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Adventure OTS - Casey Pelter April 8 for 4 months.

 

Allure OTS - Mitch Merucci April 16 through mid September.

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 returned November 10.

Susan McColl is reported to be joining Brilliance soon, while Clo O'Connor has also said on FB that she is joining the ship May 1. Also, Jerome has said on Twitter that he is on BR until May 25, so this schedule needs confirmation.

 

Empress OTS - Carlos Torres until April 24. Elvis Pinto returns April 24 for 2 months. (Does Carlos return to Empress after his vacation?)

 

Enchantment OTS - Michelle Pimentinha Oliveira began February 17 (until when? then who?)

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 thru the TA May 7 then Mercedes LaFuentes. (Is Mercedes taking over May 7?)

Grandeur OTS - Paul Rutter returned February 25 (until when? then who?)

 

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 - Rob McNally began March 25 until April 28, then Marc Walker begins April 28 until May 27, then Joff Eaton returns May 27 until September 30, then Marc returns September 30 until January 30. Marc is the new regular CD on Indy at least thru 2018.

 

Jewel OTS - Simona Ferraiuolo February 19 until mid-April.

(Does Dennis Charles return mid-April for 4 months?)

Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin January 8 until May 20, then John Blair May 20 until July 20.

(Liberty sails on Sundays, so Blair's dates need to be clarified.)

Majesty OTS - Marc Walker February 17 until April 17, then Bobby Broughton for 2 months, followed by Susan McColl.

Marc has been reassigned to Independence and will not return to Majesty.

Mariner OTS - Keith Williams mid March until July 9. (then who?)

 

Navigator OTS - Drew Devine began March 26. (Is this for 4 months or is Cuddy Cudworth returning in late May?) Clo O'Connor begins late September.

Oasis OTS - Jimmy Rhodes began March 12, then Tim Connor. (need dates)

 

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 - 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, then Ken Jones. (need dates)

 

Voyager OTS - Jamie Fentiman began April 6 (for 2 or 4 months?)

 

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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I'm on Allure right now, CD is Bobby Brown

Mitch has said that he is joining the ship today. He hasn't been CD on an Oasis Class before (was takeout AM for Oasis in 09, I think), so may be on a week's handover. Or, it could be an error in the Compass, which may occur when two CD's handover.

I'm assuming Allure is sailing away soon, what did the person conducting the Muster Drill sound like?

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I'm on Allure right now, CD is Bobby Brown
Mitch has said that he is joining the ship today. He hasn't been CD on an Oasis Class before (was takeout AM for Oasis in 09, I think), so may be on a week's handover. Or, it could be an error in the Compass, which may occur when two CD's handover.

I'm assuming Allure is sailing away soon, what did the person conducting the Muster Drill sound like?

Mitch posted on both Twitter and Instagram yesterday that he was joining Allure today.

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I'll assume it is an error in the Compass, not the first time I have heard of the that happening.

Sent Abe a message asking if he will still be on Harmony for my upcoming sailing. Fingers crossed!

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I'll assume it is an error in the Compass, not the first time I have heard of the that happening.

Sent Abe a message asking if he will still be on Harmony for my upcoming sailing. Fingers crossed!

That's probably right, because Mitch just posted a photo of himself working on Allure.

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Adventure OTS - Casey Pelter April 8 for 4 months.

 

Allure OTS - Mitch Merucci April 16 until September 17, then Mitch returns November 19 for 4 months.

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 returned November 10.

Susan McColl is reported to be joining Brilliance soon, while Clo O'Connor has also said on FB that she is joining the ship May 1. Also, Jerome has said on Twitter that he is on BR until May 25, so this schedule needs confirmation.

 

Empress OTS - Carlos Torres until April 24. Elvis Pinto returns April 24 for 2 months. (Does Carlos return to Empress after his vacation?)

 

Enchantment OTS - Michelle Pimentinha Oliveira began February 17 (until when? then who?)

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 thru the TA May 7 then Mercedes LaFuentes. (Is Mercedes taking over May 7?)

Grandeur OTS - Paul Rutter returned February 25 (until when? then who?)

