Clicking Over a Kilt

Steve and his wife, Donna, along with Generoso Mazzone, right, and Commodore Giuseppe Romano aboard Emerald Princess.

Wearing a kilt outside of Scotland is an icebreaker for any occasion.

That’s how I got to know Princess Cruises Maitre d’ and friend, Generoso Mazzone. I wore my kilt to a formal dinner on an Emerald Princess cruise to the Caribbean and Generoso asked me those questions we kilt-wearers expect. While he said he’d never wear one, we did chat about Scottish trews, the traditional tartan trousers, and how one day he hoped to own a pair.

About a year later, my wife, Donna, and I ran into Generoso again, this time sailing the Caribbean aboard Ruby Princess. He immediately recognized me as the man in the kilt and we caught up on the latest. From there, we evolved into a friendship that continues three years on.

Generoso and I come from different parts of the world, but we share in common a love of travel. As Donna and I take up to two cruises a year, we have gotten to know plenty of crew, some of them former shipmates of Generoso’s. Like the ringleader at a family reunion, I’d find myself updating Generoso on how his friends were doing on the other ships, and telling them about their fellow crewmate Generoso.

It helps that I’m one of those people who will strike up a conversation with anyone. From commodore to stevedore, I want to know how you are doing. Same goes for Generoso. A consummate host, he is also a genuinely kind and considerate person.

Alas, how he’d prove that to us!  A few months ago, Emerald Princess docked for the day in Greenock, Scotland, about an hour from my house. Generoso’s wife was on board. The plan was for Donna and me to pick them up, take them around the area and go shopping for those long-awaited trews.

Commodore Romano performing Steve and Donna's surprise renewal of vows ceremony.

Commodore Romano performing Steve and Donna’s surprise renewal of vows ceremony.

He quickly gave up his opportunity to do so and did something so incredible for Donna and me instead. That very day in Greenock was also our 16th wedding anniversary. So instead of hosting Generoso in Greenock, Glasgow and environs, he said he’d host us for an intimate (and surprise!) vow renewal.

Generoso knew the story of how Donna had turned me down once before when I wanted to renew our vows during a cruise. She preferred to do it on our actual anniversary. So we traded emails about staging a secret ceremony.

We arrived at the ship after going through the different levels of security and met Generoso and Commodore Giuseppe Romano in the atrium. We had a coffee with Generoso and took a quick tour of the ship, landing on deck 16, where the wedding chapel is located. A number of officers were present, wearing dress whites, and Donna remarked that someone must have just gotten married.

As we approached the chapel, she was handed a bouquet of flowers. The pianist started to play the wedding march, the doors were flung open and we were beckoned, holding hands, toward the Commodore to renew our vows.

The Princess photographer snapped away to record the event and our friend Generoso, stood to the side, beaming. Halfway through the event, he was handed a box of tissues as a tear or two glimmered in his eye.

Afterwards, we had a great lunch of Italian food with the Executive Chef, the Commodore and Generoso joining us. We talked about past cruises, how much we loved the sea and just enjoyed one another’s company. As the meal winded down, presto, photos of the ceremony arrived.

Donna had been completely taken by surprise and so had I, even though I was in on the secret from the get go. Generoso had enlisted staff—on a port day that could be spent catching up on work or on break—to stage such a lovely day for us.

He is the epitome of a true friend to me. I eagerly await his next tour through Greenock so I can take him trews shopping and begin to return the hospitality.

Steve resides in Stirling, Scotland. He and Donna will have enjoyed 20 Princess cruises by the end of the year. You’ll find Steve wearing his kilt aboard the inaugural voyage of the new Royal Princess on June 16, 2013! When not on a Princess cruise he can be found playing or walking his Samoyed dog, Shogun.

 

Steve and his wife, Donna, along with Generoso Mazzone, right, and Commodore Giuseppe Romano aboard Emerald Princess.

Steve and his wife, Donna, along with Generoso Mazzone, right, and Commodore Giuseppe Romano aboard Emerald Princess.

Steve in his traditional kilt!

Steve in his traditional kilt!

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  1. Princess Cruises says... January 9, 2013 | 5:18pm

    Steve – many thanks for being our first blogger on “Linked by the Sea.” Your story of genuine connection with Generoso is touching and we hope you two go shopping for those trews one day soon!

    • marie gardiner says... January 30, 2013 | 9:13am

      not in the least way connected with steve’s story, but 5 years ago, my son and daughter paid for a cruise for my 50th birthday. it was a two week voyage in the caribbean on board the caribbean princess. i was traumatised on seeing the size of this epic vessel and wondered how on earth this mammoth thing could float, never mind sail. however i have no qualms in admitting i had the most wonderful time and do admit to shedding a few tears when it was time to leave her and go back to the normal humdrum of day to day living. have been back on her since and still amazing, also been on the grand princess to the med last year and going to alaska on the sapphire next may. cannot rate princess highly enough. thankyou to them for a truly wonderful holiday

  2. Kim Karis says... January 9, 2013 | 7:11pm

    Generoso was the Maitre d’ on my Ruby Princess cruise back in ’09. My husband and I got such a kick out of how he would always say, “Prego!” with such enthusiasm and hospitality. We still imitate him to this day, in fact! :) What a great guy — would love to see him, and sail with Princess again.

  3. Karen says... January 9, 2013 | 7:33pm

    What a beautiful story. I hope Princess do something special to acknowledge & reward Generoso. It is people like him who attract people to take that next cruise

  4. Eileen says... January 9, 2013 | 8:45pm

    This is why we cruise Princess…. the staff is awesome! We have cruised with Generoso too and he is a wonderful ambassador for Princess Cruises.

  5. Dennis says... January 9, 2013 | 9:04pm

    A touching story, but it’s just a tad too perfect.

    • Lisa says... January 12, 2013 | 12:32am

      Definitely – been on a few Princess Cruises and I really don’t believe we met any employee of theirs that would consider being friendly beyond what their job requires. That’s probably saved for those who can afford it.

      • Max says... January 13, 2013 | 7:41pm

        I agree with you.

        • wendy says... January 22, 2013 | 9:02pm

          we have cruise alot and we have been treated like royalty i quess it depends on how you carry your self i would highly recommend princess to anyone who wants a out of this world holiday nothing can beat princess cruises

      • Phyllis Jones says... January 24, 2013 | 9:35am

        How do you greet them? How do you treat them? Do you trouble to remember their names? Do you say “thank you” often? What do you share of yourself? We will cruise again this spring. Can’t wait.

      • LFK says... June 3, 2013 | 3:36pm

        I have to disagree with you. We have been on two Princess cruises and both times met crew members who have become true friends away from the ship and we are hardly ‘big spenders’. It all comes down to treating people the way you’d like to be treated. Too many travelers treat the crew with total disregard. We’ve found that by being friendly and polite you get it back tenfold. No big bucks needed!!

    • James says... January 12, 2013 | 6:35pm

      I agree Dennis. A bit too staged.

      • Steve says... January 13, 2013 | 1:54am

        Hi There
        Staged ,It was very staged but have you any idea how many e mails it took to set this up, as well as international phone calls to a ship, you can not just turn up at a port and expect to get in, like wise you can not just walk on to a cruise ship, and then ensure that Donna knew nothing about the days events,a lot of work and time went into this to make the day special for Donna, yes senior crew put together the package of events on board, but the Renew of Vows package is there on all Princess ships for all passengers, so they know what they are doing. but you will have to agree it beats a bunch of flowers from a garage.

