The director of the hotel part of the ship, an Austrian, seemed like he would be a fan of Judy Garland and was a friendly chap, but while we did not witness it, he had some sort of breakdown one night and there was quite a scene. It was officially announced the next day that he had left the boat and some details of why. I don't agree with us being told the details, but I suppose it was to head off ship whispers. I think telling us that he was unwell would have been adequate.
Our tour director was Cherie Cooper,
Btw, apparently a condition Captain Tom put on his employment is that the staff on the boat are paid Netherlands wages, not always the case on other boats I think. Captain Tom worked six hours on, six hours off.
There was only one staff member we did not get along with, a sarcastic queen waiter who judged us and went a bit too far too soon. We avoided him for the rest of the cruise; easy to do as the waiters had set areas in the dining room.
Of course one has one's favourites, and mine were Vanda who poured our drinks, and Ricky who made sure we weren't without a drink. They may well have served me one too many drinks on the last night when this photo was taken, judging by the goofy expression on my face.