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From the Activites Manager who was going to be working with her

 

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Adventure OTS - Elvis Pinto February 18 until mid-April (need handover date?) then Casey Pelter mid-April for 4 months

 

Allure OTS - Bobby Brown March 12 until April 16, then Mitch Merucci April 16 through August. According to his tweet, Mitch will be the new regular CD of Allure

 

Anthem OTS - Dru Pavlov March 12 through mid-July. (It's been reported that Jimmy Rhodes is covering sometime in September through sometime in November??).

Bobby Broughton is joining Anthem as regular CD on November 22.

 

Brilliance OTS - Jerome Sueur November 10 until late March (need exact date. Who is covering?) per her FB post, Clo O'Connor will be onboard May through July (need dates)

 

Empress OTS - Carlos Torres October 21 until April (need handover date?) then Elvis Pinto begins mid-April for 2 months.

 

Enchantment OTS - Michelle Pimentinha Oliveira February 18 (for 2 months, or for 4 months?)

 

Explorer OTS - Graham Seymour returns March 19 through July 28 (then Graham is stepping back from cruise life except for an occasional fill-in)

 

Freedom OTS - Michele Scarpato February 18 for 2 months. Mercedes La Fuentes is rumoured to be joining Freedom soon (need details).

(Casey will not be returning to Freedom after his break - he has been reassigned to Adventure)

 

Grandeur OTS - Paul Rutter returns February 25 for 2 months (need handover date) then Bobby Broughton returns late April/early May for 4 months, then Bobby will move to Anthem.

 

Harmony OTS - Abe Hughes returns March 11 until mid-July. Abe returns mid-September until after the New Year. Who will be covering his break mid-July through mid-September?

 

Independence OTS - Drew Devine March 20 until May 27, then Joff Eaton returns May 27 until September 30.

 

Jewel OTS - Simona Ferraiuolo February 19 until mid-April (then does Dennis Charles return mid-April for 4 months?

 

Legend OTS - Chris Brown Jan 15 until March 26 when the ship is handed over to Thomson.

 

Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin January 8 until mid-May. Per a FB post, John Blair is said to be coming back to Liberty to cover Jeff's break, while another source says Drew Devine will be going to Liberty. (confirmation needed).

 

Majesty OTS - Marc Walker February 17 until mid-June (per his FB post)

 

Mariner OTS - Fang Lixin October 17 (until when?)

 

Navigator OTS - Cuddy Cudsworth November 23 until end of March (need exact date - he is confirmed onboard for the 3/17 sailing) then Rob McNally late March for 2 months.

 

Oasis OTS - Jimmy Rhodes March 12 until mid-July.

 

Ovation OTS - Mike Hunnerup March 5 until when (early-July?), then who?

 

Quantum OTS - Ricky Matthews end of January until mid-to-late May, then Chris Brown

 

Radiance OTS - Joff Eaton January 28 until March 28, then Steve Davis March 28 until late-July, then John Blair (for 2 months?)

 

Rhapsody OTS - Dan Whitney January 21 (until the TA on April 29? or through the TA on May 13?)

 

Serenade OTS - Carly Boileau March 17 for 2 months, then Topi Ylonen should be returning from May 20 until September 17 for the Baltic season.

 

Vision OTS - Bill Brunkhorst March 13 (until when?) then Ken Jones. (need dates) Marc Walker posted on FB that he will be on Vision out of Texas mid-November 2017 thru mid-January 2018)

 

Voyager OTS - Ken Jones January 31 until sometime in April (need date) then Jamie Fentiman

 

Graham Seymour is stepping back from cruise life after July 28, 2017 except for occasional fill-ins.

John Perry has left Royal and is now Operations Manager at Hyatt Hotels (per LinkedIn)

Ken Rush works at corporate in Miami as RCI's Director of Entertainment. He may occasionally fill-in as CD

Rich Edwards is temporarily out due to back issues

Amy Fickert-Southgate has taken a job shoreside as of June 8

Luke Aerowsmith is working at the corporate office in London

Gordon Whatman is retired, but will be filling-in from time-to-time if needed

Allan Brooks works for Celebrity in their corporate office.

Richard Spacey is a CD with Celebrity

Becky Thompson works for Celebrity Cruises in their corporate offices in Miami.

Dave Chapman is a CD with HAL

James Andrews is a real estate agent in Sydney

Mike Szwajkowski is a Canadian Mountie

Leo Papa is a Product Manager at Tauck Corp in Connecticut

Anna Bass is a make-up artist

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 SilverSeas out of Italy

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

Abel Jeney is now with The World - Luxury Residence at Sea

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

Warren Allen (aka Warren Melhuish) lives in Ontario, Canada. He has retired from ship-life but still works on the stage

Thomas DeCell is no longer with RCI

Leigh Xuereb and his AM Frankie Portera are CD's for Carnival

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Double post.