        • mandy skittlethorpe says... January 30, 2013 | 7:32am

          It sounded amazing Steve, my husband and I renewed our wedding vows on the Grand Princess in Sept 2010, it happened to be our 20th anniversary on the day we were at sea and we managed to do it then. It is truly a magical experience and I think you are amazing and sound like a very loving husband to have managed to get it all sorted without your wife knowing about it. Congratulations to you all and i felt the staff on the Grand were amazing and so helpful. Many more safe cruises to you and your wife.

          Mandy

          • Steve says... February 1, 2013 | 10:34am

            Hello Mandy
            Thankyou for your kind words, I think it is so very nice that Princess offers this service, and to do it on the anniversary date makes it even better, may be we will meet on day on a cruise, wishing you many more happy anniversarys.

    • Tanya says... January 22, 2013 | 6:39pm

      To those that don’t believe in happy-stuff – you may not enjoy much of that in your life. However, the staff on Princess and other cruise lines, do work very hard and have no clue how much money you have or what your room costs where. They quickly spot a smile and some eye-contact – treat people the way you want them to treat you.

  6. Steve says... January 9, 2013 | 9:12pm

    Hi All
    Glad you liked the story, look forward to seeing others in the weeks ahead, if you would like to hear another story about how amazing the crew on the Emerald Princess were when my luggage was stolen, for the link to a TV show I was on last year
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkoM9gdIDM8

  7. sara says... January 10, 2013 | 1:28am

    such a great story. We too have made many “princess friends” over the years. And looking forward to make many more.

  8. Olivia says... January 10, 2013 | 1:04pm

    I loved reading the story Steve – I love hearing about all of your wonderful moments onboard! You are truely part of the Princess family! :)

    From your Cruise Specialist Liv!

  9. julie says... January 10, 2013 | 8:53pm

    Such a lovely story – we love Princess, and reading this and watching the video has brought back so many lovely memories. We have been with a number of cruise lines but the staff on Princess are by far some of the best at sea!

  10. Tony Ward says... January 10, 2013 | 11:19pm

    Hi Shogun, great story. Looking forward to meeting you on the Royal for the Maiden TA. Any chance Generoso and Godwin will be on board the Royal? Only 270 days or so !!!

    • Steve says... January 11, 2013 | 8:28am

      Hello Tony
      I think Generoso will be on his ship the Emerald but you never know see you onboard the Royal Princess

  11. Daniel McAleer says... January 11, 2013 | 12:44am

    An incredible story of the kind of friendships developed on cruises!

    • Donald Caviness says... January 11, 2013 | 7:13am

      Great story. This is why we sail on Princess. We have also sailed with Commodore Romano on the Emerald. Our next cruise is Hawaii from here S.F. round trip can’t wait.

  12. Dave Wal;ker says... January 11, 2013 | 1:17am

    Nice story. I wish I had as good an experience on my last cruise, a 20 day sail from Venice. I have never been so disappointed with a cruise line. I was on Crown Princess, the food was mediocre and toilet facilities in my cabin didn’t work half the time.. Never again on Princess!!
    Dave Walker

    • Steve says... January 11, 2013 | 8:11am

      Hi Dave,
      Sorry to hear that you did not have a happy cruise, we got off the Crown Princess the day you got on, we had no issues, we did miss a port due to bad weather, but overall we had one of our best cruises, understand that you had Noro on your cruise, which can impact on the overall onboard feeling.

    • Lisa says... January 12, 2013 | 12:37am

      Food was an issue on our Crown Princess cruise too – both times we sailed on it – a year apart. It was ok – service ok and like I said in a previous post I think the “friendly” staff is reserved for those in the expensive rooms.

      • Eileen says... January 12, 2013 | 3:37am

        I don’t think that is the case at all…. we have had some wonderful experiences on our cruises and we only now book insides. They don’t care where you have your cabin on the ship, if you are friendly, they are friendly.

        • Heather Farrow says... January 12, 2013 | 5:48am

          Eileen, I totally agree with you. I have been on 2 Cruises so far, & thought the Crew was amazing. They make you feel like you are part of their family,so I have nothing but the up most respect for all of the Crew. I think that if you are happy & friendly it comes back to you. I was with Dawn Princess both times & am planning to do it all again next Christmas.
          Heather

        • Lynne says... January 22, 2013 | 8:33pm

          Without a doubt the crew does not care where or what your cabin is. We have just returned from Hawaii and had an inside cabin. We were treated like VIP. They are the best.
          We were on transatlantic with Shogun and Donna,, they are a special couple. Way to go Steve! Hope we cross paths again someday.

      • Steve says... January 12, 2013 | 12:13pm

        Hello All
        Crew do not know what cabin you have, your cruise card does not show your cabin number on it, I book inside cabins as it allows me to take more cruises, I take time to chat to crew in the photo of me in my kilt the girl is Elisa, we met her on a couple of cruises when it came time to leave she cried, crew work long hours, are away from home for long periods of time, most welcome the chance to chat to some interested in their lives. If you treat them nice they are nice to you.

        • kristine says... June 1, 2013 | 5:01am

          I agree with you 100% and would also like to say that attitude is EVERYTHING. You choose how you will respond to a circumstance. No one can make you angry or any other emotion, you have to choose to embrace it. I choose to remain optimistic, and have been mocked, so what? It is much more satisfying to give someone the chance to rise to your expectation. Negative people look for people to meet, or exceed, their low expectations. Foolishness IMHO. My only cruise was on the Carnival Dream and i met and listened to many, many of the crew. Some of the crew shared sad stories of missed children’s birthdays and anniversaries. How can you not respond to that with empathy and expressed gratitude for the difficult job they do IN EXCELLENCE and at great cost? I really look forward to our cruise aboard the Royal Princess in March 2014. If I encounter a “problem” I will do my best to find out if all is well with the crew person first. After all, these are people, not robots. Gee, guess I’d better put the umbrella away since you are a very nice man and the negative posters may not read this! But I hope they do.

  13. Shelly says... January 11, 2013 | 1:20am

    Sounds wonderful. We will be sailing for the first time ever on the Emerald on March 7 we have always spent the month of March in St Marten and have met so many people from all over the world. I’m sure we will meet many new people on the cruise. Looking forward to a great adventure :)

    • Maureen says... February 27, 2013 | 4:20pm

      Shelly…we will be on our fifth cruise with Princess and our 4th on the Emerald on March 7th. The Emerald is a wonderful ship and the crew has been more than outstanding. As many have said….the crew works hard to keep everyone happy and wants all the passengers to have a memorable experience. I have always treated the crew as I would want others to treat me…with respect and a friendly attitude. In return the have always treated us like a king and queen. We love princess and have met many wonderful people-both crew and guests. I hope you have a great time and enjoy the Emerald and her crew as much as we always do!!

  14. Patricia O'Connell says... January 11, 2013 | 1:41am

    Love your story.I find meeting new people very rewarding;its part of the journey of life.Its not always about your destination but the people you meet along the way.I too have traveled alone from Sydney Australia to San Franscio.Met a couple from Chicago,we talk at least once or twice a week (face Time) And I have flown to Chicago for a visit and they plan to come to Vancouver this fall.Lovely people.Am leaving next month from L.A. to Hawaii ,and hope to meet more outstanding people.Getting excited,more cruising to come with Princess.