 

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 - Rob McNally began March 25 until April 28, then Marc Walker begins April 28 until May 27, then Joff Eaton returns May 27 until September 30, then Marc returns September 30 until January 30. Marc is the new regular CD on Indy at least thru 2018.

 

Jewel OTS - Simona Ferraiuolo February 19 until mid-April.

(Does Dennis Charles return mid-April for 4 months?)

Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin January 8 until May 20, then John Blair May 20 until July 20.

(Liberty sails on Sundays, so Blair's dates need to be clarified.)

Majesty OTS - Bobby Broughton April 17 for 2 months, followed by Susan McColl.

Marc has been reassigned to Independence and will not return to Majesty.

Mariner OTS - Keith Williams mid March until July 9. (then who?)

 

Navigator OTS - Drew Devine began March 26. (Is this for 4 months or is Cuddy Cudworth returning in late May?) Clo O'Connor begins late September.

Oasis OTS - Jimmy Rhodes began March 12, then Tim Connor. (need dates)

 

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 - 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, then Ken Jones. (need dates)

 

Voyager OTS - Jamie Fentiman began April 6 (for 2 or 4 months?)

 

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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Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin January 8 until May 20, then John Blair May 20 until July 20.

(Liberty sails on Sundays, so Blair's dates need to be clarified.)

Any idea what is happening after July 20? Will Jeff Arpin be back? We really don't know him and have heard mixed reviews.

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Thank you so much Donna. You've been great! ! ! ! Also, thank you Joe for taking over.

No problem. Who is your favourite Cruise Director?

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Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin January 8 until May 20, then John Blair May 20 until July 20.

(Liberty sails on Sundays, so Blair's dates need to be clarified.)

Any idea what is happening after July 20? Will Jeff Arpin be back? We really don't know him and have heard mixed reviews.

I think he may be back as he has now done 2 full contracts on Liberty, so it seems to be his regular ship.

The reviews are not great, but you never know, someone else could take over.

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Just off Liberty yesterday (4/16), I asked Jeff if he would be on in July when we are back on the Liberty and he said "No, he was going to Oasis in August" .

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Just off Liberty yesterday (4/16), I asked Jeff if he would be on in July when we are back on the Liberty and he said "No, he was going to Oasis in August" .

 

Wonder who we will get? Looking forward to someone different.

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Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin January 8 until May 20, then John Blair May 20 until July 20.

(Liberty sails on Sundays, so Blair's dates need to be clarified.)

 

Any idea what is happening after July 20? Will Jeff Arpin be back? We really don't know him and have heard mixed reviews.

 

Apparently he's going to the Oasis which is good for you.

 

So, after several cruises, here are my opinions of the various CDs I've sailed with.

 

Marc Walker - super fun and very visible around the ship (and on Coco Cay where he was driving people around in a cart, so they didn't have to walk long distances). I'd love to sail with him again. Bing Bong.

 

Dennis Charles, also funny and very visible. He seems to enjoy talking with the passengers and getting to know them. He's also a pretty good singer. He and Marc are probably my two favorites.

 

Casey Pelter. It's been 10 years, but I remember him as fun and energetic. He played dodge ball in a crew vs. passengers dodge ball game.

 

Carly B. Loved her. I've seen mixed reviews for her but I thought she was fabulous. She came to the Meet & Mingle and ran the raffle, and my Mom and I spent quite a bit of time chit-chatting with her about the UK and Canada. I'd definitely be happy to be on another Carly cruise.

 

Mike Hunnerup. Not bad, but forgettable. I really don't remember much about him at all, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but he certainly didn't do much to stand out, imho.

 

Jimmy Rhodes - same comment as Mike Hunnerup.

 

Jeff Arpin. Worst. CD. Ever. I really don't like to criticize people in what must be a difficult job, but good grief. He was the most negative CD I've ever sailed with. He also had a tendency to just ramble on and on and on (and on and on) saying the same thing over and over again on his morning show, and before the evening entertainment. He rambled on and on about one of the headliners, Steve Azar (who was awesome, btw) and how it was difficult to promote the show because nobody had ever heard of him, and he would be singing songs that nobody knew. Apparently, somewhere else (morning show, maybe?) he told people to go to the show if they had nothing better to do :eek: I didn't hear this personally, but I can believe it because that's the same attitude he had about Belize. On the morning show he said that if you didn't have a tour booked, don't even bother going ashore because there's nothing there - "even less than in Roatan" Just wow. He also emphasized numerous times on the morning show that Saturday Night Fever was inappropriate for children, and suggested that you were a bad parent if you took your kids to see it. I saw the show, and thought it was perfectly fine for kids, except maybe really little ones who might get fidgety during a long show. I really couldn't believe he was parent shaming on the morning show, but there he was. Unreal.

