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Jul 29, 1961 - Europe 1961    No Comments

QE, Day 3

We really got in the swing of things – slept until noon. Had coffee in our room, took a couple of turns around deck before lunch. Allen and I played bridge with a woman – I can’t say much for the game but it was pleasant. After a couple of martinis, Harry and i took to the bed again, resting until dinner. The 4 of us entered the fancy hat contest at the dance as “The Four Roses”. Everyone wins – we got Queen Elizabeth souvenirs.

After the dance, we (Harry and I) went down to the cabin class dance. The music was much better – there were many young people. We were late getting to sleep again but it was the first time I’d been able to without a pill.

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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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Sep 4, 1961 - Europe 1961    No Comments

On Board, Day 4

Weather cleared today getting warmer & stickier. The girls helped us work on the days quiz all morning & we also had a bridge game going. A nap after lunch while Harry went to the movie. Sat in the deck chair for an hour or so – surprisingly, it is very dirty as the smoke blows over us, dropping wet soot, blackening clothes & ruining hose – stockings simply start running for no apparent reason. I started out with one dozen pair and have three left unused.

A bath, drinks, dinner & bingo – we only played one time, the “Snowball”, with the winner getting 50 pounds – or $140. We didn’t win of course. Harry went on to bed early but I stayed up with the “girls” until Marianna finally attracted a man – and we left her with him.

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