  15. Denise says... January 11, 2013 | 1:58am

    Steve & Donna, What an adventure! My husband and I are going on our first cruise this year in May on Island Princess to Alaska. We too love to strike up conversations with people and we look forward to making friends as well as glorious memories! I can’t wait to blog of our adventure!

    • Sherie says... January 14, 2013 | 12:06am

      I have been on 10 Princess cruises , one was the Alaskan cruise. I love Princess Cruises, we live in Anchorage, Alaska and I know you will enjoy the crusie and our beautiful state.

    • Linda says... January 14, 2013 | 2:46am

      Denise, My husband and I just left the Island Princess after a 10 day cruise to the Panama Canal. I wanted to stay on board and live there forever! You will love the ship, the cruise staff, the food and all the activities.We had lovely people at our dining table and met friendly folks wherever we went on the ship. Enjoy your trip!

      • Alice says... January 14, 2013 | 2:27pm

        Hi My husband and I are going on that same ship the Island Pricess to the Panama Canal. THis will be our first cruise. Any tips as to excursions or what is great to see and what not to do? Thanks
        Alice

        • Gary Heil says... January 23, 2013 | 1:41pm

          Hi Alice,
          I never wrote a reply before, but couldn’t resist telling you that the Ambera Indians at Panama was the best excursion my wife and I ever took.
          We will be on Sapphire Princess Feb.2nd to Hawaii for our seventh cruise and did excursions throughout the Carbbean, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.
          Have a great time.

    • Tammi says... January 17, 2013 | 8:57am

      Denise, My husband and I are also going on our first Princess Cruise in May on Island Princess to Alaska. We have cruised with Royal Carribean but this is our first experience with Princess. We are so excited and who knows… we may meet on the ship.

    • Sue Edwards says... January 30, 2013 | 7:39am

      You will enjoy this fab itinenary we have done this twice both in May and September (prefered September for the fall colours) and would do it every year if we could afford to, also love French Polynesia
      We have been cruising with Princess since 1997 of to New Xealand end of Feb cannot wait

  16. Melanie Harris says... January 11, 2013 | 2:01am

    On an Alaskan cruise aboard the Golden Princess in July, 2008, we celebrated our 50 th wedding anniversary. We had most of our family including our toddler grandson, Matthew. Our maitr ‘d took quite a shine to Matthew, saying he had no grandchildren, but would love to be a grandfather. He called our Matthew “Mateo”. One evening Matthew was having a toddler “meltdown” and had to stay in his cabin with his other grandmother during dinner. At dinner we had to explain his absence to our
    dining room staff. When it came time for dessert, the menus were passed to us closed. When it was time to order, we opened the menus and in bold script was—NO MATEO, NO DESSERT!.

    • Eileen says... January 12, 2013 | 3:39am

      LOL…. what did you do? Race upstairs and get him? Hahahaha

  17. Lois Edelfelt says... January 11, 2013 | 2:08am

    My husband (deceased in 2012) and I had cruised many times on many different cruise lines, and Princess is our favorite. Our last cruise was in December of 2011 on the Emerald Princess. Have sailed a few times on the Ruby as well as the Coral and the Caribbean Princess’s. My experiences were so wonderful I may even try it alone sometime!!!

    • Jean says... January 11, 2013 | 10:02pm

      I’m sorry about your husband. My husband died about eleven years ago and I had traveled alone, but just from place to place. I didn’t think I could do a cruse alone. Last year I tried it. It worked! I was seated for dinner with a wonderful group — we didn’t want to say goodbye the last night. Involve the maitre’d in placing you at a table which he thinks (best guess!) would be compatible. We had such a good time each evening we didn’t want to say goodbye the last night.

    • Sue says... January 30, 2013 | 7:42am

      Hi don’t worry about cruising on your own my friend did it and found it was not a problem as you soon make friends and with Princess you are part of one big happy family

  18. Linda Peirce says... January 11, 2013 | 3:03am

    Thank you for sharing your story, Steve. We were on our first Princess cruise in Oct. 2010 from Venice to Rome. We still stay in touch with our tablemates. We loved out maitre d’, Vinnie, on the Star Princess and would love to see him on another cruise. We are looking forward to our second cruise this Feb. The captain of our first cruise, Capt. Wm. Kent, will be the captain of our upcoming cruise on the Carribean, and we are excited to have him leading our ship again. It would be wonderful if Vinnie were sailing with us too! Maybe we will meet Generoso!

  19. Jennice Lyman says... January 11, 2013 | 3:35am

    I will be going on my first cruise Feb.3 on the Ruby Princess,I am very excited. I hope that I will have a story to share when I get back.I loved reading all the other stores. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Gilbert Barre says... January 11, 2013 | 4:11am

    This is really cool and a great read. I hope that my spouse and I will start something similar. We love cruising and love meeting and making new friends
    cruising canadians

  21. Richard Malott says... January 11, 2013 | 5:11am

    Hello Steve & Donna. Thanks for a very romantic story. It is too bad that one of the crew was not there to play the bag pipes. My partner, Sharleen has had at least 12 voyages on various Princess Cruise ships. . I will soon enjoy my third trip, this time on the Ruby Princess leaving Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 7 April 2013 for a glorious week cruising the Caribbean. It does not matter on which Princess Cruise ship one has a voyage the crew are always first rate and the passengers met most congenial. Also this cruise will be a great break form the snow, ice and cold of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    Yours aye,

    Dick Malott & Sharleen Marengère

  22. Les Harris says... January 11, 2013 | 5:21am

    Great story Steve you may get the rest of us husbans in strife now.being from Australia cruising gives us a good chance to meet other nationalities which dont often get the chance to See you on the Royal 16th June we have also booked it if it beats the Ruby then it will be some great ship

    • Steve says... January 11, 2013 | 8:16am

      Hello Les

      Not long until we get to cruise on the Royal, will be a great cruise looking forward to making many new friends, I have had many messages from wifes saying wish my man would do something like this and then notes from husbands saying that a bunch of garage flowers will just not cut it any more

    • Carla says... January 11, 2013 | 11:35pm

      Hi Les, is that you? My old neighbour from Hamersley? We are off to South America next year on the Golden Princess. Can’t wait.

  23. Lynn Thomson says... January 11, 2013 | 5:41am

    I would love to do more cruising, however my friends are not free or get seasickness etc., I would like to know if there are any organisations, groups etc. who facilitate group cruising with Princess (My favourite). Love to get some feed .back on this.

    • judith says... January 11, 2013 | 7:35am

      To Lynn Thomson.
      I have just come home from a cruise. My girlfriend, Bought seasickness tablets. Also ginger tablets. Wellington, she bought ginger losengers, no sickness. She had a great time. Judith Fitzpatrick.

    • Lynne says... January 13, 2013 | 12:46pm

      Last March, we met a man,who became part of our trivia team, and he was traveling with a singles group. He takes several cruises a year and said he’d never had a problem with a cabin mate. The group was organized through vacationstogo.com. Maybe you could check into that. I always take a bonine before getting on a ship..never need another. It’s probably in my head, but it works! Have done some pretty rough cruising…around Cape horn, etc.