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Just off Liberty yesterday (4/16), I asked Jeff if he would be on in July when we are back on the Liberty and he said "No, he was going to Oasis in August" .

 

Tim Connor's next assignment is Oasis, so I will assume that Jeff is joining Oasis in September when Tim is due for his next break.

Why would they put one of their worst CD's (from everything I have heard) on one of their biggest ships?

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Apparently he's going to the Oasis which is good for you.

 

So, after several cruises, here are my opinions of the various CDs I've sailed with.

 

Marc Walker - super fun and very visible around the ship (and on Coco Cay where he was driving people around in a cart, so they didn't have to walk long distances). I'd love to sail with him again. Bing Bong.

 

Dennis Charles, also funny and very visible. He seems to enjoy talking with the passengers and getting to know them. He's also a pretty good singer. He and Marc are probably my two favorites.

 

Casey Pelter. It's been 10 years, but I remember him as fun and energetic. He played dodge ball in a crew vs. passengers dodge ball game.

 

Carly B. Loved her. I've seen mixed reviews for her but I thought she was fabulous. She came to the Meet & Mingle and ran the raffle, and my Mom and I spent quite a bit of time chit-chatting with her about the UK and Canada. I'd definitely be happy to be on another Carly cruise.

 

Mike Hunnerup. Not bad, but forgettable. I really don't remember much about him at all, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but he certainly didn't do much to stand out, imho.

 

Jimmy Rhodes - same comment as Mike Hunnerup.

 

Jeff Arpin. Worst. CD. Ever. I really don't like to criticize people in what must be a difficult job, but good grief. He was the most negative CD I've ever sailed with. He also had a tendency to just ramble on and on and on (and on and on) saying the same thing over and over again on his morning show, and before the evening entertainment. He rambled on and on about one of the headliners, Steve Azar (who was awesome, btw) and how it was difficult to promote the show because nobody had ever heard of him, and he would be singing songs that nobody knew. Apparently, somewhere else (morning show, maybe?) he told people to go to the show if they had nothing better to do :eek: I didn't hear this personally, but I can believe it because that's the same attitude he had about Belize. On the morning show he said that if you didn't have a tour booked, don't even bother going ashore because there's nothing there - "even less than in Roatan" Just wow. He also emphasized numerous times on the morning show that Saturday Night Fever was inappropriate for children, and suggested that you were a bad parent if you took your kids to see it. I saw the show, and thought it was perfectly fine for kids, except maybe really little ones who might get fidgety during a long show. I really couldn't believe he was parent shaming on the morning show, but there he was. Unreal.

 

Thanks for your feedback.

Regarding Jeff, I would write that down in the comment survey, unacceptable behaviour. Did he do the morning show with his AD or was it by himself?

 

Everyone else - Chime in and give your feedback on the various CD's that you have sailed with over your time. Excited to hear your feedback! :D

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Marc Walker - super fun and very visible around the ship (and on Coco Cay where he was driving people around in a cart, so they didn't have to walk long distances). I'd love to sail with him again. Bing Bong.

We have to agree about Marc Walker. He is a great guy and does a super job with the activities he hosts. Can you say "chubby bunny"? It seems to us that the CD has a big impact on all of the cruise activities even if not directly involved. The staff seems to absorb the energy and enthusiasm from the CD and it shows. When a good CD is leading the way everything seems to go smoother and there is a higher level of engagement and energy from the staff. Having a so-so CD does not ruin a cruise by any means, but it seems we have more fun memories overall when we have a good CD.

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I also agree with the comments on Marc--we loved him! He was really​ fun and visible on Enchantment. He was funny, and while the "Bing bong" thing was a little endearing (to say the least), he was fun and we loved his morning show.

