Cruise Line Volunteers Aid More European Communities

May 31st, 2012

Press Release

Crystal Cruises‘ volunteers to aid more needy European communities In 2012

Crystal Cruises continues to expand its complimentary “You Care, We Care” voluntourism program with new opportunities for guests and crew to give back in Europe.

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Be a ship musician!

March 16th, 2012

e are all told at one point in our lives that we possess certain gifts. Whether it is in the arts, sciences, business or humanities, we all have an instinct or natural proclivity towards something. If you’re reading this, you most likely have a proclivity for music. You’ve spent years honing your skills to a level that you and others (mainly teachers and peers) deem as praiseworthy and your main goal, your modus operandi, is to channel your passion towards an audience that will appreciate your talent.  That is the main reason why many of us aspire to play in big bands and jazz orchestras in the first place.  However, it becomes rather easy to lose hope when opportunity does not present itself at your door. Some of us fear taking the plunge and taking opportunity that requires small sacrifices. This is usually the case when accepting a gig on a cruise ship. We set sail for months and leave everything behind. We disconnect from what we know as home and friends for a life that we are not familiar with. But the fact remains that music is meant to be shared. Read the rest of this entry »

I will never forget the first time I saw a cruise ship.

April 7th, 2011

I was 15 years old and the PEI Symphony Orchestra was playing at the PEI Confederation Center of the Arts, which is just a few blocks away from the Charlottetown harbour.Charlottetown_quay

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Millions met my Day-Glo orange hat

March 28th, 2011

I cannot begin to calculate the number of people I met on cruise ships; hundreds of thousands if not millions. I am still in contact with some of the friends I made from those days, most of them are crew, many of them musicians, but I also keep in touch with a few passengers. “Guests” as they a now often referred to, were still termed “passengers” in my day, and affectionately nick-named “cones” by many of the crew onboard; after the traffic cones in the road which are impossible to get around.

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Cruising Down Under

March 21st, 2011

I recently came back from a 14 day cruise that began in Sydney, Australia and ended in Auckland, New Zealand. It was everything & more of what I had expected, with fantastic views & different places to see almost daily. I have to thank my wife who first got me hooked on cruising about 10 years ago & this was in fact our 12th cruise & definitely my favorite. Read the rest of this entry »