  24. Pryce Nicely says... January 11, 2013 | 5:42am

    Looking forward to #18 with Princess April 10, 2013 – San Francisco-Hawaii…………

  25. Pryce Nicely says... January 11, 2013 | 5:46am

    actually, San Francisco-Hawaii-San Francisco. ;)

  26. sandy mcfarlane says... January 11, 2013 | 6:34am

    Lovely story Steve. We will be on our cruise in six weeks…..Sooo excited. We are going on the Sea princess. Bob and I love cruiseing and after he passed his “D” day last July{he was given 1-5 years to live due to cancer],he asked me if I would renew our vows every year that he lives past that date.Of course I agreed .So this will be wedding number 4!!!! To be sure to be sure LOL. We celebrate our 47th wedding anniversarry and will be married by the Captain on 23rd February on our cruise to NZ. We last renewed our vows in 2011 on the Dawn Princess and what a magnificent service was performed by the Captain.We were treated like celebrities and the canapes and champagne flowed!!!! Our last cruise was in 2011 for Bob’s 73rd birthday and I surprised him with friends from scotland whom Id organised to come on the cruise with us without Bob’s knowledge.It was magical seeing his expression of surprise when his friend knocked on the cabin door.They hadnt seen each other for many years. Ive just convinced another friend and her husband to go on a cruise and Im waiting to see how she enjoyed it as I told her ,”once you’ve been on a princess cruise you can’t wait to go on another.

    • Steve says... January 11, 2013 | 8:20am

      Hello Sandy
      Thank you for your story
      Have a great cruise, wish you many more
      Renew of Vows,

    • Mary says... January 14, 2013 | 11:42pm

      I remember your story from the Inspired to Cruise blog. So happy to hear about you and Bob. All the very best.

  27. sandy mcfarlane says... January 11, 2013 | 6:35am

    OOps we renewed our vows in 2009. Age is getting the better of me…LOL

  28. Joe hall says... January 11, 2013 | 7:16am

    We have cruised many times over the years but not on Princess…our first try will be Feb 16 to the western Caribbean …hope it is a fun trip….anyone have any suggestions? We started off rough with a incorrect birth date on the flights, were told we would have to pay the difference but my wife worked with them to get it corrected. Then we only had one success on our three excursions requests…Looks like I will be snorkeling in Coz by myself and riding houses by myself in beleze …..oh well..

  29. Iona Barry says... January 11, 2013 | 9:41am

    My husband and I went on a lot of princess cruises and enjoyed ever one. When a friend lost her husband we decided to try it on our own got on in New York and went to Nova Scotia came down the coast line had a great time. Looking forward to another.

  30. Beryl Mitchell says... January 11, 2013 | 10:44am

    Having read all these happy stories of holidays on board the Princess ships, I have to agree – one cannot fault the officers, dining room staff or any other employees. They are all so good! We look forward to our next cruise. This coming from ‘older cruisers!’ But hey, while there is life, there is hope of more cruises, so we’ve made a deposit in the future sales office of the lovely Sea Princess (Nov 2012) and live in great anticipation.

  31. Helen Pickels says... January 11, 2013 | 11:49am

    My husband and I will be taking our 1st Princess cruise next week on the Golden Princess. We are fortunate to cruise often but this will be our first with this cruise line. You have all made it sound very wonderful and I am looking so forward to our trip. We will be off to Hawaii and back. Last cruise to Hawaii was very rough first day or two. (Hurricane off Mexico) Broken dishes and almost everyone seasick. We hope for better weather this trip. Happy Cruising to All!!

    • Olivia says... January 11, 2013 | 3:43pm

      You will love it onboard Helen!
      I’ve cruised with a number of cruise lines but I must say Princess is my favoutire…

      The best way to describe it?..
      A little Ventian paradise, sprinkled with elegance, a friendly atmosphere and the most splendid warm tones of decor.

      Have a wonderful trip!

  32. Paul & Leanne Ziraldo says... January 11, 2013 | 1:22pm

    My wife and I have sailed with Generoso on many occasions. In fact, we find out what ship he is on before we book our bi-yearly cruise. He often sends us e-mails. He has in fact phoned us at home. We also consider Generoso our friend, as do many other past passengers. He is a genuine person, very considerate and kind. He is a tribute to the Princess fleet.

    • melinda barone says... February 2, 2013 | 7:51am

      Hi, just like you we have had the great pleasure of sailing with Generoso on several occasions, each time he has made the voyage extra special, with his warm personality & true professionalism. We were cruising on the Ruby Princess last year, celebrating a landmark birthday, but unfortunately, he wasn’t aboard (we were still looked after beautifully, may I add, by the Maitre d’ Fabio) .
      My husband is a fellow Italian & he got along so well with Generoso, it would be wonderful to catch up with him, so could you let us know how you find out which ship he is sailing on please?

  33. Raymond Plante says... January 11, 2013 | 1:47pm

    Fantastic story of great generosity. Greatly impressed with staff on Princess on our 24 days in Eastern Mediteranean Nov. and Dec. 2012. We had a fantastic time with our high school friends. Hope to do this again soon.

  34. Anne says... January 11, 2013 | 2:00pm

    Steve, congratulations to you and Donna. A touching story, Emerald is my favorite ship, Princess my favorite Line, mostly for the staff., this proves it.

  35. Steve Fraser says... January 11, 2013 | 2:10pm

    My wife and I have sailed on Princess Cruises nine times. We met Generoso on the Grand Princess in 2010 at a Cruise Critics meet and greet. I made a request of him and throughout the cruise, he remembered my name and even our cabin number. Our last cruise on the Ruby in 2012, Generoso was the Maitre’d and he again remembered us. He told us at that time he was going to the Emerald as it was his favorite ship in the fleet. Commodore Romano was the Captain on our first Cruise. the Golden Princess and on he Ruby Princess.

  36. Mike Ross says... January 11, 2013 | 2:12pm

    Greetings fellow passengers

    Until his passing in 1996,my Dad “sponsored” many family reunions and while a very quiet man ( engineer!) he always seemed to pick up the tab with a grin and the saying (his favourite) ” It could have been cheaper but not as much fun!”
    Indeed on his 80th I had tee shirts made for all the family with his grin and the slogan underneath!

    This year I turn 65 and Sheila and I will have been dating 45 and married 40. Seemed like a good time to invite the 3 kids spouses and our first ( and only so far) granddaughter on a cruise.

    I was thrilled by the kids reaction and we cant wait for mid Feb when we drive to Bangor to fly to Houston. We live in Fredericton NB CANADA ( up 95 to Bangor turn right and drive for three more hours!)

    My two daughters and I are Rotarians and hope to meet some on the cruise. The girls are indeed 4th generation Rotarians so we kinda have Rotary in our blood

    See you on board

  37. Randi & Mike Steckler says... January 11, 2013 | 3:45pm

    What a touching story! We’re looking forward to our first cruise on Jan. 27. This cruise has been a dream in the making for 42 years, but the hills and valleys of life have prevented us, on numerous occasions, from making the final commitment. We’re excited!