 

Cuddy on Navigator was just average. He was funny when on stage, but his morning show was so shopping/revenue oriented, and we never really saw him around the ship. Once, we were in an elevator with him, but he seemed kind of uncomfortable (the elevator was packed, however).

 

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I also agree with the comments on Marc--we loved him! He was really​ fun and visible on Enchantment. He was funny, and while the "Bing bong" thing was a little endearing (to say the least), he was fun and we loved his morning show.

 

Cuddy on Navigator was just average. He was funny when on stage, but his morning show was so shopping/revenue oriented, and we never really saw him around the ship. Once, we were in an elevator with him, but he seemed kind of uncomfortable (the elevator was packed, however).

 

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I have to chime in with nice comments abut Cuddy. Cuddy had been at our roll call's Meet and Mingle in December - running things - and he did something I had never seen during other M and Ms - he had us "scavenger hunt" people to find out where they were from. It was a fun way to meet people. I had wanted to see the Ice Show. (I enjoy the Ice Shows - even if I have seen them previously.) I was in a GS and was told seats would be held until a certain amount of time before the performance. I went to a daytime performance. I got to the show and those seats for GS guests were all gone. (The activities staff standing at the door were not helpful and suggested come back to a different performance). In other areas of the arena people were holding seats waiting for family and friends. I ended up sitting on the steps. (So did several others.) I told the Concierge (Nadja) about what had happened and she obviously must have let Cuddy know. I received voice mall apology message from Cuddy a few times. The fact he took the time to call me was really appreciated. I saw him at water volleyball (where his comments were funny) and introduced myself and thanked him for taking the time to reach out to me.

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I have to chime in with nice comments abut Cuddy. Cuddy had been at our roll call's Meet and Mingle in December - running things - and he did something I had never seen during other M and Ms - he had us "scavenger hunt" people to find out where they were from. It was a fun way to meet people. I had wanted to see the Ice Show. (I enjoy the Ice Shows - even if I have seen them previously.) I was in a GS and was told seats would be held until a certain amount of time before the performance. I went to a daytime performance. I got to the show and those seats for GS guests were all gone. (The activities staff standing at the door were not helpful and suggested come back to a different performance). In other areas of the arena people were holding seats waiting for family and friends. I ended up sitting on the steps. (So did several others.) I told the Concierge (Nadja) about what had happened and she obviously must have let Cuddy know. I received voice mall apology message from Cuddy a few times. The fact he took the time to call me was really appreciated. I saw him at water volleyball (where his comments were funny) and introduced myself and thanked him for taking the time to reach out to me.

That's good to hear! I'm happy other had good experiences. But we were on a five night, so there was no Meet and Mingle. And luckily, there were no big problems.

 

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We have been lucky and all of our CD's have been good to excellent.

 

Kieron Buffrey- funny, entertaining and our 1st CD

Abe Huges- funny, out and about and always smiling and energetic

Mike Hunnerup- as stated before, good but nothing memorable

Eric Dowes- also good but nothing special

Joff Eaton- One of the best, fun, great staff, good activities (TA)

Leigh- Excellent, funny and energetic

Keith Williams- another good one, scheduled an additional dance and music show because of popularity, enjoyed dancing,

Carly B- another great one, Her repore with the captain, humor and positive outlook was fun. She also revealed some of her history.

We would happily sail with any of these again. Unfortunately, several are not with RC any longer.

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My favorite CDs are no longer with RCI: Allan Brooks, Richard Spacey, Leigh Xuereb and Becky Thompson.

 

Of the remaining ones that I've sailed with:

 

Dennis Charles: Seemingly all over the ship, mingling with passengers and making sure everyone is having a good time. Very entertaining during the evening shows; fabulous singer. Came to our Meet & Mingle. All-around good guy who I would love to sail with again.

 

Abe Hughes: Enthusiastic, funny, friendly, approachable. Implements a strong activities program. Would love to sail with him again

 

Dru Pavlov: Low-key, comes across as sincere, wonderful sense of humor, runs excellent trivia events (Seinfeld, Sports, etc), adds entertaining extra events into the activities schedule, etc. Sailed with him 3 times, and would welcome sailing on other cruises with him as CD

 

Jimmy Rhodes: My least favorite. Too annoyingly energetic. Speaks too fast and it is difficult to discern any important information he is trying to communicate. Laughs at his own jokes which aren't funny. Runs a weak activities schedule, boring events which pale in comparison to the same events held on the same ship under different CDs. Sailed with him twice, on two different classes of ships, and hope to never sail with him again.

