The entire crew, from the ice dancers to the synchronized swimmers, is recruited to the buffets to help serve, and all restaurants and guestroom linens are put in red biohazard bags and obsessively laundered in a special facility on land.If you want to avoid norovirus like, well, the plague, stay away from short sailings, says figure skater and veteran crew member Chris Mabee.
Leading the pack is Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., whose mega-ships are destinations unto themselves: Its restaurants, casinos, Broadway-caliber musicals, silent disco parties, skating rinks, karaoke, dance clubs, and escape-the-room experiences are such strong lures, some guests don’t even bother to look up where the ship is docking.
Only 8 percent to 10 percent of passengers purchase unlimited booze packages – Royal Caribbean’s guests are largely family travelers – and those who do are carefully monitored.
Every single alcoholic beverage is poured with a jigger.
: Dru Pavlov, veteran cruise director and my mentor during this Royal Caribbean stint, keeps a hallowed book of stupid comments and questions; passed down from one cruise director to the next as a right of passage, it makes great vamping material for event emcees.
The book Pavlov bequeathed to me included such doozies as: “Where’s the elevator to get to the front of the ship? ” and “How long does it take the crew to get home every night?