  38. Brenda says... January 11, 2013 | 4:08pm

    Hi, Great story Steve and Donna. I will be going on the Emerald Princess 10 day cruise on March 17th. to the Caribbean. Any helpful hints? I have sailed Princess before and am looking forward to this sailing as well. Have been on many lines but princess is one of my favorites. Any helpful hints would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Brenda

  39. Bill and O. sue birchmore says... January 11, 2013 | 5:25pm

    Beautiful story….Look forward to meeting you Steve and Donna, on a Princess one day. Some of my mothers family came from Scotlalnd. Bill and I celebrated our 50th wedding on the Diamond Princess with our 2 sons, their wives, and our 4 precious grandchildren. Ist was wonderful. We enjoyed your story. sue

  40. Steve says... January 11, 2013 | 5:39pm

    Hello All

    Thank you for you kind words, it was a very special day, can not thank Princess enough for allowing Generoso to do this, and we can not forget Commodore Romano who gave up his free time to do the renew of vows, that day the Emerald Princess was a real Love Boat.

  41. mary wilson says... January 11, 2013 | 5:44pm

    Eight weeks today we are to sail out of Sydney Harbour on Diamond Princess to Beijing! Just love to get these Princess stories. We sailed on Dawn Princess to New Zealand to celebrate our 50th anniversary and we met on a ship.. We love to get a table for two in MDR and get to know the waiters and wine waiter – they add so much to the trip. My favourite Princess story is of the night of the Royal Wedding — we were off Bali, and saw the wedding on the big screen by the pool, the music was incredible. The sky was like black velvet. Something I will never forget. This year we were sailing off Bali again and the news came through of a Royal Baby!!!!!

    • Eileen says... January 18, 2013 | 1:13am

      We are on this cruise too…. however, we will be boarding on 22 Feb in Auckland and staying on….

  42. Pam Miller says... January 11, 2013 | 5:51pm

    Wonderful story Steve. We are taking our 2nd cruise with Princess on the Emerald over Christmas 2013. Not sure what to expect at this time of year, but certainly looking forward to it. Our first cruise was on the Caribbean Princess for our honeymoon in 2004 and it was fantastic and can’t wait to go again. This will be our 9th wedding anniversary on this cruise.

  43. cheryl Bradley says... January 11, 2013 | 10:38pm

    Great story, we have been on 4 Princess cruises and leave again on April 1 for another.Love everything ,we have such a great time .Have met some lovely people.

  44. charlene Thurlow says... January 11, 2013 | 11:11pm

    have been on the princess and the best ship ever

  45. gofson2 says... January 11, 2013 | 11:58pm

    Steve, Great story about an old friend. Generoso and I worked together in the corporate offices at Princess about 20 years ago. He’s been a friend ever since. He’s been the Maitre D’ on many of my parents 40+ cruises, and my mom always asks where he is in hopes of reuniting with him. Even though she’s struggling with Alzheimer’s, her face will light up at the mention of his name. He’s just that kind of person. He’s truly one of our finest Consummate Hosts and ambassadors. Thanks for a great story.

  46. Jan Brown says... January 12, 2013 | 12:09am

    I along with my 85 year old friend did a trip to New Zealand from Brisbane late in November 2012. I had sailed on Sun Princess before but it was Marie’s first trip & she was so excited that we are doing another cruise in February to the Islands, Noumea etc.
    We were blessed to be in the Marquis Diningroom on table 30. The waiter Pachinai looked after his 6 widowed ladies on his table as though we were his Mother. He did make our trip perfect & I just hope that we get table 30 in February!!

    • Lynette Little says... January 13, 2013 | 1:33am

      Just loved your story. My family and I did the NZ cruise on the Sun a few years ago. We took our Mum, Alexandra was our head waiter and he treated our Mum like she was a queen. Big thanks to the Sun and all her crew

  47. Ruth and Bob Glidewell says... January 12, 2013 | 12:11am

    We’ll be taking Princess Sapphire from 2/16/13 to 2/23/13 with our children and family to celebrate our 60th Anniversary (actually 2/14/13) and are really looking forward to the cruise!

    • Keith Black says... January 13, 2013 | 5:58pm

      Ruth/Bob we just disembarked from the sapphire jan 12. Spent 3 weeks aboard doing the xmas cruise to Mexico and Hawaii cruise for new years. You will be pleasantly surprised with this ship. a Grand ship with many great crew members to make you feel special and congrats on your milestone of 60 years

  48. Susan Radford says... January 12, 2013 | 1:14am

    Wonderful story Steve, love the kilt. We left for a 6 weeks cruise to Japan last March 2012, on the Sea Princess. Always wanted to visit Japan thou at the time I thought 6 weeks is going to be a long time. (not long enough). It was called the cherry blossom cruise, couldn’t wait to see all the glorious trees blooming. Unfortunately it was not meant to be, they had only just started to bloom. I must say we had the best time, met some lovely people from Melbourne who we still catch up with on our trips over there from Perth. The staff on the Sea Princess, especially in the dining room went out of there way to accommodate all our needs and more. Wonderful holiday had by all can’t wait to do it again

  49. A Dixon says... January 12, 2013 | 1:58am

    Yes we agree Princess are a great to travel with. We originally booked 8 monjths in advance a 45 night cruise to Asia and return to Sydney. Because of a pending family issue we were concerned of time frame we would be away, therefore 51/2 months before travel date we contacted Princess line to change to a shorter cruise. Yes we were told but would loose our $3,000 deposit and would have to rebook .
    After some discussion with our travel agent and Princess cruises we were told they would consider the situation if we rebooked by 6.00pm that evening.We did as they requested but once done was told we would be penalised $1500. Friends of ours had changed there cruise with another line 2 months before travelling no penalty was inflickted on them.We never paid that much deposit on Qm2. They did upgrade us to a higher level but would have preferred not to be so heavily penalised.we could have gone on another cruise with Princess but will reconsider because of Head office decision to be so harsh.After numerous other cruise we chose Princess being a favorite but are disappointed in this treatment.

    • Mae says... October 13, 2013 | 4:10pm

      I loved Princess and when I met my husband we went on a cruise with another cruise line…and all I could say during our cruise was “This is not Princess”, as I was not impressed with food, staff, etc. So we went back to sailing Princess but our last cruise on April 2012 to Southern Caribbean. We boarded and went to our stateroom (oceanview) and while we were unpacking there were loud noises coming from the wall. There was no stateroom next to us so I went to the Pursers Desk and someone came and checked the noise and said there were no vacant staterooms available so we couldn’t move. Later the noise became louder…like chains clanging together so I went back to the Pursers Desk again and they send down a more superior employee….we were then told the same thing. Later the most senior person came to check out the noise and we were told the same story. The noise continued for the total cruise. When we got to Princess Cays and dropped anchor there was a tremendous crashing sound from that wall. Our phone rang and someone said “Is your stateroom OK?” I asked what the noise was and was rudely asked again, “Is your stateroom OK? I said “Yes” and they hung up. We were in the tender going ashore and I noticed that our room was next to the anchor and a workman on a bo’sun’s chair was checking something out. The noise stopped that night for our final night of 11 noisy nights. When we were disembarking in Fort Lauderdale we say a platform outside our stateroom window and workmen fixing something. I called Princess when we returned home and was rudely asked “So what do you want me to do about it?” I tried to explain that there must have been a problem with the anchor, or??? And again I was asked, “I am asking you again, what do you want me to do about it” We were given $200 each discount on our next Princess cruise which was to be used within 1 year. We did not book a cruise within 1 year. This was aboard the Dawn Princess on which I had sailed twice.

