is now Manager of Entertainment, Activities and Family Strategy Development for Celebrity Cruises in their corporate offices in Miami, working alongside Becky Thompson. Richard will be CD on the Celebrity Summit Oct 21 - Nov 29, and it seems he is going back to ship life on Celebrity.

Dave Chapman has left RCCL. He is taking an extended break, and then he will be moving over to another cruiseline.

James Andrews is a real estate agent in Sydney

Mike Szwajkowski is a Canadian Mountie

Leo Papa at Cornell University working on a Master's degree in Hospitality Administration/Management

Anna Bass is now Client Services Manager at ISS London

Abe Hughes is Director of Port Revenue Operations at Royal Media Partners

João Pereira is studying Portuguese/English education and translation at Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas in Brazil

Kirk Detweiler is now CD with Silversea cruises.

Simeon Baker - married a dancer, had a baby girl and is a sales exec at a Porsche dealer in Saskatchewan

Matt Baker - Sim's brother - recently married and living in Wales. They bought a pub called the Tiddley

Kieron Buffrey - CD with Holland America

Tom Canosa - teaching 6th grade science in North Carolina

Peter Benfield and Johnny Osborne have emigrated to Thailand

Anthony Richards is living in Miami with his wife, and is working for Royal Media Partners as Manager Port Revenue Operations

Rico du Breil is now a CD with NCL

Paul Lancaster is no longer with RCI, and resides in England

Abel Jeney is International Manager at Kingswood Education and Adventure in London

Parker Cristan is living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - staging/choreographing for local theater

Ashley Kerr - married and living in Vancouver BC, working as a marketing rep for a PR firm

Karen Maybury - has a consultant/pr/entertainment agency

Jannie Cloete - leading expeditions on small ships

 

Where is Warren Allen? (aka Warren Melhuish)

(If anyone knows the whereabouts of other former RCI cruise directors, I'd be happy to add them to the end of this list, as there seems to be a lot of questions about them)

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Frankie Portera (Oasis & previously Explorers Activities Manager) has just tweeted that he is joining Enchantment tomorrow for a week as CD and will then be back on vacation

 

 

Next cruise: Oasis of the Seas 12-night Westbound Transatlantic 15.10.2014

 

Thank you, erniebert! Do you know if Frankie is the usual activities manager on Enchantment, and he just stepped up for the week to fill in for Marc?

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What has been the feedback/experience with Casey Peltier? We had been looking forward to Rivhard Spacey on fos but see Casey is now there.

 

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I want to know the same :)

Hope somebody answeres

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