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2 hours ago, Kyrie said:

Anyone have emails for the activities directors? Looking specifically for ovation. Thx!

Angelle Rutten van Hemert is current Activities Manager on Ovation. Not sure what the emails are though. 

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On 7/24/2019 at 2:28 PM, Joe01 said:

Time for an update!

  • Adventure - Chris Brown joined early July (for 2 months?).
  • Allure - Jimmy Rhodes until late July/early August then Mike Hunnerup (date?).
  • Anthem - Dan Whitney started July 13 until August 29. Mitch Merucci returns from August 29 until January 5, 2020.
  • Brilliance - Rob McNally joined late April (unknown how long he is onboard)
  • Empress - Cecy del Razo joined mid July for 2 months then Elvis Pinto returns mid September
  • Enchantment - Bobby Broughton until August 28 and will return October 28 for 4 months.
  • Explorer - Clo O'Connor joined July 21 until sometime in October.
  • Freedom - Katy McCullagh (former AM on HM & SY) started mid-June (for 2 months?).
  • Grandeur - Cory Rogers until August 8 when John Blair returns from his vacation. John is on GR from August 8 - November 30.
  • Harmony - Dennis Charles started July 7 until September 29. Marc Walker returns September 29 for 4 months.
  • Independence - Cuddy Cudworth started June 11 until October.
  • Jewel - Simona Ferraiuolo started early July (for 2 months or 4 months?).
  • Liberty - Brian Leavitt until August 11 (next CD unknown).
  • Mariner - Marcelo Alvarado is onboard until early September (next CD unknown).
  • Majesty - Tanya Yates Tongue (Tornado Tanya) returned in June (for 4 months?).
  • Navigator - Hugo Arenas until mid August then Cory Rogers (for 2 months?).
  • Oasis - Mike Witte until August 18 (next CD unknown).
  • Ovation - Joff Eaton returned June 21 for 4 months.
  • Quantum - Paul Rutter returned in April and will likely be on vacation soon (next CD unknown).
  • Radiance - Susan Adams until late July (next CD unknown).
  • Rhapsody - Michele Scarpato started late April (for 4 months?).
  • Serenade - David Bradshawe until mid September then Carly Boileau returns (for 2 months?).
  • Spectrum - Fang Lixin joined mid June (for 4 months?).
  • Symphony - Mike Szwajkowski until August 17 then Ricky Matthews for 2 months. Mike returns from his vacation late October/early November.
  • Vision - Steve Davis returned May 6 for 4 months.
  • Voyager - Michelle Oliveira returned late May for 4 months.

I think that this is all of the available info. I have no idea where to start regarding AM info so only doing a CD list for now.

I saw something about Mike Hunnerup being on the Sept 22, 2019 sailing of Allure. Can't find the link now.

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Just now, CDunninTX said:

I saw something about Mike Hunnerup being on the Sept 22, 2019 sailing of Allure. Can't find the link now.

Yes - Mike is covering Jimmy's vacation for 2 months which is due to start soon so Mike will be your CD.

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5 minutes ago, Tlov72 said:

 Hi, First post here on RCB. We are sailing on Harmony next Sunday, and we’re wonder how is Dennis Charles?

Welcome! ?

I sailed with Dennis on Harmony a month ago. Had low expectations from what I had read and watched of him, but I actually thought he was fine. Did a decent job with Love and Marriage, Morning Show etc and was personable in conversation. Unlike a certain other longterm CD that I have sailed with, he still clearly enjoys his job and it is obvious that he does want people to have a good time. My only issues were that he can sometimes be a bit loud on the microphone when closing shows and a bit too long-winded at some shows, he likes to talk a lot.

Overall, I think he did a decent job and would probably be middle of the road in comparison to the others. Had better, had worse.

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3 minutes ago, Joe01 said:

Welcome! ?

I sailed with Dennis on Harmony a month ago. Had low expectations from what I had read and watched of him, but I actually thought he was fine. Did a decent job with Love and Marriage, Morning Show etc and was personable in conversation. Unlike a certain other longterm CD that I have sailed with, he still clearly enjoys his job and it is obvious that he does want people to have a good time. My only issues were that he can sometimes be a bit loud on the microphone when closing shows and a bit too long-winded at some shows, he likes to talk a lot.

Overall, I think he did a decent job and would probably be middle of the road in comparison to the others. Had better, had worse.

Thanks! This will be our 4th cruise and had Mitch on Allure in 2017 and really enjoyed him. Last year on Oasis we had Dan Dan and he was kind of quirky but grew on us by the end of the cruise. 

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On 7/24/2019 at 3:28 PM, Joe01 said:

Anthem - Dan Whitney started July 13 until August 29. Mitch Merucci returns from August 29 until January 5, 2020.

27 minutes ago, Tlov72 said:

had Mitch on Allure in 2017 and really enjoyed him.

Good to hear this. I'll have Mitch on my Anthem sailing in October, after having Dru Pavlov last year who I really enjoyed. Glad to know that I'll have another enjoyable CD for this Bermuda sailing. ? 

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4 hours ago, PurdueFlyer said:

Any idea if Joff will still be the CD for our Sept 20th sailing on Ovation? 

This is the Vancouver to Honolulu 10-nighter, so right after the Alaska season ends and the ship heads towards SYD.  Not sure if they usually stay on for these transition sailings or whatnot ...

Very likely since he joined June 21st and does 4 month contracts.

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6 hours ago, Tracy K said:

We are sailing on Anthem on January 5, 2020.  Does anyone know who will be taking over for Mitch Merucci?

Sorry - I don't really hang out on the blog much now so haven't updated the list. From reading the most recent update on CC, Mitch's replacement is still unknown, however, his most recent contract started a few weeks later than scheduled so he may still be on for your cruise.

Mitch has a public FB page so it might be worth asking him there? He may have the info.

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16 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

As per his FB page:

Cruise Director BingBong Schedule just in : staying on Harmony ? 
Sept 29, 2019 - March 15, 2020
May 3-Sept 13, 2020
Nov 15-March 7, 2021
Feel free to share to a gazillion people

Looks as if you'll be in luck then. Not surprised that he's staying there.

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