  50. lyn sleight says... January 12, 2013 | 8:23am

    Great story. I tried to get my husband of 42yrs to exchange vows but no luck!! Maybe I will be successful during our next trip in June. I cant wait to head off again on one of the many princess cruises

  51. Roslyn says... January 12, 2013 | 8:43am

    On our first cruise Vancouver to Alaska (and first night out) we met, at the dinner table, a couple from our own home city Adelaide South Australia.
    We have made great friends taking other cruises and holidays with them.
    The cruises are a great to way to meet with other folk and make life time friendships.

  52. betty says... January 12, 2013 | 9:26am

    Congratulations to you both, Steve and Donna!
    Another reason I love my job!!

    ‘Betty’

    Cruise Champion 2011
    Princess Cruises

  53. Margaret says... January 12, 2013 | 10:41am

    Love all the Princess stories…my husband and I have sailed with Dawn Princess and had a very positive experience. We are going on our next cruise in April/May 2013 from Bangkok to Vancouver via Beijing on the Diamond Princess for 40 days. . We are really looking forward to visiting such a wide variety of places and cruising with Princess again. We also look forward to meeting new friends and enjoying the great hospitality of Princess cruises.

  54. Lynette Little says... January 13, 2013 | 1:36am

    Brad & I are sailing on the Dawn Princess for around Australia this is our 4th Cruise. we are so looking forward to the 28 days of total freedom. Is anyone else sailing on this cruise?

  55. Carla says... January 13, 2013 | 4:16am

    My first cruise on Dawn Princess. Two other friends (a couple) will also go. What to expect?

  56. Teresa & Geoff Rice says... January 13, 2013 | 8:05am

    We have just returned from a 2 week cruise on board the Grand Princess which went to Puerto Rico & the Caribbean Islands. As we had to fly from Australia the journey was not good 23 hours in total even with stopovers in Singapore either way.We found American airport staff extremely regimental,rude&dictortorial – unlike we are used to in other parts of the world.
    However the cruise was wonderful & we had our 25th wedding vows renewed by Captain Anthony Herriott along with 23 new friends we had only met on board during the cruise – now known as ‘rent-a-crowd’ !! These people made our special day & will be in touch with them all forever. They came from U.S.A.,Canada,U.K. & Australia.
    The staff on board were friendly &, helpful .
    The food was excellent, entertainment enjoyable,things to do non stop.
    This was our 16th cruise but the 12th through P&O/Princess ( have tried the other cruise lines but keep coming back)
    Our only complaint on board any cruise ship is the prices charged for alcohol. As it is duty free shouldn’t this be reflected in charges to passengers?

    • Glenys Greenfield says... January 23, 2013 | 7:52am

      I also took the 2-week cruise on the Grand Princess in December. I did not find very much to do, so ended up reading 8 books during those two weeks. The entertainment was very good, but not enough of it. I went to two seminars and nobody was there (I was in the right places because they were advertised outside the rooms). There was hardly anyone in the pools, even on sea days. I think this will be the last Princess cruise for me, sorry.

  57. rose Calvert says... January 13, 2013 | 8:41am

    Hello Everyone,
    We are looking forward to our Hawaii Islands cruise with princess in Mar/13. This will be our sixth cruise w/princess.
    This is certainly our most favourite cruise line,the staff,food,rooms are always so clean and spotless…a wonderful way to relax

  58. Lenda Dean(Perez) says... January 13, 2013 | 10:39am

    My first cruise with Princess(Royal) was just after Nine Eleven from Montreal up the St. whence and down the Nova Scotia Coast and coastal New England..I went when my fatHer, a state Legislator had to stay home due to the W. Trade Ctr Acts of Terror. what a strange tIme, but the officers and crew were awesome, and on every sore, security and especially Canadian authorities were so competent and great. there was a late season hurricane that kept us from the Bay of Fundy. last year, on the Carribean Princess the same thing happened. My husband, then stationed in San Juan had been detailed to New York, and we chose to sail the Carribean Princess as we were already familiar with her and just wanted to relax and sail..and we did. never made it to the Bay of Fundy though..weather defeated us again! I really love theseNow)smaller cruise ships, but do look forward to sailinG the new Princess. I see that the Carribean is out if Galveston right now, and would lke to drive there and take her down to Cozumet.I reallydn’t care to fly anymore, but grew up on the water, and love ships..in fact, I am planning to purchase a ship’s clock that rings the watches just so I can keep time at night…haven’t had a ship’s clock in years!
    his blog reminds me of a lot of great events that happened on Princess ships. keep up the good work.We are from New Orleans, and two of our kids are Acadian/ American…I have always wanted to g to Grand Pre and see where the Cajuns came from in the 1750′s…we’ll make it yet!

  59. Ralph Hirsch says... January 13, 2013 | 3:24pm

    We. too, sailed with Generoso on the Emerald in September of 2012 and he is, indeed, the Consumate Host.. His thoughtfulness, attentiveness and genorosity made our cruise one not to be forgotten. After 515 days with Princess,it’s employees like Generoso that bring us back to Princess every time we cruise!
    We’ll be back on the Emerald in February of 2013 and hope that he’s with us again.
    Ellen and Ralph Hirsch

  60. Alison says... January 13, 2013 | 4:39pm

    Hi all we are sailing on our fifth cruise in August from Vienna to Sydney ,can’t wait it is going to be exciting .hope to make lots of new friends .the service on board is wonderful .

  61. Alice says... January 13, 2013 | 5:23pm

    My husband and I will be taking our first cruise this February celebrating 40 years of marriage and both turning 65 this year! Looking forward to our Panama Cruise. Do any of you have recommendations for tours we should not miss. See you aboard!

    • Lynne says... January 22, 2013 | 8:36pm

      Get on cruise critic roll call and see what shipmates are doing and planning on your cruise. It is the best way to do tours.

  62. bethany says... January 13, 2013 | 6:45pm

    I only wish that I had something nice to say about my past weeks Ruby Princess’s experience. But I don’t. And if I will post anything more negative than this., customer relations will just delete it.

    • Eileen says... January 18, 2013 | 1:16am

      Thats a shame…. we spent 33 nights on Ruby last May and had an awesome time, couldn’t have wished for a better cruise (or 3)

  63. Coach says... January 14, 2013 | 1:40am

    any single malt drinkers sailing on the Coral out of Ft. Lauderdale on Feb. 7th bound for LA?

    Coach

  64. Fil & Imee says... January 14, 2013 | 6:53pm

    Only on Princess can one have an inspiring story as Steve & Donna’s. Our best wishes to both of you.

    Except for one, we’ve taken our cruises with Princess and all on Sapphire, for that matter. One that impressed us most was the Sydney-New Zealand, way before the devastating earthquake that ruined Christchurch. We have not had any sad stories to tell about our experience with Princess. Guess, if you’re generous with your smile (to anyone – the crew and your fellow cruisers, especially to all your dining mates (at Any Time Dining)), you’ll get a load of smiles back. We’ve been on hiatus for a few years, as we’ve been busy with new grandsons, but we’re now ready to ride the sea again. We’re eyeing on the Ft Lauderdale-Panama Canal, and back, on Coral in March next year, for the wife’s birthday. Are there any side excursions worth going on this one?

