Amazing Service

There we were, Jill and I happily sitting in my cabin and working on our respective cross-stitches when a knock came at the door. Answering, it was a nice young man from room service who dropped off a tray with three sets of what looked like entrees, two sets of silverware, smiled and beat feet out the door before I could say a word or tip him.

???? I mean, we had been talking about going up to the Park Cafe for maybe soup or salad. I had pretty much just had fruit for breakfast so lunch definitely was in order. Admittedly, I had chatted with the Sous-chef the other day about mostly ordering from room service and inquiring about the availability of Indian since it isn’t on the normal menu (much less anything other than sweet potato fries and deserts being of vegetarian persuasion. )

Apparently my absence had been noted and both she and a couple of other staffers were worried I wasn’t eating properly. So here I had a lovely coconut milk based curry with pressed cheese, popadoms, nan, dahl, three condiments as sides, rice. Thank goodness Jill was around to help me eat since it was enough food for many. So much in fact that I called room service around 1700 to reassure them that I wouldn’t need supper. Obviously the cabin number shows up on the system – the manager on that name answers the phone with “what can we get you Miss Holly!”

From here on in, I am just going to be sensible. If I don’t put in an order they will bring me food and probably too much. So I will enjoy the nice upgraded cabin for the rest of the cruise, room service for 1-2 meals a day and all the lattes I can drink in the lounge.

Cross stitch

this has become



and is the project I just started. Tried working on black and gave it up as stupid, switching to navy as a better option…

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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15 Responses to Amazing Service

  1. Vicki says:

    Beautiful cross stitch. Glad to here they are taking proper care of you!

  2. Marise says:

    and amazing service it should be, after all the business you are giving them;)
    Continue relaxing and enjoying;)

  3. Steven says:

    I wish I could see the cross stitch with a frame for reference. It’s very captivating in the photos. Sounds like terrific service on that ship! I enjoyed the kids’ birthday pics.

    • Holly says:

      the one pic is of the original picture, the second is the cross stitch as it is designed. I think it is going to be a looononnggg time before I will be able to show off the completed version..

  4. Kathy says:

    That cross stitch is stunning!

  5. Alison says:

    Wow. Yum. Sounds wonderful, and your cross stitch is gorgeous.

    • Holly says:

      planned cross stitch. The program does a lovely job of charting and provides a nice “what it will look like stitched” view

  6. Isobel says:

    Pretty nice. I gather you’re back on a veggie diet.

  7. Dominik says:

    That cross stitch looks amazing. Makes me wanting to do a similar one,

    Hope you have a good time at sea.

  8. Pat says:

    The food story is wonderful. The cross stitch photos are stunning. Wow.

  9. Carmen says:

    The clock pattern is beautiful. I think that’s going to be one of your masterpieces.

  10. Rebecca says:

    WOW! What Cruise Line is THIS? That’s insane!

    Also, I can’t wait to see the clock done!

    • Holly Doyne says:

      Royal. I have cruised with them enough. OTOH, I have seen them accommodate just about anyone who is not totally insane and is willing to explain what they need. They have a special diet area which never, ever has nuts, gluten or seafood….

      I’m also nice. I think it helps to repeatedly thank people for their effort.

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