I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Finding Your Seat
Ugliest Seats on the Ship
Sharing a ship with almost 2000 other folk,
means sometimes having to line up for things like the dining room, pizza, or
the ice machine, but you get used to it and the ships manage things well enough
so that it is not much of an inconvenience.
Getting the best seats is another issue,
and has been a BIG problem on some ships. The ships of the Carnival Line, for
example, are known as “Party” ships and the popular spots are those loungers
around the various pools or on nice sunny Caribbean afternoons, the loungers
with just the right access to the sun. Trying to fit as many exciting
activities into a small space, resulted in a severe shortage of the best
loungers and I heard stories of fist fights resulting over prime locations. It
is not unheard of to arrive on the sun-deck only to find every lounger already
occupied by a book, a pair of shoes or a towel, and often these items sat there
for hours reserving the lounger for
Empty Deck Chairs
someone. Although most ship crews do not
like to perform discipline on passengers reserving prime locations, one ship
actually had a policy of removing items left more than 15 minutes to free up
chairs. There was a huge bin on the deck full of items “Left-behind” on chairs.
On one ship I discovered an entire area with chairs occupied by items rather
than people. I found a simple solution, by moving the chairs with objects
obtaining suntans into the shade and bringing two chairs from unpopular areas
into the area for us to use. It was worth it to watch the annoyed expression on
people’s faces when they arrived back hours later to find that their prime
location chairs were still waiting but were no longer in as quite a desirable location.
I just sat there looking innocent.
No One Here
Saving Those Good Seats
Now that was on “Other” ships. The Holland
America Ships cater to a slightly different, slightly more retired, cliental.
Here, it is not a problem getting a nice comfy lounger up on the deck; they are
mostly unoccupied. It is the comfy armchairs in the quiet corners with windows
that are all occupied, and just as on the “Party” ships, the same strategy
seems to be employed. I am constantly hearing folk putting the “Other Lines”
down with their “lower class passengers”, but it is funny how those comfy arm
chairs are being used to cradle old books, sweater vests, shopping bags, and
other personal items while their owners are off attending lectures, having a
pre-lunch snack, or looking for bargains in the shops.