    • Wanda Wiseman says... January 23, 2013 | 4:11pm

      My father, step-mother and myself just did that cruise this past spring. All I can say “AWESOME”. I hope I will be able to return to Panama again. I am cruising again this April to the Southern Carribbean. It is my 3rd cruise and bringing a friend who has never cruised before. I just love the wonderful hospitality that the staff provide. They truly make you feel very important. It is true, they do not know where you are located on the ship, but if you offer a smile or a few words you will always make new friends!

  65. Theresa Jessup says... January 15, 2013 | 1:06am

    Linked by sea is a terrific idea. I will be making my second Princess cruise in April to the Panama Canal on the Coral Princess. l had such a good time on my last cruise to Hawaii. EVERYBODY was great and it was hard to leave the ship when we docked back in L.A. Oh, if anyone cruises to Hawaii make sure you take one of the excursions on the zipline….gosh, that was fun.

  66. stephen says... January 16, 2013 | 12:42am

    i took caribean princess jan6 2013 to cuacao and aruba and the amount of stray dogs and cats weighed heavily on my mine.especially when i saw a dog at port when i rebouded in aruba black lab with a left front paw it couldnt stand on.soon as i returned home i reached out to aruba animal rescuers and that dog has been found and im adopting him sat he will be a part of my family here in the U.S.A.

    • Mary says... January 19, 2013 | 12:08pm

      What a wonderful thing you just did.

    • Suzanne Clements says... January 23, 2013 | 2:03am

      I felt the same way on one of my 44 cruises all on Princess, I found the same thing every time I went to Cartegena, Columbia and all thru Mexico, etc. I am an animal advocate and myself have 2rescue dogs who are the loves of my life. Our dogs have all come from animal rescue and have all lived to at least19 years. I donate regularly to the SPCA every month. Unfortunately I have some big medical issues and my 4legged angels in fur are with me all the time cuddling up. I have not cruised for 10years due to these health issues, but I think I will go to Alaska in June. I live in Vancouver, Canada so it does not require air travel. Have a wonderful time when you cruise again. And thank you for caring about the animals
      Sue

  67. Donna Fletcher says... January 16, 2013 | 12:05pm

    We were just on the Emerald in November. Must have been a different Maitre D. Ours just stood behind the desk and never uttered a word.

    Our Head Waiter Peres and Waiters George and Dianna were excellent. I love Priness too.

  68. Bob Orr says... January 17, 2013 | 6:06am

    Hi Steve!
    What a marvelous story and experience you and Donna shared. My wife and I have cruised 17 times (8 with Princess), the most recent being last summer in Alaska on the Diamond. We will also be on board the Royal In June for her maiden cruise from Southhampton to Barcelona and then on to Venice. We’ll be sure to look for you and your scottish formal wear at dinner. All the best to you and Donna.

    • Steve says... January 17, 2013 | 8:09am

      Hello Bob

      Thank you, Please do, would be nice to meet up, not long now until the maiden cruise,

  69. Ron Harman says... January 20, 2013 | 8:16pm

    Have sailed Princess 8 times and it was all good. That is until our 9th time 1/6/2013 on the Emerald.
    The entertainment was no where to be seen or enjoyed.
    5 hours of kettle drum noise in the plaza every day? No thanks.
    The two gals doing balancing were great but they left the ship after 3 days. The mentalist was also great. That was it for a 10 day cruise? Yup …. I’m not sure at this point if Princess will be on our list of things to do this coming Nov. And the Noise? well … that’s a whole story in itself. Does the Captain ever walk the decks at all?

  70. Carole Krueger says... January 21, 2013 | 9:13pm

    Crusing on the Crown Pricess leaving Galveston TX Feb 2 2013. We love crusing. We enjoy playing canasta (hand & foot). Looking for a group of players interested in in meeting for some games. We are up to playing any version of canasta.

  71. Harry Chalmers says... January 22, 2013 | 9:14pm

    We are leaving 3/31 on the Grand Princess from SF to Mexico for 10 days,probably our tenth or eleventh cruise on Princess and the 4th or 5th on the Grand. Love Princess cruises , have also been on other Princess ships. Always a great time.

  72. Terry Adamo says... January 22, 2013 | 9:36pm

    Great story…have had the pleasure
    Of sailing with Generoso many times since the 1980s. He is a great and classy guy. Always have the best time in the dining rooms with the great food, service and staff.

  73. Robin Laird says... January 23, 2013 | 7:18am

    Generoso and Commodore Romano are the best and Princess is definitely my favorite too!

  74. Stew Shore says... January 23, 2013 | 7:23am

    We have cruised over 30 times with many of the Cruise Lines and over half of those with Princess. We have two more booked with Princess, because we enjoy the total experience they offer. One only has to be friendly to the staff and they will treat you like royalty. It does not matter who you are! We have also sailed with Commodore Romano and Generoso several times. They always have the time of day to speak with those who speak to them.
    “Escape Completely with Princess”, a great motto!

  75. Brenda says... January 23, 2013 | 7:35am

    Love your story..

    I am going to be taking my 3rd cruise in March on Ruby Princess. Everything about Princess is amazing. The staff has always been above and beyond. You are always treated like royality. Love cruising with Princess:)

  76. Victor Jacobs says... January 23, 2013 | 12:04pm

    We sailed many times with ,Princes and also with other

    companie’s but like Prinses best of all,

  77. Judy Paolini says... January 23, 2013 | 12:57pm

    Such a lovely story -I hope someday to write mine.

  78. Debbie says... January 28, 2013 | 7:27pm

    In response to an early comment, staged or not
    Steve what a wonderful thing to do for Donna. It’s nice to see romance lives on! We’ve also taken many cruises and are loyal to Princess. The people we’ve met along the way have been wonderful and we have some lasting friendships that we will always treasure.

    • Steve says... January 29, 2013 | 4:40am

      Hello Debbie
      While I knew we might be doing a R of V
      it was not confirmed until an hour before, and even then I was expecting a simple little service of a few minutes, did not expect that Princess would put so much time and effort into the event, with live music, flowers, photos, meal, and officers to witness, Generoso and the Commodore went out of their way to make this day so special.

  79. Ralph Stein says... January 29, 2013 | 4:47pm

    1/30/13
    Just completed my 25th & 26th cruise aboard the Ruby & Emerald Princess , back to back. Overall this makes 79 cruises..I will be back on Princess in September to repeat a cruise I did last October…24 days around & through the Panama Canal on Coral Princess..The ship is great,, traveling alone you make lots of friends on cruises. & that’s the magic of cruising

  80. william Baird says... February 13, 2013 | 12:51am

    After doing a 14 day New Zealand Austrailia cruise on the Diamond Princess with my wife of 52 years we have come to the conclusion that this is the Happiest ship we have ever been on.