I'm trying to keep each CD's name bold, and each time it reverts back to normal, and each time I try to post, it directs me to this "Are you a robot?" nonsense.

Does anyone know why this is?

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Double post.

I'm trying to keep each CD's name bold, and each time it reverts back to normal, and each time I try to post, it directs me to this "Are you a robot?" nonsense.

Does anyone know why this is?

I've seen the same thing. I'd report the bug to the bug forum: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1067. I've been getting the robot thing for all kinds of reasons, one of which is formatting. You might have to try different things until they fix the robot thing, like maybe not bold but a different color or underlining.

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As for Navigator in June - still unsure on that. Maybe Rob will still be there as he tends to do whatever Voyager is in Southampton during the Summer, but he would be on break no later than mid to late July. (Came straight from EX)

Maybe Cuddy will be back, depending if he wants assigned to a UK based ship. (He's Scottish, but many of the British CD's and AM's prefer to stick with the Caribbean itineraries, with the likes of Joff and Rob usually doing the UK ships.)

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I've seen the same thing. I'd report the bug to the bug forum: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1067. I've been getting the robot thing for all kinds of reasons, one of which is formatting. You might have to try different things until they fix the robot thing, like maybe not bold but a different color or underlining.

Found a 5 page long thread with many complaining about it as well.

Business will resume shortly!

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How is Mitch Merucci ? We will be on Allure with him.

Never had him, but I've seen some favourable reviews. I know of some posters here who enjoy him, maybe they could fill us in. RCI must have confidence in him making him the regular CD of one of their largest.

 

Everyone - please fill us in on experiences you have had with many CD's. Would be interested to hear your feedback. I have some as well.

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We've sailed with Mitch twice, very personable, high energy and has his act together running his staff. Recommend highly.

 

Looking forward to sailing with him again in Nov.

 

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I've seen the same thing. I'd report the bug to the bug forum: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1067. I've been getting the robot thing for all kinds of reasons, one of which is formatting. You might have to try different things until they fix the robot thing, like maybe not bold but a different color or underlining.

Bob...

 

I thought you were a Robot?

 

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We just got off of Enchantment with Michelle and she was so much fun!! Great energy and very funny. Would love to sail with her as CD again!

 

 

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We just got off of Enchantment with Michelle and she was so much fun!! Great energy and very funny. Would love to sail with her as CD again!

 

 

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Great to hear your feedback, especially as Michelle is one of the lesser-known CD's.

 

I wonder if she prefers the smaller ships? She's been CD for about 3 years, and has had assignments on Majesty, Splendour, Rhapsody and Enchantment, but nothing larger.

I would personally give all the new CD's a Vision to start with, and then a year in, test them with a Voyager to see if they can take over a bigger ship.

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Thanks Donna for jib well done.

 

Kudos Joe for your willingness to take over and keep us all informed.

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Joe12. Do you have any idea who the Hotel Director is on RCCL Jewel for the Transatlantic. Thank you Chrome Diva

 

 

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Joe12. Do you have any idea who the Hotel Director is on RCCL Jewel for the Transatlantic. Thank you Chrome Diva

 

 

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Jewel April 23 2017. San Juan to Rome. Then into the Med.

 

Thanks Joe12

 

 

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Thank you Joe. One of my favorite cruise directors was Simone.

 

 

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Joe, regarding the issue with formatting, I've always had to quote my most recent list, remove the quote tags, and make the update. Otherwise, I would lose the bold print and the colors if I just cut and paste the previous list

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I'm not seeing anything for Carnivals Magic?!?!?!?

 

 

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Cruise on over to the Carnival forums then. FYI this is a RCI thread.

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Thank you Joe. One of my favorite cruise directors was Simone.

 

 

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I googled her (Simone) and she seems to personable and high energy. Since she is one of your favorite CDs what did you like about her?

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Joe, regarding the issue with formatting, I've always had to quote my most recent list, remove the quote tags, and make the update. Otherwise, I would lose the bold print and the colors if I just cut and paste the previous list

 

Thanks Donna- will try that. Hope you are having a nice cruise.

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Jewel April 23 2017. San Juan to Rome. Then into the Med.

 

Thanks Joe12

 

 

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Not sure. Maybe Dennis will be back but his contracts are a bit irregular these days and he has done enough assignments on Jewel to go to another ship. Probably not Simona as she is due her break mid April.

