Jul 30, 1961 - Europe 1961    No Comments

QE, Last Full Day

I got up in time to attend Church of England services – even so, was late and the main lounge was so crowded, I had to stand. The staff captainThis description is about an RCI Staff Captain; I'm sure it's similar for all: 'The Staff Captain is known as the ship's sheriff, priest and judge. He deals with any conflict issues arising onboard, including crew vs. crew, crew vs. passenger, or passenger vs. passenger issues.' With 2,100 passengers and 930 crew onboard, the ship is a pulsating organism, focusing on safety and guest satisfaction.' As such, conflicts and frictions do arise, so a key part of the job is counseling, coaching and teaching to find a solution that satisfies everyone involved. If satisfactory resolution of crew issues is ultimately not possible, he is involved in the final decision, which in some cases can lead to the dismissal of the crew member. conducted – he was very good.

Allen and I played gin rummy before lunch and bridge afterwards. He’d won 2nd prize yesterday – received some handkerchiefs. We asked the McClarens to play with us – they were only fair. We finished only two rubbers and Allen won first!

I rested and bathed and joined the others in the observation lounge for drinks before dinner. Afterwards we went to the movie and I played a little bingo. Read for a while and went to sleep easily.

We truly hate to leave this lazy, luxurious life. The service is so superb – it’s been so restful – we’re really spoiled. Tho’ we really haven’t gotten to know any of the other passengers real well, I feel as if we could have if we’d half tried. We exchange polite conversation with many and have a nodding acquaintance with many others. The British are more reserved and keep to themselves but even they nod and speak.


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