  81. Bonnie Helmink says... March 5, 2013 | 10:20am

    My husband and I were married on the Crown Princess, at sea by Captain Palmer who was a very dear man. We are in our 50′s. We didn’t want alot of fuss or fluff. At our age there was no need and we were on a budget. The crew wanted to make the day a fairy tale, so they arranged for flowers and music anyway. We were married off the fantail on a beautiful sunny day. The photographer made us feel like celebrities. My husband wore his naval uniform, we were taken to the bridge for photos and then we were allowed to stay as long as we liked to enjoy the wonderful view. We were very quiet so as not to distrub the bridge crew but they where eager to get to know us so the engaged my husband in shared naval stories. Our cabin steward became our best friend. The food was awesome, staff were very friendly and remembered seeing the older (us) couple getting married. The crew ladies in the salon made me promise to come see them in my gown after the ceremony which was one of our requested stops for photos. They were able to get away and watch the ceremony and cheer. We are planning to cruise again in 2014 to recapture that magical feeling. A cruise is what YOU make of it. Our glass was completely full.

  82. David Raymund says... April 12, 2013 | 5:58pm

    It prbably was Generosso who always tried to get a waiter to wheel me to our table and when he was unsuccesful he would take over my wheelchair himself. At a Captain’s reception the Captain tried to get a staff person to take over the wheelchair from my wife Nancy, but when nobody responded, the Captain wheeled me back to our cabin. That was the last voyage of the Princess that had been the R2 and now was going to P&O.

  83. sandy caricari says... April 25, 2013 | 2:42am

    what a lovely story

    genneroso is a truly lovely man

    have been on 3 cruises with him

    also willing and able to help with anything

  84. DOBRIK says... January 8, 2014 | 1:57pm

    PRIVET. ZVONIL SLIWAL TVOE ALLO, A TI MENY NET( TI NET NEPODKLUCHILA?

  85. DOBRIK says... January 9, 2014 | 3:07am

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  86. dia says... January 9, 2014 | 3:17am

    Privet!

  87. dia says... January 9, 2014 | 3:23am

    Powlo. Y na rabote. Pochemu strannoe rajdestvo?
    Segodny poidu k dawe, ewe pravda nichego ne kupila. K dane alewa prixodil, igrali.xotyt svoi kanal v ytube sdelat, po proxijdeniu igr. Ele viprovodila. Tolko u malchika poxoje alkergiy na kotov, on kak zawel k nam chixal vse vremy i nos chesal. Vchera ewe k ziberovim s dorikm xodili, on im ochen ponravilsy, govoryt viglydit super. Poeli u nix i popili). U nix tri kowki beremennie.

  88. DOBRIK says... January 9, 2014 | 8:34am

    VSE Boleu, No Skoro uje Vizdprovlenie. Mi V More Ot Sudogp I Toska.

  89. divi says... January 10, 2014 | 2:53am

    Privet. U nas vse xorowo. Y na rabote. Ochen mnogo raboti, uje dvoix kastrirovala, ewe operaciy. Bila u dawi vchera, remont oni sdelali, tak krasivo, mebel kupili. Popila kife, poboltali. Segodny y do 8. Dany u mami. Kak zdorovie?

  90. DOBRIK says... January 10, 2014 | 8:38am

    u meny vse normalno. Boleu. Na sudne epidemiy kiwechnay. Mi v more.

  91. didi says... January 11, 2014 | 4:03am

    privet!

  92. didi says... January 11, 2014 | 4:04am

    Ne mogla snova otpravig napisala sms a ono uschezlo.

  93. didi says... January 11, 2014 | 4:05am

    U nas vse xorowo. Tolko oteavilas chem-to, jivot bolel. Ni y uje na rabote. Kak ti?

  94. Drobovik says... January 11, 2014 | 7:05am

    U nas rastet kol-vo bolnix v pervii den 8 chelovek na vtoroi uje 42!!!!! Skoro ix budet nekuda devat. Na rabote zapara net vremeni glotok vodi vipit v prymom smisle. Mi obslujivaem ludei v izolytorax. Plus ostalnie naverno boytsy est v obwestvennix mestax i kuwaut v kautax. Kak dany? Segodny) po Vawemu budu v nete v chasov 11 . Esli Xochew Pozvonu Po Skaipu?

  95. divi says... January 12, 2014 | 5:53am

    Da chto takoe. Piwu a sms ischezaet. U nas vse xorowo

  96. divi says... January 12, 2014 | 5:54am

    Dany bil v kino s dedom. Seichas drug priwel. On tak rad, u nix tam svoi dela. Vizdoeavlivai!

  97. Dubrovnik says... January 12, 2014 | 6:58am

    U meny vse xorowo. Uje vizdorovil.) Epidemiy na sudne ne utixaet(

  98. divi says... January 12, 2014 | 10:03am

    V gostyx bil alewa, potom priwla marina. S iroi chai popili. Deti poigrali. Tolko razowlis. Sibiraemsy zavtra v wkolu

  99. divi says... January 13, 2014 | 3:07am

    Privet! Y na rabote, dany v wkole. Ele vstal. Zvonili s banka, depozit zakanchivaetsy 15-go. Chto delat? Prodlyt ili zabrat?

  100. Dubrovnik says... January 13, 2014 | 6:56am

    depozit prodlyi. Esli mojno to na 1-3 mesyca . Poslednie dni a Rabota Valit, Kak Za Vse 6mesycev. Bil Bi Y na Procentax Uje Bi Ozolotilsy. Kak Dela? Celuu )

  101. divi says... January 13, 2014 | 7:54am

    Prodlyetsy na polgoda. Y normalno. Na procentax toje bi bilo luchwe mne. A to potm vot govoryt chto ne rabotau. Danu mama so wkoli zabrala. Vecherom domoi zaberu. Y do 8 segodny

  102. Dubrovnik says... January 13, 2014 | 8:51am

    mi v more. ti Neopredelilas , Chto S Kanadoi? Ti Na Test Ne Poedew?

  103. divi says... January 14, 2014 | 6:57am

    Privet! Y ves den doma. Kuwat gitovila , spala, ubirala. Danu zabrala. Dumaem na xokkei piedem. Xochet ochen. Tak vse normalno. Poxolodalo. Kak ti?

  104. Dubrovnik says... January 14, 2014 | 8:38am

    Provet-privet) y zabejal v kautu peredoxnut, poka Zavtrak Ne Nachalsy.segodny BUdu Pidpisivat Konec Kontrakta. I Raznie Drugie Formalnosti. Kak Xokkei? Sxodili? Celuu.

  105. divi says... January 14, 2014 | 10:23am

    Bili na xokkee. A xokkey bolwe net. Xodit malo ludei, rewili pika zakrit. A k marine xodit 3 cheloveka. S kiroi ona razrugalas i ta bolwe ne xodit. Vot takie novosti.

  106. divi says... January 14, 2014 | 10:24am

    Da, u dani roliki porvalis, lipuchku otorvala.

  107. Dubrovnik says... January 14, 2014 | 10:49am

    s xokeem s marinoi i kiroi stoilo etogo ojidat. A lipuchku mojno pochinit y dumau. poslednii port segodny. Zavtra v 9 utra pokidau sudno

  108. divi says... January 14, 2014 | 11:25pm

    Privet! Kak dela? Vo skolko ti priletaew? V 21.30? Y na rabote. U nas vse xorowo

  109. Dubrovnik says... January 15, 2014 | 5:27am

    peivet) toje na rabote. Sdal sumku v bagaj. Zastavili do 8utra rabotat. U meny v 9 avtobus v aeroport. Priletau vfomoi v 20-40

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