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Adventure OTS - Elvis Pinto February 18 until mid-April (need handover date?) then Casey Pelter mid-April for 4 months

 

Allure OTS - Bobby Brown March 12 until April 16, then Mitch Merucci April 16 through August. According to his tweet, Mitch will be the new regular CD of Allure

 

Anthem OTS - Dru Pavlov March 12 through mid-July. (It's been reported that Jimmy Rhodes is covering sometime in September through sometime in November??).

Bobby Broughton is joining Anthem as regular CD November 22.

 

Brilliance OTS - Jerome Sueur November 10 until late March (need exact date. Who is covering?) per her FB post, Clo O'Connor will be onboard May through July (need dates)

 

Empress OTS - Carlos Torres October 21 until April (need handover date?) then Elvis Pinto begins mid-April for 2 months.

 

Enchantment OTS - Michelle Pimentinha Oliveira February 18 (for 2 months, or for 4 months?)

 

Explorer OTS - Graham Seymour returns March 19 through July 28 (then Graham is stepping back from cruise life except for an occasional fill-in)

 

Freedom OTS - Michele Scarpato February 18 for 2 months, then Mercedes LaFuentes. (need dates)

 

Grandeur OTS - Paul Rutter returns February 25 for 2 months (need handover date) then Bobby Broughton returns late April/early May for 4 months, then Bobby will move to Anthem.

 

Harmony OTS - Abe Hughes returns March 11 until mid-July. Abe returns mid-September until after the New Year. Who will be covering his break mid-July through mid-September?

 

Independence OTS - Drew Devine March 20 until May 27, then Joff Eaton returns May 27 until September 30.

 

Jewel OTS - Simona Ferraiuolo February 19 until mid-April (then does Dennis Charles return mid-April for 4 months?

 

Legend OTS - Chris Brown Jan 15 until March 26 when the ship is handed over to Thomson.

 

Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin January 8 until mid-May. Per a FB post, John Blair is said to be coming back to Liberty to cover Jeff's break, while another source says Drew Devine will be going to Liberty. (confirmation needed).

 

Majesty OTS - Marc Walker February 17 until mid-June (per his FB post)

 

Mariner OTS - Fang Lixin October 17 (until when?) - ANY UPDATES?

 

Navigator OTS - Cuddy Cudsworth November 23 until end of March (need exact date - he is confirmed onboard for the 3/17 sailing) then Rob McNally late March for 2 months.

 

Oasis OTS - Jimmy Rhodes March 12 until mid-July.

 

Ovation OTS - Mike Hunnerup March 5 until when (early-July?), then who?

 

Quantum OTS - Ricky Matthews end of January until mid-to-late May, then Chris Brown

 

Radiance OTS - Joff Eaton January 28 until March 28, then Steve Davis March 28 until late-July, then John Blair (for 2 months?)

 

Rhapsody OTS - Dan Whitney January 21 (until the TA on April 29? or through the TA on May 13?)

 

Serenade OTS - Carly Boileau March 17 for 2 months, then Topi Ylonen should be returning from May 20 until September 17 for the Baltic season.

 

Vision OTS - Bill Brunkhorst March 13 (until when?) then Ken Jones. (need dates) Marc Walker posted on FB that he will be on Vision out of Texas mid-November 2017 thru mid-January 2018)

 

Voyager OTS - Ken Jones January 31 until sometime in April (need date) then Jamie Fentiman

 

Graham Seymour is stepping back from cruise life after July 28, 2017 except for occasional fill-ins.

John Perry has left Royal and is now Operations Manager at Hyatt Hotels (per LinkedIn)

Ken Rush works at corporate in Miami as RCI's Director of Entertainment. He may occasionally fill-in as CD

Rich Edwards is temporarily out due to back issues

Amy Fickert-Southgate has taken a job shoreside as of June 8

Luke Aerowsmith is working at the corporate office in London

Gordon Whatman is retired, but will be filling-in from time-to-time if needed

Allan Brooks works for Celebrity in their corporate office.

Richard Spacey is a CD with Celebrity

Becky Thompson works for Celebrity Cruises in their corporate offices in Miami.

Dave Chapman is a CD with HAL

James Andrews is a real estate agent in Sydney

Mike Szwajkowski is a Canadian Mountie

Leo Papa is a Product Manager at Tauck Corp in Connecticut

Anna Bass is a make-up artist

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 SilverSeas out of Italy

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

Abel Jeney is now with The World - Luxury Residence at Sea

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

Warren Allen (aka Warren Melhuish) lives in Ontario, Canada. He has retired from ship-life but still works on the stage

Thomas DeCell is no longer with RCI

Leigh Xuereb and his AM Frankie Portera are CD's for Carnival

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