 

Carly Boileau: Since others seemed to like her, perhaps I sailed with her on an "off" week, but we found her to be the most boring CD, overseeing the weakest activities/entertainment program of all the cruises we've ever been on. All-around very dull, unenthusiastic, uninspiring. I would intentionally avoid sailing with her again.

 

Elvis was Carly's activities manager on our sailing, and he was far superior to her. He mingled with the guests, dancing and making sure everyone was having a good time. Outstanding personality!

 

I sailed with Jeff Arpin on our first RCI cruise in 2002, and he was excellent! Ran a strong activities program. Very enthusiastic and entertaining. However, I think that the long hiatus he took had an adverse effect on his skills, because reviews since he came back don't sound anything like the Jeff we sailed with. At first, I thought he was just rusty, but now my theory is that he hasn't really adapted/updated his approach to how cruising has evolved over the years he was inactive.

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We sail on the Liberty, July 2nd so have been following this thread closely. We did have Carly on our 2015 Serenade Quebec cruise I believe and found her boring. Our next cruise on the Serenade is this August for the TA back to Boston.

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I sailed with Jeff Arpin on our first RCI cruise in 2002, and he was excellent! Ran a strong activities program. Very enthusiastic and entertaining. However, I think that the long hiatus he took had an adverse effect on his skills, because reviews since he came back don't sound anything like the Jeff we sailed with. At first, I thought he was just rusty, but now my theory is that he hasn't really adapted/updated his approach to how cruising has evolved over the years he was inactive.

 

I have to say, I'm really disappointed with all the negative comments/reviews about Jeff Arpin. We'll be boarding Liberty in 12 days, and while a poor CD won't "ruin" my cruise, an excellent CD can certainly make my cruise that much better. I really wish Ken Rush was still a CD - he is the one CD I would seek out in choosing an upcoming itinerary.

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Time for my list:

Joff Eaton - Sailed with him 4 times!!! Very entertaining, personable, visible around the ship and did a good morning show with each of the 3 AD's he was with. Only criticism was that the jokes were repeated cruise to cruise. Hope to sail him again, wish they would drag him off Indy and have him rotate with Abe on Harmony!!

 

John Blair - Worst CD I have sailed with. Had him twice, the morning show was not very entertaining, self absorbed; loud and frequent PA announcements; treats the people in theatre like they are HIS audience, not guests on the ship, not particularly visible around larger ships, cannot manage entertainment on larger ship (On Anthem, some activities were cancelled at his discretion, and L&M at 10.30 on last evening, and not a huge amount of activities. Had I known he would be on, I would not have done Anthem last year. Will intentionally avoid him in the future.

 

Leigh Xuereb - Sad that Leigh has left. He and Frankie did a great morning show and I found Leigh to be very funny. Wish he was still with Royal, would have been a good fit for Anthem.

 

Casey Pelter - Had a good and dry sense of humour, friendly the time we passed him, and fairly low-key, but not present at many activities, and dull morning show, not a lot of energy. His AD Carlos (CD on Empress) was much more present around the ship. I think he was mismatched with this ship with it being a Med cruise. Would be OK with sailing with him again, but on a larger Caribbean ship.

 

Jimmy Rhodes - I liked Jimmy, didn't see him much, but seemed friendly enough, and did a good morning show, and seemed relatively entertaining. Did talk too fast though. Would welcome another sailing with him.

 

Jerome Sueur - As with Jimmy. Reasonably entertaining, quite low-key, friendly enough. Would also welcome another sailing with him again, but on a smaller ship to really see how he is.

 

Bobby Brown - Not a huge fan. Seemed very a friendly guy, but no energy at all. Was personable, but as a CD, he just didn't really do it for me, no energy, humour, just rather boring. Would not be thrilled to have him again, although to be fair to him, it was the last sailing of his contract.

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