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#1
2,031 Posts
Joined Jun 2001
Mariner is hearing a disturbing thing from his ships.

The Captain's welcome aboard is:

No Captain.

No Photos.

No Music. No dancing.

A 2-minute introduction.

Good bye.

This is one tradition I wish they wouldn't change.
#2
Mesquite, TX, USA
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Joined Nov 2001
Hmmm.
That wasn't what happened on the Ryndam last month.
It also wasn't what happened on the Noordam in January.

Other reports ... anyone?
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#3
City of Angels, CA
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Joined May 2005
Originally posted by mariner
Mariner is hearing a disturbing thing from his ships.

The Captain's welcome aboard is:

No Captain.

No Photos.

No Music. No dancing.

A 2-minute introduction.

Good bye.

This is one tradition I wish they wouldn't change.
On the 23 MAR 07 Ryndam cruise (the one after the Rev's), Capt van Maurik was present for the greeting just outside the Vermeer Lounge. Pax were introduced to him by a female member of the cruise activities staff. There were some differences such as no photographer in front of the captain (so no photos there but, no wories, photo ops before and after meeting him), no handshake (due to a recent bout of Norovirus) and no hotel manager inside the Vermeer Lounge (after passing the captain), just the C/D. The Hal Cats band was playing tunes on stage and champagne/orange juice were served. After the "greeting", the captain, re-introduced by the C/D, got on stage and introduced his senior staff and the employee of the month. The whole thing lasted from 7:30-8:15 PM
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#6
City of Angels, CA
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Originally posted by mariner
Get over urself.


Here's what it comes down too.

Do you want that?
Mariner, dude! You feeling OK?
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#8
3,434 Posts
Joined Jul 2005
I'll ditto that - his posts are usually very well written and thought out. I hope nothing's wrong, or maybe someone got ahold of his computer and is having a bit of fun (the grammar doesn't look like his)...
#9
Latte Land (suburban Seattle) and Sunny Sequim, Washington state
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Joined Jul 2005
Might there perhaps be anyone reading this thread who might know how to contact Mariner or a member of his family? I don't know the gentleman, other than the last two posts are not typical of him, and I'm afraid that something is not quite right. Thanks.
#10
2,031 Posts
Joined Jun 2001
OK

Im not losing it.

Pay attention.

Im getting word that that's what the captain's welcome aboard is.


Don't care what it was on your ship. It's what it cud be on your next.

Stop analyzing me.Wont work.
#11
2,031 Posts
Joined Jun 2001
Please,


Not about me.

Im hearing from friend aboard that the whole Captain's Welcome Aboard Has changed.

Not a good thing IMO
#12
tampa fl
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Joined Dec 2004
They can get rid of the whole photography thing, and take the art auctions with it. Change can be good!
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#13
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Joined Jul 2001
Here is what happened on our recent Maasdam cruises:

Feb 23:

We had the regular Captain's Champagne Reception on the first cruise. Ours was at 4:45 for the 5:45 and 6:15 dining times. We had the usual formal picture taking in front of the shore excursion office, to the side of the front of the front office, one with the captain and the last one in front of the steps in the show lounge. There were lots of bar staff to pass out drinks and take drink orders. Also a lot of staff with appetizers (nothing to rave about here - jalepino poppers, bitterbauten? balls, and dim sum). The trays had the usual champagne, white wine, red wine and orange juice. There wasn't any problem getting any type of other drink and no charge. While we were sipping our vodkas, we watched one man in front of us down 3 Manhattans in less than 20 minutes -- guess he thought they were going to close down the bar! (By the time the party was over we think he had at least 2 more.)

They were late in starting to introduce the various heads so the party wasn't over until 5:55. It also took a long time for everyone to get 4 pictures taken and get through the receiving line. Needless to say, those of us who dined at 5:45 were late to dinner.
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#14
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Joined Jul 2001
From our March 5 cruise:

The second cruise we had something entirely different. We were told that they are doing this on the Zuiderdam and Noordam. It is called the Captain's Champagne Toast. There are 2 parties - ours was at 7:45 for those who dined at 5:45 and 6:15. For the 8 and 8:30 dinners, the party was at 9:45. Both parties are right before a production show. For these parties you could line up at either the port or starboard doors both on the lower and upper levels of the show room. There were no photographers anywhere near the show room!!![IMG]http://www.**************.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif[/IMG] Of course this meant that you did not get your picture taken with the captain. When the doors opened (in our case 7:45) you could sit anywhere you wanted. No one directed you to sit in a certain area. Again there was plenty of staff around to pass out the regular drinks as well as staff to take drink orders. Since everyone had come from dinner there were no mixed nuts and no appetizers.

Since this was the first time this has been done for a lot of cruisers and because some people didn't read their programs very well, there were some 8 and 8:30 dinners there in line complaining about how short the party was going to be for them. We didn't try to explain to them about this new concept and neither did the crew staff at the beginning of the line. Naturally within minutes of getting into the show lounge some of them had to leave for dinner. I really do think that some kind of announcement should have been made and this new concept should have been explained.
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#15
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Joined Jul 2001
There was not the usual introdcution of all the department heads, just the HM, chief of security, chief engineer, someone else I can't recall, the CD and the employee of the month which for March happened to be a waiter from the dining room. There wasn't any music played - thus no dancing. Then the only woman bar staff personel in the lounge went on stage and gave each person there a glass of champagne. The captain gave a toast and we all raised our glasses to his toast. Then the wine master came onto the stage while the 16 bar staff members lined up in front of the stage with bottles of champagne. The wine master tried to open a bottle of champagne with a sword. However he was unsuccessful -- shattered the bottle -- glass and champagne flew everywhere -- just barely missed the people standing on the stage. (We were told that he opened the bottle at the second party without any incidents.) The captain made the remark "Well we survived that attack." Then the bar staff began to serve more champagne and final drink orders were taken before the show began.

We really liked this new concept as we did not have to line up right after dinner and wait 20 minutes or more for the second reception to end and the staff to clean up before we went in for the show.
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#16
South Dennis, MA 02660
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KK...I have heard that this will now be the way on all the ships. It will now be called a "Captain's Toast" instead of the traditional Captain's Welcome Aboard Party.

This as well as the Mariner's Brunch are two of the new changes on HAL...also the no-smoking in the Lido which I find hard to digest!

I am sure glad we are winding down our days of cruising as many of these changes are not to our liking and we know we've already seen the best days on HAL!

Liz
#17
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Joined Jul 2001
We did have the new Mariner's LUnch on the Maasdam on our second cruise. I posted it here somewhere on this board (has probably sunk down) along with the menu. It was great. Only problem is on 7 day cruises taht are very port intensive like the Canada/New England cruises, don't know how they are going to have the lunch.
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#18
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Joined Jul 2001
Since we don't smoke (never did) we welcome this new smoking policy.
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#19
34 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
It's true this is another brainwave of the VP of entertainment, Bill Prince. No more traditional intro's with full staff onstage, just a quick hello and a toast before the show. No pictures, no handshake, a quick intro of the HM, CE, CO, EO, EOM and that's it. Currently being tested on several ships, Noordam for one.
#20
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Joined Aug 2000
Originally posted by middle-aged mom
Might there perhaps be anyone reading this thread who might know how to contact Mariner or a member of his family? I don't know the gentleman, other than the last two posts are not typical of him, and I'm afraid that something is not quite right. Thanks.

Mariner is fine....he's just agitated about this change. He (and DH and I ) are very loyal, traditionalist cruisers. We resist change on the ships. This discontinuation of the Captain's Party that we are accustomed to is particularly disturbing to Mariner and he is expressing his displeasure about it......but he is fine (otherwise).

Not all change on the ships is made IMO but I hate to see the traditional Captain's Welcome Aboard stopped. For new cruisers who never saw it the old way, they don't know the difference or care. (The irony is DH and I never attend but we hate for it to not be available for all who like to go and that is usually about 90% of the guests. We have always noticed the long lines of people waiting to enter and meet the Captain/get their photo with him. We see the Ocean Bar empty out as people leave for the party. )

It's sad to wave goodbye to another tradition.

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